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Lecture At The China Society in June

On 09, May 2017 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

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, Read more…

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

On 24, Aug 2016 | One Comment | In About Liu, America, Architecture, Family Story, Paris | By Gayook

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 Deco Festival. And, our whole family attended – my son, Matthew, his baby girl, Cayden, and her mother, Ellen. Read more…

Jenn’s Presentation at the Art Deco World Congress

On 12, Nov 2015 | 2 Comments | In About Liu, America, China, Family Story | By Gayook

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: Read more…

The Gifts From My Father Keep Coming!

On 20, Oct 2015 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

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 in French returned. Read more…

Another Gift From My Father

On 13, Oct 2015 | One Comment | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

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, I used to watch him paint. Read more…

Growing Up With Racism in America

On 01, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

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 just surviving in America. Read more…

Remembering My Father

On 23, Jun 2015 | One Comment | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

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 do with me. Read more…

Congratulations Fu Ji!

On 02, Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | In America, Family Story, Paris | By Jenn

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.

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In Loving Memory of My Mother Suzanne Liou

On 12, May 2014 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Gayook

While this website is  primarily about my father’s artwork, with Mother’s Day just past, my thoughts naturally turn towards my mother and the part she played in our lives. So this is in loving memory of my mother Suzanne Liou. Read more…

Smith Lecture Video

On 05, May 2014 | No Comments | In About Liu, America, Family Story | By Jenn

So as promised here is the link below to the Smith Lecture Video on April 12, 2014. It’s a Google Doc link as the file is too big to upload. There is a short introduction by Fu Ji about the exhibit and overall project and then I’m on. Joan Lebold Cohen follows giving a very interesting talk  Read more…