Shoemaker Lau Tai-kuen plying his trade in Kwun Tong on Thursday. Photo: David Wong

Will Hong Kong’s street hawkers be saved by government licences or see their trades die?

Craftsmen earning hundreds per day weigh proposed annual fee of HK$3,458

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Shoemaker Lau Tai-kuen plying his trade in Kwun Tong on Thursday. Photo: David Wong
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Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau is a journalist with the South China Morning Post covering Hong Kong news and social affairs. Working primarily for the paper’s City Weekend edition, she writes features and news stories on diverse topics including human rights, culture and the environment. Originally from Hong Kong, she joined SCMP in 2015 after graduating with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. Prior to joining SCMP, Jessie helped edit San Quentin News, an inmate-produced newspaper at San Quentin State Prison, served as news editor for UC Berkeley’s independent student newspaper and reported as a political intern for Capitol Weekly. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram @_laujessie or visit her website at www.laujessie.com.

Josh Ye

Josh Ye

Josh is a reporter at Abacus. He was previously a reporter and a video producer for the South China Morning Post. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in English and philosophy, he's now pursuing a law degree at the University of Hong Kong. Outside of work, he's a pop culture junkie, an avid listener of audiobooks and a huge fan of American sports.