In this short video, “The Two,” I explore the relationship between my mother and me by analyzing who she was before giving birth to me, and digesting how generational and culture gaps created the distance between us. The video explores our rocky relationship, and how necessary it was to understand her past in order to understand her current perspective. I interviewed my mother during a recent trip to Columbus, Georgia.
I focused on her experience growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, on her being an entrepreneur, on her physical disability, and on her being a single mother of two during the one-child-only policy. I used audio, old family photos, and painting collages mixed with motion graphics to present the emotional and psychological experience. “Seeing the full picture requires willingness to see the other side first.”