Hong Kong: struggling home is an essay on identity and political agency.
Reading at LAiR Arts (Paris), 15th of December 2022, 7pm, in English. All infos here. (Paris)
Save the date // Lecture à La Générale, 20 janvier 2023, heure à confirmer. (Paris)
If one can inherit an emptiness, mine is Hong Kong, where my father grew up, but that I know so little about. For a very long time, I wished to live there for a while. A few months at least. A year if I could. And as this emptiness grew with me, the need grew stronger. Being perceived as Chinese in France and everywhere else was an endless and insidious confusion. I wanted to throw some questions to the city and hope it would answer back. In 2021 I could finally spend nine months in Hong Kong. In this essay I recall childhood memories and mental landmarks of my construction as a mixed-race Asian subject before bearing witness to the changes Hong Kong underwent during my stay.
History of the book project:
(upcoming) 2023 January Writing residency at La Générale (Paris)
2022 November-December Paris-based artist residency at Lairarts (Paris)
2021 January-September Stay in Hong Kong and research, production of the play A Tidal Home
2020 February Crossing Borders scholarship (Robert Bosch Stiftung / Literarisches Colloquium Berlin)
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