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Media Installation & Graphic Design . . . China Ching 

Bessie Dvora China Leipakumakaniokalani Ching (China) is Native Hawaiian, Chinese, and Japanese from her father's side and Jewish from her mother's side. She was named according to Hawaiian and Jewish traditions, and carries names from the matrilineal lines of both her parents and comes from a family of artists. China has a Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College and a Masters degree in Oral History from Columbia University.

China has taught video production and digital storytelling across the United States and in Canada and Africa, with a particular emphasis on using media technologies and storytelling for social and community change.  China was a founding member of Third World Majority, a new media training and production resource center where she was the Director of Circle of Voices, a Native-specific training program. China worked for four years at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), where she developed a national HIV-stigma media campaign entitled, Together We Are Stronger. She was also the author of, Youth Powered Media: A Native Youth HIV Prevention Media Project an 18-session curriculum designed to provide HIV prevention education, media literacy, media production skills, and leadership development to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian teens.

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China & her father Chanson Aiono Ching

who also helped with the installation of the exhibit.

The Lifework and Collective Song of Sam Kaha`i Kaai,

Naue Ka Hona (The earth shakes) - E ala mai ia Kihanuilulumoku (Kihanuilulumoku awakens)

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Media Installation Piece ~ edited by China Ching

Video footage provided by Na Maka o ka Aina &

the Hawai`i Natural History Association

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