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    ‘Coffin Homes’

    Browsing through some Asian news and came across this...

    We all know how fortunate we are, those that live with a roof over their heads, hot-water, power, food in the fridge and cupboards...Those of us who have above, live with a reasonable level of luxury compared to billions who are not so fortunate.

    Then there are these folk...

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    LI SUET-WEN’S dream home would have a bedroom and living room where her two children could play and study.
    The reality is a one-room “shoebox” cubicle, one of five, partitioned out of a small apartment in an ageing walk-up in a working class Hong Kong neighbourhood.

    Into the 120-square-foot room are crammed a bunk bed, small couch, fridge, washing machine and tiny table. On one side of the door is a combined toilet and shower stall, on the other a narrow counter with a hotplate and sink.

    Clothes drying overhead dim light from a bare fluorescent tube. It feels like a storage unit, not a home.

    Li’s six-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter often ask, “Why do we always have to live in such small flats? Why can’t we live in a bigger place?” Li said.

    “I say it’s because mummy doesn’t have any money,” said Li, a single mum whose HK$4500 ($785) a month in rent and utilities eats up almost half the HK$10,000 ($1740) she earns at a bakery decorating cakes.

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    Li Suet-wen and her son, 6, and daughter, 8, live in a 11-square metre room crammed with a bunk bed, small couch, fridge, washing machine and small table in an ageing walk-up in Hong Kong as she pays$785 a month in rent and utilities.

    Housing costs are among this wealthy Asian financial centre’s biggest problems. Some 200,000 of Hong Kong’s 7.3 million residents live in “subdivided units”. That’s up 18 per cent from four years ago and includes 35,500 children aged 15 and under, government figures show.

    The figure doesn’t include many thousands more living in other “inadequate housing” such as rooftop shacks, metal cages resembling rabbit hutches and “coffin homes” made of stacked wooden bunks.

    It’s a universe away from the lifestyles enjoyed by the rich living in lavish mountaintop mansions and luxury penthouses, or even those with middle-class accommodation in this former British colony.

    Hong Kong regularly tops global property price surveys. Rents and home prices have steadily risen and are now at or near all-time highs.

    The US-based consultancy Demographia has ranked it the world’s least affordable housing market for seven straight years, beating Sydney, Vancouver and 400 other cities. Median house prices are 19 times the median income. Beijing-backed Carrie Lam, who was chosen in March to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive, has vowed to tackle the housing crisis she is inheriting from her predecessor Leung Chun-ying.

    Ms Lam says that after she takes office in July she will help middle-class families afford starter homes and expand the amount of land the government makes available for development.

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    Wong Tat-ming, 63, sits in his ‘coffin home’ which is next to a set of grimy toilets in Hong Kong as he pays $420 a month for a compartment measuring three feet by six feet. ($105.00 per-week)

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    Residents live on top of each other.

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    Hong Kong residents, who only gave their surname, Lam, top left, Wan, top right, and Kitty Au are seen sitting in their respective homes.

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    A set of grimy toilets and single sink shared by the coffin home's two dozen inhabitants, including a few single women, is located at a flat in Hong Kong.

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    Exterior of one of the ‘coffin home’ buildings in Hong Kong.

    Read more here: http://www.news.com.au/finance/econo...f9c75d4d9f2fd8
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    Re: ‘Coffin Homes’

    That is desperately sad...

    One of the funny things about Chinese culture is that rural folks that try to move to urban areas in search of a better life are treated as immigrants and not given full citizenship rights afforded those fortunate enough to be born in urban areas. Sounds familiar to me, even those damn socialists draw lines between us and them. Must be the archons. How can people that encourage such divisions be fully human...no, they are animals. That's the cosmic taint.

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    Re: ‘Coffin Homes’

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Bomm View Post
    That is desperately sad...
    Considering what they pay per month...is beyond sad. I'm not sure what to call it.
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    Re: ‘Coffin Homes’

    While it is sad that people do live in those kind of conditions ... it's not so difficult to understand how such a situation has arrived, especially when you look at the other end of the spectrum, namely, the greedy space-hoarding value-stealing sociopaths better known as "the ruling elites".

    Stepping out of HongKong and walking into traffic at Piccadilly Square, we find the following well-written article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...uality-normans

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    Take house prices. According to the author Kevin Cahill, the main driver behind the absurd expense of owning land and property in Britain is that so much of the nation's land is locked up by a tiny elite. Just 0.3% of the population – 160,000 families – own two thirds of the country. Less than 1% of the population owns 70% of the land, running Britain a close second to Brazil for the title of the country with the most unequal land distribution on Earth.

    Much of this can be traced back to 1066. The first act of William the Conqueror, in 1067, was to declare that every acre of land in England now belonged to the monarch. This was unprecedented: Anglo-Saxon England had been a mosaic of landowners. Now there was just one. William then proceeded to parcel much of that land out to those who had fought with him at Hastings. This was the beginning of feudalism; it was also the beginning of the landowning culture that has plagued England – and Britain – ever since.
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    Hong Kong never had a chance, being in "Norman" control into the modern century up until 1997.

    Monarchial feudalism ... transited through the many centuries ... to corporate neofeudalism.

    If you are not totally allegiant to the corporate king(s), then you may still coexist within the castle grounds ... but only as bonded slaves. And those poor sots have no rights within the kingdom.

    Contrast this with the Chinese emperors and dynasties of old. In those scenes, you could grow your own crops beyond the emperor's court and walls. So if you didn't like being bonded within the emperor's rule, you could walk for miles and still live off the land, either by growing your own crops ... or helping small landowners grow their crops. Simple agrarian existence.

    Fast forward to today, there is no opportunity to live off the land for miles and miles outside Hong Kong. Corporations own most of the land inside and outside the city borders, fertile and infertile land, and there is limited opportunity for finding food and shelter or agrarian existence. Every human is essentially a rat trapped on a slow sinking urban ship.

    Private musings from a population-dense township in India, which is still viable because the resident corporations haven't yet charted for the scale of Hong Kong ... and there are vast surrounding areas of farmland.

    Scale - the final frontier that must be conquered if the human species is to be rescued from tiny spaces on a sinking ship. It's a zero-sum game. Increased scale for corporate entities necessarily means decreased scale for human entities. And vice versa. The common good demands that we decrease the scale of corporate entities. Elitist greed demands an increase.


    To wit, there's but one bowl of porridge that Goldilocks can eat. One chair in which to sit. One bed, to sleep.


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    Re: ‘Coffin Homes’

    Very true, and therein lies the spoken social imbalance. Zook, you have referred to me as a gatekeeper and honestly I don't even know what that is, BUT, it is my belief that honest government has a vital responsibility to limit the scope and power of the corporation. Corporate power is just one of the many reasons I despise Trump, he is the manifestation of so many dystopian futures depicted in movies, novels, and conversations. He is a sick b*stard and I knew it from the moment he came into my awareness as a national figure, he and most of the other psychopaths he has surrounded 'bout him. They all represent the very worst of humanity. And the American rank-and-file WANTED this!

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