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People on the edge of the city, the shadow behind the prosperity

Wang Huiling, a researcher at the Hong Kong Institute of Humanities and Social Studies at the University of Hong Kong, once gave a community oral presentation of the "Hong Kong Memory Project" in Yaumatei. She said that the biggest feature of Yaumatei is the streets, which are only one or two blocks short of each other, and the outlook of life is quite different. "Some streets are honest and dark at night; those close to Nathan Road are always bright and full of dirty nightlife." Many Hong Kong people avoid it. Every time a friend comes to live nearby, they are advised to stay as close as possible to Nathan Road. "The darker it gets, the less safe it feels."


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This is consistent with Chen Yufeng's observation. She works in Central on weekdays and likes to climb buildings. She often shuttles on the rooftops of tall buildings in Yau Ma Tei. She finds that besides the bright lights in Nathan Road and Temple Street, there are many dark places in this community. As a lawyer, she knows that there have always been people living and dying in those dark corners, but many people dare not see them alone.




Chen Yufeng and Chen Kele chose 10 murders to tell, mostly from 2012 to 2016. One of the most important criteria for choosing is to want them to represent different groups, says Chen. However, these cases also show some commonalities: the deceased are almost all marginalized people living here, including working girls, public relations, immigrants from South Asia, and so on, mostly women. "Cities are cannibalistic and there are many shadows behind Hong Kong's prosperity," Chen said.


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