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Blog: Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok Glossary

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok writer In-Sook Chappell uses familiar and unfamiliar words and phrases to pepper the language and dialect of the characters, with some brilliant comic and dramatic effect. We’ve put together a short glossary to help your understanding.

Cantonese – is a Chinese language most spoken in the province of Guangzhou in south-east China.

Mandarin – is a Chinese language most spoken in northern and south-west China.

Siu mai – an aromatic Chinese dumpling, the smell evokes a memory of home for Helen in the play.

Dai pai dongs – a typical open-air food stall in Hong Kong.

Guangzhou – the capital city of the Guangdong province in southern China.

Char siu belly pork – a kind of barbecued pork dish, using thin slices of pork and spices, typically Cantonese cuisine.

Popo – term of affection, shortened form for maternal grandmother.

Cheongsam – is a body-hugging one-piece dress worn by some women.

Dim sum - a style of Chinese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or on plates, typically 3 pieces to share. Dim sum dishes are usually served with tea and eaten at midday.

Amah - a girl or woman employed by a family to clean, look after children, and perform other domestic tasks. In India amahs are called an aya or amma (Hindi language).

Triads - one of many branches of Chinese transnational organised crime syndicates or gangs based in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and also in other countries with significant Chinese populations.

Lap cheong - Chinese sausage is a generic term referring to the many different types of sausages originating in China.

Mahjong – a very popular traditional Chinese board-game which uses tiles to knock out your opponents. Players often bet and gamble on who will win.



​Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing.

Visiting her mother’s birthplace of Hong Kong for the first time, she is determined to find out who she really is and where she belongs. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into her past where she discovers shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.

Wed 18 - Sat 21 Apr
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​Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Wed 18 - Sat 21 Apr

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