She designs, he carves: Hong Kong father and daughter in generational fight to save dying art of mahjong tile making in city
Mahjong – the traditional tile-based Chinese table game that gathers four players around a square table – has long been a favourite pastime for Hongkongers.
Popular during festivals such as Lunar New Year, it is considered a symbol of family bonds.
But for Hong Kong father and daughter Ricky Cheung Sing-chung and Karen Aruba, it is more than a game - it is a way of life.
Cheung is one of the few remaining masters of hand-carved mahjong tiles in the city. He started when he was 13 years old and has spent 50 years perfecting his craft.
Pic: A Hong Kong father-and- daughter team is keeping an age-old tradition alive in the city by combining their talents to produce artistically pleasing, hand-carved mahjong tiles. Photo: Karen Aruba/SCMP Composite