Rosie Di Wu
Chinese food has always had a particular meaning and set of associations for
me. As a second-generation migrant, I do not speak the same mother tongue as
my parents, grandmother and extended family. This could be a strange situation
that can be quite hard for those who have not experienced immigration or
multiple cultural identities to imagine.
The lack of a common language can create a disconnect and involuntary rift between the generations. Food has always been my way and my family’s way to overcome that rift. My father worked as a chef for ten years and uses food to compensate for his lack of fluency in the English language. By going above and beyond to prepare an elaborate meal for his family every night, that is his way of communicating love. My own connection to China centers greatly around the street food I loved to eat as a
child such as xiaolongbao and jianbinguozi.
Rosie Di Wu is a graphic designer who was born in Shanghai then moved with
her family to Ireland before finally settling in Australia. She is passionate about
illustration, animation and zines. Much of her work centers around cultural
identity and Chinese heritage. She loves using ink as a medium and always
carries around her trusty brush pens.
She gave a public talk at the White Rabbit Gallery on the history and origins of
Chinese rock music and the significance of Cui Jian. She hosted a panel at this
year’s MCA Zine Fair along with three other artists entitled ‘Cultural Recovery’.
Rosie also illustrated the program for Story Fest 2019, which took place at the
Sydney Opera House and The Rocks.
Rosie is also a part of an initiative which aims to connect migrants with the
local live music scene called ‘Music with Mates’.
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