year of birth
This sewing cushion started my journey to the UK, I left Hong Kong to come here in December 1975. I was just 17 and just finished my secondary school and I decided to travel to the UK on my own. All I brought with me was a suitcase and guitar, very romantic isn’t it? I felt like a little John Denver! I was not scared of anything, you think you can take on anything. In those days, when there isn’t fear, you just do whatever you must do. I think that's the story of me as well, I was the adventurer of the family.
This cushion was bought in a Korean souvenir shop because the plane stopped off at Korea and Paris. I saw it was quite cute and it's stayed with me for all these years, everywhere I go. It really signifies my journey as an almost naive young girl who made the decision to come by herself to start a new life in the UK.
It's been with me all these years, even if it wasn't meant to be that sentimental it’s gathered significance because I’ve used it for such a long time, there are very few things that I've had that long. This sewing cushion has more history than all the things in my house because it travelled with me throughout life. I can tell my daughters to cremate it with me. It’s still here with me and these cultural things will stay with you and they make up who you are.