Mother's Cupboard

Paul Wong

2019, 10:24 minutes, colour, Toisanese (Cantonese), with English subtitles


媽媽的藥櫃 / Mother's Cupboard

Suk-Fong Wong, a Chinese-Canadian elder, intimately takes us through her treasured collections of Chinese medicines, herbs, and ingredients found in her cupboards.

Recorded in 2012, Suk-Fong speaks in her first language, Toisanese (Cantonese), and describes what some of her homemade elixirs and compounds are used for. This includes "loik doy dew", a deer bone alcohol-based elixir used for adding to soups. Most of the ingredients shown can be readily found in Chinese herbal stores.

This work was also on view at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as part of the 淑
芳你好嘛 (Suk-Fong Nay Ho Mah) / Suk-Fong,
How Are You? exhibition (January 12 to February 24 2019). This exhibit was part of Paul Wong’s year-long artist residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden from April, 2018 to April, 2019.

媽媽的藥櫃 / Mother's Cupboard was commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and is part of the 身在唐⼈人街 / OCCUPYING CHINATOWN project. Additional support from BC Arts Council.

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