“My first glimpse of Hong Kong was in 1961. Since then, I returned once every decade. I watched Hong Kong go through the one-decade slices of changes — believe me, it was amazing. When you leave a place and return again, it is like metabolism. I experienced the change of personality in this city as it evolved.
Back in the 60s and 70s, people from Mainland fled here to seek shelter and a better opportunity for life. I saw starving people reduced to skin and bones due to famine, running over the border but got sent back immediately once caught. I, among others, used to throw bread to those poor people who got sent back on trucks — the thought of it brings me to tears.
What Hong Kong offers to people, apart from hope of a new start, are equal opportunities and platforms to compete. They convey a sense of fairness in having possibilities to improve their lives. This has always been one of the reasons why I love Hong Kong so much.”