Visions of Hong Kong “Cage” Living

In the film, our collaborator and performer Sheut Hing Lee talks about growing up in a multi-family apartment in Hong Kong in the 1930s. Her story sparked our interest in this amazing series of photographs shared with us by our Production Manager Catherine Ng. The series was published on It gave us a powerful […]

The Cageman dir. by Jacob Cheung

Scott Ng, the brother of our Production Manager and Translator Catherine Ng, is a film-obsessed radio personality in Vancouver, BC. He sent us this startling dramatization of life in a Hong Kong shift-bed house. At first it feels like an over the top B-movie, but then one realizes it’s full of grit and pathos. Check […]

A Bed and a Key at 81 Bowery – Photos by Annie Ling

Coming across Annie Ling’s exquisite images of the residents of 81 Bowery Street in the New York Times, we discovered our shared interests as artists committed to interpreting the urban experience. Our mutual interest in photographing domestic life in Chinatown in particular will lead to future shared exhibitions at the Museum of the Chinese in […]

Emerald by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

As three ghostly voices share their stories, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2007 video installation Morakot (Emerald) lingers on dust, light, and memory in the empty rooms and hallways of a defunct Bangkok hotel. The Morakot Hotel was a haven for Cambodian refugees fleeing the Vietnamese invasion in the 1980s. By the late 1990s, however, the Thai economy […]

The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe’s book on the global snakehead economy put into perspective the history of Chinatown that we as New Yorkers don’t often consider or remember from the late 1980s-90s. Aside from being a thrilling read, the story brings light to all perspectives on Chinatown’s immigrant experience, crime, and bonds between family. The book was […]