Jane C Mi

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My name is Jane Chang Mi, and I'm an artist and an ocean engineer.

I'm also a new mother. As a new mother, I am interested in sharing the involvement of women and mothers in anti-nuclear activism, and honouring their concern for future generations. I want to spend more time in the Pacific to research and activate these histories, specifically visiting the Rainbow Warrior in Matauri Bay, Aotearoa. I need your help to make that happen.

A bit about me:
In my work, I consider the occupation and militarization of the Pacific. The Pacific has always been a key point of reference to me. Splitting my time between LA and Honolulu means that the Pacific is my main commute, while the US occupation of the Pacific is also partly the reason my family migrated to the US from Taiwan.

As an ocean engineer, my livelihood would have reinforced the legacy of the American military complex. After World War II, the United States began an occupation of the Pacific, which included establishing numerous military bases (e.g. Guam and Okinawa) and conducting various military exercises, such as nuclear testing.

The Rainbow Warrior story is pivotal, not only in New Zealand's history, but in an international resistance to nuclear testing and the exploitation of the Pacific. Though New Zealand had already been calling for the setting up of a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in the Pacific Region, the Treaty of Rarotonga was signed on August 6, 1985 and entered into force on December 11, 1986, establishing a South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone (SPNFZ), banning the use, testing, and possession of nuclear weapons within the borders of the zone.The Rainbow Warrior was actively engaging in counter measures and protesting of both the Americans and the French. In 1985, Greenpeace evacuated 300 Marshallese from Rongelap. The ship then travelled to Auckland, when she was sabotaged by the French intelligence service (DGSE) on July 10, 1985. The Rainbow Warrior was on her way to lead a flotilla to protest the bombing of Mururoa Atoll in the Tuamotus.

What I need help with:
I am seeking support to travel to New Zealand to research and dive the Rainbow Warrior wreck in Matauri Bay. The Rainbow Warrior, for me, is a a symbol of international cooperation; a symbol of meaningful actions that look after the next generation.

During my visit, I want to dive and document the Rainbow Warrior that will inform the making of a new work, which will be shown at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in West Auckland in December this year. I also want to speak with those who were actively involved in resisting nuclear testing. These stories are important, and we need to record them for posterity.

These things can't happen from a distance; connections can only be made in person. I'm seeking funding for flights and accommodation so I can talk with you face-to-face, and dive the waters.

As the effects of nuclear testing are still being felt, our relationship to history is vital. I want to create an artwork that thinks through how we remember the stories and symbols of our histories, that were created very much with my generation, and future generations, in mind.

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  • Update: Double Matching Offer by Donor

    2 MONTHS AGO

    A donor has offered to match all donations for this campaign once we reach $2500. Thus, any and all donations are appreciated especially as they are essentially doubled! Thanks in advance.������������