Asleep at Sea

Hong Kong is my mother's hometown. She spent about two decades in that city before moving to America with my father. That city was always a mystery to me since I grew up seeing it on television, from rental VHS tapes of Hong Kong television series. I would only hear stories about the street food, the markets, the islands, my relatives, and what the city meant to my parents through stories.

Traveling to Hong Kong was not like any other vacation as I knew it involved revisiting old relatives and meeting new ones. It meant feeling like it was a second home because it is where most of my heritage is from. Though my appearance blends in with the population, identifying with the culture is a difficult and almost impossible task. Differences will always arise.

Asleep at Sea weaves the emotional disconnect of my hybrid identity.

asleep at sea 2008--