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Small Industries and Community in To Kwa Wan

Small Industries and Community in To Kwa Wan

Date: 2022/11/12 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Kowloon Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Speaker: Dr. WONG Wai-ling
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Talk conducted in Cantonese. Limited seats. Free admission by phone at 2926 4055 from 29.10.2022 (Saturday).
(Video Recording URL would be available for access from 23 December 2022 7:00 p.m.)
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2926 4055

The Second World War marks the watershed in the industrial development of To Kwa Wan. Most of its pre-war industries were obnoxious and dangerous, such as the processing or production of leather, fur, cow bones and fire crackers while its post-war counterparts were mainly light industries such as the manufacturing of cotton textiles and clothing. However, To Kwa Wan has seldom been mentioned in the industrial development of Hong Kong. In fact, the district was once an industrial area in which the streets were packed with factory workers during morning and evening commuting hours and lunch time. The speaker compiled a collection of stories about the personal growth and family life of residents in the community by interviewing the old neighbours of the district. These stories are marked by industrial elements such as small factories, contracting system, original equipment manufacturing and people who persevered to work hard and seized the opportunities to set up their own business, demonstrating that industries and people’s livelihood in the community are inextricably intertwined.