Jennifer Chia-Ling Ho is a Taiwanese interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her practice responds to her linguistic and cultural displacement as a first-generation immigrant. Ho has participated in residencies at 18th Street Arts Center, LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island, and NARS Foundation. Ho’s work has been exhibited at 18th Street Arts Center in California; Below Grand Gallery; Pratt Institute in New York. Recent fellowships include the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Fellowship and the National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan-International Exchange Fellowship. Ho received her MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute.
‘How are you?’ A casual greeting that doesn’t necessarily mean what the three words say. The speaker isn’t always interested in knowing how you are really feeling. However, in a racially conscious society, the pronunciation of this simple sentence weighs much more heavily than its meaning. Being a first-generation immigrant, I’m frequently reminded of my identity as a Taiwanese, a foreigner, and a nonnative because of my inability to speak ‘perfect’ English and my ‘foreign’ accent. I’m interested in the racial, cultural, and social power dynamics that language enacts and identity’s uncertainty and performativity in immigrants and foreigners.