Headspace: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department write about a place or space they go to write, read, study or create. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.]
It’s the twenty-first century so it is inevitable for most people to write, read, study or create in cyberspace. I am proud of my desk because it has all the gadgets: a MacBook Air, an AOC monitor and a PlayStation 4. I am a cyberspace traveller. I am a surfer on the sea of codes. I live, I die, and I am reborn there. I suppose everyone else does the same too.
And yes, I do need something to drag me back to reality from time to time. Besides tiredness, I have some decorations over my desk—papers and postcards of Hong Kong. I constantly look at them and they remind me of where I belong. I am not referring to Hong Kong as a geographical location, but the vibe and the spirit of a perceived reality, which is a place I call home.
It’s now August 2016 and everyone is talking about the Rio Olympics. I am a little bit nostalgic today. My MacBook Air is playing “God Save the Queen” on YouTube, from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics medal ceremony for women’s sailing, when Ms. Lee Lai Shan won the first ever Olympic gold medal for Hong Kong.
Lam Man Tsun is a graduate of the Department of English and Department of Education (Class of 2016). [Click here to read all entries by Tsun.]