"Escape from Nanking"

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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.

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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.