She met matchmakers, music-makers and the goddess Guan Yin. She discovered the world of Chinese dating, surrounded by the hundreds of brides who travel to Gulangyu every day to take their wedding photos in front of the island’s crumbling colonial-era architecture.
As she worked, she was followed by a strange force. This was yuan fen, the karmic destiny that brings people together. Eventually, yuan fen would change the course of her life.
Xiamen-based DJ Dfu has an extensive collection of spiritual and meditative folk and jazz on vinyl. He is a practicing Buddhist and his bar, Thank You Cafe, is the centre of the music scene in Xiamen.
Dfu joins Emmy to talk about their time together in Xiamen, his childhood discovery of American pop through discarded vinyl retrieved from Guangzhou garbage plants, and how he sees spiritual practice as essential to the Chinese way of life.
Supported by British Council UK-China Connections Through Culture.
For ages 14+