CAPTURE THE MOMENTS
Just an hour ferry ride away from Hong Kong is a city called Zhongshan. This city may not be as well known as Shanghai, Beijing, or even Hong Kong but to me it is a part of who I am. Although I may not have been born here, both sides of my family have lived within this area for many years.
I had to opportunity to visit my family in Zhongshan before beginning my study abroad in Hong Kong. I left Hawaii two weeks earlier before school started to see my great-grandmother and family. This would be my 4th time visiting my family in China and certainly not the last as I intend to visit later this semester. It was nice to catch up with my cousins and aunties who I haven't seen since my high school graduation. Just like every other time I visited, I went to go see my parents villages to offer incense to the households. However, this time it was nice to see my mom's old house being renovated after so many years. After seeing this, I was reminded of something my parents always told me.
I may be an American born Chinese, but at my roots I am Chinese. Since I was a kid, I was told by my parents that I am Chinese first and foremost. This conversation as a kid seemed childish to me as I knew I was 100% Chinese and no other ethnicity. This mentality of being Chinese hadn't really struck me until recently. Where ever I travel or end up in life, I need to always remember my roots and that I'm from China. After this short visit, I was finally on my way to study abroad in Hong Kong.