Born A Problem



Artist Paula Te and poet Edward Gunawan present a multimedia exhibition called “BORN A PROBLEM”, which investigates the invisible historical forces that impact present-day culture, society, politics and ultimately, our sense of personal flourishing and communal belonging. 

In 1965, a CIA-aided military coup marked the beginning of a tumultuous period in Indonesia. The new authoritarian government, perceiving a "Chinese Problem," initiated a series of anti-Chinese policies from 1967-2000: Chinese language names were barred on official documents, Chinese language media and schools shuttered, and public celebrations of cultural festivals such as Chinese New Year were banned.

These exclusionist and forced assimilation laws, echoing the Indian Treaties & the Removal Act, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Immigration Act of 1924 in the United States, fostered resentment and discrimination that led to massacres and sexual violence against the Indonesian Chinese community in 1965 and 1998.

This exhibit will be at Gray Area

Dates & Times
Opening Reception: Sunday, Apr 28 @2-4PM
Exhibition Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, May 1-5 @ 3-8PM
Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 1 @6-7PM
Discussion Panel: Friday, May 3 @6-7PM
Poetry Reading: Sunday, May 5 @2-4PM


Paula Te
Edward Gunawan
Cynthia Dewi Oka
Colin Sullivan
Jeddie Sophronius
Giovanna Lomanto
May-Li Khoe
Dr. Viola Lasmana


HOME MADE is a non-profit collective that hosts free intimate in-person literary arts gatherings to connect, cultivate & celebrate the stories and storytellers from immigrant/refugee backgrounds in the Bay Area.

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