Friday, March 2, 2007
This blog is the confluence of two concerns: my curiosity and the speaker's wish to leave a record of her life for the nieces and nephews.
Every week we get together for pastry and soda (tea drives me nuts), and we make a conversation about the past, as her husband occasionally throws in a comment or two.
Then, the next morning, I wake up and try to remember what she said. (I think I'm pretty good at this --- because I always did well in school)
Obviously, I'm not a professional historian -while her family, although privileged, will probably never appear in history books -- but I have become a fan -- maybe even a fanatic fan -- of traditional, popular Asian literature -- and somehow her family's story -- of success and impending catastrophe -- feels like an update to "Dream of Red Chamber".
As we begin, I'm not sure how long this story will run -- it's so much fun, I hope, just like the above novel, that it will never end.
(note: the characters that illustrate each chapter have been lifted from The National Palace Museum in Taipei. They are all from the great Sung calligraphers of the 11th Century -- included in a exhibit in early 2007.
Hopefully, this website will still be active whenever you read this -- but if not -- I've done a little cut-and-paste job here )