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Chung-Wai Wong —So Long Hong Kong, So Long

So Long Hong Kong, So Long

Since January of 2021, there is a minimum of three flights every day fully loaded with Hongkongers, leaving Hong Kong for the UK. It is expected that 250,000 to 320,000 Hong Kong residents will immigrate to the UK in the next five years.This mass migration wave is a consequence of the anti-government protests in 2019 and the increasing threat from the mainland Chinese government.

‘This is no longer the city I once knew.’

In the mind of these people, they are leaving Hong Kong permanently, with the risks of never being able to go back. I myself was one of the people on those planes. Leaving the city that I loved for my whole life, with the feelings of perplexity and depression of leaving my family, friends, and career behind.

All the photographs in SO LONG HONG KONG, SO LONG were taken during the time of such a dramatic change to the city of Hong Kong between 2020 and 2021.

In the beginning, I could see this work as my farewell letter to Hong Kong, and also to the first half of my life. But as I continued developing this body of work, I kept asking questions to myself. What makes me follow the footsteps of my parents forty years ago, to escape from socialist China once again. What is the force behind all of this? Pushing people away from their homelands. What does this modern migration wave means to a place, to a clan, to a family, and to a man? I realized this work is more than personal, it is also a conversation about the complexity of HongKongers' identity and cultural roots.

By displaying the sense of change in Hong Kong, in terms of time and emotions. These images show a certain kind of atmosphere in the city right now after the failure of the democratic movement in 2019. An undeniable sense of complexity, powerlessness, uncertainty, fate, hesitation, and the loss of hope. I would like to use this work to share these thoughts with the world, and to the audience who care about Hong Kong, and cares about the people who are still there and those who came from there. After all, I always felt I was only telling the first half of the whole story. So what is next? What is the second half of this story? Have those people who have left found their homeland, their promised land, on this another side of the world? What if they haven't? What if they've failed?


I was born in Hong Kong and moved to London in 2021. After graduating in digital visual design in 2005, I have been working in the movie industry for over ten years. I work as a movie production manager, a location manager, and a scriptwriter. Specializing in location scouting and managing. Taking pictures of different places around the world and the city of Hong Kong, and then trying to interpret them according to a movie scene has been a very important part of my career.

I am the finalist in the 2021 Lucie Scholarship Emerging Artist, 2020 Street Moment Photo Awards. I am recently working on getting the project published as a photo book.

For more information, please contact Chung-Wai Wong at: wcwgeorge@gmail.com or visit: www.chungwaiwong.com
Interview with Chung-Wai Wong here