Documentary heritage is essential for our preservation and transmission of memories of a place. Yet, history writing is not without representational bias. Whereas men’s privileged domination of public offices was commemorated, the presence of women within this site has been overlooked. Can we uncover hidden histories of underrepresented and forgotten women?
Early Hong Kong was a place of transience for most of its floating population; a place of encounters between people of different backgrounds. The arrivals of foreigners from different parts of the globe along with a mass influx of migrant Chinese from the Mainland contributed to the city’s growth. Most people came to look for economic and trade opportunities. Crime, as a social phenomenon, emerged under the conditions of a changing society. Can these stories of human encounter and migration, which have changed so many people’s lives, be told from a gender-sensitive perspective?