“In Time Of” sponsors The House of Hong Kong Literature to launch “By the Trees – San Po Kong”, with the stories and memories collected about trees and people in San Po Kong, we are in the hope to inspire readers to explore the relationships between plant, community and human.
“By the Trees – San Po Kong” started out as a discussion on the possibility of bonding plants, community, and people through memory and creation. By writing about San Po Kong through the lens of plants, this book inspires readers to ponder the relationship between humankind and nature.
The book is divided into three chapters. Chapter One, “Sorrow and Joy Intertwined in a Vast Expanse of Trees,” consists of creative works by nine renowned writers. In their rich description, a place is given sentiments and ideals to develop a local connection and a humanistic landscape. Works in Chapter Two, “Stand Strong and Watch Trees Every Day,” were collected from an open call for submissions. These are written from the angle of local residents and students, showing a more intense sentiment of life and trees in the community. Chapter Three, “A Constant Glimmer of Light in the Deep of Memory,” contains ten interviews with local residents conducted by The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage. These interviews offer a glance into the history of San Po Kong – Kai Tak as experienced by commoners, expressing love and expectations for the neighbourhood.
“By the Trees – San Po Kong” is now in bookstores around the town!