SUNSET, 2018. Oil on canvas. 20" x 30".
My piece depicts a Hakka fisherman standing on a boat in a Hong Kong harbour. In the background, the lanterns depict a scene at a shrine for Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea. The Hakka are one of several groups native to Hong Kong, along with the Tanka, and have farmed and fished on the island for several hundred years. In modern times with the threat of climate change, ocean acidification, and difficult government policies, it is hard for the Hakka and Tanka to survive and preserve their lifestyles. My father’s family is from Hong Kong but not Hakka, and my mother’s family is Hakka but not from Hong Kong. In making this piece, I tried to reconcile these distinct parts of my family’s history and illuminate a disappearing culture being destroyed by colonialism and climate change.
Exhibited as part of EARTHTONES on 4/21/2018 at The O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm, Stanford, CA.