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Get Rea!: Hong Kong's world of cubicle dwellers | Full episode

Get Rea!: Hong Kong's world of cubicle dwellers | Full episode

Hong

Kong

one of the most densely populated cities in the

world

to be precise it has 22,000 people packed into every square kilometer of developed space it's estimated that the average person in

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Kong

has about a hundred and thirty square feet of living space it's not a lot for the equivalent of four queen-size beds but even that is a luxury for a tens of thousands living in the city's infamous - the cohorts unit are either any enjoyable very psycho these are homes created by enterprising landlords who divided up their apartments into tiny units and rented them out for easy money for the approximately 100,000 residents who live here their homes are illegal but for years the government turned a blind eye because there aren't enough public flats to house dong you go for her bar guy did that hands are bound to me why you got both her fat guys in power bar get real enters

Hong

Kong

's

world

of

cubicle

dwellers

to find out if living in a

cubicle

is their own every afternoon 62 year-old John Q yen picks his daughter up from school it's only a 10-minute walk but in that short distance they are reminded of where they stand in

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Kong

's problematic because this is where the Chung's live it's known as a partitioned home their landlord had divided the original apartment into four units and rented them out the chunks have the largest unit but at 150 square feet or the equivalent of only four queen-size beds it's still a squeeze...
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partitioned homes like this are common in

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Kong

where only 7% of the island's 1,000 square kilometres is developed for residential use it is the city's way of packing seven million people into its small space GSR Gilly no no she comes on my treat Oliver Tommy Lee Eunji audience a third party chatter walkie I said to him he only what a machine to Tyler big enough for mr. Cheung perhaps but not so for his daughter Elaine the lamb downfall because the case the land anthem Raphael should sing mr. Chun is a single parent and unemployed he wants to move to a public rental flat but he's stuck he's not eligible for public housing because he has an ancestral property registered in his name but he says he can't live there because it's an hour and a half away by bus too far from the schools mr. C

hong

is what social workers called an N nothing people in need who have no access to public housing and who do not qualify for any welfare assistance quitting yeah some cities are my own country now he says he fr Thomas to see this reacts is a total jerk housies is raw sensor Suzanne the new dancer woman since it is essentially all your dancing the truth is idea it takes about 1 2 3 4 5 steps across the entire length of mr. Chan's 150 square foot apartment and for this he's paying 2,100

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Kong

dollars or about 270 US dollars a month now that's actually considered cheap mr. Chung says an identical unit down the corridor costs twice as much in red but...
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if you're looking for some of the priciest homes in

Hong

Kong

54 year old young Seon knows where to go he lives young Sven rents a windowless

cubicle

of just 35 square feet slightly bigger than his bed it's so small there's no room to stretch out much less to cook there's nowhere he can go but sit here on his bed as for his things will they get stuffed into corners and under the bed it's hardly the lap of luxury yet it costs mr. young 180 US dollars a month in rent to add insult to injury that's $5 per square foot twice the rate of some private condominiums worse still the landlord slaps on a hefty premium that electricity this entire unit is about 700 square feets which is even smaller than a typical 3-room flat in Singapore now the landlord has obviously tried to squeeze as much rentable space as he can there are 13 tiny rooms here including one just above my head I'm told that an old man lives up here and the space is so small there he can hardly stand up mr. young is resigned to the lack of space he's also used to sharing just one toilet and one sink with his 12 of the neighbors what bothers him most are the bed bugs and the insufferable heat with only one window shared between 13 residents heatstroke is a constant danger in the past year alone mr. young was hospitalized four times you need to like you know do it tipping and you can't I go yeah II mean yeah yeah yeah yeah get over yourself thought it over did you meet are either when...
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you enjoy okay I don't know it's a cooler you know verse mr. young and mr. C

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live in the poorest districts in

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Kong

sham Shui PO and Tai Cox V here is also we will find the most

cubicle

homes these homes serve as cheap refuge to mainland Chinese immigrants the old folk the ex-convicts and the city's poor most of them earn less than half of the median household income of two thousand seven hundred US dollars and many are waiting to escape to a public rental flat but with supply lagging far behind demand the weight is often longer than the government's target of three years there is currently no law against partitioning one's home for rent like what mr. young this landlord has done it's only a problem if the rooms pose a fire hazard better unlike you that mr. Young's home will pass the test is quite a oh you get that what sorceress convinced I call our Tampa service area 1 PR answer 1 PR Diego want the house opens hi Troy says after the break just how serious are the authorities in solving the housing problem in

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Kong

where space is at a premium madam Chan rooftops house would be the envy of many after all there are two bedrooms a living room and outside a view of the night sky well she doesn't agree I'm a dong Yi besides bad weather there's the constant threat of eviction madam Chen under 13 other families who share the same roof live here illegally but she didn't know it until recently after a warning letter was served...
senior monkey making a comeback i Lala sample neuro rooftop as well as party three rooms are supposed to be illegal by the same time these people have to use water electricity telephone and guess and even post services and even though the government is providing them with water and allow them to use publicity it does not really mean we are accepting accepting them as legal - don't resent our this year to the guidance to her ha ha ha supernova in way loose on silver harmony as allowed to shun her sutala Sagat language support her father ha - yah ha - think I - howdy general now pants off dance woman I wouldn't you and this is what an advance or a halt we're down a lead she summons it says

