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My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.10: Christmas gift exchange game

My mom wants me to explain that this story is not about her. LOL

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My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.9: Silly Role Play Game

Boys’ role play games on Dragon ball and Gundam characters

Hong Kong kids were fascinated to all the heroic cartoons, especially Japanese cartoon characters. Drazon Ball characters and Gundam robots are common role play characters for boys back in the 80s and 90s Hong Kong. In fact, girls always thought that boy classmates were all fools when they were playing these games. hahaha…

DragonBall

One of the DragonBall weapon

Gundam Series: Weapon of one of the robots

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.6: Visit my dream toy

Visit my dream toy

Transformer robot: Dream toy of a lot of kids

As a girl, I was not a fan of toy robot, but I still remembered almost all boys loved Transformer robots. However, it was a luxury toy for the kids in the old Hong Kong. In order to “own” a Transformer, boys brought toy cards.

Toy card was another popular toy for Hong Kong and some Asia kids in 80s and early 90s. The card images were usually cartoon characters, robots, and pop singers. I was one of the collectors too. It was popular because of the low price. It was just HK$1 for each card (approx US$0.15). The picture below was another popular cartoon, Dragon Ball.

Dragon ball card

Dragon Ball card by Parco @ blog1.poco.cn

If you know how to read Chinese, or if you are curious about the Chinese version of this comic, please visit my Chinese blog.

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.5: Noisy maker

Making noise was fun

Making noise was fun

When I was kid, there were many common ways to make noise. The comic shown the most popular ways to make stupid and annoying noise. Folding a “paper gun” was not easy. I still don’t know how to do this right now. I just remember my classmates loved to fold paper guns. When the paper guns were unfolded, it would produce a super loud noise. Another crazy way was using soy milk package. I just needed to blow up an empty “soy milk package”, and then step on it. Stepping on soy milk package was not allowed at school because soy milk would mess up the floor. But students, including me, loved to do this. hahahahah

If you know how to read Chinese, or if you are curious about the Chinese version of this comic, please visit my Chinese blog.

Paper gun by blog.hkbbs.net

Vita soy milk, a common noise maker

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.4: Win me if U can… childish race

Childish race

Elevator race: a childish game

It was a common race among the kids when I was small. If the runner did some tricks, it was not hard to win. It may be impossible nowadays because the new elevators are so fast.

Photo by the-sun.on.cc

This is the elevator lobby of the old public housing in Hong Kong. Nowadays, the buildings definitely have smaller lobby. When I was young, this was a playground of kids.

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.3: Another ridiculous childhood story

Throwing stuff off building was a bad, dangerous but common act by kids

Even though it is a common act, I still need to say it is very dangerous. Sometime, it kills.

When I was kid, I loved to watch a cartoon called “Ox Tales“. Ox Tales was an animated stories produced by Dutch. One of the main character Jack Turtleson was a silly turtle always cracked his shell and run his body out of the shell. That why I was mistaught for a long time.

(But of course, I need to explain, I didn’t throw a turtle out of the window.)

Twin tower design: remarkable old public housing

style in Hong Kong

This hollow tower design is really a remarkable design among the public housing history. This style is no longer used because of the low privacy among neighbor and low space efficiency.

Ox Tales

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My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch. 2 – Moon Festival

Moon Festival

Moon Festival is a children festival

Moon Festival,also as known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lantern Festival,  Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival. The official date of this festival is on the 15th of August of the Lunar calendar.

What do kids do on this festival? Playing lantern, eating moon cake, seeking night adventure, etc. Besides, wax boiling is another boys’ favorite game. It is done by heating candle wax to high temperatures and producing wax fire. When high temperature boiling wax is doused  in water, giant fire flame is produced. It was a common fire game for Hong Kong kids, however, it is restricted by law nowadays because of the safety and environmental issues.

When boys play wax fire, girls play lanterns. Lantern comes with big variety, such as traditional candle lanterns and electronic lanterns. They are in different cartoon character or animal shape.

Different of China has different culture on Moon Festival, and this is the story about my place.

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Dangerous Wax Fire (credit: en.wikipedia.org)

Candle Lantern in Tiger shape (Credit: tw.tranews.com)

Electronic lantern in cartoon character (Credit: http://www.hanchinese.net)

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch. 1 – No Secret, No border between neighborhood

You cannot keep secret because the apartments are so packed

Small and packed living environment in Hong Kong public housing

I should talk about the background for people who are not familiar with Hong Kong living environment.

I was grown up in public housing apartment. Public housing in Hong Kong is a governmental hosing program for the low income people. Public apartment is built all over Hong Kong, mostly in the relatively remote area. Each public housing are usually 20 to 40 stories, and each floor can occupy around 40 families. Each apartment is small. The placed I grown up was just 200 something sq. ft. for a family! The old design of the public housing is more packed and less considering the privacy of residents. That’s why what happened to our naughty boy Kit. It is really hard to keep secret between neighbor in this crowded environment.

Kin Ming Estate, completed in 2003 by Wikipedia.org

Twin tower design in old public housing by Wikipedia.org

Usually each public housing consists of 5-10 buildings.

The twin tower design on the left was the old design in 70s and early 80s. This is where Kit grown up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_housing_in_Hong_Kong

Physical Punishment is a common family education

For other culture, it may be hard to imagine using physical punishment as a method to teach the kids. However, it is not rare in Hong Kong. Parents usually use “Tangtiu” and “Rooster Duster” as their “weapon” to beat their kids. Tangtiu is a piece of long and flexible plant, and Rooster Duster  is just like adding rooster hair at the end of the Tangtiu. 

When I was small, hearing other children yelling and being punished by their parents was a common scene in the public housing. Actually it was my true story. hahaha

Rooster Duster

New Comics- My Childhood in Hong Kong

My Childhood in Hong Kong

New comics is coming!!!

This will be all about the Childhood of Hong Kong people in the 70s and 80s.

This was what I experienced in my old days!

This time, my comics will be published with the online magazine Gut Mega X. The publication will be started from Sept 13 (next Tuesday), every other Tuesday for 3 months (6 issues). Since the version on Gut Mega X will be in Chinese, I will translate the Chinese version and publish here next week. 🙂

You may not grow up in Hong Kong or even Asia, but I hope all my audiences can feel the simple and happy life of the Hong Kong kids in that period.

The story is about a grade 3 naughty boy, named Kit, his family and school life. Kit is from a grassroots family of Hong Kong in the 80s. You can see the life style and culture of Hong Kong grassroots in that period.

I hope you may enjoy this comics!

 

Character Introduction

Alumni Reunion Party: Comparison brings trouble

Alumni Reunion Party: Comparison brings trouble

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