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.
In Diamond Hill, author Kit Fan resurrects the neighbourhood as it would have looked in 1987.PHOTOS: DIALOGUE BOOKS, HUGH HAUGHTON

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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