The betrayal of the King

During the 1990s, as Hong Kong was embroiled in a heated negotiation between the British and the Chinese governments over the city's return to China, graffiti maker Tsang Tsou Choi (1921-2007) was making his claim of ownership of the Kowloon district in Hong Kong with his calligraphic street graffiti. An old man living with a mental health condition, Tsang, commonly known as the King of Kowloon, was a charismatic character who suddenly emerged as a third party claiming ownership of part of Hong Kong. Tsang claimed that he had discovered an imperial document from the Ching Dynasty granting his family the ownership of Kowloon.

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