Urban Diary
未來故事 永續香港|Sustainable Future, Hong Kong Tales

The Taste of Missing

Text & Videography: Angel Lau


I aim to explore the question of why I feel a sense of belonging to Hong Kong through this work.

The landscapes, people, and everyday experiences in my life provide me with a deep sense of security. As I witness the changes taking place in Hong Kong, I cannot help but question why I choose to remain here. It was in 2019, when I relocated to Amsterdam, that I realised Hong Kong holds the key to my memories of my late mother. When I come across breathtaking views or historical footage of Hong Kong, such as the vibrant neon signs illuminating Nathan Road, I am reminded of the sights she once beheld in her youth. Now, as I live and capture the scenes she would have seen, I feel a closer connection to her.

The saying "out of sight, out of mind" holds true, but I refuse to let her memory fade away. That's why I find myself mentioning her constantly. I have also discovered that Hong Kong has been instrumental in my grieving process, gradually integrating her presence into my being.

In the midst of creation, a recurring question arises within me: "Are there others who, like me, use a specific place to commemorate someone who has passed away? If so, where would this place be, and what stories would it hold?"