Archive for the ‘Dec 2012 -Our place Our Home’ Category
This issue of Varsity looks at the relationship some Hong Kongers have with the places they call home: Many young Sheung Shui residents say they feel alienated from the place where they grew up since it became a parallel traders’ hub, but the new town they know is already a world away from the rural backwater […]
Scenes of locals protesting against parallel traders outside Sheung Shui station caused a stir back in the Autumn and focused attention on complaints that the traders’ activities have changed the character of the town. But as Varsity discovers, even before Sheung Shui became a hub for such trading activity it had already undergone dramatic transformation from a rural backwater into one of Hong Kong’s so-called new towns.
To casual passers-by, the area outside the Jade Market in Sham Shui Po may be just a dumping ground of mattresses and random objects belonging to a bunch of homeless vagrants. But to the community of street-sleepers who live there, this is home, with its own unwritten rules regarding space and property. Varsity listens to the voices of the homeless in Sham Shui Po.
They found themselves in the headlines when they fought to save their homes in Choi Yuen Village. But their houses and farms were finally demolished to make way for the controversial Guangzhou-Hong Kong Express Rail link. Now, the TV cameras have left and some of the original villagers are stuck in temporary houses while their dreams for a new model village are held up by red-tape.