In wealthy Hong Kong, there's a dark side to the housing boom, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to live in partitioned shoebox apartments, so-called "coffin homes" and other inadequate housing. Photo: AP In wealthy Hong Kong, there's a dark side to the housing boom, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to live in partitioned shoebox apartments, so-called "coffin homes" and other inadequate housing. Photo: AP
In wealthy Hong Kong, there's a dark side to the housing boom, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to live in partitioned shoebox apartments, so-called "coffin homes" and other inadequate housing. Photo: AP
Richard Wong
Opinion

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The View by Richard Wong

Explaining the fine line between absolute and relative poverty

Hong Kong’s poverty problem is about income security that allows quality education for children, quality health care, and owning a home to protect the lifetime purchasing power of hard-earned savings

In wealthy Hong Kong, there's a dark side to the housing boom, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to live in partitioned shoebox apartments, so-called "coffin homes" and other inadequate housing. Photo: AP In wealthy Hong Kong, there's a dark side to the housing boom, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to live in partitioned shoebox apartments, so-called "coffin homes" and other inadequate housing. Photo: AP
In wealthy Hong Kong, there's a dark side to the housing boom, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to live in partitioned shoebox apartments, so-called "coffin homes" and other inadequate housing. Photo: AP
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Richard Wong

Richard Wong

Richard Wong Yue-chim is the Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy at the University of Hong Kong