Hi everyone! It was a few years ago when I was inspired by HONY (Humans of New York) and thought I’d create a site for Hong Kong. The project gained quite a bit of traction and support, so thank you for that! I enjoyed every minute of working on Humans of Hong Kong, but unfortunately I had to put a pause on it.
Ever since my longer-than-intended break, I’ve been getting continuous messages asking when I would start it up again. Well, with the new year right around the corner I thought it’d be a perfect time to bring this project back to life again, and this time I’ll need some help.
I’m looking for someone who is passionate about story telling, ideally someone with experience in portrait photography, and can speak English and preferably Cantonese.
The city is bustling and there are a ton of stories waiting to be told. If you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short intro about yourself and a link to your portfolio.
“I think Hong Kong people want to be peaceful and to make it very…in-order. But, we won’t just sit here and wait for them to attack us. Sometimes we might have to do some actions like block the streets. But still, we didn’t destroy anything. We have ten thousand – or even fifty thousand people coming, but no reports on the damage of any shops and government facilities. All of us are trying to make it in order, keep the place clean, and reduce the opportunity of violence, but I don’t know why the Hong Kong government is still giving us a response like this. I think they are trying to make us more angry, to make us to do something wrong or illegal. I want to say that Hong Kong people wont do that."
“We think that if we don’t strike and fight for what we want, we won’t get anything. The most immediate thing we hope is for CY Leung to step down. But eventually we want real universal suffrage. We don’t want to just vote for someone nominated by the Chinese government.”
“What’s something that you’re currently struggling with?"
"Hm..I really can’t think of anything. Life is pretty good right now. My children are doing really well, I have a great family. My kids are older and on their way to college! Well, one of them just completed college and the other one just started. So that’s probably why I’m not struggling.”
“What’s something that you regret the most?”
"That I didn’t get to spend enough time with my father before he passed away. When I was 18 years old I left home and went backpacking in different countries. Actually, before I went to America, I didn’t speak any English. I had some family that worked at a Chinese restaurant so i just stayed with them and worked. After saving enough money, I would go out and travel again.”