Testimonials

  1. The personal benefits I have gained from being involved with A Place since 2010, has far exceeded my expectations. I discovered that I am a visual artist and want to share my stories. Most importantly, I have become more aware of my deep trauma stemming from my violent Vietnamese French ancestry and have gained the courage to face issues head on enough to seek professional help
    Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
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  3. In line with the vision of A Place of Her Own, each artwork points toward an imagined world free from fears. I cannot thank PLACE enough for working consistently and patiently with me over the years, their inclusion and warm welcome. The camaraderie, support and love I felt from the other ladies who were taking the class helped me to open up and face my stressful upbringing and recognize how that was still affecting my life. The tools I learned from “A Place of Her Own” workshops have continued to inspire my healing and transformative process.
    Reiko Fujii
  4. The process of separating inherited beliefs from personal ones and consciously choosing what I wish to carry forward with me, has impacted my life in a meaningful and significant way by how I choose to go forward, or rather, walk my pathThe process of separating inherited beliefs from personal ones and consciously choosing what I wish to carry forward with me, has impacted my life in a meaningful and significant way by how I choose to go forward, or rather, walk my path
    Manon Bogerd Wada
  5. As a psychologist, art is not my familiar modality, so it bypasses my intellect and allows me to express my intuition, playfulness, and my heart. I am learning that I am an artist, working with knitting yarn as my medium. Working together with other women, in a safe and vulnerable space has been a rich experience. I am recognizing and accepting my playfulness and joyousness. I don’t have to feel guilty for being playful in a world of so much suffering. In fact, my playfulness, fully expressed, brings light and joy into the world as a gift.
    Nancy Arvold,MFT, psychologist
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    Jennifer Fields
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    Paul Christian
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    Jennifer Fields
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    Jennifer Fields
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    Jennifer Fields
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    Paul Christian
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  1. The personal benefits I have gained from being involved with A Place since 2010, has far exceeded my expectations. I discovered that I am a visual artist and want to share my stories. Most importantly, I have become more aware of my deep trauma stemming from my violent Vietnamese French ancestry and have gained the courage to face issues At At age 7o, I believe more than ever in the importance of creating art that is meaningful and sharing it with others. A Place of Her Own provides the nurturing setting and tools that lead to insight and the coaching to artistically communicate personal journey with family, friends, and extended communities. From my vantage point, A Place of Her Own provides a unique and much needed service for Asian American women and other women of color to regain and nourish our vibrant voices
    Susan Almazol, Director of Communication Training Consultants
  2. This project has helped me to take control of a range of experiences and memories by allowing me to articulate, process, and transform feelings and thoughts into ways that enhance personal growth instead of dismissing them, belittling them or allowing others to dictate what they are supposed to mean to me
    Irene Wibawa
  3. I am a survivor of domestic violence and fought in courts for custody of my children since 2002. I was able to escape my abusive environment, but could not retain my kids. I have been trying to process this devastating turn in my life. I am very grateful to A Place of Her Own, which gave me the means and courage to express my feelings about my situation and to share it with the general public. My art for PLACE is all about finding a connection with my children. During our exhibition, I shared my story and many people commented positively on my art piece, which gives me the strength to go on.
    Xiaojie Zheng
  4. This was quite an enriching opportunity and experience. We were a diverse group of women, from various immigrant backgrounds, some straddling 2 cultures. Many of us social service providers. A few of us did not identify as ‘artists’, but we do now. As individuals who give so much to others (sometimes at the expense of self-care), members of marginalized groups, have family & personal histories of displacement and trauma, and so often have voices that are unheard, this was a unique weekly opportunity in which to create community around our commonalities and stories. It also was a sacred time to dedicate to ourselves.
    Angela Bau
  5. At age 7o, I believe more than ever in the importance of creating art that is meaningful and sharing it with others. A Place of Her Own provides the nurturing setting and tools that lead to insight and the coaching to artistically communicate personal journey with family, friends, and extended communities. From my vantage point, A Place of Her Own provides a unique and much needed service for Asian American women and other women of color to regain and nourish our vibrant voices
    Susan Almazol, Communications Training Consultants
  6. This was quite an enriching opportunity and experience. We were a diverse group of women, from immigrant families, some straddling 2 cultures. Many of us worked in social services. A few of us did not identify as ‘artists’, but we do now. As individuals who give so much to others (sometimes at the expense of self-care), members of marginalized groups, have family & personal histories of displacement and trauma, and so often have voices that are unheard, this was a unique weekly opportunity in which to create community around our commonalities and stories. It also was a sacred time to dedicate to ourselves
    Angela Bau
  7. This project has helped me to take control of a range of experiences and memories by allowing me to articulate, process, and transform feelings and thoughts into ways that enhance personal growth instead of dismissing them, belittling them or allowing others to dictate what they are supposed to mean to me.
    Irene Wibawa
  8. I am a survivor of domestic violence and fought in courts for custody of my children since 2002. I was able to escape my abusive environment, but could not retain my kids. I have been trying to process this devastating turn in my life. I am very grateful to A Place of Her Own, which gave me the means and courage to express my feelings about my situation and to share it with the general public. My art for PLACE is all about finding a connection with my children. During our exhibition, I shared my story and many people commented positively on my art piece, which gives me the strength to go on.
