Wong Siu. Hong Kong

In 1948 at the age of 18 I left China to come to Hong Kong. I have been in Soho ever since.

It was hard to find a job back then and I got to sell vegetables. I have done this all my life.

I used to know everyone who lived in Soho.

It has got more busy and I don’t know everyone anymore. But I still know some of the people who have lived on this street for nearly as long as me.

 

When I first arrived I had to find $30 to guarantee me so I could live in Hong Kong. It was very hard to find that money but I worked hard and found it.

 

I married my husband soon after but he got very sick for 14 years and I had to raise my 7 children on my own. Life was very hard. We lived in a very small apartment but we all got by and we always ate food. I live alone renting on this street.

 

I’m 87 years old, I never wear makeup or put cream on my face. I’m natural.

The most important thing to me is that I can eat, walk and sleep everyday.

I’m Siu and my name means ‘smile’. I have no sickness or pain and I am lucky.