The Chinese calligraphy behind a neon sign: a sunset industry reflourishing?
By: TUNG Yi WunEdited by: ShukmanSo
When you pay close attention to the corners and gaps of this city, the neon signs hold the nostalgic side of this metropolis-- be it still sparkling, drizzling or already lights out. Surrounded by a bright yellow lightbox with painted words ‘Zan1 Tai2 Zi6 'and emblazoned with white, red and fluorescent signboards, a man is repeatedly hand-writing to keep this tangible culture alive in a tiny corner shop in North Point for over 30 years.
Au Yeung-cheong, the owner of King Wah Signboards has been running his business by writing specific calligraphy on the signboards “It is zan1 tai2 zi6!” Mr Au exclaimed. He emphasized there are oblivious differences between Traditional Chinese calligraphy and zan1 tai1 zi6.