Born in Mexico, Asia was raised in Alaska fishing, wildcrafting, and making art. After college, she returned to Alaska to help cultivate the cultural economy. In 1994 Asia cofounded the nonprofit multidisciplinary art space Bunnell Street Arts Center and served as its Executive Director for 24 years. In 2018 she helped guide the arts center through a horizontal leadership transition. She is now Bunnell’s Artistic Director.
Asia frequently writes, curates, and speaks about art in Alaska. Her work as an artist and curator has been written about extensively in Alaskan newspapers and books. She serves on the Board of Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. A painter and mixed media artist, Asia graduated from Yale in 1991 and received an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 1997. She has taught visual art for the University of Alaska since 1997. Her artwork is represented in Alaskan museums and private collections worldwide.