Due to historical and geographical factors, the development of Hong Kong has entered a new era since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, various countries imposed an embargo on China, who was an ally of North Korea. As a result, trade between Mainland China and Hong Kong nearly came to a halt, and the maritime industry also slumped. Meanwhile, however, the economy of Hong Kong developed rapidly and even switched gradually from relying on imports and exports to light industry. As the economy took off followed by an increase in population, on one hand, the Government had to implement various education policies to resolve the problems of insufficient school places and child labour; on the other hand, the demand for entertainment in the community rose, turning a new page for the development of the film, publishing, and newspaper industries.
This series will take a retrospective look at the past seventy years – the interdependent relationship between Hong Kong and Mainland China, as well as how people from all walks of life seized opportunities amid numerous difficulties in the macro environment and played to their own strengths.