Pride of Place: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department reflect on a place in Hong Kong. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Pet Sounds” series.] [Revisit the “Headspace” series.] [Revisit the “Ongoing” series.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.]
Before the refurnishing, my grandmother used to set a mahjong table for every gathering. It was placed in a bedroom scarcely big enough for three people. She always seized the seat from outside the room to play. The clattering resonated through the corridor and entered the living room where her grandson and granddaughter were watching cartoons. I remember every now and then when the cartoon got boring, we would intrude into her bedroom and start to build a pyramid out of mahjong tiles. And she would laugh when our construction collapsed because someone pulled out a tile.
Tommy Wong is a student of the Department of English Language and Literature.