To a child, a cupboard is filled with mysterious treasures, and for Paul Wong, his mother’s was no different. Inside, Chinese herbs and medicines replaced the original contents of mayonnaise and instant coffee jars, labelled in Chinese handwriting and carefully dated. Of specific intrigue were the jars of hak dew, a homemade compound used for healing cuts and bruises that has no written recipe. Research conducted during his residency has helped identify the various ingredients within such elixirs as hak dew, which are still found at Chinese herbal stores in Chinatown today.
媽媽的藥櫃/Mother’s Cupboard is a public art exhibition that provides a link to unlocking the future by way of understanding the recent past. From October 22, 2018 to February 2019, bus shelter ad spaces throughout Vancouver will feature five images of Suk-Fong Wong’s collection of Chinese herbs and medicines. Several images from the exhibition will be on display at the Garden during this time as well.
Starting in November, the exhibition will expand to include three bus shelters in Chinatown:
- Main St. & Keefer St.
- Hastings St. & Carrall St.
- Keefer Pl. & Taylor St.
This will lead into the Suk Fong Nay Ho Mah? exhibition opening January 12, 2019 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
This exhibition is on display through March 22, 2019.