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James Ong

I am not an artist. I am someone interested in the ways we capture and retell stories. Whether it is through words or visual representation, there is always a story worth telling. The human experience is rich and shallow, beautiful and horrible, complex and pedestrian. 

This site is a multi-sensory collection of my work from 2010 onward. The content within is for everyone interested in mixed perspectives, created by a mixed-race scholar-turned-writer who enjoys travel, culture, and of course, good coffee.

My work has taken me all over the world. I've studied for way too long at too many universities, BA from UCSC, MA from UCLA, PhD in the works. My academic work suggests I have a reasonable interest in multiethnic studies and Asian American issues. Living abroad is something everyone should do if given the opportunity. By far, my favorite place to live and work is Kyoto, Japan. Sit on the banks of the Kamogawa (river) and tell me you aren't inspired. Then go see a Hanshin Tigers game. 

I don't have a single style: my academic publications focus on critical mixed-race analysis, my fiction is emotional surrealism and exaggerated perspective, my photos are the equivalent of cinema vèritè, everything else is just the byproduct of some transient thought I had over a good cup of coffee.