Combing for Ice and Jade
by Kurt Tong
Well-meaning friends had cautioned earlier that it resembles some of Ang Lee’s early productions.
While I knew I was right, I also think I was a little harsh to think that way.
First, there really aren’t enough good immigrant movies to go around. Second, if it reminds me of something I have been familiar with, maybe I ought to accept that they are ‘typical’ for a reason. For example, it can mean they are accurate and well-researched.
There really aren’t many good photography books dedicated to the issue of diaspora too.
At least I don’t (yet) own many, probably because I haven’t found many that resonate with me.
Tong was born in Hong Kong but grew up in UK.
I want to say I understand this longing but I don’t think I can’t say that in a way that will accord this book the right place, one that it truly deserves.
As I grow older, I am easily sentimental.
I like how this book uses old materials in a way that invites me to be part of the author’s journey.
I’m still happily discovering/enjoying Tong’s story.