Hello wonderful forum. I have enjoyed the amazing info people contribute here and really hope to get a conversation going.
I'm presently working on a photo project I started back in 2014 and have exhibited; interviewing and collecting stories of the Tanka people that lived round Hong Kong. I have now moved forward with the project to concentrate on the changes of their lives- 100's of years on the water ending in one generation with sweeping government changes.
I've started talking some folk in their 80's now that moved with their young children to housing estates or took up BNO passports to move to the UK mainly Scotland.
If theres any of you out there with Tanka links I'd really appreciate a talk to build a narrative of the significant changes of the 1950's/60's/70's/. What was going to school like? What was the strongest memories you have of living on the water, going to live on land, cooking on board the boat, what were your favourite foods etc?
The aim is to produce a work for my final project BA(Hons) Photography course. Further to that, I have a journalist helping to put these storys in a definitive collection that anyone involved in will have access to. Also, anyone wanting to tell a story and be photographed will get a set of the photos taken. I have a translator so no problem with Cantonese (assuming the Tanka dialect faded from use as a consequence of these changes). Could be a change for you to record your familes oral history too!
Please feel to contact me if you want to be involved or at least have a conversation on here. I really think Tanka history is lacking.