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Immigrants Of The Day: Peter Max of Germany, Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster) of Canada, and JuJu Chang of South Korea

by Kevin R. Johnson

Peter Max (Germany)

34339413_6b97f820a7 Peter Max (born October 19, 1937) is an American pop artist. Max was born as Peter Finkelstein in Berlin, Germany, and was raised in Shanghai, China, and in Israel before his family settled in the United States in 1953.  To the right is a picture of a Peter Max mural on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

The young artist trained in New York at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. After completing his studies, Peter Max opened a design studio and gained success as a designer for books, posters andproducts. Max closed his studio in 1964 and began making his signature colorful silkscreens. Max's work played significant role on making Indian mural paintings. Max's art work was a part of the psychedelic movement in graphic design. His work was influential and much imitated in advertising design in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Max later evolved from a pop artist of the 1960s to neo-expressionism. He works with multiple media, including oil, acrylics, water colors, fingerpaints, dyes, pastels, charcoal, pen, multi-colored pencils, etchings, engravings, animation cells, lithographs, serigraphs, silk screens, ceramics, sculpture, collage, video, xerox, fax, and computer graphics. He also includes mass media as a "canvas" for his creative expression.

Max often uses American symbols in his artwork and has done paintings and projects for Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. Recently he created his 100 Clintons, a multiple portrait installation whose images were used through the four days of the Presidential inauguration. The Official Page - The Official Peter Max Web Site with listings of Galleries and Exhibitions and the complete Image Library of Peter Max, offer much more information about Max and his work.

January 28, 2008 | Permalink

Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster) (Canada)

200pxthemunsters_2 220pxyvonne_de_carlo_in_the_ten_com Yvonne De Carlo (born Margaret Yvonne Middleton) (19222007) was a film and television actress, best known for her role as "Lily Munster" on the 1964-1966 television series The Munsters.

The daughter of an aspiring actress, De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her father abandoned her family when she was 3. As a teenager, De Carlo was taken by her mother to Hollywood where she enrolled her in dancing school. Unable to find work, they returned to Canada. The pair made several such trips until 1940, when De Carlo was first runner up to "Miss Venice Beach" and was hired as a showgirl at Florentine Gardens. She made her first film appearance in 1941, but could only find bit parts for the next few years.

De Carlo began at Paramount Studios and moved to Universal Studios and she was utilized as a B-movie version of Maria Montez, one of the studio's reigning divas.

Cast in The Ten Commandments (1956) in a leading role as Moses' wife), De Carlo was part of a major hit. The film was a huge success and De Carlo was among those to be praised for her restrained work.

However, DeCarlo's most famous role that led her to pop culture legacy is of Lily Munster in the cult television classic The Munsters (1964-1966), which allowed De Carlo to demonstrate a comic flair. She also played Lily in the 1966 feature film Munster, Go Home and the 1981 TV movie The Munsters' Revenge.

Yvonne De Carlo was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a second star at 6715 Hollywood Blvd. for her contribution to television.

De Carlo died in January 2007.  Here is an obituarary.

January 29, 2008 | Permalink

JuJu Chang (South Korea)

Abc_wn_webcasta_071020_abs JuJu Chang (b. 1969 in Seoul, South Korea) is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News' 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC News Now, Good Morning America's Weekend Edition, and Nightline.

From 1999-2000, Chang anchored the early morning newscasts of World News Now and World News This Morning. From 1998 to 1999 she reported primarily for World News Tonight, covering such stories as the bombings of United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Chang was based in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 1997. Between 1991 and 1995 Chang served as a producer and off-air reporter for World News Tonight. She produced a series on women's health which won a duPont-Columbia Award. Her off-air reporting assignments included the 1992 presidential campaign and the Gulf War in 1991.

Chang won a Gracie Award for a PBS Now report on judicial activism and a Freddie Award for a series she hosted for PBS, The Art of Women's Health. She won another Gracie Award for a 20/20 story entitled Women and Science, a profile of the transgender neurobiologist Ben Barres.

Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communications.

Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.

January 30, 2008 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.