Neighbor to Neighbor
Installation, performance and a series of story circles in neighborhoods across Rhode Island.
In her last neighborhood, Ju-Pong discovered an ordinance that was still in the books, though it contradicted the law; it stated, “No persons of Chinese descent may purchase this house.” As an antidote to the ugly side of “community,” Ju-Pong created performance spaces modeled after knitting circles. She traveled from neighborhood to neighborhood asking, “Who are your neighbors? How can we build caring communities with our neighbors?” The community performances knitted together her own stories with videotaped and live stories from the audience, bridging neighborhood divisions and fostering greater understanding across cultural differences.
Video letter to my neighbors can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/album/2610107/video/20200686