I have lived in United States for three and a half years as an international student. Most of my belongings are purchased in America: clothing, electronics, kitchenware, daily care products, etc. But there are a few items that I brought along with me from China in the fall of 2012, and I will hold on to them for the time to come.
Among them the oldest is my pillowcase, which was produced in the 1990s. Ever since I could remember, the pillowcase has been my favorite bedding piece. It feels so soft and smells so good; whenever my head touches it, I just feel warm and peaceful. In the past 10 years I moved dorms for 7 times, and whenever I move, I carry it with me. It is now the oldest item that I own and it doesn’t match with anything in my apartment. However I hold profound feelings for it and think putting it to the Tenement Museum website is a good way to cherish it. More importantly, it’s been in my family when I was born, and it is an object that reflects my personal history – a typical experience of an ordinary Chinese overseas student who was born in the 1990s.
– Yin Liu