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1997 Remember Hong Kong

 Play Title 

Remember Hong Kong



16th May 1997


 Play Synopsis 

This play was adapted from Shu-Qing Shi’s novel Hong Kong Trilogy.  It follows the memories of the main character De-Yun Huang (黃得雲)and her descendents, creating a complete narration of the 100-year rise and fall of Hong Kong, the loves and complaints of the people of Hong Kong, and the changing human world.  In her childhood, Huang De-Yun, whose stage name is Butterfly, was kidnapped and taken to Hong Kong to become a prostitute.  In the beginning, she services westerners living in Hong Kong, later falling in love with Adam Smith, one of the British government officials ruling in Hong Kong.  But the white Britain only considers De-Yun a toy, someone to help him relieve his lonely desires while living his youthful years abroad.  For him, love does not exist, and so in the end he abandons her.  De-Yun then begins a relationship with Smith’s servant, a Chinese man named Ya-Bing Qu 屈亞炳, but men continue to abandon her one by one.  Her heart is also wrapped up with another matter: her desire for Xia-Hun Jiang 姜俠魂, who plays the role of the hero crouching tiger in devotional Cantonese operas.  In this era of great change, De-Yun decides to run away with Xia-Hun, but when she finally makes her decision, she discovers that he has already left with the entire opera troupe.  When she begins to ask around for him, she finds that his whereabouts are up debated.  Some say he ran off to join the revolution, others say he left to become a pirate.  In the end, she realizes it was too difficult for him to form ties with her.  After this, De-Yun decides to stay in Hong Kong, raising her illegitimate mixed-race child, Richard.  She is able to use her linguistic skills and wiles to accumulate great assets and wealth through real estate speculation.  In the twentieth century, in the same era when her grandson William is born, De-Yun builds a cloud park with the English gentleman banker Sean Schiller.  However, it is not until the Japanese occupation, when Schiller dies in a concentration camp, that De-Yun can admit her love for Schiller. She is sixty years old when he dies, and soon after she too disappears from the world.   After this, Richard, William, De-Yun’s great-granddaughter Die-Niang, and many other people in Hong Kong depict their responses and internal feelings towards the conflicts and changes of the last fifty years.