'A Wish to Home' uses face masks to highlight the fear and the determination of Hongkongers since the on-going pro-democracy protest movement began in June 2019. The masks are symbols of suppression as well as symbols of resistance. Hongkongers would wear black face masks at demonstrations and protests partly because they are afraid to be identified by the police, their schools, their employers and/or their families. Those in the frontline would wear respirator masks to protect themselves from exposure to tear gas. On October 4, 2019, the government invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to put a ban on face masks. One wish that protesters in Hong Kong hope for is that they could take off their masks and see each other's face one day. That day would be the day they win the movement. As a U.S-based Hongkonger who could only watch this struggle from afar, the protesters’ wish is also my wish.
* The ban was ruled unconstitutional by the High Court on November 18, 2019.