It’s like when foreigners think all Chinese people know Kung Fu; it’s not a bad stereotype but it does get a bit repetitive, it’s the same as when Hollywood movies or tourist books always seem to put an equal sign between neon lights and Hong Kong. We are more than just the signs, in fact, we have made this tradition into an art form which remains intact with our contemporary culture.
Using the tradition of neon lights, the D2 Place Made in Hong Kong event has combined the cheeky language of Cantonese with these shiny signs. Not only do they create great selfie moments, they also help regenerate the old craft into something that is still very applicable today.
Featuring slogans that briefly translates to “It’s love”, “Foodie”, “Keep going” and “Why are you saying things like that”, young Hong Kongers will be able to relate to such terms while foreigners who are learning Cantonese can get a visual idea of how fun our language can be. Other “Made in Hong Kong” related workshops, food stalls, exhibitions, pop up stores and games are also happening at D2 Place from now until the 31st of August.