For those of you who don’t know there are several ongoing initiatives here at Hong Kong Sacred Spaces. One of these initiatives is to delve more deeply into Hong Kong Food Culture. Because much of our food comes from the marshy wetlands on the very Northern edge of the Territory it makes sense to get out and explore this region. Think of all the yummy oysters and dried shrimps that we have here in Hong Kong and you’ll get a sense of how important these coastal areas are. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces has been planning a series of events to help people learn about our wetlands and the bounty that they provide. This series will include an array of events including walks, workshops, and tours all highlighting various aspects of this very important part of the Hong Kong foodways scene. Most of the research for this Series has been generously provided by Professor Sidney Cheung from the Anthropology Department at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a local expert on the subject who literally wrote the book (actually several) on local foodways. Part of what he passed on to us is a series of seasonal walks that he and his students developed to help Hong Kongers enjoy the fertile northern wetlands from the perspective of the four seasons.
As a “first-step” in this engagement, we’ll start off the New Year right with a walk we’ll rather uncreatively call: Wetlands Walk – Winter that will get us up to Yuen Long 元朗 to explore a part of the wetlands area.
We’ll specifically keep an eye out for seasonal details documenting the changes that we see. Spring, Summer, and Autumn have been scheduled or will be scheduled in the coming weeks and months. I’m also working with Prof. Cheung to develop events specifically around topics like Soy cultivation and use as well as Oyster Farming so they’ll be lots to look forward to in the future.