Colonial Hong Kong in the Eyes of Elsie Tu by Elsie Tu

By Elsie Tu

This is a e-book with robust messages for this day. Mrs Tu's deep matters in regards to the present foreign scene have the main speedy and seen topical relevance. yet there's an both robust lesson in her description of the corruption that was so pervasive in Hong Kong and her battles opposed to it.

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Hong Kong After the Second World War In my dealings with poor families, I was appalled to find official recognition of child labour. On more than one occasion, when I requested social-welfare assistance for a poor family, I was told that the family was not eligible because the underage child was working and supplementing the income of the family. Poor families thus had no alternative than to send their children, especially the girls, to work to support the family. The alternative was to starve.

For example, I once took photographs of an illegal food stall operating inside the emergency exit of a cinema in east Kowloon. Included in my photograph was a policeman just looking on, obviously unconcerned about this hazardous business. When I showed the photograph 22 Colonial Hong Kong in the Eyes of Elsie Tu in a meeting of the Urban Council, the Urban Services Department said it was untrue and, at the next meeting, they showed a photograph with the cinema entrance unblocked and the road cleared of illegal activities.

Departmental staff, though no longer members of the Council, found that they had to sit through long debates on subjects of no relevance to their work. One new Councillor, who had taken a sudden interest in being an Urban Councillor just before the transition, said quite openly that he intended to change the Council into a political organ, something covered neither by the colonial constitution nor by the Basic Law enacted in Beijing and which would come into effect in Hong Kong after the reunification.

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