Time to Re­flect

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note - —Jakki Phillips Ed­i­tor-in-chief

As the clock struck mid­night on June 30, 1997, China re­claimed sovereignty over Hong Kong. It was a night of cel­e­bra­tion and trep­i­da­tion as we bade farewell to colo­nial rule and en­tered a new era as the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion un­der the rule of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China.

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the mo­men­tous han­dover and the in­tro­duc­tion of the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” form of gov­ern­ment, we sat down with five of the city’s key fig­ures to dis­cuss how Hong Kong has changed since 1997—for bet­ter and for worse. Ron­ald Ar­culli, vice-chair­man of the West Kowloon Cul­tural Dis­trict Author­ity, re­mem­bers a time when a ca­reer in the arts would have been frowned upon. He cred­its in­sti­tu­tions such as the Hong Kong Academy for Per­form­ing Arts and Para Site for nur­tur­ing the city’s cul­tural tal­ents, play­ing a vi­tal role in the de­vel­op­ment of our cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of ac­tors, mu­si­cians and artists.

The “fa­ther of Lan Kwai Fong,” Al­lan Ze­man, rem­i­nisces about his party days at Disco Disco and Club 97, and looks ahead to a futuristic din­ing scene shaped by tech­nol­ogy and staffed by ro­bots, while Paul Zim­mer­man weighs in on the epi­demics of plas­tic waste, traf­fic conges­tion and air pol­lu­tion. Read the full story on page 110.

Grac­ing our cover this month is an in­spir­ing young woman who found the in­ner strength to turn a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence into cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion. Quee­nie Rosita Law opens up to as­so­ciate ed­i­tor Chloe Street about the or­deal of her 2015 kid­nap­ping and ex­plains how her artis­tic en­deav­ours have helped her stay fo­cused and pos­i­tive. Read Quee­nie’s re­mark­able story on page 96.

Chloe also met up with New York nona­ge­nar­ian Iris Apfel, the be­spec­ta­cled queen of off-beat fash­ion, dur­ing her re­cent visit to Hong Kong— her first trip to Asia—and dis­cov­ered a sear­ing wit, in­sa­tiable ap­petite for life and an out­ra­geous col­lec­tion of ac­ces­sories (p.104).

Also known for her sig­na­ture style, Asia Tatler’s lady in red, Crazy Rouge, jet­ted off to Milan to recre­ate mem­o­rable scenes from some of the coun­try’s most iconic ro­man­tic films. See her star in this fun and flirty shoot on page 122.

And if you’re plan­ning a trip to Venice this year, check out Mar­i­anna Cerini’s guide to the must-see shows dur­ing the Bi­en­nale, in­clud­ing Damien Hirst’s much-an­tic­i­pated ship­wreck­themed ex­hi­bi­tion, which fea­tures among its 190 pieces an 18-me­tre head­less torso, a Hy­dra, and a bronze statue of Mickey Mouse cov­ered with cen­turies of marine ac­cre­tion. Oh boy!

TWO BE­COME ONE July 1st marks the 20th an­niver­sary of Hong Kong’s han­dover from the UK to China

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