Renee Owens (ระเนโอเว่น)


Renee Owens (ระเนโอเว่น) is an artist, activist, and a senior undergraduate completing a Liberal Studies degree at Portland State University. She contributed to the online archive with a visual history of “eroticized gender” in Thailand, spotlighting gender / sexuality from a non-western and decolonized perspective, elaborating on terminologies used by Thai trans people that act as a resource guide for Thai diasporic populations.

Renee grew up primarily in Southern California, dividing her time between her father, and her mother and grandparents. Raised by the Thai restaurant industry, she has worked at dozens across the country, including several in Portland. She has been involved in community programs such as “Inside Out Prison Exchange Program,” and hopes to pursue a field in art therapy with a focus on children and youth.


One sentence to describe yourself: Thai-American food loving artist and activist.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Add more lime! Add more chilies!

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: My grandfathers Tom Yum Pla (spicy and sour soup with fish)

Favorite food: Anything that my loved ones make for me!

Recommended Reading: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Best meal(s): My favorite most recent meals have been when my I go visit my cousins in Thailand and we get together and eat hot pot for hours on end.