19 juillet 2018

Old Hong Kong in miniature

Version Française During the typhoon season, one suddenly realizes the practicality of Hong Kong old architecture. Indeed, street extensions of the 1950s composite buildings, help keeping your clothes dry during the heavy rain falls of July and August. Enclosed balconies also provide shadow during the hottest days of the year. This empirical architecture was developped to accomodate a booming migrant population and reminds us of our own middle-age houses, which also overlooked the streets, although the "rain" by then was a human one... [Lire la suite]
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05 juillet 2018

Repulse Bay, a Shanghai exile

Version Française When you look for traces of Shanghai people in Hong Kong, a first place to check is North Point, which used to be labelled "Little Shanghai". Another one is definitley Repulse Bay. The name of it comes from a battle, allegibly fought against pirates who stationned in the bay and were eventully expelled from it by the English Navy. Let us note, however, that its Chinese name is more informative as Chin Seui Waan means "Swallow Water Bay", in comparison with the nearby Sam Seui Waan or Deep Water Bay in... [Lire la suite]
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27 juin 2018

Sex and violence in Yau Ma Tei

Version Française Yau Ma Tei is famous for its night market and seafood restaurants, giving visitors a very contrasted impression with the neat Victoria Island. Its history is even more tumultuous one, due to its lower class origins. In the 1860s, a police station, a market place and a licensed casino were built, using a regular ferry boat to Victoria. The coastline was then some 900 meters inshore from where it is today, along Shanghai Street. Hongkongers would even swim on Yau Ma Tei's beach, the longest of Victoria Harbour at that... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2018

Hong Kong flowers

Version Française After my articles on North Point and Happy Valley, I take you to a journey West of Hong Kong Island, in Shek Tong Tsui. This district is located between Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town and was for a long time not well connected with transports. Until 1910, one would use sedan chairs or rickshaws to visit it, then there were motorcars and finally buses in 1923. The meaning of Shek Tong Tsui is "mouth of the rocky pond" and a Cantonese expression, "good times West of the pond" comes from this name. The reason... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2018

Les fleurs de Hong Kong

English version Après North Point et Happy Valley, nous partons à l'Ouest de l'île de Hong Kong avec l’histoire de Shek Tong Tsui. Marquant la limite entre Sai Ying Pun et Kennedy Town, ce quartier a toujours tenu une place à part, pendant longtemps mal desservi par les transports. On s’y rendait en chaise à porteurs ou rickshaw jusqu’en 1910, puis en voiture et enfin en autobus à partir de 1923. Signifiant "l’embouchure de l’étang rocheux", une expression en cantonais lui fait référence: "du bon temps à l'Ouest de... [Lire la suite]
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23 mai 2018

Happy Valley, Shanghai connection

Version Française After publishing on Little Shanghai, I found it challenging to write about Happy Valley. This part of Hong Kong is indeed unusual, containing a race course and three cemeteries. The name Happy Valley is a British euphemism to name burial grounds, chosen after a sizeable number of soldiers had died from malaria in the 1840s. Then other nationalities like Portuguese, Indians and Chinese used it to burry their own dead. The former name was Wong Nai Chung (黃泥涌) meaning “yellow muddy river”. This should have rung a... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2018

Hong Kong “Little Shanghai”

 Version Française Among Hong Kong districts, the more related to Shanghai is undoubteddy North Point. After the 1937 Japanese invasion of China and during the solitary island episode, this part of Victoria city became the haven for thousands of wealthy and middle class Shanghainese emigrants. They recreated an entertainment industry comparable to their hometown including restaurants and dance halls, looking pretty much like today’s Wanchai. For this reason, North Point was nicknamed “Little Shanghai”. In the 1950s and... [Lire la suite]
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01 avril 2018

Shanghai 1939 stop guide

 Version Française As many French people interested in history and desperate to find old documents in Hong Kong, I ended at Yves Azemar’s Indosiam library. Among the treasures collected by Yves, one particularly caught my attention as related to Shanghai: the 1939 "Changhai" stop guide of the Messageries Maritimes. The Messageries Maritimes started their business in Shanghai in 1862 as a service to the French colonial troops which came to tame the Chinese rebellion. The need for a regular line of military supply, mail... [Lire la suite]
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23 mars 2018

Shanghai badlands

 Version Française I was more than pleased to read Paul French’s new historical novel “City of Devils” launched  at the Shanghai Literary Festival (Thank you for getting a dedicated copy, Matthias). As I am a fan of Shanghai 1930s I definitely appreciated this book bringing a new stone to the house of the city’s memories with focus on Japanese surrounded Shanghai period. I actually already commented the “solitary island” time, when Shanghai was blockaded within the Foreign Concessions and developed a new entertainment... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2018

Hong Kong favela

 Version Française If you guys have seen “The World of Suzie Wong”, a 1960 love movie taking place in Hong Kong, you might remember that the title character lived in a rather poor area, probably one of the slums on the hills South of Wan Chai, before the Hong Kong construction boom. In those years, Hong Kong got overwhelmed by Chinese migrants (750 000 in the 1960s, one fourth of Hong Kong population!) ), most of them coming from the South regions. As the British colony was not prepared to receive such a large number of... [Lire la suite]
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