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poor ha ha guardian at hands are bound to me why I didn't how about in January the new chief executive jung joonyoung vowed to increase the public housing supply or deeming but hey doing a 9 9 ye TI guy could longer joel gun blow up an conform to my performance I know they'd be so singing in a man Tiger to enjoy it so D don't want IBM song saying it's so dark I could man Tiger diable the plan to build 20,000 new units a year up from the current 15,000 the critics say even at that rate it'll take at least a decade to clear the current waiting list of 210 thousand housing applicants others like legislator Frederic phones take aim at the fact of mr. Young's plan kicks in only in 2018 after his five-year term expires the chief Excel Davis not elected by...
the people he only can't accounted to a thousand and two hundred people as this rotor since they are not elected by us no you look party people they don't care care about the people seizure and people's problem you're a legislator yeah you know what do you think you can do okay I in

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a legislator can too much because we have no authority or power to make policies we can keep suggestion to the government how to improve the the issue and how to solve the problem I've set it or not it's up to the government and up to the chief xff and there's the question of political will

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Kong

is a capitalist society and our economy has been very much reliant on property development so if the government's provide a large volume of public rental housing who will really bother to buy the premises so we say that the

Kong

government has also some sort of best interests in terms of sustaining a private property market especially the government is selling land to the private developers so the government can get ready on the ground patience is wearing thin in the past few months

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Kong

residents have taken to the streets to show their anger this evening a group has gathered at the office of the Society for community organization or SoCo to plan another protest SoCo is a non-governmental organization it works on behalf of

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Kong

's poorest this time it's demanding more financial help for the poor madam Chan had participated in soco's...
earlier protests against substandard housing they do they go out there they told me you were told to come where ya from you to get a Town Hall goes in young album come there you woke up on my downs on my Moodle it's been worth the fight just two days earlier madam Chen finally received her public flat after an 11-year wait I'm fun to look in so now I'm a girl who is something hey Molly I go yeah go or not once I see a luncheon they picked in that DUI outgoing yeah why cat Ola come on you got got the home out I wasn't a number but for every successful case like madam Chen there are still many more waiting in the Curia and in the last six years their numbers have more than doubled to two hundred ten thousand but there is a puzzling trend despite clear signs that more people are in need of housing government statistics reported fewer people living in partitioned homes in fact numbers have dropped by a third to 66,000 if they weren't sleeping on the streets where have they gone Oh these are advertisements showing partitioned homes for rent 630 u.s. dollars for a one-bedroom unit 490 u.s. dollars for a hundred and fifty square foot space from these it's hard to tell that most of these places are actually illegal according to a study by the Society for community organization tenants of partitioned flats pay around anything between three to eleven US dollars per square foot the irony is that many of these technically illegal homes are more expensive per...
square foot than some of

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Kong

's luxury apartments in the last few years rents for petitioned homes have gone up fast it's now at least twenty-two percent more on average compared to 2008 faced with escalating rents some people started looking for cheaper alternatives their search took them here this looks like a regular Industrial Estate until nightfall it's 9:00 p.m. get real has returned with social worker Angela weed she's from the Society for community organization and focuses on housing issues we're here to meet you why chan a construction laborer and this is his home a factory floor divided into 30 windowless

cubicle

s each barely bigger than a single bed mister you can only keep the bare essentials a television and a fan to provide some fresh air the rest of his things are in Shenzhen on the mainland where his wife and daughter live the mocha prices are high tech lead OD Pallenberg a car dealer car ready sorry sorry lieutenant Oh so yeah colossal time you know that is history here come the front altitude Oh terribly sorry helm is an angle the landlord has laid down some ground rules for living here and one of it is that you cannot light the flame to cook the reason is quite obvious it's just wood everywhere the toilets and bathrooms are shared among the 30 residents sanitation is rudimentary at best soviet-era go see where you're coming to fokaira mr. Yi and his neighbors constantly worried about being evicted but as a trade-off...
they're willing to make for the rent they pay about a hundred and seventy US dollars a month for a 30 square foot

cubicle

the clincher is that they do not have to pay a hefty deposit for rent and utilities if that's a good deal it's an even better one for the landlord when's for factory for a large area it only costs seven thousand eight thousand even ten thousand at most and when they can use that area to separate you to trowel or either 15

cubicle

s and each one can cause one thousand and five hundred then you for a simple calculation you know that it earned a lot mr. Yu is typical of a growing number of

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kong

ers who can't afford even a partitioned home in the market and they're getting younger and better educated short of sleeping on the streets this is their only option building

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Kong

is situated in this light you will have a higher educational level but it doesn't mean that you can't get a good job and I don't hang up get a quite good job then it doesn't mean that you have a quite a good sailor waiter you can afford your listen in a city where everage home prices have jumped 76 percent since 2008 social workers say the government should do more to help bring back rent controls and give additional subsidies to those living in subdivided homes but these such as temporary measures the real solution they say is to increase the stock of public housing near gangwon-do killing a Yankee war and now working young-shin applied for a...
public housing flat one year ago he's tired of living in a tiny windowless

cubicle

no bigger than his bed but they also stacked against him with two hundred and ten thousand others in the queue and only 15,000 new units a year being built he can only wait till then the park is the only place he can go to to escape the suffocating confines of his

cubicle

home okay can we just you know that I can get you from your son Quito so for me to hold it little got no more anything they don't count you