Some things I’ve done

From the last ~10 years, mostly. Updated January 2023.


Illustration for 六月 (month six), Year of the Water Rabbit, Lunar Calendar Project, 2023.

An Honest Conversation with My Pre-Baby Self” on Wear Your Voice, October 2017. An edited and much much condensed version of this blog post.

Illustrations for “What Your Name Says About You“, Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong, IDEO blog, March 2017.

Cover illustration, After Ferguson, In Solidarity, edited by Tessara Dudley and Mariah Leewright, July 2015.

Illustration for “Color in AW(hite)Place”, Vanessa Mártir, Side B Magazine blog, April 2015.

Impediments to an Otherwise Delightful Life” on, October 2014. Creative homage to The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon.

“Six Months Without a Map” in The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, edited by Asha Veal Brisebois, August 2013. (See below for events and media related to this book.)

Not recent at all, but I wrote my undergrad senior thesis (2004) on 19th-century Chinese restaurants in San Francisco. You can read it online. It holds a special place in my heart as my first piece of published writing (the scan comes from Clio’s Scroll, the UC Berkeley undergraduate history journal).

Exhibitions + events

June 2019: Live portraits, original watercolors, and prints for sale at Community Treasures art show in Oakland.

May-July 2019: Solo visual art show, How to Make Art with a Toddler, at Resurrect boutique in Oakland.

Promo postcard for art show, "How to Make Art with a Toddler"

Summer 2015: I was at Just Festival in Edinburgh, UK, as one of three featured writers from the anthology, The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35. Here we are with our editor, playing the air guitar. Photo: Scott Spalding

Colin Souness, Lisa Hsia, Asha Veal Brisebois, and Justin Howard in Edinburgh, 2015

May 2015: I did live portraits at the Oakland Museum of California for their weekly Friday night community event, as one of three featured local vendors. Photo: Allison Hsia.

Lisa Hsia creating live portraits at the Oakland Museum of California

September 2014: My Kitchens: A Portrait Series was in APAture in San Francisco, a curated annual showcase for emerging Asian Pacific American artists in visual arts, literary arts, music, performing arts, comics and illustration, and film. See close-ups of my paintings, and more pics from the event, herePhoto: Kearny Street Workshop / Astra Kim.


Interviews + mentions (multimedia!)

Artist of the Month interview for the travel website Wandering Educators, September 2015.

Video interview about the creative process for the Metastate Movement project, July 2015.

Radio interview on familial love between different cultural generations, for Crosscurrents, KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco, July 2015.

Lisa Hsia and the Manifesta Portrait Series,” ‘Festa Oakland blog, 27 May 2015.

Interview for the travel group Writing Walking Women, 3 October 2014.

Panel discussion for The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, The Collaborative City / Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Cultural Center, 8 September 2014. Watch the full video (1 hour 44 minutes), just my presentation (10 minutes), or an excerpt from my presentation (3 minutes).

Group radio interview for The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, The Vócalo Morning AMp radio talk show, 89.5 FM / 90.7 FM / WLUW 88.7, Chicago, 8 September 2014.

Interview for the Dispatches series at travel blog Everywhere All the Time: “Outlaws, Outliers, and a Healthy Distrust of Single Narratives,” 28 July 2014.