I've spent my life between worlds. I am originally from Hong Kong, a daughter of China by blood, born and raised in an island outpost forever caught between the East and the West. As a photographer I have always been instinctively drawn to the transient realm between worlds. My first major series of photographs featured performers shedding their ordinary personas backstage as they got into character for roles in traditional Chinese opera presented in modern Hong Kong. Over the years I've photographed jazz musicians schooled in an original American art form, an ancestral experience of blacks as strangers in a strange land. In my current work, I have continued to explore the interconnectedness among people in various contexts who have crossed a cultural divide, as well as my personal connection with an unobtrusive occupant of my family's home whose living presence I once took for granted: a common rubber plant.