Artwork / Apple Pie / Chú Xam (Vietnamese-American, Nam)

Vietnamese-American Uncle Sam
Gwenn Seemel
Chú Xam (Vietnamese-American, Nam)
acrylic on canvas and eyelet
36 x 24 inches


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Hands aren’t easy to paint. In fact, I might say they’re more difficult than faces! Adult hands like the one in this double portrait provide a certain kind of challenge, and toddler hands like the ones in my half of this diptych are on a whole other level.

Below is the subject’s answer to this question: what does it mean to be an American?

To be an American is to...

  • Be Patriotic and to love your country with all your heart.
  • Love your family and friends and your neighbors, and dont forget to love yourself!
  • Love and care for each other regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, etc...
  • To love and to be loved! Thats what it means to be an American.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to love April 15th!

- Nam

an Asian man
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