Hong Kong Café
Hong Kong has always been a temporary waystation for people passing through. Since it turned from a small fishing village to a British Crown Colony to part of the mainland China. People who were born or immigrated to Hong Kong became lifelong “Hongkongers” through the culture, language, opportunities, food and memories. After the 2019/2020 Hong Kong protests it became clear Hong Kong’s raison d’être and cultural identity was running out of time, resulting in an exodus of Hongkongers. Mandarin will become the dominate language instead of colorful colloquial Cantonese. The Hong Kong of the past 100 years which had found a unique East meets West free-wheeling city state identity might change into a second tier Chinese mainland city. But in the age of the digital revolution, Hong Kong no longer needs to be a geographic location. 'Hong Kong Café' is a room scale immersive VR experience. By using the uniting driving force of food and humor you will be immersed in a typical Cha Chan Teng, the equivalent to a US diner. A place where people from all classes and walks of life, Hongkonger or non-Hongkonger, meet. Where dishes are flying around and aural testimonies and stories of real-life people are seeded in each dish. Beware of the obnoxious waiter who will yell at you when you don’t order quickly enough, get yelled at in glorious Cantonese. Get immersed in the Hongkong experience and its identity through the lens of these dishes.