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“Living Together Apart” / One-to-one traditional Chinese tea ceremonies / Open studio + Offline crowdfunding / Tour 1@Casco

Living Together Apart” is my upcoming research project that sheds light on (young) adults who are identified with ‘bi-culture’. Many people think that cultural identities are given and mostly related to a legal document. But it’s not that simple. I feel the urgency to research the societal subject around ‘migration’ and ‘cultural identities’. Cultural identities are connected with many happenings. Migration plays an essential rol that we need to look at cultural identities in a different light. The childcare allowance affair that captured my attention in 2021 makes me wonder would the society gives me also a harsh scrutinise because I am identified with bi-culture? It’s a question that I need to encounter frequently in my daily life.

With the intention to research the expanded spectrum of ‘bi-cultural identities’, I want to navigate the similarities among refugees, immigrants, and native Dutch with a bi-cultural background. The common thread is that their identities are often fluid and not only fixated on main stream Dutch culture. Therefore, I’d love to undertake the research through a series of interviews with (young)adults with bi-cultural backgrounds through one-to-one traditional Chinese tea ceremonies.

Open Studio + Offline crowdfunding (Language: EN + NL + CN)
I am glad to start the pre-research of ‘Living Together Apart’ by reflecting on my own cultural identities at Casco. I came to the Netherlands from China to study art, and after a few years of living and integrating into the local culture and language, I have adopted part of the Dutch culture in my identity. To give one simple example: I become way more direct than before.

In order to cover the production costs of ‘Living Together Apart’, I initiate this offline crowdfunding by inviting you for one-to-one traditional Chinese tea ceremonies in exchange for a small donation. Every tea ceremony takes about 30 minutes. You will be served with special flowers tea. I will also open my pre-research during tea ceremonies.

Are you simply interested in a special experience of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony? Do you want to support this research project because you find it socially relevant and important? Do you want to give more space for (young) adults with bi-cultural backgrounds to express their voices? You can then reserve a spot for a one-to-one traditional Chinese ceremony.

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Do you want to support “Living Together Apart” anyway without experiencing a traditional Chinese tea ceremony? That’s possible! You can reach me via

Address: Casco Art Institute, Lange Nieuwstraat 7, 3512PA, Utrecht.