Nancy Kwan as the titular prostitute in The World of Suzie Wong.
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Hong Kong’s Western brothel madams – separating truth from urban legend

  • From the mid-19th century onwards all licensed brothels in the British colony were run by women
  • American madam Rosalie Lewis, part of a prisoner exchange from Stanley internment camp in 1942, sent reassuring letters to the families of her fellow POWs

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Nancy Kwan as the titular prostitute in The World of Suzie Wong.
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Pig faces hang in a wet market. Photo: Alamy
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Cannibalism in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong – when food shortages made human flesh the only option

  • Despite a lack of first-hand, verifiable accounts, limited supplies during and immediately after World War II undoubtedly drove the starving to desperate means

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Pig faces hang in a wet market. Photo: Alamy
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