Yujane Chen

Yujane Chen

Yujane Chen (she/they) is a queer, 1.5-generation im/migrant Taiwanese-American child of diaspora. She was a finalist at the 2017 Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam & a member of the Bay Area 2017 Brave New Voices team. She currently studies environmental sciences, ethnic studies, & creative writing at UC Berkeley, where she is a student organizer with CalSLAM (UC Berkeley's spoken word poetry organization) & APASD (Asian Pacific American Student Development). She is constantly (re)learning her roots & her tongue & trying to get her life together.

Yujane Chen - N-400 (an erasure)

N-400 (an erasure)

N-400 (an erasure), 2017

An erasure poem is created by crossing out an original text to give it another meaning. The N-400 form under US Customs and Immigration Services is the application for foreign-born aliens to naturalize into the United States. The artist, an alien not of US origin, took a Sharpie to 36 pages of immigration documents  (20 page application & 16 pages of related notices) & crossed out the original text - creating an erasure poem in 14 amendments.

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