Moving to Vancouver BC in fall 2021

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Hey, friends, I am moving to Vancouver, BC, this September, to expand my research on art and gentrification. Jenie Gao Studio will remain open and continue accepting clients.

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“Not hating” Asians is not enough to achieve true justice.

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Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have consistently been excluded from and undermined in race conversations. This exclusion has fueled a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, including murder. What are Americans prepared to do to change this and achieve justice?

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Small Magic: on self-compassion and resolution following 2020
Juncture, ink drawing.

Small Magic: on self-compassion and resolution following 2020

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There are many things I could write in a 2020 recap post. I could write about challenges, accomplishments, and life milestones. I could write about what it's like for my business to enter its sixth year during a pandemic. I could write about activism and advocacy and all the heavy lifting we must do in the face of injustice. I could show my best bravado and shake all my glittering, roaring resilience in the face of 2021. But honestly? What I want to offer, as we end this year, is self-compassion, and a chance for closure and resolution with ourselves.

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Destructive force: when we justify it, and when we don’t

The US has a long history of looting and property destruction in other countries. Yet recent debates surrounding BLM protests have centered on the tension between those who condemn the destruction of property during protests and those who want lives to take priority over property.

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The politics of temporary murals in response to Black Lives Matter protests
Boarded up windows in downtown Madison and on State Street prior to murals.

The politics of temporary murals in response to Black Lives Matter protests

In the weeks following Black Lives Matter protests, murals have popped up all over the country. In particular, murals have appeared on boarded up windows in business districts, like Madison,…

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Stay focused on justice, hold space for nuance
Detail shot of "In Memoriam: Everything We Remember, Everything We Forget."

Stay focused on justice, hold space for nuance

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Over 11 weeks after most states announced their #SaferAtHome orders, many things are coming to a head. COVID-19. The ultra wealthy gaining $500 billion more in wealth while 39 million Americans file for unemployment. White violence and police brutality towards the black community. Each of these events was like a flame traveling down a line of gunpowder destined to culminate in an explosion.

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