Spirit of Unity: Leland Wong and the Nihonmachi Street Fair
The UCSB Library presents an exhibition from its collection of posters by Leland Wong, a San Francisco-based graphic artist and photographer best known for his screen-print posters announcing the San Francisco Nihonmachi Street Fair. Leland Wong’s artwork has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. His artistic affinities and iconography are deeply rooted in San Francisco’s Chinatown where he was born and raised. These 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 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 both cultural affirmation and a commitment to community service.