Andrea LOUIE   雷恩华

Executive Director
AsianAmerican Arts Alliance


 Together with my organization, the Asian American Arts Alliance, I am working to help create concrete pathways of access for Asian American artists in all disciplines to such cultural decision-makers as curators, artistic directors, and editors. It’s just not a level playing field out there, and, unfortunately, there are barriers to success in the arts due to race and ethnicity. I’m also trying to increase diversity and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector by working on arts policy issues and collecting demographic data about nonprofit arts organizations.

What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?

I was a newspaper reporter in Ohio, and it was such an amazing experience to learn about the lives of so many people on a daily basis! I also learned how to read and write fast and think on my feet—skills that serve me every day today.

What books are currently on your bedside table?

The White Road: Journey into Obsession, by Edmund de Waal, and Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil-Rights America, by Jeff Chang

What was the last gift you gave someone?

A potholder in the shape of a chicken made from cloth that was woven on a special Japanese loom; the weavers were people with autism.

What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?

The Hudson Valley in New York State.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?  

I grew up on a farm in Amish country, Ohio, and, at one point, helped to castrate sheep when I was a teenager.