Anita Chang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communications, CSU East Bay
Anita Chang is a media artist, educator and writer. Chang’s research and creative practice examine the ways postcolonial, diasporic, and multicultural societies represent themselves in various visual media, with a focus on retelling, reviving, and reinventing their stories and histories, along with the impact these works have on their respective communities and nations. Chang’s moving image works reflect observations and philosophical explorations of ideas, such as inequality, spirituality and freedom. In pushing the boundaries of the moving image medium, she experiments with the interplay between content and form to inspire different kinds of audience experiences. Many of her creative works focus on the experiences of women and girls, minorities, immigrants, exiles, Asian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, and disenfranchised communities. They are engaged with and complicate discourses on (post)colonialism, ethnography, diaspora, race, gender and cross-cultural representation. They also attempt to address the challenges of representing the experiences of people who exist under conditions of marginality—be they socio-economic, political, psychic, or spatial.