MalPina Chan

Pride of the River: Pursing the American Dream, 2019
Bronze, wood, paper, plexiglass
19.50 x 42 x 2 in (49.53 x 106.68 x 5.08 cm)
My grandfather was born in the Canton region of China and came to America to pursue the American dream. For decades he was the manager of George Locke’s 100 acre Bartlett pear orchard located next to the town of Locke. The Locke farm was situated in the Sacramento river delta region – a rich agricultural area created by a network of levees built by Chinese laborers. All family members featured on these panels were part of the region’s agricultural heritage. A cast bronze Bartlett pear and US currency represent my family’s agricultural heritage and my family’s pursuit of the American Dream.