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COVER | Chelsea Ryoko Wong

Lots of Women, 2018. (Gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper). Chelsea Ryoko Wong is a San Francisco artist who has lived and worked in the Mission district for over a decade. Wong explores contemporary culture and life through a variety of themes, from literature to local politics, spirituality, and travel. Her work is inspired by community and connectedness, influenced by her background growing up in a mixed-race, nontraditional Asian-American family. By combining delicate techniques of watercolor and gouache, alongside the heavier use of colored pencil, Wong presents scenes that are busy, chaotic, and colorful, drawing energy from the urban landscape onto the paper. Her work has been praised as vibrant, enigmatic, and full of curiosity, as well as fiercely feminist and with a slyly humorous bent. Wong began her studies at Parsons School of Design (New York, N.Y.), and finished at California College of the Arts with a B.A. in printmaking in 2010. She is the first recipient of the Hamaguchi Emerging Artists Fellowship award at Kala in Berkeley. Wong's work can be seen in two upcoming solo exhibitions: Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m. Legion Shop, San Francisco; and March 7, Zinc Contemporary, Seattle, Wash. More of her work can be seen at

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January 2019 Issue:

FEATURE | The Tick That Took Me Out
My story of getting and coping with late-stage Lyme disease—one of the fastest spreading, most debilitating, and least understood diseases in the nation.
By Shona Curley

PARENTING | Get the 411 on 510Families
Two East Bay moms provide plethora of ideas for getting out of the house. By Lisa Fernandez

EDUCATION | Students Are Stoked on STOak
An innovative approach to learning gets class out of the classroom and ignites student interest in civics, politics, and current events. By Julie Anderson

EXHIBITIONS |  Celebrating Contra Costa County's Jewish History
Pioneers to the Present exhibition shares unique stories and hosts special events.
By Janis Hashe

AUTHORS |  Octavio Solis Recalls Life Along the Border
The prominent Latino playwright catalogues growing up conflicted in his debut memoir.
By Lou Fancher

RETAIL | Join the Herbal Revolution
Also, where to shop for the kiddo in your life and a retail-charity connection through gift baskets.
By Nana Twumasi

| Wojia Hunan Cuisine
Get ready to be wowed and impressed at this Hunan restaurant whose dishes live up to the hype. By Katherine Hamilton

The career consultant offers some free advice: network. 
By Paul Kilduff


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