Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname 'Red', is a Malaysian artist-architect. She was given the nickname because her name, Hong, sounds like the word 'red' in Mandarin.
Red's grandparents and father left Shanghai in the '60s during the start of the Cultural Revolution and moved to Sabah, Malaysia where she was born and raised. Growing up, she heard stories about how life was like for them and her relatives in China, but never thought much about it.
After graduating from university in Australia, she took up an offer to work for Australian architecture firm HASSELL in their Shanghai office, and was completely taken with the city, with its special structures and tensions, its unique history and culture. This inspired her to start on creating art using local everyday materials she found in China as her medium. It was an outlet for her to express how much she felt for a place her grandparents once fled from.