Memories of a Bygone Era: Resettlement in Hong Kong 1950-1972
In the early post-war years, recurrent squatter fires and problems associated with squatting had gradually threatened to disrupt the urban framework in Hong Kong. The government was forced to embark on an unprecedented large-scale resettlement programme. Initially, the emphasis was geared towards the eviction of squatters and the rehousing of as many of them as possible in permanent accommodation - at high densities and low standards. Government officials, making reference to the sheer quantity of the resettlement blocks constructed, often described the programme as a glorious achievement. Others, horrified by the tedium of the design, the density of the population and the poverty of the environment in these estates, blamed the government for its misguided housing policy. Either way, the resettlement experience had become one of the most important shared memories of “home” for many Hong Kong people.
The exhibition provides a window for a bygone era when resettlement estates constituted a unique urban Hong Kong landscape. Read more