Video about graphic designer Qris Yamashita created by the Watase Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum for the Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism exhibition on view from October 15, 2011 through February 19, 2012. For more information, visit

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.

JANM — Last modified Jan 20 2012 3:03 p.m.

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