"Escape from Nanking"
Would you sell yourself for the sake of survival ? The concept of mail order brides may not appear to be an act of feminism but I do on the most fundamental through the lens of SURVIVAL !
I created this piece to honour my Grandmother, Que Ho Chiu, who sold herself into marriage to escape the horrors of the Japanese invasion of Nanking.
At the beginning of the routine I am dressed as a man in the darkness. This is symbolic of the journey that my Grandmother made to escape from China. She would dress as a man to avoid being raped or killed by the Japanese soldiers. I mimic the conflicts that she probably had with Authority figures along her journey.