4:52 min / sound
Chew Win Chen, Malaysia
“天頂一粒星，地下開书斋”, (“A star in the sky, and a school beneath it”) is a children rhyme in Teochew, a Chinese dialect, that the artist vividly recalls from her late grandmother. Dialects are usually spoken among family members, but not an official language that would be taught at schools. In the video, the rhyme is recited by the artist’s cousin aunt who is in her 70s, the artist’s father in his 60s, and finally the artist herself in her 20s. According to the family, there are various versions of the rhymes, but it always starts with this same first line, “A star in the sky, and a school beneath it…”.