13 Ron Chan

A Virtual Conversation With My Grandfather Blending artificial intelligence with live recordings I was able to transcend time and space to interview my grandfather, Mar Shee Tong, who passed away 70 years ago. Joining in this virtual conversation, recorded live is my mother, May, speaking with her father, 25 years younger than her! May describes her mother as being a gregarious lively spirit, bringing joy to everyone around her. Her father was a man of few words, a gentle soul, a pillar of strength. May reveals a profound truth growing up. She never heard her parents argue. That’s because, her father says with a gentle smile, “my wife does most of the talking.” Through these stories I found the profound message, “All of us belong here”, is woven into the fabric of family, and transcends time and space. Not just virtually, but in reality.

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