Huai Mo Village

Author: Hsu Chia Wei

Huai Mo Village focuses on the Huai Mo Tzu Chiang House in Chiang Rai, Thailand, which shelters a generation of orphans owning close relationships to the region’s complex history. The defeat of the KMT in the Chinese civil war resulted in the perilous retreat of 2,000 Nationalist soldiers from Yunnan to Myanmar, eventually settling at the Golden Triangle at the Thai-Myanmar border. Over the years, they have assisted the Thai military in conflicts with communists in the region; in addition, many people grew poppies to increase their income, or assisted drug dealers to traffic drugs from Myanmar. The orphanage at houses 68 children; most of their parents were sentenced to death for drug trade or had died during drug-related disputes. In the video, the director of the orphanage (who was once an intelligence officer) points out the historical origins and changes.

Single channel video installation

For video’s call page, please click here.

Location Code: AV.HCW.HMV
Language: Chinese, with Chinese (Traditional) and English subtitles
Year of Publication: 2012