2009, video, 7 minutes
Featuring Lu Yu reading from a text by Sima Qian (ca. 92 BCE)
— Developed in association with The Museum of Chinese in America's Chinatown Film Project
Calligraphic images of paint on skin, which the filmmaker traces on her own body, are intercut with details of New York′s Chinatown. Meanwhile, a classic Chinese story, about a clever messenger and a treasured piece of jade, emerges in passing from the ambient sounds heard on Chinatown's streets. The sound track unfolds in two languages, so the experience is different depending on whether the viewer speaks English, Chinese, or both.