If you ask
Who is the father of the island of Taiwan
I will tell you
The sky is the father of the island of Taiwan
If you ask
Who is the mother of the island of Taiwan
I will tell you
The ocean is the mother of the island of Taiwan
If you ask
What is the past of the island of Taiwan
I will tell you
Blood and tears drop on the feet of the history of Taiwan
If you ask
What is the present of the island of Taiwan
I will tell you
Corruption in power is eroding the Taiwanese soul
If you ask
What is the future of the island of Taiwan
I will tell you
Step out on your feet, the road is open to you.

(Translation: Joyce Huang)

Our work at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics museum, “Taiwan IS” is inspired by the poem “If You Would Ask” by Lee Min-Yung.  In our work the sky and the ocean (mother and father) are represented by the Phoenix and the Dragonfish.  The poem truly speaks for itself:

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