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Alice Ming Wai Jim

Alice Ming Wai Jim is Professor of Contemporary Art and Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories. She is co-editor of the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill, in association with Concordia and NYU). An art historian and curator, her research on diasporic art in Canada and contemporary Asian art span across ethnocultural and global art histories, critical race theory, media arts, and curatorial studies.

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PhD, McGill University, 2004
MA, Concordia University, 1996
BA, McGill University, 1992 

Alice Ming Wai Jim and Henry Tsang (authors/editors). (2022). Glen Lowry, M. Simon Levin, Henry Tsang | The Maraya Project: Reflecting Urban Waterfronts: Vancouver/Dubai. Montreal: Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art.

Book Chapters
“Ethnic Futurisms in Contemporary Art.” Art and Knowledge after 1900: Interactions Between Modern Art and Thought. Ed. James Fox and Vid Simoniti. Manchester University Press, 2023. 245–269.

“Alice Ming Wai Jim.” Storytellers of Art Histories. Ed. Yasmeen Siddiqui & Alpesh Kantilal Patel. Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Series. London, UK: Intellect Books, 2021. 106–110.

“When Worlds Meet: Howie Tsui’s Retainers of Anarchy.” Howie Tsui. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery; Victoria, BC: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2017. 9–31.  

“Maraya’s Sisyphean Cart: Twinned Visions of Vancouver and Dubai.” Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World. Ed. Martha Langford. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2017.  

Reprint: “Articulating Spaces of Representation: Contemporary Black Women Artists in Canada” (2004). Towards an African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance. Ed. Charmaine Nelson. Toronto: Captus Press, 2018. 338-350.

“Fashioning Race, Gender and Desire: Cheryl Sim’s Fitting Room & Mary Sui Yee Wong’s Yellow Apparel,” Desire/Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada. Ed. Heather Davis. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2017

Reprint: “Redress Express: Chinese Restaurants and the Head Tax Issue in Canadian Art” (2007); Asian Canadian Studies Reader. Ed. Roland Sintos Coloma and Gordon Pon. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.  

Reprint: "The Different Worlds of Cao Fei" (2012). Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture, Book 1). Ed. Lauren Cornell and Ed Halter. New York: MIT Press; co-published with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2015. 89-97.

“Love the Future: Ai Weiwei and Art for Human Rights.” Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia, ed. Susan J. Henders and Lily Cho. New York: Lexington Books, 2014. 23-38.

“Dealing with Chiastic Perspectives: Global Art Histories in Canada.” Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada. Ed. Lynda Jessup, Keri Cronin, and Kirsty Robertson. Montreal: MQUP, 2014. 66-90.

“20 Years of ‘Departure Lounge Art’: Airplanes, Airports and Visa Centres in Contemporary Art.” Triennial City: Localising Asian Art (Asia Triennial Manchester 2011). Ed. Beccy Kennedy, Alnoor Mitha, and Leon Wainwright. Manchester, UK: Cornerhouse Publications, 2014. 40-62.

Journal Articles & Guest Edited Issues
Co-editor (with A. Chang). Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA), special issue on “COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism,” 6:1-2 (2021).

Co-editor (with Marie Fraser). RACAR, issue on “What is Critical Curating?” 43:2 (2018): Editorial, 5-9.

"Lee Wen: Performing Yellow." Afterall 46 (Autumn/Winter 2018): 7-13. Open access:

With Susan Cahill, Kristy A. Holmes, Heather Igloliorte, Alice Ming Wai Jim, Erin Morton, Charmaine A. Nelson, Cheli Nighttraveller, AJ Ripley, Carla Taunton, and Tamara Vukov. “Killjoys, Academic Citizenship, and the Politics of Getting Along.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (fall 2017.

“Asiancy and Visual Culture: The Asianadian Magazine, 1978–1985.” Journal of Canadian Art History (2016): 154–179.

“Mao Goes Pop Online: Game Art Worlds in China.” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (UK: Intellect) 2:3 (Sept 2016), ed. Beccy Kennedy and Ming Turner.  

“Afterword: The Retreat.” PUBLIC: Art/Culture/Ideas (Fall 2014): 169–176. Issue on dOCUMENTA (13) in Banff, ed. Sarah Blacker, Imre Szeman, Maria Whiteman, and Heather Zwicker.

“How to Occupy Retreat: dOCUMENTA (13) from Kassel to Banff.” J Curatorial Studies 2:1 (June 2013):170–95.

“Thoughts on the Meaning of Return: HKG><YVR” (Hongcouver and discourses on Asianization). Journal of Visual Culture [UK], ed. Susan Pui San Lok, 6:3 (December 2007) 333-341.

“Analysis and Documentation of the 1989 Exhibition 'Black Wimmin: When and Where We Enter.’” Revue art canadienne/Canadian Art Review (RACAR), 23:1-2 (1996 issue published in 1998) 71-83.

Selected Exhibitions Curated
Co-curator, Drawing from Our History, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, January 2023.

Working Group on Artistic Responses to COVID-19, "Engaging Creativities in the Pandemic" (, College of the Royal Society of Canada, February 2021.

Co-Chair, Artistic Committee. Artistic Programme of ISEA 2020: Why Sentience? 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art, online Oct 13-18, 2020.   

Hear Us Now: EAHR #BIPOC Instagram Exhibition. 2020
Diyan Achjadi and Alisi Telegut: Animate, Carleton U Art Gallery, Ottawa, Sept.11–Nov.12, 2017. 

Yen-chao Lin (Montreal): DIY Haunt, Oboro artist-run centre, Montreal, May 19–25, 2017. 

Yam Lau (Toronto): A World is a Model of a World, Darling Foundry, Montreal, June 6-August 25, 2013. 

Rearranging Desires: Curating the ‘Other’ Within, fofa Gallery, Concordia University, Oct 6-31, 2008. 
Redress Express: Chinese Restaurants and the Head Tax Issue in Contemporary Art, Centre A, 2007. 

IN[   ]EX (Container Culture), ISEA 2006 (Inter-Society for Electronic Arts), San Jose, CA, Aug 7-13, 2006. 

Yoko Ono: Wish Tree & Mending Peace, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A)|World Peace Forum, Vancouver, June 17-July 1, 2006.