Daily Archives: May 3, 2013


PHOTOGRAPHY – Home Street Home: Homelessness in HK by Lei Jih-sheng 5

Whilst HK goes nuts over an inflatable duck, 1,200 of its citizens are facing another night without a roof over their heads. The Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) says that the numbers are increasing. Many of these people make up HK’s ‘working poor’, earning a median wage of $3000-5000 – not enough to cover rent.

Last month, the anti-poverty NGO collaborated with Art Walk to present a series by local photojournalist Lei Jih-sheng…

His photos document people sleeping rough in Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Sham Shui Po – many suffer from multiple problems; psychiatric, medical and personal…

There are no specific HK laws which forbid sleeping on the streets but the government targets the homeless by clearing personal belongings and even using loudspeakers at hourly intervals at night to clear areas like the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.