Ching Ming

An exploration on Chinese American identity and collective memory

清明时节雨纷纷

"During the Festival of Qing Ming drizzling is the rain" - Du Mu

These containers are vehicles for transformation: by burning our paper offerings, our collective wishes and longings for our ancestors’ well being in the afterlife are sent on in another form.

Similarly, the stories we tell about our history transform in the collective retelling. These containers bear witness to families’ stories over multiple seasons.

The following is a small subset of images of these containers. The intention is to present these as a book, which is in progress.

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A selection of containers

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