February 13, 2018, a jitney bus struck my mom, ran her over, and dragged her
for thirty feet. In that split second, a mirage disappeared and we saw the
true form of our lives. Her accident completely altered my family’s trajectory.
As first-generation Chinese immigrants, we had been fixated on the
possibilities of the future while overlooking the value of our present. Having
nearly lost her, every moment now holds extra importance.
depicting my parents’ relationship, I aim to capture our strong family bond and
the values that have helped us to overcome the obstacles thrown our way. My mom
often quotes to me this Chinese idiom:
out of ten things in life will not go according to plan. Only one or two things
will happen the way you want them to. Yet, it is those eight things that help to
reveal our true character and test our strength, so we can cherish the moments