Gold teeth, Parker pens, a Rolex watch: escape kits for when you have to flee for your life, and the things you’d leave behind

Many Hong Kong people have experienced traumatic upheaval in their own families’ relatively recent past; vivid stories of hurried escape from the aftermath of war and revolution – both in China and in Southeast Asia, in times of rising anti-Chinese sentiment – are an inherent part of the fabric of too many lives.Traumatic, handed-down experiences of sudden dislocation continue to influence how many still live today – especially in their approach to personal possessions.What would one suddenly…


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