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Sat, Nov 11

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Meeting point: Cheung Chau ferry pier

The Seaward Journey — Tracing Family Roots & Stories

with Miriam Lee. A sharing about tracing back the family and collective memories of the legendary boat-dwellers.

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The Seaward Journey — Tracing Family Roots & Stories
The Seaward Journey — Tracing Family Roots & Stories

Time & Location

Nov 11, 2023, 6:45 PM – 7:50 PM

Meeting point: Cheung Chau ferry pier, Cheung Chau Ferry Pier, Praya St, Hong Kong

About the event

As the first generation of 'land-dwellers' among the legendary boat-dwellers of Causeway Bay, Miriam wishes to share with the audience the collective memories of this vanishing community. She started the project “Strolling Tanka” in recent years to re-discover the past livelihood of the Causeway Bay Tankas and their interaction with the development of Hong Kong. By collecting the stories of elderly family members and their friends, she hopes to outline the daily lives, traditions, celebrations, spatial arrangements, movements and relationship with other islands and people of this floating community at the heart of Victoria Harbour in the quest to trace her Tanka roots and connection to the sea, re-valuing the family history and identity.

** This is a moving activity, starting in Cheung Chau, taking the inter-island ferry, and ending in Peng Chau.**

About the host:

Miriam Lee grows up in Hong Kong, and her family are Tankas who have lived on boats in Causeway Bay for centuries. She has been an avid traveller and has worked on all seven continents of the world. She is now a research associate at the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in rural landscape and built heritage conservation.

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