Hung Liu came of age in China during the decade of the Cultural Revolution. She not only witnessed a government's attempt to force a nation of nearly one billion people to purge itself of its national heritage, but as a teenager she felt the pressure to take an active role in destroying it. Although she resisted the authoritarian mandates that called for violence against traditional mores and cultural artifacts, and that closed . . .

photo: Jeff Kelley
I have everything here in the present, but you can't separate from the past. . . . It is important to bring my background into this culture. . . . it is very personal.1