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Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles

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Qris Yamashita

Qris Yamashita (b.1951) is a graphic designer and artist whose work has formed a visual identity for the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community. Her posters, books, flyers, and T-shirts have been crucial in promoting a sense of community and solidarity. She successfully synthesizes traditional Japanese and contemporary Western images in her work, consciously developing a uniquely Japanese American sensibility and perspective. A lifelong Angeleno, Yamashita has been an active member of the Kinnara Taiko and Senshin Buddhist Temple, supporting the development of a Japanese American Buddhist culture.

1980 Little Tokyo Mochitsuki poster designed by Qris Yamashita. Screenprint. Courtesy of Qris Yamashita.

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1980 Little Tokyo Mochitsuki poster designed by Qris Yamashita. Screenprint. Courtesy of Qris Yamashita. Included in the Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism exhibition on view at the Japanese ... More »


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