Stitches as Methods

Intergenerational mending ‘stitches’ are experimental methods and practices that my mother and I have engaged with during this process. Many of these are metaphorical terminologies that have assisted me in critically reflecting on my position and therefore reframing how I speak, write, and think about my mother, our relationship, intergenerational trauma, migration politics, and the larger context of Chinese diaspora. Akin to a darning sampler that showcases sewing techniques on how to mend damaged textiles, these stitches of intergenerational mending are compiled together forming an intergenerational darning sampler of sorts. Please keep in mind that these articles are messy as work-in-progress projects are and set up this way to help me organise my thoughts.