Brandon is a photographer and graphic designer who grew up between Shanghai and Toronto and is currently based in Hong Kong. He is passionate about language, history, and social justice. His writing, in terms of content and delivery, take inspiration from Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and his writings about land, love and self.
‘The River’ offers a landscape of myth and metaphor to address some long-standing issues within the Chinese community and Chinese diaspora, specifically in terms of their relationship to their motherland, generational trauma, and collective memories and experiences. Each river signifies an event in the history of the region that led to a time of displacement, reform, abundance, or resistance and which has shaped the community as it exists today. This poem calls on the Chinese community and the Chinese diaspora to remember their shared history when advocating for justice in the future.