A city a story photo weekly contest #13 Heroes 香港北河街街市
A city a story photo weekly contest #13 Heroes
To most people, heroes are celebrities or successful icons with influential roles in our lives. We may replicate what heroes do or see them as role models.
Heroes are not limited to those with fame. If you look around, we have unsung heroes surrounding around us day in and out; but you and I might have overlooked their existence. With their unsung personalties, many of them keep their heads down working hard, forming tight cogs and keeping our society going.
Among those unsung heroes, those working at the wet market earn my respect. Wet markets may be seen as something filthy and unpleasant; people working there might have been associated as losers having failed to acquire normal jobs. With this bias possibly spread across the city, they have not earned much respect.
Without them working hard behind the scene, we do not have fresh daily food supplies. When most Hong Kongers are said to have been tired of large corporations having monopolized anywhere. Those working at wet markets, mostly in small and individual stalls, keep a pure oasis for us away from monopolies.
Here we have some pictures of a wet market in Shim Shui Po. The market is relatively well organized and stalls are grouped by genres. Floor may be slippery in aisles selling seafood though.
Sellers there usually wake up in the early morning to source, prepare and set up goods to be sold for the days. Stalls are open early usually at 8 or 9 AM until 7 or 8 PM. Sellers have breakfast, lunch or even early supper all in a small stall cube cramped with goods. They do not usually break or customers will find their stalls closed.
They sell on a small scale and cannot reap from the so-called economies of scale much sought by supermarket monopolies. They usually work humbly to maintain livelihoods for families and themselves.
At times, they can be a threat to supermarket monopolies. There have been times price wars have been directed to them when monopolies have wanted to eliminated them, get lion shares and change customers habits.
To persevere the wet market culture, I go there and buy as frequently as I can.
This post is to pay tribute to them and is a part of my Shum Shui Po series.
Photos an content are original.
Location: Shum Shui Po, Kowloon, HK