HK Magazine: What is the I’mperfect Movement? Hung Lam: We call it a “movement” because we’re encouraging a more positive attitude towards imperfections in our daily lives. That’s the whole idea. HK: How did you come up with it? HL: The idea came from another project a few years ago, when we were invited by local ceramic brand Loveramics to design graphics for a series of products. During the meeting, we learned that the defective rate was very high. They were producing about 2 million pieces of ceramics every month in their factories, including about 600,000 pieces of defective products. We were shocked, because to us it’s a huge waste. HK: So what’d you do? HL: We suggested that they make use of the defective products and turn them into something valuable with a special product line. We are not trying to turn something “imperfect” into “perfect,” but we are encouraging people to look into so-called imperfection and try to realize the good. We believe there is always something good in all those imperfections. HK: Why the I’mperfect Teahouse? Eddy Yu: The teahouse is where people exchange their imperfect experiences over a cup of herbal tea. We think that the herbal tea is an important part of Hong Kong’s culture, so we made a tea house as the meeting place. HK: What is the experience like? EY: The people who come here have to wear a blindfold, and our ambassadors lead them outside with headphones playing meditation recordings. They are given a piece of paper to circle their emotions, then they go into the teahouse to receive a certain type of herbal tea to match up with how they are feeling. All the herbal teas are free of charge. HK: Are Hong Kongers perfectionists? EY: Yeah, I think so. I’m one of them. People may pursue perfection in some ways, but not in everything they do. For example, parents who like to push their children to have a perfect education. Or, you could say that for the Umbrella Movement, the youngsters are quite perfectionist in terms of their pursuit of political reform—it depends on the nature of what they are pursuing. HK: How does striving for perfection affect us? HL: Oh, a lot. We just always focus on what’s inadequate and we don’t embrace that. This is also why we started this project. It’s partly because of personal experience: as designers, we experience a lot of suffering in pursuit of perfection. But we say that it’s our inadequacies that makes us who we are today. Imperfection is natural; this world is imperfect. We should look at imperfections inside ourselves, then praise them and try to appreciate the uniqueness they bring. HK: What else do you guys do? EY: We organize a lot of workshops there, such as “Imperfect x Pain.” When we experience pain, we usually go see the doctor and take pills, but we seldom reflect on what triggered the pain. We want the audience to experience what’s behind the pain and learn to deal with it. Just a couple of months ago, the [Umbrella Movement] situation in Hong Kong had a negative impact on some people’s emotions, so we provided a workshop called “Imperfect x Laughter” yoga. Every Friday morning, we had an expert in Laughter Yoga leading a session so people would go to work with a smiling face. Visit I’mperfect Teahouse for a free dose of herbal tea and positive affirmation. 12 Oil St., North Point, 2510-8710.