Now retired, LINDSEY KIANG practiced corporate law and served as general counsel to Yale University. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, from which he retired as colonel.
"Mr. Dong produced a body of work that is remarkable, first, because it exists at all, given the circumstances in which he lived, and second, for its steady gaze, its coherence of approach. It is evidence of endless resourcefulness in the face of material constraints (chewed twigs for brushes, drawings hidden buried in metal cases). It is also the art of someone who was both watchful and engaged, a boy and then a man who was a compulsive drawer, who constantly recorded the people around him, but who did so from an embedded vantage point. This has yielded an art that provides a strangely intimate experience. Originally made for his fellow soldiers and countrymen, this art is now available years later to a much wider audience - readers who find themselves looking through his eyes, sharing his point of view, regardless of the history they themselves bring to the scenes he presents.... His images reveal an artist whose long life has been spent ensuring that the remarkable events in which he participated were not erased." - Johanna Branson, Massachusetts College of Art"