In Ji Yun Lam’s short film, A River Twice, I play a sailing hobbyist, alongside Ji Yun’s actual father as my fictional father. In the final scenes of the film, after sailing up and down a muddy river, my character finds Hin-Fan Lam’s character asleep by the riverbank. In his patient wait, he has peeled an orange open like a lotus flower. Like it’s for me, I eat it. I write to Ji Yun asking about the significance of peeling citrus fruits, a motif that her and Mina Shum share. I eat a bag of mandarins as research while re-watching the fruit’s scenes in Meditation Park.
Image: Still from A River Twice, Ji-Yun Lam, 2016