Tension, speed, and doubt

Apart from neon lights and exotic food, there’s a lot of struggle hidden in the streets of Hong Kong. Czech Architecture student Roman Kekel unveils the darker side of the significant business and economic centre.

“Hong Kong is a city of speed. People are always in a hurry. The living pattern is very intense. When experiencing too much intensity, people lose their sensitivity. Hong Kong, like other big cities around the world, is experiencing an information technology boom. High technology is everywhere. When people are exposed to too many artificial experiences, they start looking back to the very basics.

Hong Kong is an international city, faced with the different cultures and different people. There is a conflict of Western and Eastern cultures; this leads to a search for identity among residents of Hong Kong. The question of where we belong. Western culture stresses the notion of individualism and the notion of private life. This significant difference between Chinese and Western cultures creates confusion for Hong Kong people at times. On the one hand, Hong Kong people are going after the idea of “individualism”, on the other, they are tied to their Chinese roots and are unable to resist looking for the harmonisation of human relationships.”

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Photos + text: Roman Kekel
Intro text: Bajza
Edit: Anna Wim

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