"Hong Kong authorities are trying to airbrush history, say conservationists, who are complaining old postboxes still bearing the royal ciphers associated with Britain’s rule are being covered up." - The Guardian
New Hiram's Highway
香港舊郵筒- Facebook Group with crowd sourced photos of British style Post Boxes in Hong Kong.
"Hong Kong is currently grappling with one of the key identity issues that post-colonial territories, including Ireland, all have to deal with – what do you do with your colonial-era post boxes"? - The Irish Times
"So are they right? At what point does a bitter colonial history stop needing to be expunged and become, well, just history, that needs actual preservation? Look around the world and you’ll find few clear answers. For instance, postbox fanciers aside, Hong Kong could probably get by without 59 royal insignias. It could also probably get by without the four gas lamps on Duddell Street, except they have become something of a landmark now, so it is not worth the trouble of removing them". - The Guardian
Hong Kong post boxes to lose royal British insignia.
"The move comes weeks after former Beijing official Chen Zuo’er called for the semi-autonomous city to shake off its colonial past". - The Rakyat Post
"News of the government’s decision to conceal the royal cyphers on colonial-era postboxes has reached mainland China, and although Hongkong Post says the move is intended to “avoid confusion,” more mainlanders appear to be confused by Hongkong Post than by the offending postboxes". - Hong Kong Free Press
More than a post box: that which blinds us to the value of our own history.
"We were told they had to go to “avoid confusion,” and that the action was part of a wider plan to gradually “de-colonise” the postal service. It is worth noting that the Hong Kong postal service has already been substantially rebranded, and that the preservation of a few historic working postboxes in their original form was not before seen as an issue". - Hong Kong Free Press
"According to one lawmaker, miscellaneous leftovers from colonial times are a fact of life in Hong Kong and it has to be accepted that there are still numerous colonial influences visible in its architecture and appearance". - SCMP
"1968 marked a significant change in the governance of Hong Kong under British colonial rule. It was also the beginning of social activ- ism among students and intellectuals who called for decolonization".
"Postboxes, once essential pieces of communications infrastructure which connected villages, crossroads and neighbourhoods to the rest of the world, are still noticeable features of landscapes and roadsides". - Liminal Entwinings
"With “decolonization” becoming the buzzword in pro-Beijing circles, Hongkong Post is said to be mulling plans to cover up the British royal insignia that many old mailboxes in the city still bear". - ejinsight
"The end of the British Empire saw the Union flag lowered in ceremonies around the world - but the so-called "wind of change" continues to blow, observes David Cannadine in his Point of View column". - bbc.co.uk