Over the weekend, some of Brandon’s Chinese community observed the Qing Ming event. Traditionally, this is a time when people paid homage to their ancestors by tidying up the gravesites or tombstones of their relatives. In Brandon, this is done communally at the monument to the Chinese Head Tax and those who emigrated to Canada in the 19th century. This sculpture is in the Brandon cemetery and is very symbolic of the meaning behind Qing Ming. The idea of those who came to Canada from China was also very appropriate for the subject of my Patchworks 2 documentary — a man who came here in 1947 from the war and chaos of China at that time and is the oldest living Chinese emigrant in Brandon. It was an invaluable opportunity to record Mr. Lim among family and friends and to get some footage to complement his recollections of past history. Incense burning and sending wisps of smoke onto the breeze, tiny cups of tea left in offering, and paper money burned to help ancestors afford the afterlife — there was plenty of visual poems to be found at this event. And, like many festive occasions in the Chinese culture, there was plenty of food to eat afterwards — a definite bonus for this project!