Tomie Arai is a public artist based in New York City and a founding member of the cultural collective, The Chinatown Art Brigade.
Tomie Arai with Ryan Lee Wong
Creating these images of Asians probably came out of a desire to fill an absence that I recognized was damaging or misinformed. To show real human lives that reflected my community was something that I wanted to create out of love, to address out of love. To correct the misconceptions out there around who Asians were, what their lives amounted to.