"Mountain Climbing Pollution" | Image courtesy of the artist, Tenzin Tsering Discrimination against Asian Americans is nothing new in the United States, though it has taken on novel forms in the past year, from the racialization of COVID-19 as the “China virus” to the surge of violent attacks against Asian elders. In the midst of this tense political-pandemic landscape, conversations around what it means to be an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) are burgeoning once again in the mainstream. That conversation has historically focused on matters of identity and cultural heritage and left out the equally significant intersections of the climate crisis and environmental justice. A vanguard in-person/ virtual exhibit at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco seeks to change that. Sowing Agency: Seeding the Future for Environmental Justice aims to cultivate a fresh cultural consciousness in the discourse on climate resilience. Featuring photography, paintings, mixed-media installations, and video art from over 20 AAPI women—a talented selection of activists, educators, researchers, and artists— Sowing Agency highlights AAPI contributions to the fight against climate change and environmental degradation in the Bay Area and beyond. “I think the role of artists is to inspire a vision of what’s possible […]

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