    Xiaojie Zheng
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    Jennifer Fields
  10. You can edit text on your website by double clicking on a text box on your website. Alternatively, when you select a text box a settings menu will appear.
    Jennifer Fields
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    Jennifer Fields
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    Paul Christian
  1. You have done a superb job of extracting some wonderful ideas and art works from some talented women, and probably surprised even them in the quality of the output. I was so touched by their personal stories, and even more by their willingness to articulate and share them with the public. These are not easy stories to share, and with such eloquence, too. I had expected to see just an art show, but now I understand it is so much more.
    Lucy Sun_ Art Commissioner, art collector
  2. This project has helped me to take control of a range of experiences and memories by allowing me to articulate, process, and transform feelings and thoughts into ways that enhance personal growth instead of dismissing them, belittling them or allowing others to dictate what they are supposed to mean to me
    Irene Wibawa
  3. There are established social services organizations for ethnic communities addressing problems such as domestic violence, rape and assault, but there is no one coming at the problem the way PLACE does. While each cultural community has its own unique ways of coping with trauma, Asian American women are especially silent about stigma, trauma and pain, especially their families. This creative model breaks through this silence and transforms its users. Rather than “talk about” their issues explicitly, the women let the art they create, speak about and for them, instead
    Trinity Ordona Ph.D., past PLACE co-director 2014 – 2016.
  4. In the Asian American Women’s literature class I teach, issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault come up repeatedly in the readings. These issues are rampant in the Asian American community as is the silencing around them. The practice of art making is not regarded as taboo by Asian Americans and what makes PLACE so unique and important. Vexed issued can be addressed up front in a way that is not threatening.
    Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, no. 2
  5. A PLACE has changed me internally and also by how I interact externally. It is difficult to describe or pinpoint what this change is exactly as it continues to unfold itself to me. If I would attempt to illustrate this shift in a metaphor, I would say that I feel like I used to be sitting in the back of a taxi, going where ever it is I’m being taken. Now, however, I have the steering wheel in my hands and although there are always obstacles along the way, I am the one navigating the direction and destination. I’m back in the driver’s seat.
    Manon Bogerd Wada, no. 2
  6. This was quite an enriching opportunity and experience. We were a diverse group of women, from immigrant families, some straddling 2 cultures. Many of us worked in social services. A few of us did not identify as ‘artists’, but we do now. As individuals who give so much to others (sometimes at the expense of self-care), members of marginalized groups, have family & personal histories of displacement and trauma, and so often have voices that are unheard, this was a unique weekly opportunity in which to create community around our commonalities and stories. It also was a sacred time to dedicate to ourselves
    Angela Bau
  7. This project has helped me to take control of a range of experiences and memories by allowing me to articulate, process, and transform feelings and thoughts into ways that enhance personal growth instead of dismissing them, belittling them or allowing others to dictate what they are supposed to mean to me.
    Irene Wibawa
  8. I am a survivor of domestic violence and fought in courts for custody of my children since 2002. I was able to escape my abusive environment, but could not retain my kids. I have been trying to process this devastating turn in my life. I am very grateful to A Place of Her Own, which gave me the means and courage to express my feelings about my situation and to share it with the general public. My art for PLACE is all about finding a connection with my children. During our exhibition, I shared my story and many people commented positively on my art piece, which gives me the strength to go on.
    Xiaojie Zheng
  9. Exhibition visitor: You have done a superb job of extracting some wonderful ideas and art works from some talented women, and probably surprised even them in the quality of the output. I was so touched by their personal stories, and even more by their willingness to articulate and share them with the public. These are not easy stories to share, and with such eloquence, too. I had expected to see just an art show, but now I understand it is so much more.
    Lucy Sun_ Art Commissioner, art collector
  10. There are established social services organizations for ethnic communities addressing problems such as domestic violence, rape and assault, but there is no one coming at the problem the way PLACE does. While each cultural community has its own unique ways of coping with trauma, Asian American women are especially silent about stigma, trauma and pain, especially their families. This creative model breaks through this silence and transforms its users. Rather than “talk about” their issues explicitly, the women let the art they create, speak about and for them, instead.
    Trinity Ordona Ph.D. - past PLACE co-director 2014-2016, Healing for Change-City College SF.
  11. In the Asian American Women’s literature class I teach, issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault come up repeatedly in the readings. These issues are rampant in the Asian American community as is the silencing around them. The practice of art making is not regarded as taboo by Asian Americans and what makes PLACE so unique and important. Vexed issued can be addressed up front in a way that is not threatening.
    Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, no. 2
  12. A PLACE has changed me internally and also by how I interact externally. It is difficult to describe or pinpoint what this change is exactly as it continues to unfold itself to me. If I would attempt to illustrate this shift in a metaphor, I would say that I feel like I used to be sitting in the back of a taxi, going where ever it is I’m being taken. Now, however, I have the steering wheel in my hands and although there are always obstacles along the way, I am the one navigating the direction and destination. I’m back in the driver’s seat
    Manon Bogerd Wada no. 2