I'm introducing my third podcast alongside my existing shows - JPG and Prick Me. The HK People podcast has just been approved for listening on the iTunes Store. This now rounds out my triplicate of podcast shows. The podcast is focused on the subject of Hong Kong.
This new show is a conversational podcast focused on understanding some of the people who live in Hong Kong and their relationship with the city. Each week till the end of the year, the topic will be about Hong Kong from the perspective of that particular person.
Hong Kong is going through many societal and cultural changes at the moment, this is already on top of Hong Kong’s world famous dynamic nature. Anybody in Hong Kong during the 2014 protests know this. The protests themselves were unexpected and different for a normally peaceful region.
I met and got to know many people over those few months, all of them sharing with me their stories, their heart, HK’s history and its potential future. I think these opinions needed recording, naturally as a photographer I have been taking pictures already and eventually I'll be making a book documenting Hong Kong and the 50 year hand over. There is a gallery above which is forming the basis of that project in the photography section titled 'New Territories'. Expect it to be updated often.
Any regular reader of this blog knows I also like to podcast, and it’s becoming a serious hobby of mine, so it was obvious to try and merge my love of photography and my passion for podcasting together.
The book will come later and that's the problem with a book. NO book unless it was written in a series of volumes could possibly hope to contain all the changes, opinions and emotions contained within HK. A book also takes time to make, and is less about the now and more to do with looking back. This is how I can have a part in both. I feel the podcast can be closer to the present, a bit more inclusive compared to a book as people will come onto the show and share their thoughts on a weekly basis with me, while the book is an end point, whenever that may be.
Hopefully each week I can publish a conversation, building a library for everybody to enjoy. The book itself will be an edited version of the podcast with pictures that are related to the things we've discussed. It will contain 50 of the best conversations and maybe others from people not from the podcast. That’s also one person for each year of the 50 year hand over.
The book is all in the future though, let’s talk again about the podcast as it is now. Each conversation will explore a person’s relationship with HK’s past, present and future. These would start from a set of beginner questions and we’ll see where we go after each conversation. Of course I’m looking for a wide range of opinions and wouldn’t want to discount anybody from coming on the show and sharing themselves with me and hopefully an eager audience who will enjoy listening. That means if you want to come on the show, please contact me, details are in the show notes.
My first episode was recorded with my friend Chelsea, she spoke very passionately about her first thoughts and already wants to come back on the show! Hope you’ll find this first episode interesting and you'll consider subscribing.
You can find the show here.
In our first episode after the short introduction to the format of the show we speak with Chelsea, a 30 something who lives on Hong Kong Island.
Besides what will be our usual topics, we discuss:
- Li Ka-Shing, Lydia Dun,
- The types of Hong Kong thinking
- Were people losing money during the 2014 protests?
- Taiwan is the next Hong Kong?
- D7689 on the Standard Chartered Run
- Apple were being ‘warned’ with the delay of the iPhone 6
- 00:00 - Introduction to the show
- 03:28 - Chelsea
- 04:15 - How was it for the handover ceremony?
- 05:34 - Do you know anybody who left HK around 1997?
- 06:52 - Do you remember where you were on the night of the ceremony?
- 11:45 - Thoughts on Hong Kong today?
- 13:54 - Were people losing money during the protests of 2014?
- 20:25 - Paying tax the awkward way.
- 21:47 - The energy in HK is different?
- 24:31 - What should the young people do?
- 25:00 - Where should Hong Kong people go?
- 27:22 - Puma doesn't really care. Companies beware.
- 30:38 - Hopes for True Democracy?
- 33:19 - Optimistic on HK's future?
- 34:35 - HK is sterile.
- 40:30 - Somebody else for the show?