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Dear Hong Kong,

Dear Hong Kong, is a photo book of 200 pages featuring inspiring people from different countries, all living in Hong Kong, and their contribution to our city.
The final goal of the project is to show the cultural diversity of the city through personal stories that inspire, break existing stereotypes and widen horizons.


Core values


We want to make an inventory of how many nationalities live in Hong Kong, one of the most international cities in the world.


Giving voice to people from different backgrounds and highlighting the contribution of their cultures to the city.


This is an art project, where photographers will imprint their style in capturing the essence of the different individuals featured.


Inspire and widen the reader's horizons. Show different paths to happiness and help raise awareness of social issues.

Breaking stereotypes

Changing the idea the society has about ethnic minorities in the city and showing them their international neighbours.


We give voice to individuals who are not usually represented and share their unusual yet inspiring stories.

Our Hongkongers and their stories
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    Chris Doyle (Australia)

    Soul behind Hong Kong cinema classics. In the mood for Hong Kong - If you can dream it, it will be real

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    Harmony Ilunga (DR Congo)

    Model and activist - Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, only where you start.

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    Dr. Mike Manio (Philippines)

    Member of the faculty of medicine at HKU - Don’t let small minds persuade you that your dreams are too big.

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    Dawit Debesai (Eritrea)

    Teacher. Ex-prisoner - Sometimes you face difficulties not because you are doing something wrong, but because you are doing something right

How can you help?

Order your copy to support the project

Here you will be able to order a copy of the book, and provide additional support to help us make it available for students and families in Hong Kong


Join our team

If you want to become part of the team all you need is your curiosity and interest in cultural diversity. Join our multicultural and passionate team!


Still looking for some missing countries

Please share with us the details of someone you know living in Hong Kong who comes from a country from the list, someone inspiring, with a story worth sharing, who has contributed to the city somehow.

Who are behind DEAR HONG KONG

Oskar Valles

Dream Architect

After 9 years in Hong Kong Oskar wants to give back to the city doing a project to increase social awareness in diversity and inclusion. Having worked in related Ethnic minorities organisations, he deeply believes in the unity of all humans, regardless of race, occupation, religion or any other excuses people sometimes use to separate themselves from others.

Aggie Lam

Human stories explorer

Being a local HKer who has travelled to 37 countries, Aggie truly understands how powerful and impactful face-to-face communication can be. Her life mission is to collect and discover as many inspiring stories as possible. She's driven to slowly influence people around her to be more compassionate in order to achieve mutual understanding and respect among people across different backgrounds. She currently works in a social enterprise focusing on cultural education.


Alvin Yip

Written word magician

Being raised in Hong Kong, Alvin has long developed his loving sentiment towards his homeland. He is a new graduate of Translation Studies and Linguistics in HKU. With his passion and interests in language studies, he believes in the power of language as a good and intimate medium for everyone to get involved in the local culture of a lovely place like Hong Kong. Alvin is recently working on spreading Cantonese and local Hong Kong cultures. He is mainly responsible for the translation and language editing in the team of Dear Hong Kong.

Bradley Aaron


Bradley is on the threshold of having lived in Hong Kong for longer than any other city. His years here have been characterized by the struggle of Hong Kongers to present an identity of the territory defined on its own terms rather than by ties to an outside culture. As he passes the final months before becoming a permanent resident, he has joined the Dear HK project as a photographer to help to document and share the role of Hong Kong’s diversity in the city’s emerging self-definition.

photo credit: Simon Mak
Dear Hong Kong in the media
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    RHTK interview

    May 2020. 1,2,3.. show with Noreen Mir

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    May 2020. Where is my motherland?

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    Coconuts Magazine

    June 2020. Photobook project shines light on city’s cultural diversity

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    Crossing Taiwan


Contact us

Do you want to be one of the photographers in the book? Do you have a background in Journalism or diversity studies and want to do an internship with us? Do you resonate with our values and want to join the team? Call us or drop us a line, we would love to hear from you.