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Spoken & Seen: A Community Conversation with Asian Artists & Activists

Join us for a community conversation about art and activism featuring Myung Mi Kim, Ba Zan Lin, and Mizin Shin, moderated by Barbara Cole and Bryan Lee.

This virtual event will take place via Zoom. It is free to attend, but advance registration is required. Participants will receive an email to confirm their Zoom invitation upon registration.

Featured image by artist Mizin Shin.


Monday, November 8, 2021


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm




Virtual via Zoom
Just Buffalo Literary Center


Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artists

  • Ba Zan Lin
    Ba Zan Lin
    Senior Program Officer, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

    As an 18-year-old, Ba Zan Lin came to the United States to pursue a life different from his native Burma, where he regularly witnessed social injustice and tyranny. In Buffalo, he saw other kinds of injustice and became determined to help. Lin became involved in efforts to ameliorate some of the inequities he saw in his new home. After several advocacy roles ranging from PUSH Buffalo to Burmese Community Services to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Lin joined the Community Foundation in 2017 to support grant programs and manage special projects and initiatives. Lin serves as Board Chair for the Partnership for the Public Good, and Board Secretary for Burmese Community Services. He also is the Lead Organizer on the Buffalo Water Festival Committee. He graduated with bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education and Policy from the University at Buffalo, and with master’s in Adult Education from the Buffalo State College. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Culture, Society and Policy at the University at Buffalo.

  • Cheng Yang "Bryan" Lee
    Cheng Yang "Bryan" Lee
    Manager of Community Engagement for WNY, New York Immigration Coalition

    Cheng Yang “Bryan” Lee is the Manager of Community Engagement for Western New York at the New York Immigration Coalition. Previously, he was the Curator at El Museo, a nonprofit arts organization in Buffalo focusing on underserved artists and communities. Born and raised in Malaysia, Bryan is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.

  • Mizin Shin
    Mizin Shin
    Printmaker & Artist

    Born and raised in South Korea, Mizin Shin graduated from Hong-ik University with a B.F.A in Printmaking and received her M.F.A from SUNY at Buffalo. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rochester.

    Shin’s work has been shown nationally and internationally at institutions across the United States, the UK, Spain, and South Korea. Leading numerous printmaking workshops with a number of art organizations, Shin focuses on both traditional and contemporary printmaking practices to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the medium. Mizin Shin is a co-founder of Mirabo Press in Buffalo, NY, vice president of the Print Club of Rochester, and a board member of Mid America Print Council.

  • Myung Mi Kim
    Myung Mi Kim
    Poet & James H. McNulty Chair of English, SUNY Buffalo

    Myung Mi Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. She immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of nine and was raised in the Midwest. She earned a BA from Oberlin College, an MA from The Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her collection of poems Under Flag (1991) won the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Award of Merit; subsequent collections include Civil Bound (2019), Penury (2009), River Antes (2006), Commons (2002), DURA (1999), and The Bounty (1996). Myung currently teaches in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, where she is the James H. McNulty Chair of English.

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