Throwing Pebbles

Macau’s democrats can’t bet on democracy as an election issue

Macau’s democrats can’t bet on democracy as an election issue

Two days before Macau’s Legislative Assembly elections, I travelled to Macau and talked to the enclave’s young democrats, who told me about the impact Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement had on Macanese attitudes towards the struggle for democracy and the need to concentrate on livelihood issues in campaigning.

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In Praise of Hong Kong Macaroni Breakfasts

In Praise of Hong Kong Macaroni Breakfasts

A few years ago, when my young daughter was sick, I did what any Canto mum would do and fed her congee (a gruel of white rice made with water or broth). After two or three back-to-back congee meals, I could see she was getting bored. So I boiled up some macaroni and served it in a soup of chicken broth with some added peas […]

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Telling our own stories

Telling our own stories

My recollection of reporting on the 1997 handover and why I think it has never been more important for us to be telling our own Hong Kong stories.

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Drugged and shackled in Chinese detention – an old column from 2002

Drugged and shackled in Chinese detention – an old column from 2002

Reports about the forced drugging and torture of Chinese rights lawyers in detention remind me of an interview I did with rights activist Ni Yulan back in 2002. This was my column from 28 August 2002 in the now defunkt HKiMail newspaper.

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Watching Ghost in the Shell in Mong Kok

Watching Ghost in the Shell in Mong Kok

Ghost in the Shell has been panned by western critics but its story of blurred boundaries, shifting identities, erased and reclaimed memories unfolding on a Hong Kong canvas has resonance for Hong Kong audiences.
*Now with a brief update after I watched the 1995 anime version

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A Love Song to Hong Kong: Tat Ming Pair August 18 2012

A Love Song to Hong Kong: Tat Ming Pair August 18 2012

I’m really looking forward to going to the Tat Ming Pair 30th anniversary concert next week and thought I’d post this piece I wrote after going to see Tat Ming in 2012, at the height of the anti-National Education campaign. If things seemed tumultuous then, Hong Kong has been through so much more in the more than four years since then!

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Likely end of Cable News a blow to independent, quality reporting in Hong Kong

Likely end of Cable News a blow to independent, quality reporting in Hong Kong

When they heard that trading in shares of i-Cable, a Hong Kong pay-TV and broadband internet service had been suspended at noon on Thursday, staff at i-Cable’s news department assumed they would soon receive news about the sale of the loss-making business. Instead what they learnt was that Wharf Holdings, which owns i-Cable, could not find a buyer and would not be extending a HK$400 […]

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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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