Grandmother’s House / ink and color painting 祖母娘家（彩墨）
Impression of Jiuzantou, Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County.
My grandma’s family lived in Jiuzantou, Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County. I often accompanied my father to visit my cousins’ house. A castrated rooster contest was held in Hengshan Township during the Lunar New Year. My uncle’s big rooster often won first place. That big rooster weighed almost 20 pounds, and was so heavy it could be called the “rooster king.”
My uncle’s house sat next to a river. They dug out a pond and kept black carp in it. They weighed as much as 60-70 pounds, so “fish kings” would be a fitting name for them. Over there, I met two friends who were about my age. One of them liked to play chess and I used to pay chess with him on the little sampan in the pond, and we had a lot of fun.
There were several straw piles next to the pond, and I still have vivid memories of chickens, docks, and geese wondering around the straw piles. ＠