Writer Jenny Zhang on the Surreal Thai Drama, Syndromes and a Century
This text is taken from the Autumn/Winter 2022 subject of AnOther Journal:
“Syndromes and a Century is sort of a poem – one of the best poems smash discordant photos collectively. The movie unfolds in two elements, the primary in an ethereal rural hospital in Thailand, the second in a contemporary metropolis hospital with synthetic lighting and menacing equipment that feels alienated from the human physique. That juxtaposition of the outdated nation with uber-fast world capitalism is what I really feel after I return to Shanghai, the place I used to be born. There’s a way within the movie that science is its personal type of magic, however there are additionally historic, ancestral treatments which are dying out. These two methods of curing one’s ills are at all times at play, as a result of docs prescribe capsules but in addition speak to sufferers about their goals. In a single, a Buddhist monk goals he’s being tortured by chickens. I had recurring migraines throughout the pandemic and it was unimaginable to get an appointment as a result of migraine struggling has elevated a lot. This movie poses the concept that, sure, there’s a bodily aspect once we’re sick, however typically a non secular and emotional aspect too, and we should always deal with that with the identical rigour.”
Jenny Zhang has a singular manner of flexing language, embracing misspellings and malapropisms, textspeak and slang in poems which are uncooked and sticky with emotions. The Brooklyn-based author has revealed two unflinching books of poetry, Expensive Jenny, We Are All Discover and My Child First Birthday, and the nonfiction chapbook Hags. Her brief story assortment, Bitter Coronary heart, illuminates immigrant lives in Nineties New York, narrated by first-generation daughters grappling with the ties of familial love, exile and otherness, and the thrills and cruelties of girlhood – it gained the Pen/Robert W Bingham prize for debut fiction. Zhang is at the moment at work on her first play and her debut, as-yet-untitled novel.
Hair: Matt Benns at CLM utilizing KIEHL’S. Make-up: Ayaka Nihei. Photographic assistant: Glenn Lim. Printing: PhotoLab-NYC. Producer: Alec Charlip at Born Artists. Particular due to Elsker Studio, Brooklyn, New York
This story options within the Autumn/Winter 2022 subject of AnOther Journal, which is on sale internationally now. Purchase a replica right here.