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Diane Zhou (b 1992) also has a Chinese name. She thought it meant “excellent”, but it actually means “water reeds”.

There are also a panda (now dead) and a robot goddess who share the same name pronunciation.

Diane lives and works in New York. Through a variety of media, she explores softness (as a physical and mental experience), the impossibility of defining Chinese-ness (both across diasporic Chinese populations and within mainland China), how visual tropes become distorted through repetition and begin to take on unintended meanings, and the way certain cultural artifacts such as bubble tea seem to densely embody many political, psychological, and sensory frictions.