《剖白》- 在囚及更生人士展覽
Confessions -A prisoners and ex-offenders exhibition


As an act of seeking a more humane look at ex-prisoners, 'Confessions' seeks an accommodative rather than a judgemental view of those who have made mistakes. We have collected anonymous statements of regrets for prisoners, ex-prisoners, as well as the general public ranging from children to adults. These are displayed at the exhibition along with letters and audio recordings. The exhibition intends to seek the public's understanding and acceptance of those who made mistakes, thereby supporting the re-integration of ex-offenders into society.

攝影: 林振東
Photography by Lam Chun Tung

文字:吳詠詩 袁柏恩 陳倩兒 陳琴詩 童傑 雷子樂 葉韻怡
Writers: Cheng Kam Sze, Irene Chen Qian'er, Jennifer Ngo, Lui Tze-lok, Patricia Yuen Pak-yan, Tung Kit, Vivian Yip Wan-yi

展覽詳情 Exhibition details:

10/09 - 27/11/ 2016 12pm-6:30pm 逢星期六、日 Every Sat, Sun
SoCO269 Exhibition Centre: 1st floor, 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po

主辦: 香港社區組織協會
Organizer: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

免費入場:Free admission

Photo book Prisoners will be released during exhibition

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Prisoners Book Release


「囚犯其實與常人無異:他們只是在不尋常處境中的尋常人。他們與我們一樣嚮往美好的生活,我們所珍惜的他們也珍惜、渴望得到愛和尊重。犯罪只是他們人生的一部分,社會將一個人送進監獄改造,也應該歡迎他重回我們當中。媒體或公眾往往只聚焦於其罪行,而忽略了其他方面。每個人都是立體、多面向的,在囚及更生人士也一樣,是次的出版及展覽,使在囚人士變得更「真實」:呈現了他們重要的另一面,而非簡化得只剩下罪狀。」-- 白德培牧師 香港中文大學崇基學院神學院副教授

"Prisoners are not different from all of us. They are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They treasure what most of us treasure. And like most of u they hope to find love, respect, and some level of wealth that allows them to live a decent life. Our community sends people to prison we should also welcome them back in our midst. Too often the media and public perception only focuses on a person's crime and neglects the many other aspects of a person. All of us are more than one act in our life. This also applies to people in prison; they are more than their crime. The present publication by SoCO together with an exhibition is a significant step that contributes to making inmates more real: It shows another important part of the reality of people who are much too often reduced to their crime." - Tobias Brander, Associate Professor, Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong



紀錄本港在囚及更生人士的故事. A photo album which documents the prisoners and ex-offenders in Hong Kong.

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Title: The Shanghai Barber

"How do you define a good man?" - Cheung Tai-wai

Cheung Tai-wai's singleton public housing unit is exceptionally clean and tidy. The one imperfection is an oil stain on the floor of the drawing room.

"It can't be removed no matter how", Cheung said slowly, dropping his head with cigarette smoke blowing from his mouth.

Cheung is 78 this year. His head is bald. His eyes are shining with energy. Conversing with him at close range, one feels his majesty and aggressiveness. He does not hide the fact that throughout his life, he has nothing but a string of criminal records, which - like the dirt on his floor - cannot be erased.

Cheung Tai-wai's father passed away when he was 13 years old. His mother disappeared suddenly, leaving him behind alone. Those were the days when Cheung Tai-wai was drifting miserably from place to place. He could only steal and cheat. "What could one be afraid of when there was nothing to eat? If you could not steal anything, you would starve the next day. You had to snatch if necessary", he said emotionally.

Very soon, he turned 20. He became an apprentice in a Shanghainese barber shop. In the ten odd years which followed, Cheung Tai-wai rose from an apprentice to an experienced technician and went through a steady period of his life. Looking back, those were the happiest days.

"You say you are a good man who does not fight or steal. However, sometimes others hit you even though you do not hit them. How do you define a good man?", Cheung Tai-wai says. In the cruelty of his childhood, he had learnt very early to use his fists to protect himself and solve problems

When 68 years old, someone chased after him for repayment of loans. In anxiety, he picked up a knife to chase the person with a view to chopping him. Eventually, he was sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment.

When he was young, Cheung Tai-wai took part in the 1967 riot and was subsequently deported by the police. The then Royal Hong Kong Police gave him two choices: either Taiwan or the mainland of China. He chose the latter and ended up in a poor rural area. He could not stand it and soon used his own way to re-enter Hong Kong illegally.

