A Girl From China

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. IX, no. 1, p. 12, September/October 1997:

A Girl from China is a multi-media performance piece. Using video, music and storytelling to unravel the emotional story of three generations. From the Cultural Revolution in China, to life as immigrants in Canada, their past sufferings, present hardships and triumphs are retold through the eyes of Yu Gu, a girl who doesn’t want to be a copy or a reproduction, but the original.

Gu Xiong is a multi-media artist from China now living in Vancouver. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been collected by The National Gallery of Canada, The National Gallery of China and other museums in the world. His work deals with his personal experience in living between cultures, raising issues of cultural conflict and his own identity. Yu Gu is his 14 year old daughter who attends grade nine at Kitsilano Secondary in Vancouver. She is very interested in her family background and her sense of self. Douglas Schmidt is a composer of contemporary music, now a resident in Vancouver. Clancy Dennely is a video-artist living in Vancouver.

Music: Douglas Schmidt
Musician: David Carlisle
Cameraman: Clancy Dennely

Digitized video available through Western Front Archives upon research request.