HONG KONG: Bryan Ong has made it his mission to preserve items that tell the story of Hong Kong’s British colonial past even as Beijing increasingly shapes life in the city that is firmly back in the fold of the mainland.
Ong, 42, has been collecting colonial memorabilia since he was a child, and last year opened the Museum Victoria City to put his treasures on display, detached from growing acrimony between China and Britain, fuelled in part by the colonial legacy.
“Whether it’s good or bad, it’s part of Hong Kong history,” Ong said.
His two-storey museum displays military medals, badges, royal portraits, stamps, banknotes, newspaper clippings and colonial government leaflets. It doubles as a souvenir shop.
Ong’s grandmother gave him a medal of a Hong Kong-based British Gurkha soldier as a gift when he was a child, inspiring his fascination with the city’s history.
A partially burnt British flag recovered from a World War II battle in Hong Kong, when Japanese forces captured the city, is among the museum’s most precious items.
Source: Channel News Asia