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Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides.Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides. Husbands-and-I-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-07Chun Hua Catherine Dong advertised herself in various media and asked strangers to take her to their homes to live with them for a day as their wives or mail-order brides. Husbands-and-I-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-03

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I started the Husbands and I performance in 2009; I wore my Chinese traditional dress, walking on streets in Vancouver and asking white males to have photo taken with me by suggesting them to be my husband for a minute. I have had photo with 325 men. In September 2010, I advertised myself in various media as “an exotic, compliant and artistic Asian girl, looking for a white husband who would like to take me to his home and live with him for a day as his mail order bride.” I lived with men who responded my advertise a day. This performance ended in June 2011.

I emigrated from China to Canada eight years ago. I regard the whole process of immigration as a marriage, and myself is like a mail order bride. I married Canada that I had never seen before, suddenly transforming myself from a Chinese to a Chinese Canadian or Canadian. My identity is not constructed by Canadian history, its culture or its beautiful landscapes, but the white males who are beside me.  The physical encounter between me and the white males actually is an ideological confrontation between me and the Western social and political landscape that I feel I don’t belong to. The process looking for a white man is a process of looking for home. However, unfortunately, the home is temporary and the relationship is ephemeral. Nevertheless, by exploring intimacy with them, I try to not only reconfigure the established centred power that the privileged white males embody, but also question whether the culturally interpreted Chinese female body, both as a foreign subject and object, can be invested and exploited, most importantly, question whether the concept of the borders still exists although physical borderline is crossed.

 video credit: Sarah Hudson, Maksim Bentsianov, Karlo Melgarejo, Jerry Tai

 

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