Asian American Studies

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Valerie Soe 蘇杏娟, MFA

SOE Valerie (2013)

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Department
Office: EP 108
Phone: 415-338-1480
Website | Email: vsoe@sfsu.edu

1996    Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies

Education

MFA   School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Video and Photography
BA      University of California at Los Angeles, Art


Research Interests

Asian American film, art, history, and culture; Asian American media representations; art and activism


Courses Taught

218 Asian American Culture
514 Asian American Community Arts Workshop
516 Asian American Photographic Explorations
518 Asian Americans and Mass Media
581 Asian American Women
582 Asian American Women Literature and the Arts


Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

2013
Best Film with an Immigration Theme Award, The Chinese Gardens. Humboldt Film Festival, California.
Individual Artist’s Grant, Cultural Equity Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission
Office of Research and Sponsored Program Grant, San Francisco State University
2011
Art Writers Grant, Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital Foundation for her blog, beyondasiaphilia.com 
Community University Empowerment Grant, SFSU Cesar Chavez Institute
Individual Artist’s Grant, Cultural Equity Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission
2010
MediaMaker Grant, Bay Area Video Coalition
Open Door Completion Fund Award, Center for Asian American Media
2009
Filmhouse Filmmaker’s Residency, San Francisco Film Society
2007
Artist’s Commission, ReNew Media 20th Anniversary
SFSU Presidential Award for Professional Development of Probationary Faculty
2006
Artist’s Grant, Creative Work Fund, Haas Foundation
2002
Artist’s Commission, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
1999
Creative Work Fund Grant, Haas Foundation
Artist’s Grant, Art-in-Print, Public Art Works, Marin County
1998
Artist’s Grant, Fleishhacker Foundation
1997
Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
Artist’s Grant, Serpent Source Foundation for Women Artists
New Visions: Video Production Grant, Long Beach Museum of Art
Artist’s Residency, Centrum Foundation, Port Townsend, WA
1995
James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, San Francisco Foundation
Artist’s Residency, Djerassi Foundation, Woodland, CA
1994
Artist’s Grant, Cultural Equity Fund, San Francisco Art Commission
Artist’s Equipment Access Grant, Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco
Individual Artist’s Project Grant, LACE & New Langton Arts
Artist’s Fellowship, Art Matters, Inc.
Veronica di Rosa Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County
1993
Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival
Pioneer Fund Documentary Film/Video Grant, San Francisco
1992
Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation, New York
Market Street Art in Transit, San Francisco Arts Commission
Director’s Choice, Image Film and Video Festival, Atlanta, GA
1991
Individual Artists Project, Art in Public Places, University of Washington and Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle
Artspace Video Production Grant, San Francisco
1990
Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship, Rocky Mountain Film Center
1989
Personal Works Grant, Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco
1988
First Place, Experimental Category, Sony Corporation Visions of US Festival
Honorable Mention, Experimental Video, 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival
1987
Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino, Italy
1986
Third Place, Experimental Category, Sony Corporation Visions of US Festival, Los Angeles
Regional Finalist, Student Video Competition, American Film Institute National Video Festival, Los Angeles


Current Community Involvement

3rd I South Asian Film Festival Advisory Board
Former University of Washington Public Art Commissioner (1993-2005)
Association of Independent Film and Videomakers, New York City, Board of Directors (1998-2002)
Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, Board of Directors (1989-2000)


Current Campus Service

Baccalaureate Requirements Sub-committee, Area C (Lower Division Arts and Humanities)
College of Ethnic Studies General Education Committee
AAS Department Scholarship Committee
AAS Department Hiring Committee


Selected Publications

2012
“Hidden Histories: The Chinese Gardens Documentary Film Project.” International Symposium on “International Migration and QiaoxiangStudies” Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University. 283-290.

2009
with Wei Ming Dariotis and Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales. “POP! Reflections on Representing Asian American CULTURE.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al.San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 109-114.

2000
“Fighting Fire with Fire: Detournement, Activism, and Video Art.” Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism. Ed. Darrell Hamamoto and Sandra Liu. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

1996

“Turning the Tables: Three Asian American Artists.” Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies. Ed. Diane Neumaier. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.


Film and Videography

2012
The Chinese Gardens. 17 min. experimental documentary.
2010
The Oak Park Story. 22 min. documentary
2007
Snapshot: Six Months of the Korean American Male. 4.30 min. experimental video.
2006
art/film/revolution. 60 sec. experimental video.
2002
Carefully Taught. 4 min. experimental video.
1997
Beyond Asiaphilia. 14 min. experimental video.
1992
Picturing Oriental Girls: A (Re) Educational Videotape. 12 min. experimental video
Mixed Blood. 20 min. multi-channel installation.
1987
New Year, Parts I & II. 23 min. multi-channel installation.
1986
"ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME." 1.30 min. experimental video.

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