Is it japanese artist or artist who is japanese

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  1. 1. Is It Japanese Artist or Artist Who is Japanese? Lillian Blakey
  2. 2. “One’s name is intimate, a cocoon that gives comfort, familiarity, and security in a world that can be hostile. Pg.122
  3. 3. “ Right from the beginning, he felt that my Japanese name, Michiko, was much better than my English name, Lillian. And he decided that the shortened version, Michi, was the best of all. The only problem was that he changed the pronunciation to Meeshee, because to his ear it sounded more poetic.” pg.122/123
  4. 4. “ What can be good manners to one group of people can be insulting to another because common understandings of appropriate behaviors are lacking” pg. 123
  5. 5. “ I always felt as if I had one foot in the boat and the other foot on land.” pg. 123
  6. 6. “And obviously, although I am not Japanese, I had inherited this very deeply ingrained mentality without even realizing it” pg.124
  7. 7. “It was only a matter of time before I exploded and stopped repressing my real self, because the other half of me was pure Canadian” pg. 124
  8. 8. Lillian’s experience at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. “Behind the building was a lovely garden that inspired contemplation and inner harmony” pg.126 “People rush into the building without even a glance at the creation that stands before them with mute pride” pg.126
  9. 9. “At the time I felt a little odd about taking part in the show. My feelings were mixed as I became acutely aware that I was not one of “them”. Inside I had become white, and I felt very uncomfortable in the presence of other people of my race. I was a closet racist”.pg.126
  10. 10. “Ironically, while I never attempted to make Japanese woodcuts, I did eventually try to resolve the dilemma of being 2 people in one through my art, and, ultimately, my work does have a Japanese quality about it”. Pg. 130
  11. 11. “ What you are doing wrong,”he said, “is that you are trying too hard to control the outer shape of your pot. Concentrate on the shape inside the pot, and the outside shape will follow naturally”. Pg.131

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