Nina Yuchi




The Hyphe—
nated Iden—
tity

Web design, 3D design, research



The "hyphenated identity" concept derives from Peter Feng's essay “Being Chinese American, Becoming Chinese American: Chan Is Missing” and its metaphor of an Asian American "donut identity". In this metaphor, the Asian American identity lies in the empty hole in the center of the donut. It’s intangible and ambiguous, formed around opposition to orientalism and racial stereotypes. I strived to visualize this hyphenated, donut identity in an interactive website. I modeled amorphous shapes using Blender, mapping the Textile Taxonomy poster on the objects which are arranged in a ring. The models are loaded on the site using three.js. Site visitors can interact with and zoom into the objects, immersing themselves into the virtual space.

Visit the live website (note: it may take a few seconds for the models to load).