AH MEW, 24, has moved out for the first time over her parents' objections. Her parents try to thrust gifts and home-decorating suggestions on her - and so, even in her own flat, Ah Mew is not free of the suffocating familial ties that have pushed her to strive for independence in the first place. Annie Ho, also 24, still lives with her parents. For Ho, this is definitely not a case of art imitating life. In fact, she wishes life would follow her art. Ho is the author of Ah Mew on the Move, a Chung Ying Theatre production starting next week, and Ah Mew is a character she has constructed to optimise the conflict plaguing her peers in recent years. The educational and cultural identity differences between today's Asian youth and parents have widened the generation gap. ''Many people my age want to move out. The older generation is not used to respecting private space, as the younger generation prefers. You have to bargain with your parents to redesign the social rules in the family,'' Ho said. ''I stay [with my parents] because otherwise they will be alone. My sister is married and my brother moved out much earlier.'' Ho gave up her independence when she graduated from the University of Hongkong in 1991. ''When I was at school, I lived in the dorm. When I graduated, I had to move home like many of my dorm-mates. The change of facing my parents was quite a difficult one I had to adapt to.'' So difficult, Ho has yet to decide whether to tell her parents about the premiere of her debut play, and invite them to the opening. ''I don't have the courage,'' she said. ''It is quite a strange feeling for arts people. They are revealing themselves to strangers, but it is even more difficult to reveal things to people who are closer.'' Ah Mew is played by Gloria Hung, an Academy of Performing Arts graduate, with William Lo as her boyfriend. Ho is happy with the casting. ''Gloria and William are of my generation. They had many thoughts and inspirations to include.'' Ah Mew on the Move will be staged at the City Hall Theatre June 13-16 at 8 pm. Tickets at $55 and $85 from URBTIX outlets.