Sunday, May 16, 2010


City of Darkness is a book about the now-demolished Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong.

Kowloon” means “Nine Dragons ”. After an eviction process that took years and cost billions of hongkong-dollars, the city was destroyed in 1993. Only a park remains. While it lasted, though, it was the closest thing to Pure Anarchy the world has seen outside of a war zone.

Another article on Kowloon can be found here

"Here, prostitutes installed themselves on one side of the street, while a priest preached and handed out powdered milk to the poor on the other; social workers gave guidance, while drug addicts squatted under the stairs getting high; what were children's games centres by day became strip show venues by night. It was a very complex place, difficult to generalise about, a place that seemed frightening but where most people continued to lead normallives. A place just like the rest of Hong Kong. "
—Leung Ping Kwan, City of Darkness, p. 120

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