Published September 9, 2017
This video was recorded by Kelly Wing in Hong Kong, China, where she and KK live. Hong Kong Sign Language, often abbreviated as HKSL or 香港手語, is spoken by as many as 20,000 people, primarily in the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau. It is considered by linguists to be an offshoot of Chinese Sign Language, having emerged in the mid-twentieth century when educators from Shanghai’s deaf community began tutoring signers in Hong Kong. Though both HKSL and Chinese Sign Language remain unrecognized by the government, a growing activist movement is working to improve deaf education across the country, with schools dedicated to sign language education in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Yantai, and Hong Kong.