Throughout Perspective's 15 years, we've always strived to be the 'voice' of the industry and the people we write about — here, we talk to author Nicole Chabot, who has given a voice to a sector of workers in Hong Kong who often don't have a chance to speak
In Street Life Hong Kong, author Nicole Chabot presents more than two dozen in-depth oral testimonies of people working outdoors in Hong Kong. Supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), the book is published by Blacksmith Books and is Chabot's second title — her first, Kowloon: Unknown Territory, was published in 2012 — and the first for photographer Michael Perini.
The interviewees were approached across the four districts of Hong Kong Island (Central and Western, Wanchai, Southern, and Eastern), but their jobs can be found across Hong Kong. Perini's black and white photography accompanies the testimonies to illustrate the stories of the interviewees, and depict their jobs against the backdrop of dynamic Hong Kong.
Like Chabot's book on Kowloon, the aim of Street Life Hong Kong is to reveal more about the socio-cultural fabric of Hong Kong, to engender understanding and appreciation between different socio-economic groups, and to strengthen a feeling of community and Hong Kong-identity.
"Due to their position on the socio-economic ladder, people such as the interviewees of Street Life Hong Kong are often invisible and rarely afforded much thought," Chabot says. "Seldom are their stories told, though they arguably form the backbone of Hong Kong."This is a preview of the "Recording Hong Kong's voices” article from the November 2014 issue of Perspective magazine.