Throwing Pebbles

A rhyme for Joyce Cheng Yan-yee

A rhyme for Joyce Cheng Yan-yee

Born to an unconventional showbiz couple, Joyce Cheng has been in the spotlight since before she was born. Her mum Lydia Shum was a plus-size comedienne and showbiz power-broker, her dad Adam Cheng a singing, acting heart-throb. Having decided to carve out a singing career of her own, she has had very public struggles with her weight and looks before just as publicly embracing and celebrating her body. It culminated in a hit song, Goddess, where she tells women and girls that they can all be goddesses regardless of appearance. When the song swept the awards ceremony, the backlash was fierce but sadly predictable.

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Inspired by Disney’s Pinnochio

Inspired by Disney’s Pinnochio

This photo of C.Y. Leung at the Hong Kong Scouts rally yesterday was just screaming out for captions so I thought I’d give it a go. His body gesture made me think of a puppet on a string, and that made me think of Pinnochio. What do you think?

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Pro-establishment lawmakers make a grab for CUHK Council seats

Pro-establishment lawmakers make a grab for CUHK Council seats

It was former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who said a week is a long time in politics. But he would have struggled to keep up with what has happened in Hong Kong in just over two weeks. The list of events that have fought for our attention is staggering – the invalidated oaths taken by some of our newly elected lawmakers, the ruckus over […]

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The human zoo on Monkey Hill

The human zoo on Monkey Hill

Every now and again there are news reports about monkey trouble in urban Hong Kong. The macaques of “Monkey Hill” – formally known as Kam Shan and located within a country park – have been known to act aggressively, grab food from the backpacks and bags of hikers and picnickers. Urban areas have also had their fair share of simian sightings  which cause no end […]

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The meaning of “achievement”

The meaning of “achievement”

A lot has been made about Fu Yuanhui’s adorable personality and the way she completely embraced and owned “merely” getting a bronze medal in the Olympics. Well, that’s a bronze medal. At the Olympics. The summit of international elite sports. I was forced to rethink the meaning of achievement when I attended my niece’s graduation ceremony in London this summer. You see, my niece is […]

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Mother-tongue Squeezed Out of the Chinese Classroom in Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong

Mother-tongue Squeezed Out of the Chinese Classroom in Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong

Several years ago, when I found out my daughter might not get into the primary school affiliated to her kindergarten, I panicked. I had only applied to one school and now, I had to look for alternatives. I was not looking for a famous or prestigious school. Instead, I wanted to find a school that did not have a high-pressure test culture, one that instead […]

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Protecting children in the news

Protecting children in the news

As a journalist, a parent and a teacher, I was concerned and troubled by the handling of coverage of a protest at a Wong Tai Sin primary school this morning (23 May 2015) at which a pupil was photographed and recorded while crying and upset. As a journalist and a journalism teacher, I firmly believe it is the duty of journalists and news organisations to […]

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From the archive – Why Hongkongers are rooting for HKTV

From the archive – Why Hongkongers are rooting for HKTV

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and as a High Court judge ruled in favour of HKTV in its judicial review of the government’s decision to deny the company a free-to-air TV licence back in 2013, it seems timely to re-post something I wrote before this blog was up and running. It might be a useful read for those coming to the […]

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The New Lion Rock Spirit – how a banner on a hillside redefined the Hong Kong Dream

The New Lion Rock Spirit – how a banner on a hillside redefined the Hong Kong Dream

Two days after the largest occupation site of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement was cleared by police and two days before the last one was returned to “normalcy”, a large yellow banner appeared on a mountain in Kowloon called Lion Rock. It bore the by now familiar image of an umbrella, along with the words “CY Step Down”, referring to Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed Chief Executive, Leung […]

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Words fail me

Words fail me

Why haven’t I written for so long? Well, for one thing it has been a difficult and crazy term. Despite the class boycott and then the occupation of Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, we decided we would stick to our normal Varsity schedule in producing two print editions and one multimedia edition. And we’ve done just that – December issue is online at http://varsity.com.cuhk.edu.hk, our […]

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