Life of Ruth Asawa, Sculptor and Painter with Marilyn Chase
You’re invited to join CSI East Bay-Oakland Chapter for an online presentation: “Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa” with author Marilyn Chase.
Author Marilyn Chase will talk about the life and work of Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa (1926 – 2013), who grew up on a Southern California truck farm and transcended poverty, racism and incarceration in a World War II internment camp, to make a groundbreaking career in modern sculpture and educational advocacy for San Francisco school children. She will share stories about her five-year research and writing journey in bringing Asawa’s story to life, along with some of the graphics that illustrate her book.
A graduate of Stanford University with a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley, Chase was a longtime reporter, columnist and senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal. She has also taught journalism at both Stanford and Berkeley. Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa (Chronicle Books, 2020) is her second book, named one of Smithsonian scholars’ favorite books of 2020, and this month was listed as one of Artnet’s top 10 essential new works on women artists. She is also author of The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco (Random House, 2003), recounting the struggle of medical detectives to track down and stamp out a shipborne plague that infected San Franciscans from Chinatown to all corners of the city.