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The pulse of Asia’s World City:


Hong Kong is known as The Pearl of the Orient, its vibrancy is one of its most distinctive and outstanding character. A dynamic metropolis, where East meets West, creating a unique characteristic blend of traditionalism and contemporary culture, to give a distinctive Hong Kong flavour.

Part of the Hong Kong Spirit is the adaptability to rapidly changing pace & trends. In this thread, we will showcase the local traditions, contemporary cultures, topical issues, current affairs and hot topics that hold dearly to Hong Kong-ers lives.

This thread is also an example of the global-nature of HK-ers, no matter where they are in the world, Hong Kong-ers forms a special connection with people that originates from this unique set of values. Hong Kong’s vibrancy gravitates those that have their life’s touched by this special city.


-Kaitak747 and trueapprentice


 

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A New-Look Government; Chungking Mansions - An Icon Of Cosmopolitanism?; The Food We Waste


http://www.rthk.org.hk/asx/rthk/tv/thepulse/20070504.asx



Chief Executive Donald Tsang attended his first Legco Q&A session since winning the CE election. The highlight was an announcement of his government's new structure. With the establishment of new Development Bureau, which takes care of planning, land use, buildings, urban renewal, and heritage conservation, there will be 12 bureaux in all. Responsibilities and duties of the existing eleven bureaux will be reallocated. Let's discuss the new-look government line-up is political analyst James Sung.

The latest Time magazine set itself the task of defining the best Asia has to offer. It decided the region's most cosmopolitan place, the one that most reflected the spirit of globalisation, was the 45-year-old Chungking Mansions, a selection that may have surprised some who've long thought of it as a crime-infested warren.

Hong Kong's known for its food. Here you can get Eastern and Western cuisines, in a wide variety of culinary styles. But not all of it gets eaten. According to the government last year, around 9,300 tonnes of municipal solid waste was dumped in Hong Kong landfills every day. About a third of that was food waste.



紅 白 藍




http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/tv/hongkongstories07/20070401.html

「 紅 白 藍 袋 」 從 七 十 年 代 開 始 在 香 港 流 行 , 當 時 正 值 中 國 大 陸 開 放 , 不 少 香 港 人 前 往 內 地 探 親 。 由 於 「 紅 白 藍 袋 」 價 廉 物 美 , 不 少 回 鄉 探 親 的 人 都 不 約 而 同 用 它 來 裝 載 貨 品 和 衣 物 , 一 時 間 「 紅 白 藍 袋 」 變 成 了 回 鄉 探 親 的 同 義 詞 。

近 年 , 甚 至 連 西 方 設 計 師 也 採 用 「 紅 白 藍 袋 」 , 成 為 國 際 高 級 消 費 品 牌 。 能 有 如 此 成 就 , 全 靠 三 位 香 港 人 。


別 名 「 又 一 山 人 」 的 創 作 人 黃 炳 培 , 七 年 前 開 始 透 過 一 系 列 紅 白 藍 作 品 , 重 新 注 入 香 港 精 神 的 元 素 , 他 希 望 藉 此 反 映 香 港 人 過 去 堅 毅 不 屈 、 靈 活 變 通 的
精 神 。 由 於 「 紅 白 藍 袋 」 背 負 着 深 邃 的 意 義 , 因 而 吸 引 了 不 少 年 輕 人 追 尋 它 的 來 源 。


謝 拱 超 的 父 親 是 最 早 把 紅 白 藍 帆 布 引 入 香 港 的 商 人 , 今 天 謝 拱 超 子 承 父 業 , 生 意 越 做 越 大 , 他 對 紅 白 藍 有 着 一 份 『 骨 肉 』 之 情 。


八 十 多 歲 的 李 華 是 「 紅 白 藍 袋 」 的 始 創 人 , 他 在 偶 然 機 會 下 , 初 次 接 觸 紅 白 藍 布 料 , 便 深 深 被 它 所 吸 引 , 因 而 展 開 了 他 對 紅 白 藍 一 連 串 的 創 作 靈 感 … …
 
