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Stories from Island East

In 2013, our Community Ambassadors worked with volunteers from Taikoo Primary School and neighbourhood organisations to interview elderly residents around Taikoo Place and record their histories. What resulted was a rich narrative tapestry of stories and memories, which were compiled into a book (Chinese version only, click here to read) and shared during a month-long exhibition titled “Stories from Island East”, held during July 2014 at Taikoo Place. Combining text, historic images and personal mementoes, the exhibition traced the personal histories of 15 elderly residents, whose lives reflect the evolution of the neighbourhood around Taikoo Place and, indeed, of Hong Kong. Against the backdrop of the city’s rapid development in the 1950s and 1960s, the stories of these residents offered new insights into the fascinating history of our neighbourhood and our city.

The “Stories from Island East” project was a spin-off of our Be My Friend programme, a mutual support network for elderly members of the Island East community who live alone. Be My Friend comprises home visits from our Community Ambassadors, medical services and organised group activities and gatherings.