I recently attended the most talked about college event of the year. The Candlemas Ball means a great deal to members of St
It is taken so seriously that a special committee is appointed each year to organise it. What makes Candlemas so exciting is that the theme is revealed only a week in advance.
You would never guess what this year’s theme was. The moment I was told, my stomach churned: Far-Eastern Fantasies.
Don’t get me wrong. As a Hong Kong-born Chinese, I am extremely proud of my roots. What I cringe about is when Westerners misrepresent the very customs I hold dear.
The menu read as expected: crab wonton, spring rolls, chicken wings and roasted duck. I was ready for a display of “Asian” culture.
In the run-up to the actual ball, I saw Pokémon posters on the walls. There were also pieces of card with the names of
But as it is my final year at
As I entered the college ground with my friends, I found myself drawn to a stunning red dragon hanging down from the ceiling. And as I was walking around an Oriental-themed college that evening, I found it funny to see a sushi bar in the Senior Common Room. And I couldn’t hide my smirk when I saw Mulan being played in the college chapel.
This year’s Candlemas Ball displayed the Asian stereotype. But it was actually highly entertaining and I had a great night!