“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.”
—William Gibson, Idoru
It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….
Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.
And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….
Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.
“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….
Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.
This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….
We have a right to bigotry.
Excuse me are you criticising the government on social media nope can't have that delete it immediately
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Oh Tony, points for trying!
This has got to be one of the most ignorant questions I’ve ever seen in my mere 17 years of living. SERIOUSLY.
I don’t know if I should cry or scream in anger and confusion.
You need to recognize us because this country was built on the exploitation of Indigenous people. The murder, rape, enslavement in some parts and the atrocious mis-treatment of my people.
Recognition is needed because we as a people are still not recognized in the fucking Australian Constitution as the first people of this land. We have been pushing for this to be changed for so long but nothing has been done.
We need to be recognized as people. People who have THINGS TO SAY, insight to add, we need our voices to be recognized. WE NEED TO BE LISTENED TO.
The politicians should in every way feel guilty about us and how we were treated and still are treated.
The land that has been handed back to us, WHEN IT WAS NEVER ANYONE ELSES TO TAKE OR OWN IN THE FIRST PLACE - is nowhere NEAR enough to compensate for the loss of our people, culture, language, traditions, sacred sites and essentially our way of life. Understand that.
We’re not all Australian. Australian is white. We have created a culture that whoever is not white, is not Australian. We are built on the foundations of white supremacy, white privilege and white mindsets that have no regard for Indigenous people or other PoC.