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10th Anniversary of the Establishment of HK SAR



*** 不捨不棄 ,才會了不起 , 香港始終有你 !! ***

"Just because you are here" Campaign to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special administraive region

10 yrs already, there is alot to celebrate with all HK-ers pulling through together, because of all of you, HK is still a great place to be

Theme Song Music Video:
http://www.gov.hk/en/theme/10/videos/full_en.wmv

Govt information:
http://www.gov.hk/en/theme/10/song.htm

主唱:眾歌手
作曲:金培達
填詞:陳少琪
監製:金培達.陳少琪

Lyrics
歌詞

劉德華:點點燈火彷彿流螢 照亮百家姓 
成全這小島變巨星
譚詠麟:東方跟西方的文明 邂逅了衝勁 
繁榮這裡 遇上安定 
古巨基:明艷紫荊風中爭勝 找對了路徑 
花瓣開得繁盛
陳慧琳:人人能力大小也力拼
任誰留下血汗 就是個精英
李克勤:香港始終有你 (香港始終有你)
讓萬眾掌聲響一世紀
合唱:香港始終有我 (香港始終有我)
十萬個驚喜多一世紀
感謝你 小天地 創天地
盛夏冷冬各種天氣 不捨不棄 
才會了不起 香港始終有你
容祖兒:獅子山觸得到長城 血脈裡感應 
和諧靠你 賦予生命
陳奕迅:明艷紫荊風中爭勝 找對了路徑 
花瓣開得繁盛
Twins:人人能力大小也力拼
任誰留下血汗 就是個精英
莫華倫:香港始終有你 (香港始終有你)
讓萬眾掌聲響一世紀
李 龍:香港始終有我 (香港始終有我)
十萬個驚喜多一世紀
尹飛燕:感謝你 小天地 創天地
合唱:盛夏冷冬各種天氣 不捨不棄 
才會了不起 香港始終有你
陳奕迅: (國︰因為你在這裡)
合唱:讓萬眾掌聲響一世紀
香港始終有我
劉德華:(國︰因為我在這裡)
合唱:十萬個驚喜多一世紀
感謝你 小天地 創天地
盛夏冷冬各種天氣 不捨不棄 
才會了不起 香港始終有你
 

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*** 不捨不棄 ,才會了不起 , 香港始終有你 !! ***

"Just because you are here" Campaign to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special administraive region

10 yrs already, there is alot to celebrate with all HK-ers pulling through together, because of all of you, HK is still a great place to be

Theme Song Music Video:
http://www.gov.hk/en/theme/10/videos/full_en.wmv

Govt information:
http://www.gov.hk/en/theme/10/song.htm

Thanks for posting the link! The quality is surely better than in Youtube!
 

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『 第 一 個 十 年 』 系 列 : 夾 縫 中 的 夾 縫

http://www.rthk.org.hk/asx/rthk/tv/hkcc/20070604.asx





九 七 年 前 , 公 務 員 隊 伍 備 受 讚 譽 ; 回 歸 之 後 , 當 官 的 經 常 被 市 民 問 責 , 作 為 香 港 公 務 員 天 之 驕 子 的 政 務 官 , 由 實 施 高 官 問 責 制 以 來 的 五 年 間 , 有 98 個 因 為 退 休 或 者 中 途 離 職 而 離 開 政 府 。 回 歸 十 年 , 官 民 之 間 爭 拗 不 斷 , 累 積 民 怨 , 政 令 推 行 舉 步 為 艱 。 如 何 理 順 管 治 , 如 何 達 至 政 通 人 和 ? 節 目 訪 問 了 前 政 務 司 司 長 陳 方 安 生 , 當 年 的 公 務 員 之 首 、 前 任 保 安 局 局 長 葉 劉 淑 儀 , 問 責 制 下 台 的 其 中 一 人 、 黃 楚 峰 , 離 職 年 青 政 務 官 以 及 方 志 偉 , 離 職 資 深 政 務 官 。 行 政 會 議 成 員 兼 學 者 張 炳 良 認 為 管 治 問 題 始 終 是 體 制 問 題 , 終 極 解 決 方 案 , 還 是 盡 快 普 選 行 政 長 官 。
 
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Thatcher's regrets over Hong Kong handover

LONDON (AFP) - Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has voiced her regrets about the "impossible" situation Britain faced in the handover of Hong Kong to China, according to The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

In her first interview for almost five years, Thatcher spoke of her sadness at not being able to persuade China's late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to let Britain extend its lease on parts of the colony.

