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 Hungry Ghost: Yearning For Fulfillment



A dynamic exhibition highlighting the work of 38 visual and literary artists. The exhibit features essays, illustrations, mixed media installations, paintings, photography, poetry and sculpture.

The Hungry Ghost, a concept based in Buddhist and Taoist beliefs, is a lost soul that roams burdened by unmet needs. Driven by insatiable greed and intense desires, the Hungry Ghost wanders, searches and feeds. In Chinese folk religion, families prepare food offerings for deceased relatives to keep ancestral hungry ghosts at bay.

Hungry Ghost: Yearning for Fulfillment asks Asian American women artists to interpret and illuminate this powerful, culturally rich metaphor. How do Asian American women artists express deep emotional and physical desires? How do we relate to the idea of isolation and alienation? How do we reconcile our Asian backgrounds and American surroundings? How do food and family shape our identity? How do we deal with consumption and compulsion? How do we crave acceptance and fulfillment? What feeds us?


Lisa Chiu is a Taiwanese American writer and food fanatic. Her essays appear in the anthologies Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women (2007) and Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers (2009). A staff member of Literary Mama, Lisa enjoys being part of a worldwide community of talented women writers. Her interest in curation stems from a desire to cultivate creative opportunities that foster cultural awareness. She conceived Hungry Ghost as a forum to amplify Asian American women’s voices and showcase their art. Lisa has a B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University and an M.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University.

Exhibition Dates

Monday, April 23 – Friday, June 8, 2012 | Thoreau Center for Sustainability, The Presidio, San Francisco

Opening Reception

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Artist Salon

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 4:00 PM



Lisa Chiu


Octavia Baker | Mitsuko Brooks | Jennifer Cheng | Karen Chew | Linn Chiu | Wei Ming Dariotis | Ganga Dharmappa | Stephanie Han | Khay Hembrador | Julie Huynh | Jaimee Itagaki | Zilka Joseph | Rosie Kar | Leslie Kitashima | Susan Kitazawa | Julia Kuo | Amy Lam | Lucy Liew | Elaine Gin Louie | Grace Hwang Lynch | Wei Ma | Mia Nakano | Choppy Oshiro | Cat Chiu Phillips | Michelle Salnaitis | Linda Shiue | Leah Silvieus | Sokunthary Svay | Elizabeth Travelslight | Cynthia Tom | Vivian Truong | Solongo Tseekhuu | Cat U-Thasoonthorn | Nancy Uyemura | Susan Lien Whigham | Pamela Ybañez | Stephanie Yu | Leslie Zeitler