Jan 12 — Feb 24, 2019

淑芳你好嘛 (Suk-Fong Nay Ho Mah) / Suk-Fong, How Are You?

Occupying Chinatown Winter Programming

Opening celebration: Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Free admission

Over 700 letters and familial artefacts of Suk-Fong Wong, Paul Wong’s late mother, have inspired the artist to realize this intimate exhibition of photography, objects, video, ephemera, and letters at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Audiences are invited to explore the contents of letters written to Suk-Fong over six decades. Accounts of China’s shifting cultural and political landscapes from the 1950s to the 2000s are told through personal perspectives, offering a unique understanding of China’s transformation in the late twentieth century.

Additional Programming

January 14 – February 3 | Transit Shelter Art 
Proceeding from the Fall 2018 媽媽的藥櫃/Mother’s Cupboard transit ad series, images related to 淑芳你好嘛 (Suk-Fong Nay Ho Mah) / Suk-Fong, How Are You? will be displayed in 20 locations throughout Vancouver.

January 19, 2-4pm | Occupying Chinatown Artist Talk
Join us for an artist talk featuring Paul Wong and panelists from the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and collaborating artists of past Occupying Chinatown projects. Registration is required for this free public event.

January 26, 2-3pm | Chinese Medicine Workshop
A workshop on Chinese herbs and medicines will take place at Nam Bak Enterprises Ltd. (246 E Georgia St.) in Chinatown, giving participants insight into the creation process of homemade Chinese medicines. Spaces are limited; registration is required for this free public event.

February 16, 2-3pm | Medicinal Soup-making Workshop
The Garden will host a medicinal soup-making workshop, featuring Marilynne Jackson, oldest daughter of Suk-Fong. Participants will experience a unique demonstration of Chinese cooking with medicinal applications, passed down to Marilynne from her mother. Spaces are limited; registration is required for this free public event.

Occupying Chinatown is a public art project commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program in partnership with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.


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