Parent far away

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 2010, 12:00am

Sharon Chan Yee-fong, 16, who studies at a Kwun Tong secondary school, can only see her dad twice a year.

Her father, who is an engineer, has been working on mainland infrastructure projects for six years. He comes home for Lunar New Year and the National Day 'golden week', staying each time for about five days, says Sharon.

The long separation has put a distance between them, but Sharon says she feels her dad has become keener to communicate with her recently.

'I can sense he really treasures the short moments at home. We talk more. We do things together more often, even if it's just watching television.'

Sharon wants to be with her family, but doesn't want to leave Hong Kong. 'The mainland's curriculum would be hard to catch up with. Lessons are taught in Putonghua there,' she says. 'All my best friends are in Hong Kong, too.'