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Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)

written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing

(39) Street Mapping

The first building opposite the library on Gladstone Avenue is Hakim Optical shop. Sharing this rather long and rectangular three-stories red brick complex is WWCC, Working Women Community Centre, a charitable organization since 1974. The integral part of its mission is dealing with newcomer settlement services, offering programmes supporting immigrant women and improving the lives of their families. On the unusually wide, extended pedestrian path, Chai and Mrs. Bento stopped to look at a beautiful mosaic panel.

“This mosaic work is quite extraordinary, particularly the cutting of a big round circle for people to look through,” said Chai, moving closer to the round glass window. “It’s a small garden, it’s too bad that the bushes and shrubs were not well maintained.”

“We’ve always seen this mosaic wall from a distance when we visit the library, but just too lazy to find out.” Mrs. Bento fell back a few steps, squinting her eyes to inspect the mural art. “I see now it’s full of free flowing lives. A tree with deep roots dividing a huge butterfly and a sizeable kite, both flying happily above the pond. Hey, there’s a big tortoise swimming in the water too. You’re right, the hole is a curious one and does provide a window for us to, I’d say, to look beyond…wait there’s some information here about the work.” Mrs. Bento moved to the side of the mosaic wall, which was almost two feet thick. An acknowledgement of the participants creating this mural was installed. The names of seven Latin American immigrants, led by local artists Amelia Jimenez and Lynn Hutchinson Lee worked for a year to finish the project. Named Mapping Our Path - it painted a joyful recap of a new life as well as a beautiful painting that the nearby community can enjoy.

Walking on Gladstone Avenue was such a pleasure. They walked zigzag on the street, depending on which side the cars were parked. The vehicles could be obstructive to their view and they preferred to stroll on the open side. In a late Summer mid-day, they could still hear buzzings of cicadas from tree to tree, a wonderful symphony of sound producing rises and falls in both pitch and volume. The soughing of the wind in the branches, the leaves rustled ever so gently wave after wave. From time to time they had to use their hands to cap off the sun so they could have a better look at dwellings left and right.

The homes were mostly early 20th century two stories detached, semi-detached or row houses. The architectural styles were quite mixed and Chai was busily taking pictures for her log book. As she was snapping Mrs. Bento called over from the other side, “Look Chai, look at this tree. It’s got a lot of shoes hanging on its branches.”


"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the full length version with previous chapters, please visit- https://oceanpounds.com/blogs/sushi-grass-in-paradise




FORTY POEMS by Lee Ka-sing
A series of photographs each measuring 8.5x12 inch, dye sublimation print. (work year: 1995-1996)

The first stage of my FORTY POEMS series was in a group exhibition in the Hong Kong Arts Centre (1995). The completed series was shown at Tower Gallery in Yokohama in 1996, an exhibition curated by Iizawa Kotario (飯沢 耕太郎). The show later toured to the Prinz Gallery, Kyoto and to the Atrium in Fukuoka. In 2001, this suite of vintage prints was shown in Fotogalerie Wien, in RE-CONSIDERED CROSSINGS: REPRESENTATION BEYOND HYBRIDITY, an exhibition of nine contemporary photographers from Hong Kong. In 2015 almost 20 years after the series was created, these vintage pints were shown in Toronto along with some earlier and vintage work in the exhibition WALKING SMOKE at Gallery 50. The complete suite of vintage print is now in the collection of M+ Museum in Hong Kong.

The original idea of the FORTY POEMS was to make forty 8x10 inch photographs as a suite. When all photographs are grouped together, it becomes a piece of completed work. As it happened, I didn’t make all 40 photographs, finishing only about 30 pieces. In 1998, in the process of working on the monograph FORTY POEMS (with publishing grant from Hong Kong Art Development Council), I edited the suite down to 20 images.


Two Pieces of Porcupine Hair at a Crossed Position, 1995

The Clock and a Classical Interpretation of Time, 1995

Think Poetry, 1995

The Dictionary of Love, 1995

Flying Object, 1995

Si-ling And Her Butterfly, 1995

Tribute to Jess, Max Ernst, and Tadanori Yokoo, 1995

An Unsent Letter to PK, About Location, 1995

To Shamao and Ushioda About Pictograph and Seismogram, 1995

Movement Control Panel And The Other Argument, 1995

A Tin Aeroplane I Bought In Vietnam, 1995

The Conversation, 1995

Face Structure With Spirals, 1995

The Red Ribbon And Other Stories, 1995

The Hero Playing A Red Rubber Band, 1995

Clockwork Movement, 1995

About Flying, 1995

Human Figure And The Sense Of Gravity, 1995

The Globe, And Flower Appreciation, 1995

Yellow Star, 1995




Issue 1101-2019

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