Shadow Box

Ying Yang

This Shadow Box represents the counter and dominant narrative of me and how people think. All of these objects represent something different and they all have a story behind them. I have chosen to put these items in my Shadow Box because they all have a counter and dominant side of the story. You must be wondering what a Shadow Box is well it’s a visual display that have objects, images, and words to tell the story about yourself. The five items that I am going to talk about is the butterfly, the rose, the airplane ticket, the San Francisco bridge, and the Paris tower. The first items are the butterflies behind the back of my box. I have chosen these items because it represents that I can fly to my goals and I can achieve my dreams. I’m able to be independent and be on my own because I wanna show my parents that I’m able to be on an independent women that is able to do things on her own. I wanna make my parents proud and I wanna show them that their hard work and how much they done for me was worth it. I wanna show them that I can do the same for them to and I am going to work as hard as they did for me to have this many opportunities in life for me. Most importantly the sacrifice that they have done for me to be here now has made me realize that they do care about me there willing to keep supporting me until the end. I am very happy that they’re my everything and I’m happy to fly this far in life because of the things they have done for me and there support that they have gave me. The second item that I have chosen is a rose because it represents society how how people think. Society thinks that people get flowers when they’re sick or a special event and only women get flowers like roses. The things that people think of if your a women you get roses and if you’re a men you shouldn’t get rose. There are many criticisms and stereotypes about the gender expression because of how people act and the gender identity how you identify as. I believe that it doesn’t matter and everyone is all equal we should be treated the same and everyone should have the privilege to do whatever they want. Also people shouldn’t be scared to express themselves and like what they like, they shouldn’t change you are because you’re different. That’s why be your own individual rose because there are many color roses so choose the color you want to be and not change that cause you are who you are. The third item that I have chosen was the airplane ticket because it’s very important for me. Last summer, I went back to visit my family back in China and it was a very wonderful experience even though it was a very long trip. But it was all worth it and I was happy but I was very homesick because I was there for a whole month. I’m very glad that I got the experience to go back it was very different from California the lifestyle and the people there. Everyone knew each other and it was very weird because I didn’t know anyone but everyone was kind and they would say good morning and ect. I wasn’t used to it and it felt very weird because in California it’s different like your parents would be like don’t talk to people you don’t know on the streets. But back there it’s like you should talk to people because they’re being nice and there just positive about things that you don’t want to ruin their mood and day. I’m very proud to go back and see the life style back there and how it was very different and I was happy to experience that. The fourth item that I chose was the San Francisco bridge. I have chosen to put that in my Shadow Box because the Bay Area is very important to me and I have been living in the Bay Area for over 8 years and it’s been a long time that I think about it. People might think that I don’t live here because of my race and ethnicity. There are many times where I have felt the need to move because I didn’t like living here and how everyone was different. But I have come to a conclusion that any where I live it would always be different and I would be sad to move out of the Bay Area because I have lived here for a long time. Which I would miss it if I ever had to leave the Bay. It has become my home and when I’m traveling I know where my home is because I’m homesick and the environment is different from the Bay. Lastly the fifth item that I chosen was the Paris tower (Eiffel Tower). Me my sister and I always wanted to go to Paris but we never find the right time and we both have different schedules. But instead of my sister taking me there and her paying for the tickets I always wanted to take her when we’re older. She has been my biggest supporter and I’m glad she is my sister. She has done a lot for me more then my parents I call her my second mom because she does everything a mom does. I wanna do something for her to pay her back for everything she done for me. Cause she can go with her friends or even by herself but she has been waiting for me to go with her. So I wanna take her there because she always wanted to go there but she is a hard worker and she rather spend her money on school and the things that are more important in life. Which she has been a good example for me which I look up to her because she’s been through a lot because she never gives up.

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September 12, 2018 5:27 pm

Hi ying I like that you put every detail in your shadow and i liked how you talked about your family and you emigration to the usa. And i like how creative it is and how basic it is its simple and colorfull

February 8, 2018 7:26 pm

Dear Ying,
I liked how detailed you were with each object that you decided to use in your Shadow Box. A sentence that stood out to me was, “But I have come to a conclusion that any where I live it would always be different.” I agree with this quote because nothing will feel like home, the place that we have lived at for most of our time. I haven’t gone back to where my family is from but I’m pretty sure that I would feel like you. Really weird and left out because everyone would know each other for years and the there will be me, a new girl that came out of nowhere to visit.

I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

February 5, 2018 9:36 pm

Dear Ying,

Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Angel and I am a student at Fremont High School.
Something I liked about your work was how you showed how motivated you are to do nice things for the people you care about the most.
Something I have a question about is why do you wanna visit Paris? Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is
Thank You!

February 2, 2018 10:36 pm

dear ying, Thank You for sharing your work. My name is kavon and i am a student at fremont high school. Something i liked about your work was it is very creative and it look like you work very hard on it. nice work!. Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is

November 3, 2017 9:00 pm

Dear Ying,
Your statement of “I am who I am ” was interesting because you were detailed about what the objects meant to you. Something that stood out to me was when you wrote ” But instead of my sister taking me there and her paying for the tickets. I always wanted to take her when we’re older”. The reason this stood out to me was because you expressed that you wanted to do something nice/special for you sister and hopefully one day you do. This also relates to me even if I don’t have a sister I want to be able to take my family wherever they want.I loo forward to seeing what you write next, because your stories are very interesting and powerful.
Sincerely, Grady

October 19, 2017 3:19 pm

Ying, I was attracted to your shadow box because of how artistic and creative it was. When I read why you chose all of those things, I loved it even more. My favorite thing you have is the butterflies. I love the metaphor that you have for that. I am so excited for you to continue your life journey and hopefully it will take you and your sister to Paris!

October 19, 2017 5:51 am

Dear Ying,
I am happy with your essay/statement “I am Who I am” because it was amazing. While reading your artist statement I felt a little excited and of course happy as you know about the information you shared and how big your statement was. One line that stands out to me was,” I wanna show my parents that I’m able to be on an independent woman that is able to do things on her own” because I agree with you. I have this feeling too with my parents. Another sentence that I saw was, “ People might think I don’t live here because of my face and ethnicity”. This sentence stood out to me because after reading this is really makes me think about so much more types of dominant narratives. A part of your essay that reminds me of something in my life was actually when I moved across the country. I was homesick for California and it was very different for me as well. The same went for me as well on the don’t talk to stranger quote but in New Hampshire it was like that disappeared.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you have to right next, because I see you have interesting stories I’d like to see more of. I also think your stories are really relatable which is something great as a reader.

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