Will McCallum

My daughter visited Hong Kong, but we’ve now lost contact

Will McCallum
My daughter visited Hong Kong, but we’ve now lost contact

Julia has lived on the streets of Hong Kong for more than four months, but still has a daughter in her home country of Thailand. After coming to Hong Kong on the promise of a marriage that did not eventuate, she worked a number of jobs in the city, but none have sustained.

Her daughter works for an international company and came to visit Hong Kong in 2015 with a group of friends. They met each other in Wan Chai and took a ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. This was a special time between Julia and her daughter - but following these brief moments they lost contact. 

When talking to Julia about her life in Hong Kong it is clear that the Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple is a central point. The temple provides free meals on a nightly basis, attracting a regular community of people from around the world. Julia has met people at the temple from Argentina, India, Nepal, Philippines and many other countries. 

 

 

 

One of her best friends at the temple is Armin. He took the photos of Julia that appear in this series. She looks forward to her time with him each day.

Social workers from the government have come to visit Julia on a number of occasions. They ask her about her ID card and recommend she apply for a new accreditation at the local administrative office. As yet she hasn’t found the time to do this. 

Julia explains that she won’t return to Thailand until her financial situation improves.

Note: Names in this article have been changed to protect privacy.