Living alone in the public housing unit, Cheung Tai-wai often looks back and think: if he had chosen Taiwan, would his life have the same ending and would it be possible for him to have become a good man?





後來,他錢也沒有了,與一位默默陪伴他20年的老婆同住公屋,養育一幼子,退下火線. 然而,社會似乎沒有足夠的更新機會。黃只能斷斷續續以綜援維生10多年。他坦言一位退下火線的江湖大佬,為了妻兒,只能如此,自己得了肝病,右手無力,「而家想換部冷氣都無錢。」


Black Magnet

"If I did not do something extraordinary when I was young, when should I do it?" - Wong Ting-hin

Wong Ting-hin left Shenzhen and came to Hong Kong living in a relative's home in 1979 when he was 15-year-old. He lived a carefree life but the desire for wealth led him unlawfully use cheques of a restaurant, taking away a lot of money. He was sentenced to a year in juvenile correctional institution after convicted of theft. "I have a godmother who would took me to a restaurants for meals regularly and I got to know the manger. I got HK$70,000 from the bankbook and chequebook that I took away from him, using the money to treat my friends with meals, buying camera and luxury clothes. I felt I was top of the world," he said.

However, he faced his first hurdle in 1985. He was convicted of handling stolen goods for his involvement in a gold store robbery. Sentenced to six years in prison, it was the first time he entered the Stanley Prison. He was thrown back into the "graveyard of heroes" twice later in his life and got about 10 criminal records. The first-time experience made him understand the principles in triad, and he was befriended with Yip Kai-foon.

The prison escape of Yip Kai-foon was talk of the town in 1989. "Before the escape, he asked me if I wanted to go with him, I replied 'you had to pay back one day if you left now', I'd rather stay," Wong confessed. Wong continued his gangster life after formally discharged from the prison. He was never short of money and women that he even owned millions of wealth. He however, got tired due to his gambling, poor business and the many imprisonments. He thought of living a new life.

In the end, he becomes penniless and now lives in a public housing unit with a wife that has accompanied him for 20 years. He has a little son and stepped down from the fire line already. The society appeared not giving him enough chances to live a new life. Living on the dole for more than 10 years, Wong said he could not do anything as a retired gangster head, he suffered from liver illnesses and his right hand lost strength. "I do not even have the money to have a new air-conditioner."

Having lived such a flamboyant life for a long time, though talked about the many colourful stories of the past, Wong's mind is now all about his wife. Living in the moment now, Wong feels happy when having dinner with family.








「如果人生有take two,我唔會咁行。」Raymond堅定道。今天,他在教會任義工,不時到附近派飯和關心露宿者。


Professional patient

"Whenever the nurses passed by, they would make a face that just said: 'You totally deserve it'" - Raymond

"Raymond" became known for an infamous scam in 2001. He was one of a group of "patients", who exploited a loophole at government clinics to resell a large quantity of medicines that they had received. The government was shocked when the incident was exposed. It was thought that there might be collusion between medical staff and the scam perpetrators. But Raymond was the instigator.

Raymond would end up being jailed 18 times but the notorious drug scam was the last crime he committed. Having been a drug addict for a number of years, Raymond had a number of illnesses, so he became a regular patient at a government clinic at that time. Every patient is given a "little book" which provides details of their symptoms, prescriptions and those doctors responsible for looking after them. The clinics would then administer the medications accordingly. Raymond discovered that there was no system linking the various government clinics. So he stole a pile of these "little books" from an unlocked room, wrote his own prescriptions in the books, was handed the various medications and resold them to drug stores.

Everyday he'd travel across Hong Kong so that he could get as many medicinal items as possible. Through reselling the drugs and other items, he was able to make a few hundred dollars in a day, which was.; enough to live on and finance his heroin habit. He even earned commission from a few "students" who learned the tricks from him.

After the case was exposed, it took a year for it to reach court. He just lived at a friend's home and shot up heroin. One day his legs were so swollen that he couldn't move. He fell into a coma and was sent to hospital. A doctor later told him that his legs would have to be amputated. He suddenly had inner strength and didn't want to give up. He begged the doctor not to do it and promised he would quit drugs. Those days in hospital were a huge turning point. He was able to start the process of giving up his drug addiction, and later with the help of his faith, he was able to quit drugs entirely

'Given a second chance in life,' says Raymond, 'I would have lived my life very differently.' He now works as a church volunteer for church, often delivering lunch boxes and caring for the homeless.

Aged 50, he is still filled with energy. "After losing myself for so long, I want to do something now. It is the beginning of my life," he says.

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