Jess X Chen

Film Director | Artist

Jess X Chen is a film director, artist and nationally touring poet. After the Cultural Revolution, her parents immigrated from Nanchang, China to Canada in the late 1980s. Her work exposes narratives of colonial trauma, Asian-American diaspora and collective protest by connecting the violences between the queer and colored body and the body of the Earth. She has lectured and performed her talks “Migration: The Radical Imagination” and “Yellow/Black/Brown: on Colony Collapse and Eco-Feminism” at TEDx CUNY, and Netroots Nation as well as nationally. She is currently developing a feature film on the Navajo Nation, where she is teaching art and poetry workshops to the Diné youth community.