Here is our exclusive interview of Kylie Tse, spreading a panda scroll from Hong Kong. Kylie Tse travels around with her panda scroll promoting her artistic father and peace for all in the world. Read our interview of her in our quite unique interview. Read on…
Can you please tell us a little about your background?
I am an exchange student from The Education University of Hong Kong to Högskolan Kristianstad in Sweden for a semester. My father is a well known artist in Guangzhou. I found out that I have nearly a month day off of my school, because of the course I had chosen. Therefore, I decided to travel and I took my dad’s scroll with me.
How did you come up with such idea to travel around the world with a scroll showing pandas?
My dad wants me to help him to express his ideas:
- 1) To be happy everyday
- 2) To know more about Chinese culture
- 3) To be friendly to our environment
I really like these ideas and his artworks. Beautiful things could arouse more love and hope. I would like to show the scroll wherever I go. So people could listen to my dad’s ideas with peaceful feelings and remember those ideas.
You mentioned your father. That he worked with pandas also. Is that what he is working with?
It is my father’s artwork. My father is Li Tou. He is a artist born in 70’s. He is a painter, sculptor, writer, designer and also a photographer. Moreover, he works as a television producer and magazine publisher.
He is not only an artist, but also a new generation of young people’s idol. He is a host of some TV shows and radio shows.
How did you get the funds to travel around the world like this?
I had part-time jobs as a tutor during my studies in Hong Kong. I could pay for the traveling partly with money I had earned and my parents helped me with the rest.
What does the pandas mean to you?
To me, it is love more then amazing lovely pandas. I love my dad, so I am willing to help him express his ideas, I put nearly 6kg’s scroll in my backpack as a female backpacker. I love the Chinese culture so I don’t mind spending my traveling time opening and closing around 26+4 meters scroll to show our pandas. I love our Earth and everyone, so I want to talk with them, to share the idea of environmental friendliness and I wish we can share the happy feeling.
Love let me feel save, because carrying those pandas feels like I’m traveling with my family. Love let me meet many new friends and have many unpredictable but amazing experience.
How do you think that the countries and cultures that you’ve met think of this panda project?
In general, people loved the ideas and the artwork and they encouraged me to keep going.
In the UK and Denmark, people liked the idea and they were enthusiastic, but it was not exactly a new thing for them because a lot of Chinese artworks had been already presented there. For Norwegian people it was a completely new experience, they have never encountered this before. In Amsterdam people were asking more detailed questions about the artwork. Especially, they asked questions about material, ink or methods which had been used.
How much of the traveling time do you spend out in the streets showing the pandas?
It is hard to say. It depends on the weather and if I am traveling alone. If I am alone I will spend more time showing the pandas and talking with people.
Where in these countries do you actually show these pandas?
See all of the pictures in this Interview as references, as well as these ones:
How is the interest among people? Many people stops? What is the most interesting experience that you’ve got?
There are many people interested in the artwork. They will look at my pandas and me. Some of them will take photos far away from me (maybe they are afraid that they will have to pay for the pictures). Some of them will stop and ask me about the panda scroll and me. Some people like the ideas and even want to become friends. The most interesting experience for me was when you came to me and told me that you like panda and ask me for the interview on the distrita.com. It is a thing that I have never expected before.
What is your future plans for the trip and your panda world?
I will still travel with my pandas when I am free, keep sharing my dad’s ideas and panda’s world, support my dad’s exhibitions, share my stories with my dad to inspire him. I could find a opportunity to help my dad hold exhibitions in different cities in the world. For example, to try to contact some galleries.
What else have you seen and done other than showing the pandas while you have been in Oslo, Norway?
I spent only one full day in Oslo. I have been to Munchmuseet, The Royal Palace, Ibsen museums, Batservice Sightseeting AS, Akershus Festning and Operahuset.
How many countries did you visit and how many countries did you after Oslo, Norway?
I visited Denmark, The United Kingdom, Netherland, Norway, Estonia and of course Sweden during the exchange semester.
Where can people go to see your pandas in the world?
At this moment, you can see my father’s artworks at 01, 02 7/F 686RENMINBEILU, GUANGZHOU, 510012, CHINA or Unit 2 5/F ONE MIDTOWN11 HOI SHING RD TSUEN WAN NT HONGKONG. And he will have exhibitions in Hong Kong and mainland China. For more details, you can check his website or Facebook profile.
What do you think of the countries where you have been. Where have you seen the most understanding people of your project?
I think I cannot say which country, because people from all countries I visited were very kind and understanding and all of them were looking forward to the next exhibition of my father.
In the last question. Do you have any website, facebook or other places where you promote this panda project?
Questions in this exclusive Interview is done by Michal and Trond. Thanks to Kylie Tse for doing this interview.