Through September 4, 2020
In the early post-war years, recurrent squatter fires and problems associated with squatting had gradually threatened to disrupt the urban framework in Hong Kong. The government was forced to embark on an unprecedented large-scale resettlement program. Initially the emphasis was geared toward the eviction of squatters and the rehousing of as many of them as possible in permanent high density, low standard accommodations. Government officials, making referencing to the sheer quantity of the resettlement blocks constructed, often described the program as a glorious achievement. Others, horrified by the tedium of the design, the density of the population and the poverty of the environment in these estates, blamed the government for its misguided housing policy. In the end, the resettlement experience had become one of the most important common memories of ‘home’ for many Hong Kong people. This exhibition provides a window into a bygone era when resettlement estates constituted a unique urban Hong Kong landscape.
About Hong Kong Redux
The UChicago Yuen Campus’ new Yuen Lecture Series ‘Hong Kong Redux’ seeks to explore the deep corners of Hong Kong’s cultural history and society. UChicago and other subject matter experts representing decades of knowledge of Hong Kong will join together to celebrate the evolution of Hong Kong’s arts, literature, cinema and more. Get in the Yuen Campus team’s virtual time machine to have a nostalgic look back at Hong Kong’s bygone Post War era and discover how Hong Kong became the mega-city it is today. Read More