Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping - one of many items that appeared in SCMP's Around the Nation. Photo: Dfic.cn Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping - one of many items that appeared in SCMP's Around the Nation. Photo: Dfic.cn
Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping - one of many items that appeared in SCMP's Around the Nation. Photo: Dfic.cn
Kenny Hodgart
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Off Centre by Kenny Hodgart

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Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping - one of many items that appeared in SCMP's Around the Nation. Photo: Dfic.cn Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping - one of many items that appeared in SCMP's Around the Nation. Photo: Dfic.cn
Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping - one of many items that appeared in SCMP's Around the Nation. Photo: Dfic.cn
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Kenny Hodgart

Kenny Hodgart

Formerly a staff journalist at SCMP, Kenny Hodgart has lived in Hong Kong since 2011. He comes from Scotland, which remains part of the United Kingdom, but his views are almost exclusively his own. He suffers from status anxiety more than some but less than others.