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Martin Chang Martin Chang is an immigrant from Taiwan. He cannot travel to his father's grave every year on Qingming jie (Grave Sweeping Day). When he does go to Taiwan, he visits the grave and performs the necessary ceremonies for his father. By putting fresh flowers near the grave and food on the gravestone, he pays respect to his father. Then he prays and using incense sticks, tells his father that he has come home. To pay even more respect, he does three kowtows. Although it is supposed to be done on Qingming jie, he cleans the grave by cutting all the weeds. To keep the gravestone in good shape, he repaints the words that are already carved, putting his father's name in gold and his mother's name in red, since she is still alive.

Interview of Martin Chang, April 2001
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