year of birth
I always say I am Chinese, British-born. I never say I'm English and I question why, and its because I feel very much Chinese and also I feel like I am an extension of it as well. I really feel like I'm an hybrid car engine, like I'm eco-friendly engine which is half powered by electricity and half powered by natural sources in the same way, I’m half powered by my Chinese roots and half powered by my surroundings in this country. That’s what makes me strong as well.
My object represents all the cultural beliefs and rituals that are embedded in me which I’ve not always realised are a big part of me. This is a ping on fu (blessed paper), my mum gave it to me in 2005 when I lived in France for a year. My mum got it from when she was in Hong Kong when she was praying for my safety. I transfer this to whichever purse I have.
This is my sword that I haven't brought out for a while. This use to hang in our house, all the time. In front of the mirror. It's not sharp and it's my Dad's. He taught martial arts when we were kids. He use to make us do martial arts stuff in the sitting room. He learnt in Hong Kong but then, he didn't carry it on when he came to England but he would still do it if you asked him. Now all these elements like tai chi and Shaolin influence my work as a dancer.