The use of the term "sub-culture" to describe residents who live in these small apartments is inaccurate. Living in small spaces has always been the norm in Hong Kong. People use to share apartments with other families to save money because affordable housing and available land to build was scarce. The "new territories" in Hong Kong exists because of this land shortage. These old public housing buildings were constructed when the island city was still a British colony. Some public housing apartments are larger but in general, even recent renovated homes in HK are tiny compared to US apartments. It's great that these photos were taken, but these people aren't living on the fringe of society. Everyone in Hong Kong knows about them. Some people have relatives in these buildings.
Photographs of Small Flats in Hong Kong | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
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