Alley

pAgEdOwN

Adelaide, Australia

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Artist's Description

View of returning fishing boat from Tai O alley:
Tai O fishing village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

These shanties are mostly illegal squats, pre-dating official planning maps of the area and modern housing codes. Local government turns a blind eye so long as they remain occupied, but if a resident has no descendant to take them over and continue habitation, they will be torn down.

Tai O has an aging population. Most younger people do not return here to live once they complete school, instead opting to move to Hong Kong island or other parts of the New Territories to find work or start families where there are more opportunites.

Work here has steadily declined since Tai O’s hey-day in the 1950s as years of intensive fishing have left local fish stocks depleted.

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  • Shylie Edwards
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