Sham Shui Po has been home for William since he was a child. He went to school on Fuk Wa Street and instead of finishing his studies, he left home and started working when he was just 15. He worked several jobs, from running various hawker stalls on Nam Cheong Street and working in a garment factory to a brief time working as a runner for a local gang.
"I eventually realised working in a job like that was meaningless and unsafe. All my siblings finished school but I started working out on the streets of Sham Shui Po from a young age. I eventually returned home and helped my parents with their business, who both fled China in the 1950s for a better life in Hong Kong".
Even though William had a tough childhood growing up in Sham Shui Po, he always feels at home here.
"I feel that my experiences during those adolescence years helped to shape the resilience that I have today" he says,
Note: Names in this article have been changed to protect privacy.