HK: What do your par­ents think of what you do?

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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.

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