Happy Birthday Alan

Alan Lau is a poet (Blues and Greens, Songs for Jadina), painter represented by Francine Seders Gallery, arts editor for the International Examiner and produce worker at Uwajimaya. He is the most important Asian American artist in Seattle after Bruce Lee and George Tsutakawa.

Alan lives in a small studio with his wife Kazuko Nakane. Their place seems even smaller, because the walls are stacked two deep with shelves filled with books, magazines, records, clippings, and art.

When anyone needs info about an Asian artist, they visit Alan at Uwajimaya. He is the wise one who calls Seattle home. Alan is the most amazing artist living in the guise of a humble produce worker. Seattle wouldn't be the same without him.

This post is to say: Happy 60th Birthday Alan (!)