At that time, "air pollution" had not yet to become a part of our everyday vocabulary. Today, we can no longer appreciate the beauty of clouds with a simple mindset, as we did in the past. We automatically think about ‘the economics of clouds’—as a friend of mine once said, one more cloud in the sky could possibly mean that one that more enterprise is closing down in the Pearl River Delta.This summer, in Guangzhou, the third biggest city in China, one can see not only clouds, but clouds with thousands of forms and shapes drifting before us so beautifully and clearly. It reminds me of the summer in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s film Goodbye South, Goodbye which I was very familiar with some 15 years ago.
We face this paradox of ‘the economics of clouds’, of the inverse relationship between the number of clouds and the number of industries—and of the butterfly effect happening between the two. From here, we capture a chaotic phenomenon that is pervading our social system.
The cycle of cloudy and rainy days drives away the heat, making this summer of the South especially affective and charming, and the clouds beneath the midday sun appear to our eyes so beautifully, vividly and accurately. They float so elegantly that those looking at them will, at least for a moment, be able to forget their concerns of the economy.
(Translated by Anthony Yung from Chinese)