The baroness, 81, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, told BBC radio that she felt "very sad" about the 1997 handover. Sovereignty talks opened between her government and Beijing in 1982.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese control after 155 years. Britain's 99-year lease on the New Territories area ran out in 1997, prompting the negotiations which led to Britain handing over all of its Hong Kong possessions.

Hong Kong marks the 10th anniversary of the handover on June 30.

"What I wanted was a continuation of British administration," Thatcher said, according to the broadsheet.

"But when this proved impossible, I saw the opportunity to preserve most of what was unique to Hong Kong through applying Mr Deng's (one country, two systems) idea to our circumstances."

She admitted to having concerns about the formula, under which Hong Kong retains a large degree of autonomy. China also agreed to preserve Hong Kong's capitalist identity until 2047, when its special status ends.

"One country, two systems was developed some years earlier as an approach to the issue of Taiwan," she said.

"It doesn't look any more appropriate in that context now than it did then. Nor did it at first seem to me the way ahead for Hong Kong."

Thatcher revealed one of her negotiating tactics with Deng.

"In fact, I complimented on his brilliance. It's often a good idea to tell people with whom you negotiate that they were right all along."

The baroness confirmed that she had not returned to Hong Kong since attending the rain-soaked handover ceremony.

"I was very disappointed. We have enough (rain) in Britain without having to go abroad for it."

She added: "I was very sad but one didn't want to start intruding again at that time. People wouldn't have liked it, and quite understandably they wouldn't."

David Tang, a long-standing friend of Thatcher and a Hong Kong businessman, persuaded her to give him the interview.

In 2002 she was advised by doctors to do no more public speaking. The ailing baroness has suffered a series of small strokes.

"I have always adored Lady Thatcher," Tang told The Sunday Telegraph.

"There was no nonsense about her. After she left Number 10 (Downing Street), she mellowed, but remained confident with her views. And she was always kind, never patronising, and most of all, she makes me laugh. She looked very well at her home when I saw her for the interview.

"I asked if she was sad flying out of Hong Kong that evening after the ceremony. She confessed she was. But she realised that 'the Brits should not hang around' and must let the Chinese get on with it."

"Hong Kong: A Decade of Change" will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on June 19. The BBC was unable to provide a transcript.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070610/wl_uk_afp/britainchinahongkong_070610151020
 
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風雲十載談 - 梁錦松
Interview with Antony Leung Kam Chung, Former Treasurer of HKSAR


Watch --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MEWQPV1wBM

Before taking the government post on May 1, 2001, Leung served in senior management positions at big international banks in Hong Kong. He joined Chase Manhattan Corporation in 1996, where he rose to the rank of Asia-Pacific chairman.

He oversaw the Asia-Pacific operation of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., which became the No.2 U.S. bank when commercial bank Chase Manhattan bought Wall Street investment firm J.P.Morgan in 2000. But he was relocated to Singapore right before he resigned from the post.

Leung started his banking career as a currency trader and spent 23 years with Citicorp where he took up regional management positions in investment, corporate and private banking in Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and Manila.

Before taking up the post, he was actively involved in public services. He was an unofficial member of the Executive Council (1997-2001 April) and was responsible for Education Reform when he was the chairman of Education Commission (1998-2001 April). The Commission is now chaired by Ms. (formerly Dame) Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, the former chairperson of the Housing Authority who resigned after a vote of no confidence in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong following a scandal concerning the improper construction of housing estates under the Home Ownership Scheme.

