Valerie Soe


Valerie Soe is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Since 1986 her experimental videos, installations, and documentary films have won dozens of awards, grants, and commissions, and have exhibited around the world. Her short experimental video, “ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME.” (1986, 1.30 min.) won Best Foreign Video, at the 1987 Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino, Italy; First Place, Experimental Category, at the 1987 Sony Corporation Visions of U.S. Festival, and Honorable Mention, Experimental Video, at the 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Other awards include Director's Choice Award, Image Film and Video Festival, Atlanta; Best Bay Area Short, San Francisco International Film Festival; Making A Difference Award, Commffest Global Community Film Festival, Toronto; and a Mediamaker Award, Bay Area Video Coalition, among others. Her experimental videos and installations have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum in New York City, and at film festivals, museums, and galleries worldwide. Her essays and articles have been published extensively in books and journals including Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism; Afterimage; Amerasia Journal, and The Independent, among many others. Soe is the author of the blog (recipient of a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation), which looks at Asian and Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. Her latest film, LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN, is currently in production.