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.