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Young women around the world face pressure to get married by a certain age despite their careers and ambitions. I felt this in my own experience and decided to investigate this cultural tension. When I was living in Asia, across China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea I saw how deep-rooted, stressful, and pervasive the issue is.
To my surprise, I learned about the societal propagandas and terminologies that’s been used to shame women about their age and decisions around marriage. In China, women in their 30s are called leftover women, sheng nu. In Japan, it’s urenokori, unsold goods, leftovers. At one point, women over the age of 25 were called leftover Christmas cakes, because no one wanted them after the 25th.
Leftovers, is an audio-visual piece that depicts a woman’s shoe crushing a leftover slice of Christmas cake beneath a looming voice that says “The time limit for women is 25 years old” in Japanese. It is the first piece in a series exploring language as a means to control women in Asia and their life choices, and what it looks like to change that narrative as more women challenge traditional expectations.
A series of artworks shedding light on women's rights, narratives, and journey. These pieces explore how language has been used to control women in Asia and their life choices, and what it looks like to change that narrative as more women challenge traditional expectations.