HK: What do your parents think of what you do?
CT: My parents are super traditional. One of the reasons I started painting alleyways was because they told me not to. I wanted to do things people say girls can’t do. They would call me a “gwei mui” and say I was going to marry a “gweilo” like it was a bad thing. I was confused, because in Belgium, we lived in a tiny village and we were surrounded by white people all the time. It was as if I had to choose to be either Chinese or Western. I wanted to be Chinese, but I also wanted to hang out with my white friends. But after moving here, I started understanding where my parents came from. They don’t know about computers, so while I was studying game design they didn’t understand what I was doing. But now they get what I’m doing because it’s visual. Walls have helped me communicate with them better.