HAAA Art Collection

Mural depicting various acts of hate crime against Asians in America throughout history

Sherry Tseng Hill (b. 1957, Taiwan)
Forgive But Not Forget (2020)
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 18 in.

Donated by the artist.
Location: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Imitating the form of a traditional Chinese handscroll, this work is a documentary of the key events and figures of Asians in America from 1871 up to 2020. From the “Yellow Peril” to the Chinese Exclusion Act; from the L.A. Riot of 1885 to the killing of Fermin Tobera in 1929; from the Japanese internment camps in 1942 to the death of Vincent Chin in 1982; from the shooting death of Joseph Ileto in 1999 to the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in 2017, Hill illustrated a national history riddled with racial intolerance, in dialogues through time with Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” in 1937.

Highly critical of the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and their use of racially targeted terms towards Asians, yet Hill calls to reject the hate quoting Dalai Lama, “forgive but never forget.”