Women of Won­der

RE­MEM­BER­ING THE PAST IS A BIT­TER­SWEET EX­PE­RI­ENCE, A MIX­TURE OF JOY AND SAD­NESS THAT COMES FROM RE­CALL­ING THE PER­SON WE ONCE WERE. Melissa Twigg FINDS OUT HOW CHILD­HOOD DREAMS SHAPED THE FU­TURE FOR FIVE IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL LO­CAL WOMEN

Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy LAU­RENT SE­GRETIER

Five in­spi­ra­tional lo­cal fig­ures ex­plain how their child­hood dreams and as­pi­ra­tions in­flu­enced their fu­ture ca­reers

Apur­ple ele­phant. A teddy bear in a cheongsam. A child’s pass­port. A bat­tered base­ball glove. Sheet mu­sic. A recipe for bortsch… When Hong Kong Tatler and Louis Vuit­ton asked five of the city’s most in­spi­ra­tional women to pro­vide us with 10 me­men­toes each that best rep­re­sent their child­hood, the re­sult was a weird and won­der­ful mix of faded pic­tures, first-edi­tion books, messy draw­ings, love­worn toys and pri­vate keep­sakes.

Cho­sen for their di­verse ca­reers and dar­ing ap­proach to life, art and in­no­va­tion, th­ese women are an in­spi­ra­tion to all gen­er­a­tions. In learn­ing more about who they were as chil­dren, we can see a di­rect cor­re­la­tion be­tween their youth­ful as­pi­ra­tions and the ground­break­ing roles they now play in shap­ing our so­ci­ety.

In the fol­low­ing pages, th­ese five women, trail­blaz­ers in their own unique ways, re­mem­ber their pre­cious years of child­hood in a trib­ute to the Hong Kong So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren (HKSPC), one of the city’s key char­i­ties and a trailblazer it­self since its in­cep­tion in 1926.

The so­ci­ety was founded at a time when large swathes of the city were plagued by dis­ease and mal­nu­tri­tion. At first it had just one cen­tre where moth­ers could bring their ba­bies to be fed, bathed and weighed, and where they could re­ceive gen­eral ad­vice on health­care along with free milk pow­der and orange juice. Be­fore long de­mand for the so­ci­ety’s ser­vices had grown to such an ex­tent that the cen­tre could no longer cope. To fi­nance an ur­gent ex­pan­sion plan, the so­ci­ety’s Fund Rais­ing Com­mit­tee was set up in 1934, spear­headed by a group of lo­cal women with a pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

To­day, in the year that marks the 80th an­niver­sary of the com­mit­tee’s for­ma­tion, the so­ci­ety op­er­ates 27 fa­cil­i­ties around Hong Kong that pro­vide needy fam­i­lies with a range of vi­tal child­hood ser­vices. Their ex­is­tence is es­sen­tial to the lives of many and is owed en­tirely to mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of ded­i­cated peo­ple work­ing to raise money for this wor­thy cause.

“As a brand that’s founded on pas­sion, in­no­va­tion and dar­ing spirit, Louis Vuit­ton is ex­cited to pay trib­ute to the HKSPC through th­ese five Hong Kong fig­ures who con­tinue to make the city a more car­ing, di­verse and en­rich­ing place to live,” says Michelle Kwok, vice-pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Louis Vuit­ton. “In fields rang­ing from ed­u­ca­tion and food to mu­sic and film, th­ese ladies rep­re­sent the di­ver­sity of Hong Kong’s past, present and fu­ture, and we hope their sto­ries will in­spire the city and its next gen­er­a­tions to fur­ther great­ness.”

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