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  • It shouldn't be surprising that most of the historical development sites in Hong Kong have been long since demolished to make way for ever taller structures with more profitable floor-area ratios. Few neighborhoods exist in their original, or almost original, character: Sham Shui Po, Shueng Wan, and Wan Chai are a few we visited.
    One morning, after a relatively harrowing journey by taxi, we met with the woman in the ride side of the frame (forgive me, I forget her name) for a brief tour of the historic sites in Wan Chai. She was a member of St James Settlement, an organization active in the area providing community services and advocacy for the area's history. As she took us through the streets and gave notes on this shop house or that temple or the hawkers market stalls, her passion for the place was apparent.
    Often, she laughed at her own jokes and tried to discreetly wave to her passing neighbors, only to interrupt her script with a personal anecdote on whatever had happened to catch her attention. This photo was probably the stillest I'd been able to capture her animated demeanor.
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