限华 / Chinese Only
Paul Wong, 2018
48″ x 26″ x 3.5”
neon, glass and steel with dimmer.
In simplified Chinese Characters, 限华 / Chinese Only is a neon artwork in Chinese characters. 限 translates to “limit”, and 华 translates to Chinese. 限华 / Chinese Only takes the form of a ‘sign’ where it references a time when local white-only establishments blatantly refused and restricted Chinese people.
The sign, however, can also be interpreted as “Chinese Exclusion” as, the characters 限 and 华 are often used to describe the country’s historical exclusion of Chinese people.
This work was part of Occupying Chinatown, Paul Wong’s year long residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden. To see the rest of the works curated for this visit: