MY PARENTS RECENTLY VISITED ME in Hong Kong. It was their first trip back to their birthplace in nearly 20 years, as well as their first time visiting me in my new home.
As we traveled through the neighborhoods where they spent their youth struggling to build a life, I was given the rare chance to glimpse the city through their eyes.
Learning about my parents’ early lives, as well as exactly how deep my roots in Hong Kong are, were some of the major reasons for me to move here. It was life-changing experience on many levels. I constantly willed my brain to remember every detail, every smell, every sound. Not just because I got to experience some of “their Hong Kong,” but because I hadn’t seen my parents in nearly two years and I wasn’t sure when I’d see them again.