The song was released in 1978 and named after "The Hong Kong Garden" Chinese takeout in South East London. Siouxsie is quoted as explaining the lyrics with reference
to the racist activities of skinheads visiting the takeout:
"I'll never forget, there was a
Chinese restaurant in Chislehurst called 'The Hong Kong Garden'. Me and
my friend were really upset that we used to go there and like,
occasionally when the skinheads would turn up it would really turn
really ugly. These gits would just go in on mass and just terrorise
these Chinese people who were working there. We'd try and say 'Leave
them alone', you know. It was a kind of tribute."
"I remember wishing that I could be like Emma Peel from The
Avengers and kick all the skinheads' heads in, because they used to
mercilessly torment these people for being foreigners. It made me feel
so helpless, hopeless and ill."
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