Chinese American Women in LA
Project Area: Chinatown
Project: Metro Plaza (Temporary)
Project Location: 658 N. Spring Street
Project Type: CRA Initiated
Large banners with historic and contemporary photographs of important Chinese woman were installed temporarily on the Metro Plaza building in a high traffic location. The banners were visible for years, but have now been removed. The four photomurals varied in size, ranging between 8' to 13'h and 10'w.
Chinese women, according to Nye, traditionally stay in the background and do not talk about their accomplishments in the public. Nye wanted her installation to subvert this taboo and confront the discrimination Chinese American women face from both their own community and from the dominate culture. She also wanted to present positive role models for women and undermine stereotypic views that Asian women are either actresses or objects of desire.
This Project was funded by a grant from the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department, while the CRA/LA Art Program assisted the artist in securing this site.