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監製:Tse Sui Fong


To find the concealed experts in Hong Kong so as to review their expertise and to tell their stories of why the expertise are concealed.

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08/06/2017
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When you pedal a bike with your feet you can travel in different cities to see different sights.

When you make a bike with your hands you can create different styles to realise your imaginative ideas.

Gary Chan, a bike maker, was a worker at a plastic bag printing factory 10 years ago. An accidental brush with a cyclist who hurled expletives at him galvanised him into creating his own bike. Despite his lack of knowledge about bicycles, he managed to create his first bike with only his application and determination using makeshift tools and discarded material. This embarks him on an unusual and adventurous journey.

He furtively assembled his bike in the corridor of a factory building and test-ran it on the streets in the middle of the night. The falls and injuries he sustained did not deter him from devoting himself to creating his bike because the freedom for creativity and self-expression seems to keep growing. So are the styles of the bikes he made with his hands. There is a scooter bike, a Harley pedal bike, a reclining bike and a two-headed bike, to name a few. They are interesting and fun to ride on.

Making bikes was originally a kind of self-indulgence for Gary. But fate would have it that when he was trial-running his solar-powered tricycle on the road he was charged and fined. It made the news and his bikes became known. Artists and designers came knocking at his door to work with him. Gary’s creative journey has the potential to go further. He may even be able to turn it into a career, depending on his imagination and determination to explore.

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  • Dreams of wheels

    Dreams of wheels

    When you pedal a bike with your feet you can travel in different cities to see different sights.

    When you make a bike with your hands you can create different styles to realise your imaginative ideas.

    Gary Chan, a bike maker, was a worker at a plastic bag printing factory 10 years ago. An accidental brush with a cyclist who hurled expletives at him galvanised him into creating his own bike. Despite his lack of knowledge about bicycles, he managed to create his first bike with only his application and determination using makeshift tools and discarded material. This embarks him on an unusual and adventurous journey.

    He furtively assembled his bike in the corridor of a factory building and test-ran it on the streets in the middle of the night. The falls and injuries he sustained did not deter him from devoting himself to creating his bike because the freedom for creativity and self-expression seems to keep growing. So are the styles of the bikes he made with his hands. There is a scooter bike, a Harley pedal bike, a reclining bike and a two-headed bike, to name a few. They are interesting and fun to ride on.

    Making bikes was originally a kind of self-indulgence for Gary. But fate would have it that when he was trial-running his solar-powered tricycle on the road he was charged and fined. It made the news and his bikes became known. Artists and designers came knocking at his door to work with him. Gary’s creative journey has the potential to go further. He may even be able to turn it into a career, depending on his imagination and determination to explore.

    08/06/2017
  • Our Old Textbooks

    Our Old Textbooks

    Do you still remember the old textbooks you studied in primary and secondary school? Most likely they were thrown away once the exam was over or simply lost. Do you remember what you read or learned from them?

    Lau Chi Chung is a visual artist and a visual art teacher. A decade or so ago he started collecting old things. He has amassed thousands of old primary and secondary textbooks. To share the fruits of his labour of love, he has opened an exhibition space in Wanchai.

    When he looks through these old textbooks, Lau enjoys the interesting illustrations. But what’s more important is that with the passage of time, reading them is like reading the modern history of Hong Kong.

    01/06/2017
  • 2 Who create the Dragons

    2 Who create the Dragons

    Pokfulam Village on Hong Kong Island has a long history. It has a hundred-year-old tradition of fire dragon dance at Mid-Autumn Festival. The 30-metre long fire dragon is practically built singlehandedly by its resident Ng Kong Kin.

    Master Ng Kong Kin grew up in Pokfulam Village. He learned to make fire dragons as a child. To carry on the traditional he has opened a workshop in the village to teach the art of making fire dragon. He does not put on airs and is very friendly with his students whom he encourages to be creative. But he is committed to upholding his village’s tradition. As they say, “Fame without compromising the original quality, innovation without forgetting the past.” He is content to live a simple life in the village running a fish stall next to his workshop. He is fine with just getting by.

    Since 2013 another district on Hong Kong Island started the fire dragon dance tradition at the Mid-Autumn Festival. The one promoting it is Ng Kong Kin’s older brother Ng Kong Nam. He too grew up in Pokfulam Village. Although he has moved out he still loves the fire dragon tradition. He has introduced this tradition to Aberdeen and is teaching fire-dragon making at a youth centre there to the younger generation. He wants more people to know this tradition. Besides being a bone-setter he also teaches the Choi Lee Fat school of Chinese boxing and lion dance. He learned kung fu as a child and is very serious and determined to pass on this traditional culture. He hopes his nephew, Ng Kong Kin’s son, will be the one to continue to uphold their traditions.

    The Ng brothers remember their childhood playing at the Pokfulam Reservoir gathering material to make a fire dragon: bamboo, Chinese fan palm, and Banyan tree air roots. They may be very different in character but they share the same goal of promoting the fire dragon tradition.

    25/05/2017
  • An artist story: Chan Min Leung

    An artist story: Chan Min Leung

    A story on Chan Min Leung, who is an artist on screen, and a master of Chinese painting.

    18/05/2017
  • The story of Mark 1

    The story of Mark 1

    Ricky, a self-proclaimed maniac, has been pursued by international media for interviews because he has realized a childhood dream by creating an android all by himself. He insists that he likes to play in life, to do what interests him. That sounds so carefree. But how many have been able to put it into action?

    Like many Ricky was introduced to robots through watching cartoon in his childhood. Like many children he also wondered if it would become a reality. And like many he has to work for a living when he grew up. He becomes a graphic designer but the only difference is he never gave up his childhood dream. He has poured $400,000 into developing Mark I, an android fashioned after a Hollywood movie star. Mark I is very life-like and has detailed expressions. To produce an android usually takes a great deal of money and a whole team for research and development. But Ricky has managed to do it on his own. This is why the media from around the world have been interviewing him.

    Becoming a graphic designer in the 90s, Ricky has seen the heyday and the decline of the industry. Robot technology on the other hand has made leaps and bounds, from mechanical arms to androids that can walk. He believes this is a new industrial revolution. But Hong Kong has been slow to catch up. At the crossroad of a dying industry of graphic design and a new thriving industry of robot, will he be able to continue his robot dream?

    11/05/2017
  • Dream beyond sweat

    Dream beyond sweat

    In Hong Kong many of those who work on construction sites sweat and toil to make a living to support their families. However, some among them spend their spare time to pursue their dreams.

    Yau Man Wai (David), who has three children ,is an excavator. As his income is unstable, he doesn’t want to spend too much money on entertainment. He accidentally discovered a pastime that he could do to entertain himself. He carves wine cork into works of art. This has become his main pastime. He used to consign his work at a wine shop for sale. But he has not consider becoming a full-time artist because he feels that in Hong Kong people lack the mindset to appreciate art. Even though he dreams of having his own workshop, at the moment he is committed to being a good father.

    Wah Gor (Ho Chun Wah) works as an electrician on construction sites. Over a decade ago he bought a village house. He hoped to do some gardening and keep some fish. While he was remodeling his house he discovered that he could reuse aluminium cars and turn them into useful handicraft items such as flower pots, lamps and lanterns. He tried selling them at handicraft fairs to supplement his income. Even though the response was tepid he never considered giving it up. Other than selling his craft items at markets, in over ten years he has made many not-for-sale items like large scale Chinese lanterns and items fashioned after human and insects. Despite this being Wah Gor’s passion he does not want to quit his full time job as an electrician . He knows too well that it’ll be close to impossible to make a living with it.

    04/05/2017
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