This is the portrait of my father-in-law who once fought
the Korean War, and the scenery behind him was captured
during the war. I was motivated to conceive this work when
I saw the documentary of the Korean War on TV in the hotel
in Seoul during the summer 2011. It was really an impact
for me because I knew that my father-in-law was one of the
Chinese soldiers who came to Taiwan from Korea after the
war. There were more than fourteen thousand soldiers like
him sent to Taiwan at that moment, and the Taiwanese government
named the 23th January the "Freedom day" after their migrant.
Suddenly, I had a grasp that the scenery I saw in Korea
was definitely different from what my father-in-law had
seen before. Korea- is the country that changes his life.
If I had not been to Korea, I would never realize this so
However, the sarcastic fact is that they were not "free"
at all after their long cross-over-sea journey. They were
sent to a small islet called Green Island next to Taiwan
to "construct a new world," which was totally nonsense and
nihilistic. The truth is that the Chiang Kai-Shek Government
forced them to do a great deal of laborious work- to weaken
their power and deteriorate their sense of belonging toward
China dominated by the Communist Party. If they rejected,
they would be killed. Finally, they had been confined in
the islet for more than ten years before they were released.
Their golden age was entirely spent on the battlefield and
the "construction of the new world."
The aircrafts in the photos I found in a museum of New
York City also once served in the War. They too witnessed
the war on behave of the US and China separately. The indication
of the museum tells us both their fighting records and abilities
elaborately. In some way, my father-in-law was just like
them utilized as fighting machines. Today, sixty years passed,
the US built up The Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC
to glorify their brave soldiers. Nevertheless, who will
know and remember the story of those soldiers who once made
their long journey from China, through Korea to Taiwan?
Most of the soldiers like my father-in-law who went to
fight the Korean War didn't know for what and for whom they
were fighting at all. However, they didn't have any other
choices to survive. This work presents the mass and the
absurdity of the situation through the dialogue of interview,
and the images just reveal the vivid and miserable truth
and freeze the horrible and inerasable memory.