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Essays

Subaltern Writing

Tsang Tsou Choi: The King of Kowloon

David Clarke

 Calligraphy by Tsang Tsou Choi on a colonial-era postbox, Sau Mau Ping.

While it is common to hear complaints in Hong Kong that the population takes no pride in the appearance of the city, and television public service announcements frequently exhort viewers to stop dropping litter, graffiti is relatively rare. This scarcity makes the case of Tsang Tsou Choi particularly unusual, and affords the results of his efforts a high degree of public visibility. Since he has been writing in public places for…

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