As anthropologist, as teacher, as translator, as photographer, and as dramaturge, I have sought alternative ways of inhabiting Shenzhen, the oldest and largest of China’s special economic zones. In 1980, Chinese urban planners set out to design a city that met the criteria of an international city. They also intended to build a city that would attract international investment. Consequently, Shenzhen was built to be a space where Chinese and non-Chinese could come together. Obviously, Shenzhen urban design presupposed that business would be the point of all this collaboration. And yet non-economic values have also taken root in capitalist soil. I create and contribute to projects that reconfigure such shared spaces, where our worlds mingle and collide, sometimes collapse, and often implode.
2003 / 2009
Take heed: you do not find what you do not seek.
- English proverb
Fat Bird visited Mizzou to join students to produce a staged reading of "Crossroads".
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