Hong Kong Homies is a series where we get deep real fast with Hongkongers.
Sheep Wong Chun-yeung, 21
My family isn’t very rich, so I financed my campaign [to run for Tung Chung South district council in November 2015] with savings from my more lucrative part-time job. I worked as a waiter, as a helper at large events — the jobs I get don’t really matter to me, it just depends on what I can learn.
If you ask me what I’d like now, I’d like to be an assistant for a district councilor. I haven’t changed my relationship to other residents; they’re my friends. I feel like I’m a community security guard. A lot of workers will ask me to write to the Labour Department for them, settle disputes for them.
On Local Issues
The biggest issues here [in Tung Chung] are air pollution and prices. Since you have to use the Tsing Ma Bridge to get to Tung Chung, everything is more expensive. If I go to Tseung Kwan O to buy a fish, it might cost $25, but if I go to Tung Chung, it’ll cost $40. The extra $15 might be fine if you buy something once or twice, but we have to shop here every day.
At night, I like walking around the neighborhood and talking to people. I like being out at night. During the day, I feel like there aren’t many places where you can just stop and catch a break and the parks are full of mosquitoes. But at night, everywhere becomes quiet. I like to just sit there talking to friends, or going out without my phone, sitting down after a run, enjoying the breeze.
- Tung Chung