Hong Kong is losing its collective memory

Hong Kong is losing its collective memory

I am writing in response to the article "Gone but not forgotten". It reminded me of many shops that I loved but were forced to close down.

There were some eateries that sold traditional congee and noodles near my primary school. My grandma used to take me there for lunch after school, and I loved to have congee with steamed rice rolls, or cheong fun. But those restaurants have now been replaced by McDonald's.

A bakery where my grandma bought me sausage buns, and a place where we used to buy roasted pigs, are also shutting up shop soon. This is very sad. I hope I can always remember these places.

I have a baby sister. It is a shame that she cannot taste the wonderful congee and steamed rice rolls, or try the delicious sausage buns. How can I tell her about those shops that I loved when she grows up? What can we do so the next generation will still have a good knowledge about our own culture?

Recently, Young Post published an article about a Mongolian artist who uses manga to tell youngsters about their country's culture and history. I believe artists in Hong Kong can follow his example.

Ariel Wong Nga-Shun, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College


From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Ariel. It is sad that Hong Kong is losing so much of its history, and its collective memory, for the sake of "profits" for a few landlords. I bet some of our readers have things they miss from when they were younger. Let's hear about them.

If old neighbourhood favourites are closing in your area, let us know, too.

Susan, Editor

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