Storytelling under the Canopy
Once upon a time, when the moon rise high above, children would gather around the old folks under the sprawling canopy. Some sit on bamboo stools, and others make do with the dirt mound. It is story time, and no one wants to miss a word.
Stories and remembered moments have always woven the connective ties between the tellers and the listeners. The Canopy is a gathering place where the tellings happen.
The first collection, “A Gentleman from Banyan City” is a kind of an origin story about the head of the Wang Family. It is based on the book that was printed and distributed to family members. The website is meant to keep it accessible, and as a holding place for subsequent translations and updates.
Meanwhile, through conversations on WeChat, more stories from family members continue to unfold. Like Grandfather Wang, their divergent journeys have been swept along by the tides of history. And yet each person has managed to triumph in his or her own unique way. These extraordinary stories, too, ought to be remembered and shared.
This is what Canopy is: a space where stories of our family are told, and passed on.