A successful commercial banker, Leung's soft-spoken manner contrasted markedly with his charismatic predecessor, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who is now the Chief Executive. Although a more conservative figure than Tsang, he nevertheless had his share of media limelight.

Leung's marriage to Chinese Olympic diving queen Fu Mingxia in July 2002 had Hong Kong's paparazzi in a frenzy. This was Leung's second marriage and a baby, a girl, was born in February 2003. Fu, a three-times Olympic champion in her early 20s, is less than half Leung's age.

Leung was educated in Hong Kong. He received his secondary education in Ying Wa College and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in economics and statistics, from The University of Hong Kong. During his university studies, he actively participated in student activities and was concerned with political issues. It had been a long-term goal of Leung to be Financial Secretary, according to some classmates. He completed the Harvard Business School's Programme in Management Development in 1982 and the Advanced Management Programme in 1999. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1998.

When in office, he proposed, in 2001, to cut the salaries of civil servants by 4.5%. However, in the face of strong opposition, the cut was reduced to 1.8-2.3% and enacted through legislation. After that, the government proposed a further 3% in salary cuts over the following 2 years, 2005 and 2006.

He also stated that the government should succeed in balancing the budget by the 2006-07 fiscal year due to the recovery of the economy and further cuts in government expenditure. He claimed that it was necessary to balance the budget as quickly as possible so as to maintain the stability of the economy. He suggested expenditure cuts in different sectors, including university funding.

In September 2002, new HK$10 notes were co-issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Hong Kong government in response to the problem of fake 10-dollar coins. About 10 special features were applied to the new notes.

By the end of 2002, in response to the "penny stock" incident, he set up a 2-person commission, of which he was in charge, to investigate the incident.

After the outbreak of SARS, Leung was responsible for taking action to reinvigorate Hong Kong's economy. After receiving funding of HKD$1 billion from the Legislative Council, Leung was able to launch several initiatives including the "HarbourFest". Following his resignation, however, the Fest became mired in controversy regarding the chaotic arrangements made with overseas artists like the Rolling Stones, and the financial relationship between the government and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to which inexperienced body had been entrusted the Fest's organisation.

Before his resignation, he signed the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with China, which, it was believed, could help Hong Kong get out of a prolonged economic downturn.
 
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十五位問責制主要官員 15 politically appointed principle officials:
 
司長 Departmental Secretaries
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  政務司司長唐英年 Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang (former FS)
  財政司司長曾俊華 Financial Secretary John Tsang (former CEO director)
  律政司司長黃仁龍 Secretary for Justice Y-L Wong SC (incumbent)

局長 Secretaries of Bureaux
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  教育局局長孫明揚 Secretary for Education Michael Suen
(former Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands)

  商務及經濟發展局局長馬時亨 Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma
(former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury)
  政制及內地事務局局長林瑞麟 Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam(incumbent)
  保安局局長李少光 Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee (incumbent)
  食物及生局局長周一嶽 Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow (incumbent)
  公務員事務局局長俞宗怡 Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue (incumbent)
  民政事務局局長曾德成 Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing (former pro-Beijing journalist and member of the SAR's CPU)
  勞工及福利局局長張建宗 Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung (retired Administrative Officer, had been Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (Labour)/Commissioner for Labour)
  財經事務及庫務局局長陳家強 Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor K-C Chan (former Dean of Business and Management, HKUST)
  發展局局長林鄭月娥 Secretary for Development Carrie Lam (former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs)
  環境局局長邱騰華 Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau (former Director of Information Services)
  運輸及房屋局局長鄭汝樺 Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng (former Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (Economic Development))


  五位主要官員,領導紀律部隊、廉政公署和審計署 5 Principal Officials leading the Disciplined Services, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Audit Commission:
警務處處長鄧竟成 Police Commissioner K-S Tang
廉政專員湯顯明 The ICAC Commissioner Timothy Tong
審計署署長鄧國斌 Director of Audit Benjamin Tang
入境事務處處長黎棟國 Director of Immigration T-K Lai
海關關長袁銘輝 Commissioner of Customs and Excise Richard Yuen


政府亦宣布委任陳德霖為行政長官辦公室主任,而劉兆佳會繼續擔任中央政策組首席顧問。
The Government also announced the appointments of Norman Chan as Director of the Chief Executive's Office, and Prof S-K Lau as Head of the Central Policy Unit.
 

