#18 Going “Home” in the Lunar New Year









Going “Home” in the Lunar New Year


Dear Woo Singer,

It’s the start of a new year. Wishing everyone a prosperous Year of the Pig with full of joy and fulfillment!

I have a big family and it’s my family tradition to get together at “home” during the Lunar New Year. The “home” here does not refer to the tiny flat that I am living in, but a place I grew up. It is always warm and comforting to have a jolly time with family members, especially the new ones, at home. There is a kart bazaar at my home during the Lunar New Year. It is always packed with peoples where one can find lots of traditional foods and groceries. Surprisingly, there are also Korean and Thai snacks this year and I can tell from the owner’s faces that the businesses are doing well. But for me, I’d prefer the local delicacy -  “three stuffed treasures” (that include stuffed pepper, stuffed eggplant and stuffed bean curd). The owners of this kart are the parents of my primary schoolmate. They probably have forgotten my name but we have a sense of intimacy every time we see each other. The price tag of the “treasures” has gone up four times. Fortunately, the taste remains the same, which brings a flash of memory to me. It is these recognizable places, intimate faces and memorable tastes that give us a unique sense of belonging, that connect us to our “home”. Woo Singers, do you find these ingredients around you?


Ellis Fok Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong