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Dreams of the World: Animation Artist from Taipei (Taiwan)

Meng Chia Chung, 26 from Taipei, Taiwan (center) with friend Ai Tsunematsu, 28 left from Fukushima, Japan (left) and sister, Meng Ling Chung,16 from Taipei, Taiwan (right). Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto during the Gion Festival. Photograph © KIKE CALVO

This post is the latest in Kike Calvo’s series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels.

“My dream is to open my own studio in Beijing. A gallery space where visitors can get to see my Ball-Jointed Dolls (BJD dolls) while I work in the back, ” says Meng Chia Chung, 26, also known by her English name, Emily Chung. An animation masters student at the University of Southern California, USC, Chung was born in Taipei (Taiwan). Making the most out of her last summer before starting to work, Chung, along with her sister Meng Ling Chung and her best friend Ai Tsunematsu, decided to dress up in traditional Japanese attire and visit Kyoto (Japan) to participate in Gion Matsuri, an ancient and one of the most popular festivals in Japan. Chung is inspired by BJD Doll artists Popovy Sis and Marina Bychkova, yet “The Kiss” by the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt is still her all time favorite piece of art.

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  1. Simon
    United States
    July 19, 2013, 9:53 am

    Beautiful Photo. It makes me wonder why Meng Chia is not covering her mouth with a fan. Her smile reveals the innocence of youth, uncorrupted by society. Is that why she still smiles freely to the people?.

  2. Sheryl
    July 18, 2013, 12:28 am

    I like this photo.
    What a nice and cute girl! I like her dream.

  3. Frank
    July 17, 2013, 9:12 pm

    The Japanese attire looks so pretty:) I was attracted by the beautiful lady in the middle at first sight . I hope one day her dream will come true.

    And welcome to Beijing!