Acting to “avoid confusion,” the Hong Kong Post Office announced plans earlier this month to cover up the 59 remaining mail boxes that bare the British Royal Insignia, even though these mailboxes only make up about 5% of the city’s total.
Although the post office has said that it plans to preserve seven of the post boxes in historical buildings, conservation groups have continued to oppose the plan.
Peter Li Siu-man of the Conservation Alliance believes the boxes to be “living heritage,” calling them, “Antiques, street monuments that do not belong to a museum, but are a part of Hong Kong’s heritage and daily life.”
His group has formed an Old Mailboxes Fans Facebook page, and has invited members of the public to post pictures of the mailboxes to Facebook. He has also provided a map on Google that details the locations of the 59 mailboxes.
The Hong Kong Post Office has refused to elaborate further about its motivations, but many suspect the decision is driven by pro-Beijing and anti-colonization sentiments.
Peter Li Siu-man of Conservation Alliance points to comments by former deputy director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Bureau Chen Zuo’er, who has been vocal in his criticism that Hong Kong has failed to decolonize since the handover of Hong Kong in 1997.
With signs and symbols of Hong Kong’s colonial history under duress, perhaps some wish the British had actually gone through with their “plan” to move Hong Kong’s entire population to Northern Ireland.
But still maybe they will be able to find a solution that works for everyone.
— PenguinSix (@PenguinSix) October 16, 2015
By Stanley Yu
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