Mekong Cultural Hub

Book: Red Packet with 20¢ (Christina)

During the pandemic, my daughter and I were in Singapore while my husband/her father was in England. Under the enforced separation, I immersed myself in memories and old photos. I gathered my late mother’s story and the stories of her Soong family from Beaufort, Sabah, East Malaysia, into a book. For me, this was a period of intense introspection. My cousins supported this family history project, and we communicated by digital means. The book gave us a rich experience of sharing. Under pandemic’s shadow, Red Packet with 20¢, published in 2021, offers a personal consolation and a family’s gesture towards remembering.

Contributor: Christina Chow

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