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Thatcher's regrets over Hong Kong handover

LONDON (AFP) - Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has voiced her regrets about the "impossible" situation Britain faced in the handover of Hong Kong to China, according to The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

In her first interview for almost five years, Thatcher spoke of her sadness at not being able to persuade China's late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to let Britain extend its lease on parts of the colony.

The baroness, 81, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, told BBC radio that she felt "very sad" about the 1997 handover. Sovereignty talks opened between her government and Beijing in 1982.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese control after 155 years. Britain's 99-year lease on the New Territories area ran out in 1997, prompting the negotiations which led to Britain handing over all of its Hong Kong possessions.

Hong Kong marks the 10th anniversary of the handover on June 30.

"What I wanted was a continuation of British administration," Thatcher said, according to the broadsheet.

"But when this proved impossible, I saw the opportunity to preserve most of what was unique to Hong Kong through applying Mr Deng's (one country, two systems) idea to our circumstances."

She admitted to having concerns about the formula, under which Hong Kong retains a large degree of autonomy. China also agreed to preserve Hong Kong's capitalist identity until 2047, when its special status ends.

"One country, two systems was developed some years earlier as an approach to the issue of Taiwan," she said.

"It doesn't look any more appropriate in that context now than it did then. Nor did it at first seem to me the way ahead for Hong Kong."

Thatcher revealed one of her negotiating tactics with Deng.

"In fact, I complimented on his brilliance. It's often a good idea to tell people with whom you negotiate that they were right all along."

The baroness confirmed that she had not returned to Hong Kong since attending the rain-soaked handover ceremony.

"I was very disappointed. We have enough (rain) in Britain without having to go abroad for it."

She added: "I was very sad but one didn't want to start intruding again at that time. People wouldn't have liked it, and quite understandably they wouldn't."

David Tang, a long-standing friend of Thatcher and a Hong Kong businessman, persuaded her to give him the interview.

In 2002 she was advised by doctors to do no more public speaking. The ailing baroness has suffered a series of small strokes.

"I have always adored Lady Thatcher," Tang told The Sunday Telegraph.

"There was no nonsense about her. After she left Number 10 (Downing Street), she mellowed, but remained confident with her views. And she was always kind, never patronising, and most of all, she makes me laugh. She looked very well at her home when I saw her for the interview.

"I asked if she was sad flying out of Hong Kong that evening after the ceremony. She confessed she was. But she realised that 'the Brits should not hang around' and must let the Chinese get on with it."

"Hong Kong: A Decade of Change" will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on June 19. The BBC was unable to provide a transcript.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070610/wl_uk_afp/britainchinahongkong_070610151020
I hope she rots in hell.
 
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煲呔處男作簽名會 貴賓奉旨打尖



(明報) 07月 04日 星期三 05:10AM

【明報專訊】日理萬機的特首曾蔭權昨日犧牲午飯時間,在中環 一間書店舉行他首本新書《我會做好呢份工》的「處男」簽名會,當日出力為煲呔助選的行政會議 成員李國寶 及大兒子李民橋,亦變身「粉


絲」,現身簽名會向煲呔索取簽名,連甚獲煲呔器重的中央政策組 顧問劉細良 也有前來「捧場」。

頭位學生早個半小時到

寶Baby父子這對「貴賓粉絲」,比起排頭位的李姓大學生來說,可說是輕鬆得多。這位後生仔為霸頭位,在簽名會開始前個半小時已到書店排隊,但寶Baby父子在簽名會開始後3分鐘才施施然到場,更奉旨「打尖」,不用排隊便輕易地得到簽名。在場有市民對他們的行徑有少許微言,但也沒辦法,只好不斷催促。

事後,有記者向煲呔問及李氏父子的「打尖」行為,他反「窒」該記者﹕「好像你都經常『打尖』。」此回應令在場記者都感到莫名其妙,為何煲呔指記者經常「打尖」呢?

