20 years, 20 people: Actor Gregory Rivers aka Ho Kwok-wing

20 years, 20 people: documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang

Hong Kong’s cardboard grannies left to fend for themselves

A smashing good time: ‘rage room’ provides stressed Hongkongers a place to vent

20 years, 20 people: Actor Gregory Rivers aka Ho Kwok-wing

June 24, 2017

Gregory Rivers, who named himself after Cantopop star Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, talks to SCMP about how he went from a medical student in Australia to a well-known actor in Hong Kong.

 

20 years, 20 people: documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang

June 15, 2017

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang talks to SCMP about her experience of documenting the handover in 1997 and the changes in Hong Kong society.

Hong Kong’s cardboard grannies left to fend for themselves

June 23, 2017

Cardboard grannies are part of the elderly left behind by the yet-to-improve retirement and ageing security systems, as well as by an economy with highly limited re-employment for senior citizens, who are forced to fend for themselves.

Cardboard picking is not considered a job or a part of the formal recycling economy in Hong Kong, which means the grannies have little official protection.

(Photo: SCMP’s Dickson Lee)

A smashing good time: ‘rage room’ provides stressed Hongkongers a place to vent

June 23, 2017

At Ikari Area in Kwun Tong, participants are invited to don orange jumpsuits and gas masks, arm themselves with metal pipes, and let out their rage on the nearest household appliance.

For HK$300, they have 15 minutes to smash up bottles and old appliances in one of the four rooms in a disused office, where black walls are splashed with crude graffiti of male genitalia and Cantonese vulgarities.

(Photo: SCMP’s Jonathan Wong)