HALF/ASIAN with Amy the CODA are an audio-visual performing duo creating art that is rooted in identity exploration and embodiment. HALF/ASIAN (Ian Griffiths a.k.a 卓民) plays synthesizers from the 80’s purchased at thrift stores and sings in English. Amy the CODA (Amy Braun) performs in her first language – Pidgin Signed English (A combination of ASL signs and English grammar and syntax).
About Ian Griffiths and Amy Braun
HALF/ASIAN with Amy the CODA is a mixed race (Cantonese/British) musician making synth pop on an 80’s synth and a Child Of Deaf Adult singing and signing the lyrics in her mother tongue; sign language.
Amy Braun’s first word/sign was milk. Her sign name is expressed by holding your hand in the sign for “a” by your right hear and shaking it side to side. When the lyrics come out of her hands as visual language, her accent is that of her mother.
Ian Griffiths’ Cantonees name is 卓民 (Chutmun). The two characters mean Lofty Citizen or High Person. He is the one vocalizing and making the sounds with the 1980s synth. He writes the english words that Amy harmonizes and transforms into visual poetry.