Elderly couple in Brazil keeps in touch with overseas grandkids through daily drawings on Instagram

Mr Chan Jae posts watercolour art every day to Drawings For My Grandchildren, which has 56,300 followers.
Mr Chan Jae posts watercolour art every day to Drawings For My Grandchildren, which has 56,300 followers.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / DRAWINGS_FOR_MY_GRANDCHILDREN

A 75-year-old retiree from Brazil has won acclaim on the Internet for an Instagram account he created to stay in touch with grandchildren in the United States and South Korea.

Mr Chan Jae posts watercolour art every day to Drawings For My Grandchildren, which has 56,300 followers.

The captions - which are addressed to Mr Chan's grandsons and feature parallel translations in English, Portuguese and Korean - are written by his wife.

The pictures on the Instagram account capture the Chans' inter-generational, transnational and cross-cultural life.

One recent drawing, showing an adult man kneeling before his father, is captioned: "It's amazing we can watch Korean TV dramas in Brazil. This touching scene is from a hit drama called Gentlemen Tailors."

It's amazing we can watch Korean TV dramas in Brazil. This touching scene is from a hit drama called "Gentlemen Tailors." A son is asking for forgiveness to his father for leaving the house. The son was full of desire to explore new adventures. His dad is looking at his son with full of feelings. Can you feel it? #drawing #watercolor #koreantvdrama #brazil #son #father #house #dad Nos tempos de hoje podemos assistir novelas coreanas mesmo aqui do Brasil. Estamos assistindo o "Os Alfaiates de Loureiro". A cena em que o filho se ajoelha pedindo perdão ao pai que saiu de casa foi realmente muito emocionante. O filho que até então estava dominado por ambições mundanas e os sentimentos de seu pai ao olhar para ele. 한국의 티비 드라마를 여기서도 볼 수 있는 세상이다. 요즘 <월계수 양복점 신사들> 이라는 연속극을 보고 있어. 집을 나간 아버지께 자신의 잘못을 빌고 있는 아들, 감동적인 장면이었다. 세속적인 욕망에 사로잡혀 있었던 아들과 그 아들을 내려다보는 아버지 심정이 느껴지니?

Another still life, replete with fruit, says: "Brazil is famous for many fruits. You guys must have been so happy to learn you can find guava in Korea, a typical Brazilian fruit."

Brazil is famous for many fruits. You guys must have been so happy to learn you can find guava in Korea, a typical Brazilian fruit. In São Paulo, it's a peach season. Apple, papaya, pineapple, let's eat lots of fruit. #drawing #watercolor #brazil #fruits #guava #korea #brazilianfruit #saopaulo #peach #apple #papaya #pineapple O Brasil é muito conhecido pela sua variedade de frutas. É verdade que tem goiaba na Coreia também? Você deve ter ficado tão contente. As frutas da estação aqui em SP são o pêssego, maçã, papaya, abacaxi. Vamos comer bastante fruta? 브라질은 온갖 과일들로 유명하다. 그런데 브라질 과일 고이아바가 한국에서도 생산된다고? 얼마나 반가웠니? 요즘 여기 쌍빠울로의 새 과일은 복숭아란다. 사과, 빠빠이아, 아바까시, 많이 먹자.

According to BBC News, Mr Chan's son 45-year-old Ji Lee is a creative director at Instagram's parent company Facebook and helped to set up the wildly popular art account so that Mr Chan could communicate with his two grandchildren in South Korea.

BBC News reported that the Chans moved from Seoul to Sao Paulo in 1981, but their daughter eventually returned to South Korea while their son headed for New York.