by Naomi Sumner Chan
A Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Homemakers commission in association with HOME, Manchester
Jasmine is from Wuhan, originally… Abandoned as a baby in Hankou train station, she was adopted to a White British family and grew up in England. For Jasmine, Wuhan was just a word on a piece of paper until now. Suddenly, since the outbreak of COVID-19, everyone is talking about the place where she was born and she’s no longer able to ignore her past and those she left behind.
Wait I’m From Wuhan is the story of a Chinese adoptee struggling to decide whether or not to search for her birth family told via a series of Instagram and blog posts. Bombarded with images of masked faces and the deserted streets of Wuhan, Jasmine’s head fills with questions about her Chinese family. Is it too late for her to find them?
The Wait I’m From Wuhan blog will feature weekly blog posts (1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd July) at midday. There will be daily Instagram posts @waitimfromwuhan throughout July.
The Homemakers commission series is access friendly. Access measures for Wait, I’m From Wuhan are as follows:
Blog posts are available in spoken audio format on the main page of the blog website.
Instagram posts use alt text to make images accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences who use a screenreader.
Wait I’m From Wuhan is free to access via the HOME website. If you would like to support the work of artist Naomi Sumner Chan and to help Chinese Arts Now to continue to support more artists through this very tough time then please do consider contributing some money via HOME or via CAN’s JustGiving page – the project has a suggested donation price of £5.
Homemakers is a series of new commissions hosted by HOME in Manchester, where they invite favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
Wait I’m from Wuhan is one of six digital commissions that CAN is supporting this year. You can read more about the other digital commissions here.