Lady Hao Hao 2

Lady Hao Hao

Visual Artist

In many places around the world, symbols representing the colonial past are being removed or challenged as part of the decolonization movement.  Statues being destroyed and streets being renamed are just some of the ways people and places are trying to stop memorializing the colonizers.  In Canada, the whole nation is still learning the truth behind the Indigenous Residential Schools where children were forced to adopt the colonizers’ culture.  In Taiwan, memories of people being forced to give up their mother tongues are not too far removed for many generations today. 

There are many cities around the world that were once colonized: Seoul, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Taipei… Is it right to force the citizens of the place to honour their colonizers by recognizing their colonizers before their names of the cities?  If people don’t want to be called British Vancouver, Japanese Seoul, Spanish Manila…then no more Chinese Taipei, the name is Taiwan, so Just Taiwan Please!

About The Artist

Lady Hao Hao is a visual artist originally from Taiwan; she feels that she has blossomed because of Canada.

Enjoying using abstract concepts to express, she refuses her works to be socialized.  Every piece of her work is an intimate conversation between her audience and herself; like or dislike is just the beginning of their getting to know one another.

Constantly reminding herself, artist isn’t just a title nor a description of a job; it is about the purpose of the work or the responsibility of a person.

Like most immigrants, getting proficient in English and finding ways to fit in were top priorities.  The silver lining of not doing as well in improving her linguistic skill and keeping herself close to her community is the re-learning of her own heritage and identity.  The cultural differences in Canada have also allowed her to appreciate herself as a person.  In the world of arts, differences in cultures are easily conveyed; it has opened up the world for her.  Finding herself is the biggest gift of her moving to Canada.

Lady Hao Hao 2

Lady Hao Hao

Visual Artist

In many places around the world, symbols representing the colonial past are being removed or challenged as part of the decolonization movement.  Statues being destroyed and streets being renamed are just some of the ways people and places are trying to stop memorializing the colonizers.  In Canada, the whole nation is still learning the truth behind the Indigenous Residential Schools where children were forced to adopt the colonizers’ culture.  In Taiwan, memories of people being forced to give up their mother tongues are not too far removed for many generations today. 

There are many cities around the world that were once colonized: Seoul, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Taipei… Is it right to force the citizens of the place to honour their colonizers by recognizing their colonizers before their names of the cities?  If people don’t want to be called British Vancouver, Japanese Seoul, Spanish Manila…then no more Chinese Taipei, the name is Taiwan, so Just Taiwan Please!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lady Hao Hao is a visual artist originally from Taiwan; she feels that she has blossomed because of Canada.

Enjoying using abstract concepts to express, she refuses her works to be socialized.  Every piece of her work is an intimate conversation between her audience and herself; like or dislike is just the beginning of their getting to know one another.

Constantly reminding herself, artist isn’t just a title nor a description of a job; it is about the purpose of the work or the responsibility of a person.

Like most immigrants, getting proficient in English and finding ways to fit in were top priorities.  The silver lining of not doing as well in improving her linguistic skill and keeping herself close to her community is the re-learning of her own heritage and identity.  The cultural differences in Canada have also allowed her to appreciate herself as a person.  In the world of arts, differences in cultures are easily conveyed; it has opened up the world for her.  Finding herself is the biggest gift of her moving to Canada.

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