Sustainable Future, Hong Kong Tales
Issue: #021 - 22 September 2014
The Diarist's Note

 

The series on hidden artists is our attempt to showcase the breadth of talents of Hong Kong people. Last month we launched the series by featuring Joanne Leung Po-wah and presenting a tiny fraction of her photographic works. Joanne is a seasoned journalist and amateur photographer. With the help of still images, she captures the beauty of Hong Kong that all-too-often escapes our eyes.

In this edition, we feature Wong Sau-ping. Sau-ping is a seelai (middle-aged housewife) and a storyteller. This story-telling seelai often jokes that she hardly ventured beyond Stone Nullah Lane and Queen's Road East in the first 30 years of her life. Because her life and living have been closely-knitted with Wan Chai, she uses her experience and the myths she has gathered over the years to give the younger generation an idea of what life was like in Wan Chai in previous decades.

Story-telling is the art form, the streets of Wan Chai are her stage. Her purpose is to make the younger generation appreciate and, eventually, conserve Wan Chai.

In order to let more people having the privilege to listen to Sau-ping's Wan Chai stories, we collaborated with Nate Chan to produce a video showcasing her and her tales, titled Sau-ping: storyteller. Nate is director of Tales of Sham Shui Po and Lai Sun Store.