Illustrator Wai Wai: Let me cuddle Yaumatei tenderly

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Recalling the days she spent drawing Yau Ma Tei. “The experience was like: when I tried to express my affection, the community would repay me beyond my expectation with more opportunities to use my own skills and brushes to make a record of the face of other Hong Kong communities or even the Yau Ma Tei community.”  She has joined guided tours to familiarise herself with communities in North Point and Wan Chai, for example.  “This book has given me ample chance to understand other Hong Kong communities.  To me, it is like increasing intimacy with Hong Kong.”

Poon Yuen-leung : Making an issue of Hong Kong’s situation? …As you like it

Cross-decade lyricist Calvin Poon Yuen-leung has the following to say about setting a theme for Cantonese-dominant stage performances: ”Creativity does not have to come with purpose. An interesting theme for a performance has to concern the audience, click with them and inspire feelings. This is how audience relations are built.”

Agnes Chow : No regrets for our youth

“I often say to myself: social movement success has never been easy. It is not only because of the Hong Kong political climate. The fight for aspirations takes the determination of many people. It may take a decade or two’s hard work for a chance to succeed.” She believes that people should not dismiss their beliefs because of widespread absurdity. “It would be even more difficult to change Hong Kong’s situation if we turn our backs on our own fundamental beliefs.”

TOMA Miniatures : Rekindling the city’s best memories

Tony has always said that the older he gets the fonder he is of Hong Kong.  “Things in the past are slowly vanishing.  It is a pity.  I hope to contribute my old memories and help bring them back to life.”  Maggie said that micro-scale modelling is not a lucrative business.  “It is a hobby for life.  To me, this hobby carries great significance.”

Chui Tien-you : The Best Side of Life

Tien-you said: “Life seems to have turned sour for many people lately.   Sometimes I have questions on life’s meaning.  Regardless of social issues, we should always look on the bright side of life.  There is love between people.  We need to know about gratitude.” It might sound like a cliché, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Ladies of the night = fallen angels?

Social worker and expressive art therapist Winnie Fung says, “Putting together this exhibition was a journey paved with meanings.  That empowerment is not about having those girls out in the limelight.  Rather, it is more about letting them feel safe to express themselves and embrace dignity and recognition.  They come forward.  That’s what counts.”

Zero Chan : To brew the city its very own

If one will not, another will. This explains Zero’s choice of Aeropress as Number Nine’s signature. It is very much about taking on a challenge. It may also be an ambition to break away from the hand brew trend in Hong Kong.
“When it comes to hand brew coffee, the majority of baristas favour V60 dripper for its user-friendliness.” The AeroPress however looks like a syringe and requires presses and stirs, something that is not cool. ”Some have even pointed out that Aeropress keeps particles and makes the coffee rough.” He said that coffee lovers in Hong Kong can savour a good siphon or V60 hand brew from some well known baristas and coffee shops. Rather, he wanted Number Nine to be the first in Hong Kong to promote Aeropress brews.

Hong Kong-born mime actor Gaffer Tsui: Leave it or Love it

In 2017, Tsui and Michael created 24hr Restricted Area – a lamentation over social dissatisfaction with a trial run in a San Po Kong dance studio. “People are pretty hung up about Hong Kong’s current affairs. Without a theatre or director, we just wanted to get things off our chests.” The trial run ended after two shows to a very small audience. Then the mime duo found out on the internet about the 42nd Festival of monodrama and mime in Serbia. With 24hr Restricted Area under their belts, they enrolled and came out tops among 64 international mime teams, becoming one of the four finalists and subsequently taking home the Best Mime Award. As Asia’s first ever Best Mime winner, Tsui and Michael quite naturally became a Hong Kong’s pride for a time. “The award does not make me feel like I was some big shot. It makes me a more confident mime actor and leads me to think about promoting mime development in Hong Kong.”

Kit Man kicking up a quiet storm

Kit Man created Kickass Type (勁揪體), a font set of 6,000 Traditional Chinese characters.
Call it ugly. Call it weird. He has the determination, to say the very least.
Skint but undeterred, he said: “The last thing I want is to see we lose our spirit. I want to restore it.”
What is there to restore? Hong Kong people’s “kick ass” spirit, that is.

Indie Folk Serrini vows to become a superstar

Independent singer-songwriter Serrini is by no means a rainbow chaser.
About today’s Hong Kong society, she said: I don’t care. I’m busy making ends meet.”
She vows to become a diva in her own right, a superstar who is unknown to the average housewife.
She knows her role, not as an opinion leader for her peers but one that stimulates thoughts through her works.
The Hong Kong spirit she demonstrates manifests the statement of the generation.