Transplanted seeks to visually explain China’s one-child policy through the exploration of my own subsequent adoption, and specifically, the gender politics of the traditional Chinese preference of sons over daughters. Through this work I also explore other themes including: the current gender imbalance in China, the passage of time, the ramifications of returning to a motherland that rejected daughters, and the difficulties of reconciling two cultures. Transplanted was inspired by Rooted (ii), a poem I wrote about a photograph taken in 2007 about my finding place in China and the letter I later wrote to my foster family. After reading the working papers Son Preference, Government Control, and the One-Child Policy in China: 1979-88, I see my work in direct conversation with these original documents and the circumstances of my own adoption. Different sections from these documents provided a point of entry for my understanding of the implementation of the policy and the effects on the millions of Chinese adoptees. Transplantedcontains sculptural, print-based installations, personal ephemera, and writings.
This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.
Jiali, L. & Cooney, R. (1993). Son Preference, Government Control, and the One-child Policy in China: 1979-88. Version No. 51. Month. Cincinnati, OH, The Population Association of America.