Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Chung Yeung Festival is coming. The other day we did a family visit to my dad's grave. It's this typical room of multi-level niches for ashes in east Kowloon. Not far away from my dad's, I spotted this plaque on which was a photo of an old woman and a young man. What intrigued me was they were couple. The man was born in 1917 and died in 1949 (a life of histories!) The woman was born in 1926 and passed away in 2004. So, she was only 23 when he left at an age of 32. So she had been widow for another half a century, far much longer than the life of her husband. Then there's also their son, his ash right next to theirs. He was born in 1949 (when his dad died) and passed away in 1968 (year of turbulance too) at 19 only. These figures allow a lot of imagination and association. It seems difficult to think without consideration of a country's history. So, what happened in 2004....?

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