Interview: Chan Pui -yee, Choi Yu-tin, Chung Nga-yan, Tang Wai-man and Tang Kwok-hin
SONY IC Recorder: ICD-PX333M, Recorder placed on the table/ 錄音筆置放桌上
Dairy Farm, Fire Dragon, home, riots, 故鄉, 暴動, 火龍, 牛奶公司
The best sound is the sound of running water,
and the worst ones are those of fighting, swearing, and mahjong playing.
The music that is the most representive of Pokfulam village is the Hakka songs —
this is the sound I treasure.
In the past, Pokfulam village was of the color green;
from the 80s onwards, it turned gray and black…
– Cindy Chu
I’ve worked as a Dairy Farm truck driver, firefighter, member of the hawker management team, street cleaner, police, and driving instructor.
The daily routine was similar; it depended on which line of work needed an extra hand.
During the riots in Hong Kong, bombs were everywhere on the street.
When others went on strike, we covered for them.
– Mr. Ngai/ 魏先生
Back then, the materials of a Fire Dragon [in a Fire Dragon Procession during Mid-Autumn Festival] all came from nature — how would there be money to buy them? We didn’t even know where to go and buy them. We’d go right over to the reservoir, chop some bamboos, dry them in the shade.
The record here was eight, nine dragons— the dragon dance teams even started “fighting”.
Have you ever seen chopping knives, metallic rulers, and bike chains hidden in the heads and bodies of the Fire Dragon?
– Boss Chu/ 朱老闆
Every time I hear this song I think of Pokfulam Village and Tiu Keng Leng.
The two places are really similar actually.
When you come into town for work, there’re skyscrapers and the whole concrete jungle;
taking the bus back, passing Pokfield Road, the breeze would be fresh,
and I would remember that song by Teresa Tang.
The little village making me yearn
This village is my old home…
– Mr. Wong/ 黃先生