Annemarie Evans: We explore Hong Kong and dig up many aspects of our heritage.
Annemarie Evans explores Hong Kong and digs up many aspects of our social, cultural, architectural and artistic heritage.
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A special, three-part series on Radio 3’s Hong Kong Heritage. Interviews with Michael Wright, 105, at his home in London with producer/presenter Annemarie Evans. Mr Wright, who was born in Hong Kong in 1912, served as a soldier and later prisoner of war in Hong Kong and was the architect of the city’s post-war public housing as tens of thousands of refugees poured into the territory. Mr Wright, who died on January 26, woud later become the Director of Public Works and oversee Hong Kong at a time of water shortages in the 1960s.
Michael Wright, who was born in Hong Kong in 1912 and would later become the architect of Hong Kong’s early public housing, returns to the territory after an education in England, in 1938. He works as an architect before serving as a Volunteer officer during the Battle of Hong Kong. He is taken prisoner and in this programme describes life in Sham Shui Po and later Argyle Street camp and how important it was to keep the mind busy.
Veteran journalist Ching Cheong was 18 years old when the riots broke out in May, 1967. They began in a plastic flower factory in San Po Kong where there was much discontent about working conditions. But they also would harness radicals influenced by the Cultural Revolution. Some 51 people died, 15 from bombs laid in the streets, including two young children. I talked to Ching Cheong about his thoughts on the riots 50 years on.