Oregon Asian American arts

Roberta Wong – Conceptual Artist & Tireless Advocate

Stage & Studio: In her newest podcast, Dmae Roberts talks with artist and curator Wong about challenging stereotypes and anti-Asian racism

Note: Dmae interviewed conceptual artist Roberta Wong the day of the killings of six Asian women in Atlanta, Ga. that night on March 15, 2021 in an apparent (though not yet charged) hate crime. In their conversation, the two Asian-American women talked about Wong’s earlier work that challenged the stereotypes and racism against Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and about how, unfortunately, her work is still relevant considering the rise of anti-AAPI hate incidents around the country.

Stop AAPI Hate gathered a report summarizing the 3,800 reported incidents by AAPIs around the country. Out of all the reports, 68 percent of the respondents were women. The overall amount of reports went up by about 2,800 hate incidents nationwide from the period of March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021.  AAPIs who experience a hate incident can still report it at Stop AAPI Hate. Read the full report. Locally, you can report hate incidents at Report Hate PDX.

Roberta Wong. Photo by Julie Keefe.
Listen to Roberta’s interview here!
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FOR HER SECOND WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PODCAST episode on Stage & Studio, Dmae talked with Roberta Wong, a veteran artist who grew up in Portland and has created thought-provoking conceptual art focused on themes of identity, ethnicity, ritual and transformation.

Her works during the 1980s, among them All Orientals Look Alike, All American, and Chinks, directly challenged people’s concepts of what it means to be Asian American.  Wong even contested an assumption in a grant proposal to the Metropolitan Arts Commission (the precursor to Regional Arts and Culture Council) that slated all Asian artists under the “folk arts” category.

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ArtsWatch welcomes Dmae Roberts

The veteran Portland broadcaster, theater artist, and writer will bring her interview podcast "Stage & Studio" to ArtsWatch starting February 23

Dmae Roberts, one of Oregon’s leading arts and cultural voices, is joining Oregon ArtsWatch. Roberts, a writer, theater artist, and two-time Peabody Award-winning radio producer, will move her biweekly podcast Stage & Studio to ArtsWatch beginning February 23.

“We are so honored to become the new home for Dmae Roberts and her Stage & Studio audio show,” Barry Johnson, ArtsWatch’s executive editor, said. “Her journalism around theater and social justice issues has changed the culture of Portland in significant and enduring ways, and we have been inspired by her energy, creativity, intelligence, and commitment. I welcome her and her listeners to ArtsWatch. I’m sure we will do some amazing things together.” 

Dmae Roberts

The alliance helps move ArtsWatch into new journalistic territory. Roberts, a savvy and insightful interviewer, will help ArtsWatch expand its mostly written coverage to include regular podcast offerings as well. Her expertise will be extraordinarily helpful as other podcasters eventually join the fold.

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