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All about balance in preserving Hong Kong heritage

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All about balance in preserving Hong Kong heritage

Stephy Poon

In a “concrete jungle” city like Hong Kong with its many shiny financial buildings, heritage preservation always seems in conflict with commercial development. Some people argue that the government usually values commercial interests more than heritage. But is that true?

Ms. S. Alice Mong, the executive director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK), said it is all about balance when it comes to heritage preservation and commercial development.

“Government has it stand on this (issue). But the question is “if they don’t turn into commercial buildings, would they be preserved?”. You have to voice them out why these buildings should be preserved.” Mong said.

“I know some Hong Kong people think something about the Queen’s Pier and I love it too. I do think the government now is more aware of preserving Hong Kong heritage since there is more and more debate on cultural conservation.” Mong said.

“But who said heritage is for rich people or the government? Heritage is also yours. Next time you should ask yourself about it. Actually I think everyone has its responsibility.” Mong said.

Mong said she doesn’t have a right or wrong answer on the conflicts of preserving heritage and commercial development.

“We are a non-profit organization. We do have store and a popular restaurant. For me, it’s all about balancing. I still I have to balance our business with our educational visions.” Mong said.

Mong thinks there’s still a lot for the government to be done and all of us play a role in preserving heritage in Hong Kong.--105125 2013年3月6日 (三) 00:24 (UTC)

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