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He called himself the King of Kowloon and, for almost half a century, he used his misshapen Chinese characters to wage a calligraphic campaign claiming his dominion over Hong Kong. Journalist Louisa Lim grew up in Hong Kong, surrounded by traces of the king, who was first known as a crank, then an artist and finally a most unlikely icon. As she followed his trail, she uncovered a legacy of resistance, she found her city anew. Then she lost it forever.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 24 Ratings

He called himself the King of Kowloon and, for almost half a century, he used his misshapen Chinese characters to wage a calligraphic campaign claiming his dominion over Hong Kong. Journalist Louisa Lim grew up in Hong Kong, surrounded by traces of the king, who was first known as a crank, then an artist and finally a most unlikely icon. As she followed his trail, she uncovered a legacy of resistance, she found her city anew. Then she lost it forever.

    06 | The King of Kowloon — Reinvention

    06 | The King of Kowloon — Reinvention

    In this final episode of The King of Kowloon, Hong Kong is being remade at warp speed. In this national security era, its politicians have been jailed and its citizens are moving overseas into exile. Yet even in this new age, there is a resurgence in interest — and attention — in that eccentric old icon, the King of Kowloon, who still has lessons for Hong Kongers.

    With thanks to TED for the use of "Kacey Wang: The Art of Protest"

    • 31 min
    05 | The King of Kowloon — Defiance

    05 | The King of Kowloon — Defiance

    On June 9, 2019, Hong Kong convulses, as a million people march on the streets in protest against a proposed extradition law. The King had used his misshapen calligraphy to speak of dispossession, and now his descendants are doing the same. Millions of colourful post-it notes cover the city, protesting the end of Hong Kong's autonomy and rule of law. Art is everywhere, serving as a tool of protest and a record of defiance.

    With thanks to Thomas DGX YHL for use of the song Glory to Hong Kong

    • 28 min
    04 | The King of Kowloon — Legacy

    04 | The King of Kowloon — Legacy

    The King of Kowloon is an old man now; lying frail in a hospital bed. Outside, on the streets, there is trouble. A protest at the demolition of Queen's Pier, then another at a street famous for printing wedding cards. Popular anger coalesces around the destruction of physical sites, then shifts into a battle about ideas and values. Hong Kongers begin to discover their legacy of resistance.

    With thanks to South China Morning Post and Associated Press for use of news footage

    • 28 min
    03 | The King of Kowloon — Search

    03 | The King of Kowloon — Search

    In 2000, Hong Kong has been under Chinese rule for three years. At first glance, it seems that not much has changed. The King's star continues to rise — no longer seen as a dishevelled old crank, he is an artist, a fashion muse, a star of TV advertisements. The King is now a commodity — loved by everyone. Except for those that matter most to him.

    • 26 min
    02 | The King of Kowloon — Transition

    02 | The King of Kowloon — Transition

    As Hong Kong hurtles towards the transition from British colony to Chinese territory, the king becomes an unlikely celebrity artist. Governor Chris Patten prepares to hand back Hong Kong to the Chinese, and as talks between the global powers take place, the people of Hong Kong are consigned to be spectators, powerless over their own future. Louisa continues her quest to discover the truth behind the king's claims of dominion, and meets a man who might provide some answers.

    With thanks to Getty for use of news footage.

    • 29 min
    01 | The King of Kowloon — Disappearance

    01 | The King of Kowloon — Disappearance

    The King's calligraphy once covered Hong Kong, but now it has all but disappeared. Louisa searches for traces of the King, and for any truth to his claims of dominion over Kowloon. In this quest, she goes to the heart of his kingdom — Kwun Tong is an area full of high-rise factories, churning out t-shirts and souvenirs. There she discovers the first of the King's courtiers; and begins to understand that the search for the king is the search for Hong Kong itself.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Wamylove ,

Good info. The music is way too intrusive

Please tone the sound effects and music down. Why do podcasts think we need it to know how to feel?

Part Time Pilot ,

Not much there

Started this series with “The Somerton Man Mystery”. I have to say this was one of the least satisfying podcast series I have ever listened to. The episodes are short, but even then they contain a lot of filler: time spent repeating what you heard in previous episodes, and drawn out explanations of things that were either obvious from the start or could have been stated in a succinct few sentences. In the end we have a mystery with a lot of questions and few answers—we get a few (possible) clues and no firm verification of the claims made, and no clear resolution.

amfm450 ,

So We’ll Done!!!

I love all the perspectives the hosts explore! Such great info! Thank u

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