Visitors experience an old Hong Kong food stall on October 16, 2020, as they visit the Hong Kong Museum of History’s permanent exhibition before it is closed for renovation. Photo: Robert Ng Visitors experience an old Hong Kong food stall on October 16, 2020, as they visit the Hong Kong Museum of History’s permanent exhibition before it is closed for renovation. Photo: Robert Ng
Visitors experience an old Hong Kong food stall on October 16, 2020, as they visit the Hong Kong Museum of History’s permanent exhibition before it is closed for renovation. Photo: Robert Ng
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Hong Kong Museum of History must flesh out the city’s story

  • The interim exhibit at the museum gives much space to the culture of ‘indigenous people’, although after 1841 Hong Kong was populated largely by immigrants
  • It also lacks a sense of how Hong Kong came to be a major commercial and maritime centre

Visitors experience an old Hong Kong food stall on October 16, 2020, as they visit the Hong Kong Museum of History’s permanent exhibition before it is closed for renovation. Photo: Robert Ng Visitors experience an old Hong Kong food stall on October 16, 2020, as they visit the Hong Kong Museum of History’s permanent exhibition before it is closed for renovation. Photo: Robert Ng
Visitors experience an old Hong Kong food stall on October 16, 2020, as they visit the Hong Kong Museum of History’s permanent exhibition before it is closed for renovation. Photo: Robert Ng
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.