Public Artwork

Love Stories

Henry Tsang, Love Stories, 1992
Henry Tsang, Love Stories, 1992
Henry Tsang, Love Stories, 1992
Seabus terminal, Lonsdale Quay, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Tsang, Henry
Text author(s): 
Tsang, Henry
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

On one of the sides of Burrard Inlet


Billboard poster installed at the seabus terminal.

Text of the artwork: 

She doesn’t desire White Boys

over anyone else. But they keep

gravitating towards her.

Other men just can’t

Turn Her On

in the same way.


Her skin was Silky Smooth

to the touch. So is yours, she said :

From then on, I began looking

at Asian women,

something I never

before could do.

Text theme: 
Anecdotes of interacial desire
Artwork theme: 

Racial identity, sexual identity, desire, sexual (inter)racial preference. 


Poster on a billboard (2001), installed at the seabus terminal, North Vancouver. Order Presentation House Gallery.
Event: Facing History Poster Project, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC. Curator: Karen Love.
September 8-October 28, 2001.

Also presented in Toronto in 1992

Event date(s): 

Text version of the work presented at Gallery 44, Toronto, 1992:


I commented on how difficult it

seemed for some men of

Chinese ancestry to

consider Chinese

women as


or if


then as desirable.

Martin, whose wife is

of German descent, admitted

that he still had that problem.

Cornelio was surprised. In Hawaii,

where he grew up, Asians were

always thought of as

more beautiful.

He said

this with a

certain sadness,

for although he was a

good-looking guy, it was never

Asians who found him attractive.


The very

thought disgusted her.

Why would she ever want to

do anything like that, she demanded.

Kissing one would be like kissing her

brother. And going out with

a Chinese guy would

feel, simply put,



I caught her

staring at me. She

looked so Chinese to me, too.

I was surprised by the touch of her

skin-it was true, it was so smooth. So

was mine, she said. And after awhile I

began to look at Asian women,

something that I never before

could bring myself

to do.


I asked her about her preferences.

She said that although she didn’t

exactly prefer white men over

anybody else, they seemed

to gravitate towards her.

Besides, she couldn’t

find any other men

who could turn

her on in the

same way.


He was relatively open-minded, he

said, for someone who grew up in

Winnipeg 50 years ago. For

instance, he didn’t mind

his daughter going out

with anyone non-

Chinese, as

long as he




Facing History. Portraits from Vancouver

Love, Karen (2002).  Facing History. Portraits from Vancouver. North Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, p. 169

Henry Tsang : Love Stories

Tsang, Henry (1992).  Henry Tsang : Love Stories. Toronto : Gallery 44, p. 6