根本 is an investigation of my family history and my identity. I am visually constructing a historical and contemporary narrative, which includes my perspectives on ancestry, environment, culture, and ritual as a bi-cultural Asian-American. I photograph moments of estrangement, cross cultural complexities, and barriers as a way to better understand how these moments relate to my identity today.
根本 is translatable in both Japanese and Chinese. Although 根本 is written the same in both languages, it is defined and pronounced differently. In Japanese, 根本 is pronounced nemoto and means “root.” In Chinese, 根本 is pronounced genben and means “fundamental.”