Flora Chan (陳慧珊) and husband Mike Chung (鍾家鴻) traveled to Nepal earlier to film ViuTV’s Stages of Marriage <婚姻五重奏>, a program which focuses on international marital cultures. Visiting schools and speaking with families in Kathmandu, Flora and Mike observed the local educational attitudes and marital customs. Stopping by a crematorium, the couple reflected that a family has limited time together due to the cycle of life and death. They will cherish their time with loved ones while they are alive.
Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education, Flora was interested to learn about the educational philosophy at schools in Nepal. Visiting an elementary school classroom, Flora watched the children sing while learning English. Then she visited a middle school classroom where she spoke to the children about their dreams. Despite the limited resources, Flora was delighted by students’ enthusiasm for learning and strong self-identities.
Realizing that Hong Kong has a culture of monster parents who arrange their children’s activities meticulously in hopes of future success, Flora wondered if it was better for parents to let go to allow children to learn and find their own interests.
Speaking with Nepalese families, Flora discovered that they valued traditional marital values and customs, which they would like to pass on to their children. Families from multiple generations often lived together.
Reflecting on her own marriage, Flora admitted that she became a mother because she realized Mike likes children. After giving birth to their daughter Mira, Flora has wholeheartedly enjoyed motherhood and gives all her time to her daughter while placing lower priority on work. Mike said he appreciates the sacrifices that Flora has made for the family.
A Family Will Inevitably Separate
Observing a local cremation ceremony, Flora and Mike reflected on the impending separation families must face due to death. Mike said that if he had to be separated from Flora and Mira, he would feel sad but would remember their beliefs to continue living.
Flora teared up at the thought families only have a limited time together. Reflecting on her elderly parents who live in the United States, Flora admitted that she has been unable to spend a lot of time with them after returning to Hong Kong to pursue her career. After becoming a mother herself, Flora realized that parents will always think of their children no matter where they are. Now even if she is very busy, Flora remembers to always reach out to her parents to let them know how she is doing.
Sometimes while sitting at home, Flora’s gaze will linger on Mike and understand that there will come a time when they can no longer be together. Flora knows to enjoy and cherish her time with Mike and Mira, rather than focus on matters beyond her control.
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.