Valerie Soe

All Orientals Look the Same (1986)

Valerie Soe is a writer and experimental videomaker living and working in San Francisco whose productions include Mixed Blood, Picturing Oriental Girls: A (Re) Educational Videotape, (Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival) and "ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME," (Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani; First Place, Experimental Category, Visions of U.S. Festival). Other awards include a James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, a 1994 Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Art Commission, a 1994 Art Matters Fellowship, and a 1992 Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship. Her most recent video, Beyond Asiaphilia, is an experimental video that looks at miscegenation, lust and Asian masculinity from a personal perspective, as filtered through the lens of Hong Kong movies.

Soe also writes art criticism and has been published in Afterimage, High Performance, Cinematograph and The Independent, among others. She curated the exhibition Girl To Woman: Stories For The New Feminism at the University of California, Irvine's Fine Arts Gallery and has programmed several shows at Artists' Television Access and the San Francisco Cinematheque on teen videomakers. She is also on the Board of Directors for Film Arts Foundation and is a founding member of X-Factor, an experimental film and videomaker coalition. She chairs the Film/Video program at the California State Summer School for the Arts and is on faculty at San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department.