Sunday, April 24, 2005
Since my uncle is visiting from Cali this weekend, I've been having lots of "family time". Yesterday, I drove my uncle up to Seattle to have brunch with my sister and Shiv at Atlas, one of my favorite restaurants in the U-District.
Afterwards, we all headed over to the Seattle Art Museum, the main attraction being a new photography / video exhibit from China called "Between Past and Future: New Photography & Video from China". I know my uncle likes to visit museums, but since he doesn't often go out by himself, I thought it'd be nice to take him to the SAM. The exhibits were very interesting, especially the photography... the subject matter seems to be highly focused on the current social & economic turmoil in China, with emphasis on how it effects people on an individual level. I wanted to buy some postcards of my favorite photos, but they didn't have the ones I wanted.
Some exhibits that stand out in my mind:
Yeah, the SAM... good stuff. Even though I've never visited mainland China, I can't help but still feel an urge to go and visit, at least to travel to all the touristy places to see things with my own eyes. Walking through the exhibit, I couldn't shake the feeling that something big is happening now, and that in my lifetime, I'll probably witness the rise of China as a world power again, not just as an economic powerhouse, but as a major center of culture. Interesting.
Today was pretty laidback day... me, my uncle, Mom and Shiv met with my cousin's family and their cute baby for Shanghai-style dim sum at a restaurant close to Factoria mall. Apparently, they serve dimsum all the time and it's served made to order, instead of grabbing it off a cart like other dim sum joints. We tried lots of different dishes, but my favorites were the scallion pancake, beef pastry and the special "juicy" dumplings - both the steamed and deepfried kind that have meat & juice in them.
Anyway, like most Chinese family get-togethers over a meal, there was the usual storytelling about old times along with people speculating events coming up like cousin Hillary's wedding... just two more months.
Did I mention my cousin's kid is cute? He's growing up fast.
mmm, dumplings. my thoughts exactly. what's the name of the restaurant? i'll put it on my "MUST DO" list for next trip home...Post a Comment
i love websites like your cousin's wedding website =)