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'Hong Kong Trilogy' captures 3 generations of a place at a crossroads

'Hong Kong Trilogy' captures 3 generations of a place at a crossroads

As murky waves lap against the houseboat in Hong Kong harbor, Red Cap Girl lights a candle and prays at her homemade shrine. In front of cutout pictures of a seemingly random assortment of deities that includes Jesus and Buddha, she asks whoever might be listening to protect her and her family.

The 9-year-old later describes her dreams of escaping Hong Kong's dense and cacophonous high-rise cityscape for a simple adulthood spent farming lettuce in the countryside, an unusual ambition in a territory where generations of farmers worked with the hope that their children would have white-collar careers.

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