I’m an ordinary human being just like you. I have had a rough few years but I won’t bore you. I’ve settled in Hong Kong for 9 months now. It’s a return to my roots; I was born in a hamlet near the Chinese University. By co-incidence I now live near there so I feel my life has come full circle.
Why take the leap from the dark, moving my meagre belongings from London where I grew up to my birth place? Let’s just say to start a new life. You are free to read between the lines. Anyhow, I thought it’d be fun to write a blog about life in HK told from a Banana’s point of view.
Let me decode. Bananas are yellow on the outside and white inside. I am Chinese and look the look but don’t walk the walk. Having grown up in London the local culture and way of thinking has rubbed off on me. I would fit in very well in the ex-pat community. Certainly answers to my problems with mosquitoes and ants and where to buy things can all be found on their forum.
On the other hand my darker skin and command of Cantonese gives me unprecedented access to the locals who would otherwise be wary. They are honest in sharing their daily challenges. I see my role as an impartial observer or journalist, reporting the Hong Kong behind the facade of wealth and stability.
Among the HK posts are poems mainly written between 2009-2010 in a titanic struggle to come to terms with a prolonged stay at Heartbreak Hotel.
I welcome any questions, comments or feedback. It would be great to hear from you.
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©2013 Cho Wan Yau