In the narrative High Muck A Muck a group of authors Fred Wah, Nicola Hardwood, Jin Zhang, Bessie Wapp, Thomas Loa, Tomoyo Ihaya, Hiromoto Ida, Phillip Djwa, and Patrice Leung, present a three-year project representing the history and culture of Chinese immigrants in an interactive way. The story begins at the body, that is the home of the story.
The body parts represent seven cities each having their own meaning of Chinese history.
Canada represents the arm of the body. In the arm, there are red veins that connect each point together making the connection of Chinese immigration to Canada.
Victoria: Has several gates, each representing different locations of a Chinese story. These include restaurants, a cemetery, a park, a door of no escape.
Nelson: Likewise, this section of the body represents different locations such as a restaurant that serves rice (a traditional food of China), laundry place ( typical Chinese business) and some other significant places.
Vancouver: In this part of the body the reader follows the life of an individual named Charley. He is an immigrant who moved to Canada from China we hear his voice as he tells the story of his experience as a Chinese in China tows. The other individuals in this image are standing on what seems to be a train track or outline of a city street. When I clicked on each person, they provided words of wisdom and appreciation for their new life.
Richmond: in this section, I watched A city’s language video. The video follows the life of an immigrant coming to American for the first time. As he drives by houses and neighborhoods he describes the American dream as empty and silent. He states that “The emptiness is steaming”
Pacific Rim: I’m not sure which part of the body this section represents, even so, in this section there are three ships in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Each ship tells a short poem about the Chinese-Canadian voyage experience on the ocean.
Everywhere and Nowhere is simply a reflective video that zooms into the eyes of an older male person which then zooms out of the eyes of a newborn baby. These two people make the connection between the old and new life is both everywhere and nowhere particularly.
I absolutely loved this elite piece. The background music sounded beautiful and made a connection within each body part. The sounds of people talking, children playing, items making nouse all flowing simultaneously did not create a havoc noise but it was important to make a connection. I felt that the images were also well put together and the poems were significant in meaning. The videos on the cultural and historical background of China was enlighting and authentic. I appreciated the contribution and different styles of each author because it created a unique piece of literature.