Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Exodus of Hong Kong

I collected these news clippings a while back on another site I made.  Here they are again.

It has been estimated that nearly one-sixth of the population of Hong Kong had emigrated between 1984 and 1997.

 The beginnings

Even before China showed its true face in the Tiananmen Massacre, Hong Kong people were already highly concerned about the looming handover: (Philiadelpha Inquirer, 20 Nov 1988)

Nine years remain before China assumes sovereignty over entrepreneurial Hong Kong. But despite the Chinese-British agreement to retain the territory’s economic, legal and political systems for at least 50 years after the takeover, many of the best and the brightest are taking no chances.

Their exodus has begun.

Although no precise emigration figures exist, the net outflow of people from Hong Kong has leaped from 13,500 in 1986 to 27,000 in 1987, and it is expected to be higher this year. Continue reading

From the Legco Floor

Albert Yip in Legco, May 29 2013:

Do you support him?  Do you think he is too extreme?  Translation below: Continue reading

Cross-border tensions

Intro

SCMP:

A recent outspoken defence of local culture was the result of a “psychological imbalance” among Hongkongers who felt powerless when faced with the mainland’s economic growth, said speakers at a pro-Beijing forum yesterday.

Are Hong Kongers hanging on to their local culture because they feel threatened?  Of course.  Why would we want to be associated with people who Continue reading

July 1

UPDATE:

SCMP states that the protest will:

end at Chater Road in Central to give a taste of what Occupy Central would be like at the same time next year when at least 10,000 people are expected to block roads there.

This year’s march, organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, is ending at Central instead of the usual government headquarters to serve as a warning to Beijing to deliver on “genuine” universal suffrage, the organisers said.

I’m not sure how changing the endpoint accomplishes this, but we’ll see.

Original post:

RTHK:

Organisers of the annual July 1 march say they expect a huge turnout this year. They will be demanding universal suffrage for the next Chief Executive election and the resignation of C Y Leung.
For the first time, the march from Victoria Park will end with an assembly at Chater Road in Central, instead of finishing outside the Central Government Offices.

My first thought here is “why change the route?”  Is it to prevent media from seeing the sight of hundreds of thousands of people right outside the door of the government headquarters?  It is to make sure that the masses of people don’t pass by the PLA garrison on their way to Central and Hong Kong MTR stations on their way home after the march? Continue reading

Sloppy reporting hurts Hong Kong

Recently, the Washington Post incorrectly posted that Hong Kong was the most racist place in the world, thanks to some sloppy research in which “yes” and “no” were swapped via mistranslation (not that the question was particularly neutral in its original Chinese either).  According to blogger Badcanto, the journalist responsible for the article had ignored his request for correction and it was only several days later that the error was acknowledged.  The affair also involved Richard Lai, himself an editor for Engadget Chinese and the first to report on the flawed survey, and Hong Kong Legislator Charles Mok.  (No one is saying that racism in Hong Kong isn’t bad, but number 1?  Seriously?) Continue reading

I corrupt all Commissioners

Independent Commission Against Corruption (Hon...

Independent Commission Against Corruption (Hong Kong) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently, the former commissioner of the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption, Timothy Tong, has been accused of spending HK$724,000 of public money on questionable gifts.  The South China Morning Post reports: Continue reading

Hong Kong Democracy

There has recently been debate regarding the annual protests commemorating the Tiananmen Massacre.  Pro-autonomy activists have decried the event and its slogan “Love the country, love the people”, saying that democracy in China is none of Hong Kong’s business and that we should focus our efforts on fighting for democracy at home first. Continue reading

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