Saturday was International Pillow Fight Day, and if thought Hong Kong wasn't going to pull out all the feathers for this occasion, you don't know our friends to the south. BBC, SCMP, etc., covered the event. Hong Wrong has a collection of clippings, with photos upcoming, and also the above video, which is about as ridiculous of an eight-minute summary as you'll find (created by Dennis Mong). But look at how much fun everyone is having.
Enoch Lam, a very high-profile pastor-comedian in Hong Kong, recently asked his fans on Facebook, “How should (Christians) respond to the recent controversial comments made by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz regarding the company’s support of gay marriage?” This is the same Pastor Lam who once equated homosexuality with drug abuse and theft. Lam also said that... Read more »
How did you spend your International Women's Day? A pair of women stood at the Luohu Checkpoint in Shenzhen on the border of Hong Kong on March 8 to protest against milk powder while advocating breastfeeding. As The Nanfang reports:
The slogans on the signs read: “Limits on what you can buy don’t limit how much you can love;”
The largest television station in Hong Kong, TVB, has been catching flak for the reduced quality of its entertainment programs, from soap operas to games shows. Recently, the station introduced a new travel show, “Nat Around The World” (叻哥遊世界), in which host Natalis Chan travels luxuriously with his friends to places such as Dubai, Milan,... Read more »
The idea of "national education" as school curriculum was nixed after widespread protests last year, but the National Education Parents' Concern Group recently discovered that some commonly used primary school textbooks are very biased and use overly affective expressions to teach students “how to build a better sense of belonging to the motherland.”
Nine Hong Kong tourists are among the 19 who perished when a hot-air balloon in Luxor, Egypt turned into a fireball and plummeted a few hundred meters to a sugarcane field on the west bank of the Nile river. Only the pilot, who suffered burns on 70 percent of his body, and one other man, believed to be from Hong Kong, survived.
Reuters reports that the cause of the accident, which happened on Tuesday, was a gas explosion:
A few days ago in Hong Kong, a young man was filmed yelling at, kicking and hitting a woman on the subway. The reason? According to Apple Daily English:
A middle-aged woman accidentally kicked a boy's trolley while rushing to get to an empty seat. She blamed the boy for being in the way, and cursed him, telling him to "go tomb sweeping for your family." Offended, the boy began beating the woman, dragging her out of the carriage.
Hong Kong lawmaker Chan Yuen-han (陈婉娴) and some scholars have recently suggested converting shipping containers into temporary housing, youth hostels or art studios. These containers could be set up under the city’s nearly 2,000 vehicle flyovers and pedestrian footbridges. Ms. Chan believes the living environment of these shelters would be far better than the notorious... Read more »
Need some relationship advice on Valentine’s Day? Listen to a lawmaker in Hong Kong. Ann Chiang, vice president of the largest pro-government political party in Hong Kong, taught wives “how to be open-hearted and get their husbands to come home” in Apple Daily. Chiang married her husband 16 years ago when she was 42. She... Read more »
Ho, hum. Another Chinese New Year, another ridiculous, wonderful fireworks display over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor.
This happened last night, two nights after Beijing's skies were lit afire. No place in the world quite does New Year's Eve like China.
Recently, Lunar New Year Messages from the British Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau have been among the most talked about videos in Hong Kong. The total views, including both Cantonese and English (above) versions, have surpassed 85,000 in four days.
Not surprisingly, it’s the Cantonese version that's drawn the most attention. It’s not just because Caroline Wilson, the British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, speaks in Cantonese, but because she writes in traditional Chinese.
Google previously disclosed that it received nearly 450 requests from the Hong Kong government to hand over user data in 2012, an increase of 38% from the year prior. Recently, the Commerce and Economic Development, in a written reply to the Legislative Council, revealed for the first time that the government made more than 14,000... Read more »
With its vertically-oriented architecture, Hong Kong lends itself to the type of surreal, postmodern panoramas you see out of artists like Michael Wolf, but its layout can also be manipulated to reveal its horizontal, two-dimensional, anti-stereoscopic obverse: for example:
Recently in Hong Kong, a male pedestrian fainted on the street outside a busy Jockey Club Center. Two men nearby, ages 59 and 53, witnessed the incident and tried to rouse the pedestrian. Failing that, they came to the conclusion that they should call the police, but an important question remained – which one of... Read more »
A Hong Kong-born, British- and Harvard-educated woman, Sara Jane Ho, is opening a school of etiquette, the Institute Sarita, in the Park Hyatt Beijing. Price? Only £2,000 to £10,000 (about $3,140 to $15,700). Would you pay this much for, according to Daily Mail, “lectures on how to use a knife and fork properly, how to... Read more »
An update to the story of Cecil Chao Sze-tsung and his (one might say) Quixotic quest to marry off his daughter, Gigi, who’s into women — one in particular, Sean Eav, with whom she’s in a civil partnership. According to Financial Times, Chao is now giving his daughter the freedom to choose who she wants to... Read more »
Need any more proof that Hong Kongers are fed up with mainland shoppers raiding their shelves of milk? On Tuesday, someone submitted a petition to the White House for the Obama administration to “request for international support and assistance,” which is vague, “as babies in Hong Kong will face malnutrition very soon,” which feels like... Read more »
The Hong Kong government has recently been criticized by Internet users for using a Putonghua (common tongue Mandarin) term in its new Chinese opera theater’s English name. Instead of giving it an actual English or even Cantonese name, the new facility is simply the Xiqu Centre (戏曲中心). The government explains that Chinese opera is different... Read more »
Mothers in Hong Kong have been complaining (again) that they can’t get sufficient milk powder for their babies because mainland shoppers are buying the powder in bulk. According to the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong government, last year the city imported more than 37,900,000 kg of baby milk powder. The government has... Read more »
Hong Wrong puts it perfectly: Thousands of Hong Kong Christians were unified in intolerance yesterday during a protest against homosexuality at government headquarters… In a city that loves to protest — everything from its chief executive to luxury brands — this might be the worst: people demonstrating against a perceived brave new world in which... Read more »