Members of the Garrison Players staging perform in a dress rehearsal at City Hall, in 1976. Photo: SCMP
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Colonial life in Asia was a bore, which is why many European exiles turned to ‘am-dram’

  • Amateur dramatics provided a welcome relief from the malaise of boredom that gripped colonial life in Hong Kong and elsewhere
  • From Calcutta to Canton, treading the boards gave exiles the opportunity to inhabit another’s world, if only for a moment

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Members of the Garrison Players staging perform in a dress rehearsal at City Hall, in 1976. Photo: SCMP
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PLA soldiers attend a farewell ceremony on June 30, 1997, in Shenzhen, ahead of deployment to Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

How Hong Kong’s handover passed the reins from one distant power base to the next

  • Just as London called the shots pre-1997, local government seen to remain largely toothless with Beijing now pulling the city’s strings
  • Viewed as a parallel police force, the use of gangsters to enforce public policy is not without precedent

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PLA soldiers attend a farewell ceremony on June 30, 1997, in Shenzhen, ahead of deployment to Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
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