Caught in the Betwixt-and-Between:
Koon Hwee Kan
Visual Narrative of an Asian Artist-Scholar
Kent State University, USA
Citation: Kan, K. H. (2009). Caught in the betwixt-and-between: Visual narrative of an Asian artist-scholar. International Journal of
Education & the Arts, 10(29). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v10n29/.
Juxtaposing visual images with stories, this work addresses the formation of my
transnational identity and my experience in the "betwixt-and-between," illustrating
my struggles as artist, scholar, and international faculty member at an Anglo
American university. I exacerbate tensions between my professional and attributed
identities tocomplicate and problematize my other identity--neatly constructed as a
faculty member of color by the corporate management of U.S. higher education.
Recontextualizing within colonialized discourse as inquiry mode, my visual
narrative conveyed as photocollage-cum-essay shows how I came to accept
rootlessness as a form of empowerment. The substantive findings include strategies
to maintain integrity in such an existence: cherishing the vitality of the senses,
preserving the vernacular in the voice, and summoning volition from my Asianity.
Drawn from the visual narrative that helped me come to terms with my "out-of-placeness,"
some suggestions to expand the scholarship of teaching learning by
combining it with personal creative works and research interest are offered.
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