New Year’s Eve 年晚

Set in 1978 Chinatown, it was an endearing scene close to my heart. Growing up in a Chinatown shophouse, New Year’s Eve was always full of simple delights and joyous anticipation – it was a joy to do spring cleaning, to decorate the house, to gather for reunion dinner, and wish for everything a child would dream of for the New Year. While enjoying the reunion dinner with my big family, I never fail to observe my family’s co-tenant, an old lady, who would sit alone, longing for her graduate son to come home with his wife to have reunion dinner together.

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