Self-love in a time of coronavirus: An art and poetry project

by Jasmine Ho, Faustina Yick, Shraavasti Bhat
  • Three students from King George V School initiated ‘Umami’ - a series of poems and illustrations that speak to the hearts of Hong Kong youth today
  • They hope their works can be a source of comfort for readers as they navigate these hard-to-describe times
by Jasmine Ho, Faustina Yick, Shraavasti Bhat |
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Umami is a collection of art and poetry focused on the importance of community and self-love.

One evening amid the coronavirus madness, King George V students Faustina, Shraavasti, and Jasmine were having a conversation. While it started off as just three girls talking about their love for matcha desserts, it slowly grew into a profound discussion on the importance of community and self-love during the pandemic.

Knowing that the three of them love the arts, they decided to initiate “Umami” – a series of poems and illustrations that speak to the hearts of Hong Kong youth today.

Umami is the richest of the five basic tastes, and the hardest to describe. Umami aims to be a source of comfort for readers as they navigate these hard to-describe times. Through this work, the three students hope to spark imagination and passion in others, encouraging them to continue exploring themselves and the different flavours, skills, and quirks that shape them.

Faustina is the poet, Shraavasti is the digital illustrator and Jasmine is the illustrator of the group.

Here are their poems:

Floral Slippers

Stuck in Reverse

I Want to Spend Late Nights Like Sleeping Beauty

Hong Kong Sleeps on Broken Glass

Crack

Umami Tears

To Victoria Harbour

Waiting for My Son

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