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  • Our Home, Shek Kip Mei 1954-2006 我住石硤尾

Our Home, Shek Kip Mei 1954-2006 我住石硤尾

Vincent Yu

English, Chinese , 2007/01 MCCM Creations

Tags: Art, Cultural Studies

240 x 180 mm , 175pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-988-99266-3-2

  • US$38.00

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石硤尾屋?興建於1954年初,是香港政府興建的首個公營大型屋?,以安置在1953年底當區大火引致無家可歸的災民。可硤尾徙置區的興建、發展、轉化和拆卸,見證了過去50年來香港的社會變遷。以照片、文字、和複製歷史檔案的出版形式,用影像、社會、人文和歷史的情懷,展示行將消失的石硤尾徙置區的故事和生活面貌,作為戰後香港發展歷史一個非常重要和珍貴的個案。 Shek Kip Mei was the first public housing estate development in Hong Kong built by the British colonial government in 1954. The resettlement project was an immediate response to the need for temporary relief as a result of the massive fire that destroyed the Shek Kip Mei squatter area on Christmas Eve 1953, when over 53,000 Chinese immigrants lost their makeshift homes overnight. However, it was also hailed as a new era for Government public housing programmes and the need to accommodate the rapidly growing population of the 1960s and 70s. Many Hong Kong citizens share the experience of growing up witnessing the territory’s rapid transformation from a series of rural villages into the present international metropolis. Life on the Shek Kip Mei Estate can, in many ways, be interpreted as a microcosm of wider society. The estate buildings were essentially concrete bunkers lacking the basics of doors and windows, let alone the relative luxury of electricity and running water. A family of five to eight persons was crammed into a cubicle of about 120 - 200 square feet (11 - 18 square metres), with over 10 households sharing a public toilet/bathroom on the same floor… bygone days of communal living. Intended to be a temporary resettlement, 50 years later the apartments in the Shek Kip Mei Estate are still rented out by the Government. Photojournalist Vincent Yu captured life on Shek Kip Mei Estate through his lens during its last phase of existence, before the oldest blocks were demolished in November 2006. His images document some 200 elderly residents and their ‘homes’ before they were resettled to modern high-rises, many having inhabited the crumbling estate for over five decades.

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