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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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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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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Politics divides families, friends in Hong Kong

Politics divides families, friends in Hong Kong

Generational divide across political lines lead to frayed tempers around the dinner table and arguments in WhatsApp groups When Leung Chun-ying campaigned for Hong Kong’s top job against the doyenne of Hong Kong’s established moneyed elite, he stressed his humble beginnings as the son of a colonial policeman and his stated purpose of unifying Hong Kong society under the slogan “united in heart”. After his […]

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Facebook outage gives Hong Kong the jitters

Facebook outage gives Hong Kong the jitters

First the cyber-attack on the e-voting platform for the 622 referendum, then the Apple Daily website. Hong Kongers were asking, “is Facebook next?” I can pinpoint exactly when it happened because I was in the middle of a Facebook conversation when the error message popped up. Then my telephone rang and the person I’d been chatting with asked, “Is Facebook down?”. A quick check on […]

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Reclaiming Hong Kong’s June 4th

Reclaiming Hong Kong’s June 4th

The commemoration of June 4th once united Hong Kong people, now it divides. Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising when the number of people who identify as “Chinese” falls to new lows On June 4th this year, tens of thousands of candles lit up Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to remember the fallen of June 4th 1989, just as they have done every year since China’s government […]

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