Jasmine Lin, ’17

Jasmine Lin (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 2017 with a B.A. in Communications Studies. Upon graduating, Jasmine studied at Jiaotong University in Shanghai and led the Events & Education Department at MoCA Shanghai as a UCLA Confucius Institute China Arts Postgraduate Fellow. As of 2020, Jasmine is a dancer represented by Bloc Talent Agency, an artist-in-residence at NAVEL LA, and a Women Excel Project filmmaker grantee. 

While at UCLA, Jasmine took on a number of leadership roles for UCLA Recreation, the Undergraduate Communication Association, The Daily Bruin, Prime Magazine, and UCLA Radio. They also directed and choreographed for ACA Hip Hop, a competitive dance team that performed at Spring Sing annually while Jasmine was at UCLA. In 2015, Jasmine received the Global Community Scholarship from the UCLA International Education Office to participate in the UCEAP Paris French Language and Culture Program. The following year, they were selected by the UCLA Center for Korean Studies for the Korea University International Summer Campus Fellowship. Jasmine completed their senior year abroad in London as a Media & Cultural Studies exchange student at University of Arts London, London College of Communication.

Jasmine’s artistic practice is a life-long process of un-learning and, in turn, un-teaching oppressive, Othering, and superficial ways of moving, being, sensing, and knowing. They are invested in the possibilities of socially engaged dance and accessible movement intersecting with sustainable activism and community-building. Jasmine’s choreographies and films have been shared and featured at distinguished institutions and spaces around the world, including the British Museum, REDCAT Theater, Highways Performance Space, The V&A, Kassel Dokfest, and Power Station of Art Shanghai. 

Jasmine is currently facilitating a weekly donation-based movement session on zoom. MORNING EXORCISE is designed and written with a tender care for all bodies and their authentic expressions & liberating possibilities. Through guided embodiment rituals, Jas offers a form and feeling to the postcolonial body, exorcising the body of oppressive socialized choreographies and decolonizing the internal and external surveillance cameras that suggest there is a Proper way to be in and move through the world. MORNING EXORCISE is a fluid and ever-evolving space, in constant dialogue with our broader movements and practice of redistribution to various mutual aid funds. Sign up for their workshops here: https://tinyurl.com/morningexorcise

Years after graduating, the Norma J. Ehrlich Scholarship continues to gift Jasmine a consistently inspiring and caring community. Jasmine is immensely grateful for Craig’s generosity and commitment.