researching maternal grandmother Sun Yi, journalist in Hong Kong between 1958-1977
My name is Tessa Hulls and I'm an American artist (www.tessahulls.com) working on a graphic novel about my maternal grandmother, Sun Yi, who was a journalist and author in Hong Kong between 1958-1977.
Sun Yi used the proceeds from her book to enroll my mom as a boarder at Diocesan Girls' School, but shortly thereafter, my grandmother's lifelong struggles with mental illness came to a head and she experienced a psychotic breakdown and was institutionalized at Castle Peak Hospital in the early 1960's. In 1970, my mother immigrated to the US on a college scholarship and brought my grandmother over seven years later, but in spite of them communicating solely in Shanghainese and Cantonese, they unfortunately did not teach me or my brother to speak Chinese.
I received a research grant to have my grandmother's autobiography translated into English, and received a second grant to travel to Hong Kong to learn what I can about my mothers and grandmother's lives, and will be in Hong Kong during November and December. There are many things I am trying to learn about, and was hoping this community might have resources or suggestions for some of the following topics that I am trying to look into:
-Castle Peak Hospital, and psychiatric care in in Hong Kong in the 1960's
-attitudes towards Eurasian children in the 1950's-1970's
I will be in Hong Kong for almost two months on this research trip, and would love to meet up with any members of this community while I am there. Thank you so much for any help you might be able to offer,