My parents came to Hong Kong in ‘49. That was the year I was born, and that was also the year the People’s Republic of China was born. My parents were intellectuals, so they didn’t bring in enough money, but brought a lot of books. They first settled in Aberdeen… They grew vegetables and had chickens.
From his roots in poetry and translation to his novels, essays and criticism, there isn’t much Leung Ping-kwan hasn’t penned. One of Hong Kong’s most well-known writers, the 63-year-old’s list of published works is pages long. One constant? His quest to understand Hong Kong, from its street culture to its search for identity. He talks to Hana R. Alberts a few weeks before the 15th anniversary of the handover.