Bea Yeh Ogden moved to Portland, Oregon from San Francisco, CA in 1999 to attend Reed College. She graduated in 2003 with a BA in English after completing her thesis exploring poetry written by Chinese immigrants while detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station from 1910 – 1940. After pursuing educational and professional experiences in Medical Anthropology and Veterinary Medicine, Bea decided to found a non-profit art organization called Cloud.Break. The mission of Cloud.Break was to curate sanctuary: to create unique art worlds in unexpected places where healing and dialogue can occur. Bea received her MS in Arts Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Oregon after completing her thesis exploring how museum exhibitions can create transformative educational experiences for visitors. She is an artist, environmentalist, non-profit administrator, curator, and event producer. Bea currently serves as the APANO Event & Community Space Manager crafting gatherings, political education workshops, and unique food experiences at the Orchards of 82 Community Space. Social justice, empowered healing, and community fortitude are intertwined in all the work she undertakes.
Bea is a passionate advocate for social justice, environmental justice, and food justice. As a lifelong learner, she is honored to be a Viviane Barnett Food Justice Fellow because she wants to deepen her knowledge of how to connect to the land, how to employ regenerative farming practices, and how these activities intersect with authentic experiences of spirituality so as to enhance the holistic mental healthcare, and resilience of communities of color.
Her ancestry is multiracial including Chinese, Miao, and European lineages. She is also the child of immigrants and refugees. Her vision is for BIPOC communities to establish deeper connections to the land through indigenous knowledge and ancestral foodways by embracing and uplifting Indigenous Ecological Knowledge. Bea hopes to get her hands dirty by learning more about companion planting practices to grow food, gather food, eat food, be in community, and hold space for holistic healing. Her zoomed out vision is to craft opportunities to engage in food and climate justice as platforms for racial and community healing for BIPOC communities: to bravely embrace Climate Justice and Food Justice as spaces where white supremacy will be deconstructed and abolished.