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Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

« It is common to say that the process of globalization will end sense of Place, but this seems to be the opposite in Hong Kong. There, the end is just the beginning...The term HongKonger is searching for meaning. »  —Siu Wa Tang, A Sense of Place

 

The night lasts longer than life
Briefer than ice. When everything deforms and evaporates in the dark
Meticulous words come only from the stars
We are dim and pale like a gray rock.

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In my days of living alone I wander a lot in the parks between Prince Edward District and Yau Ma Tei. It is always late at night when street lights are dim and the silhouette of trees implies a shelter from notice....

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Sophie woke up very early and immediately felt the familiar void. In her heart was a hole, and surrounding the hole were fresh flowers. Still half-asleep beside her, Karl felt her stirring...

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Smoke disperses
Night has fallen
Violet Alice
Holds out two hands from the black velvet
Pastoral is getting old-fashioned
We’re tied up by utterances
Growing more clueless day...

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The city has its own riddle for the lost.
When the sun’s departed, all others stroll along the street,
Leaving their own houses behind. Then I always start climbing up,
Secretly entering...

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Nan Lian Garden
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Maria lived in our neighborhood. Her pa’s herbal-tea shop faced my pa’s funeral-wreathes shop. Maria’s surname was Lee and her family was Chiuchow by descent. Her pa did nothing much in the...

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Hong Kong Skyline
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According to Tim Cresswell, Place is a meaningful location, to which specific people are attached in some way. Place is somewhere me or you made meaningful. You have to invest meaning into it, endow it with value. A...

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