Title: “Filling Their Rice Bowls,”
Location: Yan Shan University, Qinghuangdao, China, 2003
multimedia installation: Qipao, calligraphy books, rice.
I created this piece to stimulate cross cultural dialogue between Chinese and internationals on a university campus. Chinese students had voiced that chinese culture was not valued. I created this work to show them that many lamented the loss of their culture due to their country’s race to globalize. “filling your rice bowl” is a chinese idiom for having enough, a full belly. This piece questions what is lost in effort to obtain not just a full rice bowl but an overflowing one.