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River Book I&II is a study of geographical boundaries represented as two bar-shaped books. Liu researches on the Yellow River in China, where her hometown is located, as well as other rivers where she used to live alongside, including Chongqing, Shanghai, New York. The outcome of her research maps out a territory of both reality and imagination.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 1, Yellow River The Yellow River is considered to be the mother river of China. It has another name, “Hanging River”, because the riverbed is much higher than the plain.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 2, Chongqing    Two rivers cross in Chongqing, the Jiangling River and the Long River. The center is built on a huge island, similar to Hong Kong Island(Gang Dao) in Hong Kong and Manhattan in New York.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 2, Chongqing Two rivers cross in Chongqing, the Jiangling River and the Long River. The center is built on a huge island, similar to Hong Kong Island(Gang Dao) in Hong Kong and Manhattan in New York.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 3, Canal Scene    Nature gave us rivers, but not enough of them. People created canals for different purposes, but mostly motivated by economics to carry goods and deliver culture.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 3, Canal Scene Nature gave us rivers, but not enough of them. People created canals for different purposes, but mostly motivated by economics to carry goods and deliver culture.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 4, Beijing    Beijing City was originally surrounded by a round moat, called “Hu Cheng River”, which means ‘protecting the forbidden city’.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 4, Beijing Beijing City was originally surrounded by a round moat, called “Hu Cheng River”, which means ‘protecting the forbidden city’.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 5, Market Scene    Some of the earliest and primitive communications  happened in markets, where people exchange their merchandise.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 5, Market Scene Some of the earliest and primitive communications  happened in markets, where people exchange their merchandise.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 6, Beijing Moat    Beijing Moat (Hu Cheng) River connects to Brooklyn

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 6, Beijing Moat Beijing Moat (Hu Cheng) River connects to Brooklyn

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 7    Bridges Scene Bridges artificially connect ravines.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 7 Bridges Scene Bridges artificially connect ravines.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 8, ‘Pop-Up’ Page, Mountain Scene    Two pop-up pages with illustrations representing the Grand Teton Mountains (above) in U.S.A. and the Yellow Mountains in China (below).

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 8, ‘Pop-Up’ Page, Mountain Scene Two pop-up pages with illustrations representing the Grand Teton Mountains (above) in U.S.A. and the Yellow Mountains in China (below).

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 9, Hudson River Scene    Away from the world: A train goes up along the Hudson River; there is a way to an idyllic land.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 9, Hudson River Scene Away from the world: A train goes up along the Hudson River; there is a way to an idyllic land.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 10, Missouri River and Mississippi River

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 10, Missouri River and Mississippi River

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), “The Five Lakes” of the United States and China

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), “The Five Lakes” of the United States and China

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 12, Submarine Internet Cable Map

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 12, Submarine Internet Cable Map

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 13, No-Name Rivers

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 13, No-Name Rivers

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 14, The Bund of Shanghai Connects with Highway No.1, California

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 14, The Bund of Shanghai Connects with Highway No.1, California

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 15, The origins of the Yellow River and the origin of the Mississippi.

River Book I(Top), River Book II(Bottom), Page 15, The origins of the Yellow River and the origin of the Mississippi.