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Queen’s Pier demolition removed a piece of Hong Kong history 

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 5:17pm
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 5:17pm

I refer to the article, “City’s history being rewritten, one phrase at a time”, May 2. I agree with what the article says about the attempt to rewrite the history of Hong Kong as a former colony of the UK. 

As the article said, the phrase “handover of sovereignty” has been removed from the English version of a government website. This may mean not only will teenagers not fully learn the history of this period, but also, significantly, that our next generation will believe in the wrong version.

I think that the demolition of Queen’s Pier more than 10 years back is a great example of how Hong Kong’s history is being removed. Queen’s Pier was a traditional landing point for British governors and royalty when they arrived on Hong Kong Island during colonial times. Although one of the reasons given for its demolition was urban development, I don’t believe that was reason enough for the Hong Kong government to remove the historic pier.

Queen’s Pier was not just a colonial relic and historic site, but also represented the collective memory of Hongkongers, which cannot be replaced.

Last but not least, I hope people in Hong Kong can become more aware of the need to protect our memories, and prevent them being replaced or removed.

Ray Hung, Tiu Keng Wan