16th World Congress on Art Deco: Miami

Yes I am heading back to Miami!!! I am honored to be asked back to lecture for this prestigious event! I’m also looking forward to reconnecting with some of the lovely people I met on my last trip in January. The Miami Design Preservation League, Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches and The International…


In Her Footsteps…

Last summer I took my usual trip to NYC and NJ to visit family. During that visit I took 1 day to visit Mom’s (Gayook’s) favorite places. I started out visiting her apartment on the Upper Eastside (85th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave, 1st floor) I was able to talk to someone who lived in the building but not the people who lived in her apartment.


Lecture At The China Society in June

When Jenn started to research my father, Liu Ji Piao’s, architectural work during the Art Deco period, we never thought that it would come to a point where others would also want to know about his legacy. Once again, Jenn has been invited to present her grandfather’s work,

Westlake Museum scroll

Jenn’s Queen Mary Presentation – A Proud Mother’s Perspective

I was saddened to have missed Jenn’s presentation last November at the Art Deco World Congress in Shanghai, especially since it was where I was born. You can imagine, then, how excited I was to be able to attend Jenn’s lecture on the Queen Mary this past Saturday, August 20th, at the 12th LA Art…

Talk on Nov 4, 2015

Jenn’s Presentation at the Art Deco World Congress

I apologize to any Chinese readers for being a proud mother. This is my American side surfacing. I finally got a chance to speak to Jenn about her presentation, although one of her friends from the L.A. Art Deco Society had already sent an email home:

Gayook and Liu Paris Exhibit

The Gifts From My Father Keep Coming!

It seems that I’m always finding out new gifts my father gave me. The latest occurred in French class. I took French in high school and college, but hadn’t touched the subject in nearly 50 years. After my father’s art deco display at the Cite l’architecture et du patrimoine in October of 2013, my interest…

Painting in Jackson 500p

Another Gift From My Father

As a child, your father is simply your father. It isn’t until you’re grown, and sometimes not even while he is alive that you realize what gifts he’s passed down to you. I was no different. I always knew that my father was this talented artist.  When I was younger, and fathers are like gods,…

Liu and Gayook 1943

Growing Up With Racism in America

With all the racial violence that has erupted in the country these days, I find myself thinking more and more about growing up   Chinese in America. I learned very early on not to worry my parents about the racial abuse I faced on a daily basis. Somehow, I knew they had enough to deal with…

Liu and Gayook 1943

Remembering My Father

I’ve already mentioned in other blogs that, before Jenn discovered my father’s place in Chinese history, I knew him only as a broken man, depressed and distant. It not only saddened me throughout my childhood, I believed he didn’t love me. What I finally understood with this new information was that it had nothing to…

Fu Ji at Smith College

Congratulations Fu Ji!

This is just a quick  shout out to Fu Ji! Happy Graduation! Fu recently graduated from Smith College after a successful exhibit and lecture in which I had the honor to participate.