WISH YOU WERE HERE
A little (4" x 6") gouache painting for A.I.R. Gallery's Wish You Were Here 17th Postcard Exhibition, which is dedicated to immigrant rights. With this piece, I would like to draw people's attention to unwanted marriage due to immigration status and/or ethnic minority.
In Taiwan, there are many mailer brides who came from South Eastern countries like Vietnam and Philippines to support their original family and seek a more secure financial status. Sadly, because of the language, culture and skin tone difference, racism against these brides and their children has raised. Some of these families end up being troubled and nonfunctional ones, where only cause more potential threats to the society and increase of the discrimination.
While these mailer brides at least make their own decisions to start a new life and marriage in a foreign country, in China, the government locked up Uyghurs (Muslims living Xinjiang) in concentration camps and forced them to abandoned their names, language, and religion. Even worse, Chinese government also forced Uyghur women to marry Han (the major dominate ethnic group in China) men to wash out the ethnicity. You can find out more on this recent (February 2018) CNN report.