Taking Morning Pills, Shanghai, China, 2005
My grandma and her brother are getting ready for their morning pills. When they were young, they were tireless and fearless soldiers. Now they depend on medicines to keep functioning. They may have changed physically over the years, but their loyalties to opposing political parties remain unchanged. They have just had a political argument, and, as always, it ends in a stalemate.
Distance, Shanghai, China, 2005
Getting water for his pills, it is now the brother who turns away from his sister. After an argument, they retreat to their own space, as if distance will somehow lessen the pain and frustration they must feel.
We are Family, Shanghai, China, 2005
Although the political differences remain, my grandma and her brother are still bonded together -- the same blood flows in their bodies, and as they grow older, they can still love and support each other spiritually. I see them here as walking towards the same place. I hope they eventually can heal the wounds that separate them -- just as I hope that Taiwan and China can someday resolve their differences to become a family once again.