A vanished Hong Kong shanty town comes to life in novel Diamond Hill

In Diamond Hill, author Kit Fan resurrects the neighbourhood as it would have looked in 1987. PHOTOS: DIALOGUE BOOKS, HUGH HAUGHTON
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SINGAPORE - Poet Kit Fan grew up near one of the last shanty towns of Hong Kong - Diamond Hill, once dubbed the "Hollywood of the Orient" and frequented by the likes of film star Bruce Lee.

During his childhood, in the wake of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, the neighbourhood was a drug-ridden shambles. And then it began to vanish.

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