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Ma Qiusha

Great Expectations

BY MICHAEL YOUNG

Portrait of Ma Qiusha. Photo by and courtesy Michael Young.

Before her seventh birthday, Chinese artist Ma Qiusha's parents decided that she was going to be a musician. They bought her an accordion and enrolled her at the local music academy. When the accordion proved too heavy for the young Ma, however, music was abandoned and replaced with drawing classes. Strict and demanding, Ma's mother would sit watching through the classroom window to ensure her daughter made good progress. Whenever she made a mistake, her mother would go

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