tales of yellow skin 2

Long Nguyen, Tales of Yellow Skin #2, 1991

“The hole in the torso is a wound, evidence of a violent invasion of the body. However, the fact that Nguyen’s figure holds the wound open and actively reaches inside contradicts this notion of invasion. Orifices such as mouths, eyes, ears, and noses are the ways in which the outside world is taken in and understood. Nguyen transforms a wound into an orifice–a symbol of pain becomes a symbol of understanding.”

Sharon Mizota in Elaine Kim et al., Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003), 129.