got a reception coming up this saturday with John Jung speaking at 1pm and then a reception for my photo exhibit at 2:30 pm. I will be making dumplings. If you don't like my photography, you'll love my dumplings!
Leland Wong's art has been part of the Bay area’s Asian American community for more than thirty-seven years. He grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, surrounded by art goods and curios sold in his family’s business on Grant Avenue. His father, Fueng Wah Wong’s longstanding interest in art greatly influenced Leland Wong, so that by fourteen, he already sought to become an artist. Actively involved with printmaking and photography since high school, Wong first began designing posters and handbills for street fairs and local Chinese community events. These emerging interests led to his enrollment in San Francisco State University, where he earned a BFA in 1975. During the 1970s, he also became involved with Kearny Street Workshop, a Chinatown/ Manilatown community art group, where he produced posters and conducted workshops in screen printing and photography. Wong designed his first Nihonmachi Street Fair poster at Kearny Street in 1974, inaugurating a highly popular series that has continued for nearly three decades, while simultaneously working on projects with various community service organizations. --Margo Machida