Sunset Survivors: Meet the People Keeping Hong Kong's Traditional Industries Alive

Sunset Survivors: Meet the People Keeping Hong Kong's Traditional Industries Alive


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Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong’s traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad of curious professions that are quickly falling into obscurity, from fortune telling to face threading and letter writing to bird cage making, readers soon find themselves immersed in the streets of old Hong Kong. Filled with interviews, photographs and little-known facts about the city’s twilight industries, Sunset Survivors is a tribute to those who keep the flame burning in a city besieged by foreign imports and stiff competition. This book is a celebration of Hong Kong’s cultural identity. It preserves the memory of these hardy men and women, and educates visitors and locals on the foundations on which the city was built. An up-close and personal look at the industries and workers that gave rise to the Hong Kong of today, Sunset Survivors is more than just a travel or coffee-table book; it is a tribute to the city’s character, a celebration of its roots and a guide to its evolution. In a city undergoing a dramatic cultural shift, balancing social and political upheaval, the need to document Hong Kong’s traditional livelihoods has seldom been greater. Capturing the true personality of this metropolis, Sunset Survivors is a vital piece of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789887792833
Publisher: Blacksmith Books
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 451,859
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lindsay Varty is a half-British, half-Macanese woman raised in Hong Kong. A writer and professional rugby player for the city, she lives and breathes Hong Kong and is fascinated by its culture and history. As a young girl, her parents would take her to eat congee in Kowloon, order snacks from dai pai dongs and get haircuts at traditional barber shops. Her parents wanted their children to discover the real Hong Kong and to know its people. This book is a tribute to that wish. Lindsay is a published poet, journalist and author. Originally from England, Gary Jones has lived in Hong Kong since 1990. He has been in the creative business since 1978, working as a designer and creative director both in London and Hong Kong. He runs his own creative consultancy in the city, which he set up in 1992. Fascinated by photography from his years at Art College in Hull, Gary now specialises in food, portrait and documentary photography, predominantly in black and white, using both film and digital cameras. He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and holds an LRPS Distinction.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Lindsay Varty 6
Foreword by Jason Wordie 8
Raymond Lam, Bamboo Steamer 12
Becky Tam, Bing Sutt Manager 14
Chan Lok Choi, Bird Cage Maker 16
Mr Shing, Convenience Store Owner 18
Luk Shu Choi and Luk Keung Choi, Copperware Makers 20
Irene Lee, Dai Pai Dong Owner 22
Modern City of Ancient Tradition 24
Ng Kwok Cheun, Salted Dried Fish Stall Owner 26
Ms Li Wai Mui, Chinese Face Threader 28
Lo Sai Keung, Film Photography Shop Owner 30
William Kam, Fortune Teller 32
Wong Shue Yau, Letterpress printer 34
Leung Lo Yik (Chen Kau), Letter Writer 36
Why are these Industries Disappearing? 38
Yuen Yue Lam, Little Box of Tea 40
Mr Lee, Knife Sharpener 42
Cheung Shun King, Mah Jong Tile Maker 44
Au-Yeung Ping Chi, Paper Effigy Artist 46
Lai Wing Hong, Pawnbroker 48
Kan Hon Wing, Qi Pao Tailor 50
Industries that have Already Vanished 52
Wong Tak Kam, Rice Shop Owner 54
Mrs Ho, Traditional Chinese Scales Stall Owner 56
Gao Tak Tin, Shanghainese Barber 58
Mrs Dai, Shoeshiner 60
Gibson Cheung, Snake Soup Shop Owner 62
Mak Ping Lam, Traditional Chinese Seal maker 64
Tools of the Trade 66
Wu Ding Keung, Stencil maker 68
Dai Ga Ze, Temple Street Karaoke Manager 70
Lee Ping Hong, Street Tailor 72
Wong Siu-Ping, Bakery Owner and Baker 74
Tsui Man Pan, Sugar Cane Juice and Turtle Shell Jelly Shop Owner 76
Auntie Yan, Villain Hitter 78

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