Trampled Stories from the Orca Revolution
I am exploring the history and legacy of the captive killer whale industry through a wide range of narratives and perspectives. In particular, I am focusing on stories that were either untold or misrepresented when the industry went under public scrutiny in the 2010s.
Through archival research and a series of exclusive interviews, I paint an academically balanced picture of whale displays and their self-destructive nature. Through the untangling of my own orca-obsessed childhood and the life of a killer whale trainer friend, I dwell on the meaning of pipe dreams, self-truths, and drowned love. Ultimately, as a son of Chinese immigrants and a Stanford engineer, I grind apart, rejigger, and reweld these stories in my attempt to understand a western perspective of man and beast.
This is a very long-term project, as it involves consulting thousands of articles, conducting tens of hours of interviews, and perusing thirty-two pounds of books. Publication date not set.