Roots + Branches Introduction

September 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is my first post and it will be my thesis project’s introduction.

My thesis project for MFA Web Design + New Media is titled, “Roots + Branches: the stories of overseas Chinese.” It’s an interactive website that tells the lives of overseas Chinese through personal stories and information graphics.

I first had an idea for this website during a summer in Shanghai, China when I took Chinese languages courses in Jiao Tong University. I met many overseas Chinese from all over the world and it was quite an interesting experience getting to know them. In the course of knowing them, I learn that we (me, an Indonesian Chinese) shared the same roots though we all are different in our own ways of understanding the world. Another factor that inspired me to do this project is the stories that my grandmother told me. Hearing our families stories sparked my interest in knowing the stories of other overseas Chinese elsewhere. I thought their stories are inspiring and I wanted to share them to the world. I also wanted other overseas Chinese who felt like they don’t “fit” in their current culture to know that they’re not alone in this cultures hybrid.

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