China’s One-Child Policy told in powerful new play

Bistro Vue - Tim Grey

In 2016, China’s One-Child Policy officially came to an end, and according to the Chinese government, the policy prevented about 400 million births.

The One-Child Policy also produced so-called little emperors – a generation of only children, adored and doted on by both parents and two sets of grandparents.

A new play at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, called Little Emperors, draws on true stories to explore the emotional fallout of China’s One-Child Policy.

I produced this story for Books and Arts on ABC RN, and you can listen to it here.

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Fluid collaborations between Guangzhou and Sydney

An artwork called Mr Humidifier is bringing the humidity of the Chinese megacity of Guangzhou to an art gallery in Sydney – quite literally.

The Hong Kong-based artist Trevor Yeung has used a dehumidifier to condense the sticky summer heat of Guangzhou into water, and that water is being used to steam up a the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

It’s the result of a collaboration between 4A and the Guangzhou Observation Society, one of China’s most exciting contemporary art project spaces.

Trevor and the Sydney-based artist Lucas Ihlein have spent time in both cities, and the work they have made during those residencies is now on display at 4A in Sydney.

Lucas’ work also deals with water, mapping how climate change induced sea level rises might affect Guangzhou and the surrounding Pearl River Delta, which is one of the most densely urbanised places in the world.

I spoke to Lucas and Trevor for ABC RN’s Books and Arts and you can listen to the interview here.