year of birth
I had this as a present from my uncle when I was 8 until now. I never take it off and because it is 24 carat, it doesn't discolour. It’s something that goes with everything. It's long, it goes underneath clothes and it's been with me on all my travels.
I would say no matter what generation it is, gold will be important in Chinese culture. When I wear it, I might not always think about it, but you can't get away from the fact that it's a big part of my family history and their movements, they would always bring their gold with them.
I've learnt from that and the most important thing in my wardrobe is the gold. So I would always bring that with me anywhere I would go to. If anything happens, I would pack my bags and I would take the gold. It's something that has been implemented from the family, it’s a history that is instilled.
This history isn’t unique to me, its a part of a wider migratory importance for the Chinese that have moved. Similarly if you think about other Asians like Pakistanis, their relationship to gold jewellery is similar to overseas Chinese. You can't help in remembering that migratory background and that importance is ingrained into you from a young age. In that way, while also being a gift, it does remind me of my family's journey.