Scratch: War Bride / 2014
In the series of self-portraits entitled Scratch, I examine the icon and fetish of the American housewife that originated after the second World War. In War Bride, I examine a popular narrative of the mid-century war bride as a symbol of ethnic assimilation and domesticity. After World War II, non-Asian spouses, natural children, and adopted children of American military personnel were allowed to immigrate to the United States pursuant to the War Brides Act enacted in December 1945. Only after the Act was amended in 1947 were Asian spouses of American military personnel – but not their children – were allowed to immigrate to the U.S.
Scratch: War Bride, No. 1 (2014)
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