Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Rachel Berwick

Second Advisor

Jocelyn Prince

Third Advisor

Maya Krinsky


This thesis investigates cross-cultural and social dynamics between China and the West by challenging and playing with different cultural conventions and restrictions. The work shares the experience of leaving a familiar environment and adapting to a strikingly different culture. The gaps, distances and misunderstandings inherent in communication across cultural divides are used to construct new environments encompassing language, time and space that reconcile these dissonances. In particular, I view daily, yet unfamiliar patterns of learning, eating, sleeping, and longing, map the experience of an international student’s life. Although the form of my works varies, from glass sculpture to participatory projects, from video to performance, the same themes emerge throughout this thesis: using the culture gap between two societies to build new cross-cultural experiences.



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