Born and raised in Shenzhen, a modern city in China with almost no historical heritage, I spend most of my adult life in New York, a diverse international city; this split background generates my lack of belonging in both the Eastern and Western society, although I still hold an intimate and lively connection with Chinese culture through language, and history. Through the process of gathering fragmented elements of Taoism, Buddhism, Chinese ancient idioms, and fairy tales I recall from my childhood, and recasting them under the influence of Western modernism, I am commuting a mixture of nostalgia and self-distancing raised from cultural displacement and hyphenated identity.