Beautiful Struggle: Goodnight Moon

Beautiful Struggle: Goodnight Moon

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Studies 1-14

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Para Para Flip Flap

“Para para Flip Flap” is my practice to accept the conflict between my cultural origin and American culture as a first generation immigrant parent in terms of literature and food habits. The definition of nationality has been blurry and this is a process to find out a new identity with my consumption, especially plastic containers.

Most of the English books we have for our child are not relevant to my childhood. Some of the words and rhymes in those children's literature are unfamiliar to my adult vocabulary. Culture is a product of generational efforts, sharing love and excitement among family is crucial. Therefore, I found it necessary to create a bridge between me and American children’s literature by using it as a background material.

Vacancy of American childhood reflects on our family diet. Gradually, but significantly more seriously after my child’ birth,I have learned the difference between organic and conventional foods and the potential effects on young bodies. Japanese society isn't yet awake enough to encourage organic farming and products like California offers. Many pesticides that the US prohibited to use to its own nation are still valid in Japan and the US is one of the biggest exporters of those strong pesticide-covered vegetables and crops. Even though we have great access to Japanese groceries in the Bay Area, I am hesitant to buy my own country’s food made in Japan and have adapted to new, more international food habits served locally.

However, even if we choose better eating habits for us, society, and Earth, we still have pills of plastic containers accumulating everyday.

Secure packaging makes our life more convenient, and it is almost impossible to stop using it. It is still in the process to solve as a mankind. Recycled plastic is still far from truly biodegradable, making a gooey substance in the soil. This situation, no way to accomplish “true goodness” is what our society is confronted with. Making this series was to accept and embody my nonbinary, mediocre, but resilient life.