Between the Gold Rush and the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, over 300,000 Chinese immigrants endured a month-long steamship journey from southern China to San Francisco. The prevailing winds that propelled the ships also symbolize the forces that drive individuals to leave their homes.

Joss paper, traditionally burned as ancestral offerings in Chinese culture, serves as portals bridging the past and present. The grid pattern evokes longitude and latitudes that map the movement of people. While the fan, reminiscent of those from the artist's upbringing, intertwines personal history with the legacy of transpacific migration.

15x8ft | Joss paper, threads, fan, LED lights


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