An applicant for a Hong Kong identity card undergoes fingerprinting in 1969. Picture: SCMP

Why Hong Kong has Mao to thank for ID cards

British colonial administration, braced for chaos and a tide of refugees from Communist takeover in China, began registering population and issuing them identity cards in the summer of 1949

Topic |   Old Hong Kong

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An applicant for a Hong Kong identity card undergoes fingerprinting in 1969. Picture: SCMP
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