Kina, Laura and Jan Christian Bernabe. Queering Contemporary Asian American Art.
University of Washington Press, forthcoming 2017.


Kina, Laura and Wei Ming Dariotis. War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art.
University of Washington Press, 2013.
$44.95 paperback (ISBN: 9780295992259), 304 pp, 61 illus., 7 x 10 in.
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Exhibition Catalogs:
Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai’i – the art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara.
Los Angeles, CA: Bear River Press, 2015.
Catalog published in conjunction with the Japanese American National Museum exhibition. Foreword by G.W. Kimura, curatorial essay by Krystal Hauseur, an invited essay by Margo Machida, an interview with the artists, and full color reproductions of all 30 images in the show.
$24 paperback (ISBN -13: 978-0-9768528-2-7; ISBN: 0-768528-2-9), 52 pp.


Laura Kina: Uchinanchu. (exhibition catalog in conjunction with Cal Poly Pomona, 2016 solo show) featuring co-curator Michele Cairella Fillmore’s essay “Transnational Lives in Motion.” $29.36 Purchase the exhibition catalog or download a PDF or view online.


Laura Kina: Blue Hawaii (exhibition catalog in conjunction with New Jersey City University, 2015 and University of Memphis, 2014 solo show) featuring an invited essay by Wesley Uenten “Okinawan Diaspora Blues.” Download a PDF of the exhibition catalog or view it online.


Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina (exhibition catalog in conjunction with the Chicago Cultural Center, 2013 exhibition) featuring the previously published invited essays by ML, Johny. “Indigo Inscriptions”; Vali, Murtaza. “The Dye That Binds: Indigo Iconographies”; Yee, Michelle. “Moving Materials: Reclaiming Histories of Migration.” Download a PDF of the exhibition or view it online.

Lee, Larry. “Laura Kina: A Many-Splendored Thing.” Foundation for Asian American Independent Media 15th Annual Asian American Showcase catalog. 2010.


Indigo: New Work By Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina (exhibition catalog in conjunction with New Delhi/Mumbai, India exhibitions, 2009) featuring invited essays by ML, Johny. “Indigo Inscriptions”; Vali, Murtaza. “The Dye That Binds: Indigo Iconographies”; Yee, Michelle. “Moving Materials: Reclaiming Histories of Migration.” Download a PDF of the exhibition catalog.


Boris, Staci and Sarah Giller Nelson. The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation. Chicago, IL: Spertus Press, 2007. p 40-41 and 91-95. ISBN-10: 0935982655 ISBN-13: 978-0935982657


(In press) Kina, Laura. “Issei, Nisei, Sansei, Yonsei, Gosei: Painting Okinawan American Champurū Spirit and Hapa Identity.” In Hapa Japan, edited by Duncan Williams, 149–162. Los Angles: USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures/Kaya Press, 2017.

Kina, Laura. (in Japanese) “Painting Okinawan American Champurū Spirit and Hapa Identity.” In Okinawa gender Gaku: kosa sure aidentiti (Gender Studies in Okinawa: Crossing Identities), edited by Ikue Kina (no relation), 119–147. Tokyo: Otsuki Shoten Publisher, 2016.


Laura Kina, “From Okinawa to Hawaii and Back Again: A Painter Follows the Currents of Her Family History,” What it Means to Be an American – a project of the Smithsonian and Zocalo Public Square, August 31, 2015.

G. Reginald Daniel, Laura Kina, Wei Ming Dariotis, Camilla Fojas, “Emerging Paradigms in Critical Mixed Race Studies,” Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1 (2014): 6–65 (

Michele Elam, Laura Kina, Jeff Chang, and Ellen Oh, “Beyond the Face: A Pedagogical Primer for Mixed-Race Art and Social Engagement,” Asian American Literary Review, Special Issue on Mixed-Race Volume 4, Issue 2 (Fall 2013): 120–154.

Laura Kina, “Mixed-Race Asian American Art: Chanpuru Spirit and ‘hapa’ Identity,” in Gender Studies In Okinawa F.Y. 2012 center research papers (International Institute for Okinawa Studies, University of the Ryukyus, 2013), 1–11.

Laura Kina, “First Response – In Love with Cat and Carm: Queering Asian American Portraiture in Shizu Saldamando’s Stay Gold” and “Second Response,” as part of “Dispatches from the Symposium,” Asian American Literary Review, Portraiture Volume 3, Issue 2  (Fall/Winter 2012): 27–30, 45–48.

Kina, Laura. Half Yella: Embracing Ethno-racial Ambiguity.”In Embracing Ambiguities: Faces of the Future, edited by Jillian Nakornthap and Lynn Stromick, 5-10. Fullerton, CA: Main Art Gallery, Cal State University Fullerton, 2010.

Kina, Laura. “Mixed Heritage Art.” Mixed Heritage Center. December 2007.

Book Covers:

Kina, Laura. “Kasuri” 2010. In Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations by Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Okihiro eds., cover image. University of Hawai’i Press, in press spring 2016.


Kina, Laura. “Cane Fire” 2010; “Aloha Dreams: Loco Moco” 2007; “Tina Hyun Giving Me A Pedicure” 2006. In Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia, edited by Mary Yu Danico, cover images Vol 2, 3, 4. Sage Publications, 2014.


Kina, Laura. “Kasuri” 2010. In Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii by Franklin Odo, cover image. Oxford University Press, 2013.


Kina, Laura. “Devon Avenue Sampler.” In Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, cover image. Temple University Press, 2011.


Kina, Laura. “Untitled.” In One Tribe by M. Evelina Galang, cover image. New Issues Press, Western Michigan University, 2006.


Kina, Laura. “Flowers for your Heart.” In Asian American Literary Studies edited by Guiyou Huang, cover image. Edinburgh University Press, 2006.

Artwork Publications:

Kina, Laura. “Cane Fire,” “Hapa Soap Opera #4,” and “Loving series self-portrait.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, edited by Guisela Latorre and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Vol. 36, No 1, 2015. Cover image and p. 198-199.

Kina, Laura. “Issei.” In “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” traveling banner exhibition and poster series organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. See the poster, get the exhibition app, follow the exhibition.

Kina, Laura “Hapa Soap Opera #1.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen M. Nadeau, 92, 99. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.


Kina, Laura. “Loving: Elena Rubin” and “Loving: Shoshanna Weinberger.” Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, edited by Adebe DeRango-Adem & Andrea Thompson, 48 and 74. Inanna Publication, 2010.

Kina, Laura “Sugar.” ZEEK: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture. Winter 2010. Cover image and p.62-65.

Kina, Laura. “The Refrigerator Door.” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility. No. 39 Vo. 661. June 2009: 9.

Sundell, Ivy. “Laura Kina.” Living Artists. Crow Woods Publishing: Evanston, IL, 2004. p. 94-95.

“Laura Kina.” New American Paintings. The Open Studio Press: Boston, 2002. Volume 41.