Valerie Soe 蘇杏娟, MFA

SOE Valerie (2013)

Professor, Asian American Studies Department
Office: EP 108
Phone: 415-338-1480
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1996   Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies


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


Current Campus Service

AAS RTP Committee

University Interdisciplinary Council (2015 - 2018)

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

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
Art Writers Grant, Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital Foundation for her blog, 
Community University Empowerment Grant, SFSU Cesar Chavez Institute
Individual Artist’s Grant, Cultural Equity Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission
MediaMaker Grant, Bay Area Video Coalition
Open Door Completion Fund Award, Center for Asian American Media
Filmhouse Filmmaker’s Residency, San Francisco Film Society
Artist’s Commission, ReNew Media 20th Anniversary
SFSU Presidential Award for Professional Development of Probationary Faculty
Artist’s Grant, Creative Work Fund, Haas Foundation
Artist’s Commission, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Creative Work Fund Grant, Haas Foundation
Artist’s Grant, Art-in-Print, Public Art Works, Marin County
Artist’s Grant, Fleishhacker Foundation
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
James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, San Francisco Foundation
Artist’s Residency, Djerassi Foundation, Woodland, CA
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
Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival
Pioneer Fund Documentary Film/Video Grant, San Francisco
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
Individual Artists Project, Art in Public Places, University of Washington and Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle
Artspace Video Production Grant, San Francisco
Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship, Rocky Mountain Film Center
Personal Works Grant, Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco
First Place, Experimental Category, Sony Corporation Visions of US Festival
Honorable Mention, Experimental Video, 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival
Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino, Italy
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)

Selected Publications

“Open-source Identities: Identity and Resistance in the Work of Three Asian American Artists.” Asian American Cultural Politics across Platforms. Spec. issue of Amerasia 40:2 (Summer).

“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.

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.

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

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

Film and Videography

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

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