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Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208654

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208654.001.0001

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On the Nature of Public Sector Housing Policies in Hong Kong

On the Nature of Public Sector Housing Policies in Hong Kong

(p.27) 4 On the Nature of Public Sector Housing Policies in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Every person who grew up in Hong Kong has been taught that, after a 1953 Boxing Day fire in Shek Kip Mei, which left 53,000 immigrants homeless, the government initiated a policy to develop Resettlement Estates to house these stranded people. The program continued until eventually more than 200,000 such units were built. It is easy to conclude that a Christmas fire triggered the greatest humanitarian policy initiative in postwar Hong Kong. This is, of course, part of the urban myth we all grew up with. At the very most, the Christmas fire was only one of many relevant reasons for this building program.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Housing, Housing policy, Public Housing, Politics, Social mobility, Population, Economics, Growth

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