INTERNATIONAL EXAMINER (SEATTLE) -- In 2005, emerging scholar Krystal Reiko Hauseur approached artist Roger Shimomura about focusing on his performance art as the subject of her master’s thesis in art history at San Francisco State University. Shimomura was pleased to oblige, and then later, he returned the favor by approaching Hauseur to write a book covering his performance work in more depth. The result is Masking Identity: The Performance Art of Roger Shimomura.
Masking Identity catalogs 13 of Shimomura’s performance art pieces that were presented from 1984 to 2002. The book is loaded with images on almost every page and gives a sense of how Shimomura played with both American tropes and stereotypes about Asians and Asian Americans.