The House of Plum Blossom

Growing up in a typical Chinese household, values and strict teachings are passed down from generations. Just like any traditional Chinese families, we had well-defined roles for different family members. As much as my family remains tight-knit, we have never openly shown affection to one another. “I love you” might be one of the most important combinations of three words in the western language. A signal that a romantic relationship is serious, or an indication of closeness. However, growing up, I have never once heard those three words in my household. Documenting through the use of photography and revealing of stories, The House of Plum Blossom dives in to investigate the reality of living in a traditional Chinese household of disguised endearment.


The House of Lee

李(Li) symbolises plum blossom or plum tree, which is one of the beloved flowers in Chinese culture. Plum blossom and tree are often seen in Chinese arts and paintings, symbolising perseverance and hope, as it usually blooms even amidst the harsh winter season. The plum tree can usually grow for a long time, hence it is one of the ancient trees that are found throughout China. In Confucianism, the plum blossom stands for principles and values of virtue.