Spirit of Unity: Leland Wong and the Nihonmachi Street Fair

Nihonmachi poster

Leland Wong is a San Francisco-based graphic artist and photographer best known for his screen-print posters announcing the San Francisco Nihonmachi Street Fair.  2013 is the 40th anniversary of the street fair, which takes place in Japantown each summer. The spirit of unity is an enduring value that brings the Bay Area’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities together in a celebration of  culture and community service. Leland Wong's artwork has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.  His artistic affinities and iconography are rooted in San Francisco's Chinatown where he was born and raised.  His posters, designed for community events such as the Nihonmachi, draw on both Japanese and Chinese traditions and are noted for their stylistic symmetry of pan-Asian aesthetics.

The posters on exhibit in the Library are only a selection from the Library's extensive collection of Wong's Nihonmachi posters now housed in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) in the Library’s Department of Special Collections.

Exhibition on view in the Library's Third Floor Gallery through October 9, 2013.