除了出現「打尖」情外,亦有一名「不速之客」藉簽名會為名,實是為了見煲呔一面,親自向他遞交請願信,投訴政府的興建村屋政策及規定。這名「不速之客」最後被在場人員帶離書店,煲呔亦「埋怨」了一句﹕「他都無買到書!」

短短40分鐘,煲呔與80多名新書「粉絲」見面、簽名及拍照,其間不斷有人員在煲呔身旁催促,希望可以加快簽名會進度。煲呔卻說﹕「還有再快?最快是這樣,不能再快。」簽名會後,煲呔作了一句總結﹕「簽到手軟。」

TV NEWS CLIP: - Take a Look !!

 
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Worried bosses tried to lease HK for $10b

Scarlett Chiang
Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A group of worried Hong Kong businessmen offered to pay the mainland HK$10 billion to lease Hong Kong for 10 years in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the former director of Xinhua news agency Xu Jiatun has revealed.
Speaking to Cable TV in Los Angeles Tuesday (HK time), Xu said the suggestion was put to him by Helmut Sohmen, the current chief of the shipping company BW Group.

"Sohmen suggested Hong Kong businessmen pay the central government HK$10 billion to rent Hong Kong for 10 years and allow the territory to practice self-rule," Xu said.

"I asked him whether Mr Pao [Yue- kong, the late shipping tycoon] knew about this.

"He did not answer. I guess Mr Pao knew about the plan."

Sohmen, who is married to Pao's eldest daughter, refused to comment on the issue Tuesday.

Xu said he told Sohmen he did not think the mainland leadership would accept the idea.

But he promised to convey the message to the leaders in Beijing in order to "let Beijing know the degree to which the Hong Kong people were shaken" by the Tiananmen crackdown.

"I told Sohmen I would forward the idea to the Beijing leaders, but not to spread the idea around," Xu said.

The then-secretary of the Communist Party Jiang Zemin just nodded when told of the proposal, without indicating approval or disapproval, Xu said.

However, the then-director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Lu Ping criticized the proposal and accused Xu of committing treason.

"Lu Ping said I sold the country. To whom did I sell the country? Jiang knew about this proposal," Xu said.

Xu headed the Hong Kong branch of Xinhua from 1983 to 1990, when he fled to the United States amid accusations he sympathized with the Beijing students during the Tiananmen protests.

He was expelled from the Communist Party and was later accused by his successor at Xinhua, Zhou Nan, of running away for "economic reasons" - a term which, in the mainland, usually implies corruption.

In a book, Zhou wrote Xu had fled to Los Angeles with his mistress after his business in Hong Kong went broke.

In the Cable TV interview, Xu took exception to the suggestion he had fled because of involvement in corruption.

"If what he [Zhou Nan] implied was true, why was it not mentioned when I was expelled from the party?" Xu asked. "I have been accused of `walking away from the people' and not `betraying the people.' If there was corruption ... wouldn't the party have used this to justify my expulsion? If I have the means in future, I would like to meet him [Zhou Nan] in court." The 91-year- old exile said he hoped one day to return to the mainland. Officials had contacted him after he settled in Los Angeles, but there was no talk of returning.

Political commentator Ivan Choy Chi-keung of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said Xu had the chance to return to China, as had many who fled after the crackdown, but obviously preferred to set the record straight.

"Xu is quite old," Choy said. "He possibly would like to visit the mainland but I think he wants to clear the image of being a traitor to his country."

Choy said he did not think there was a political agenda to Xu's high-profile interview since he was no longer a heavyweight politician.

Veteran political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said it was not the first time Xu had made such revelations.

"He had previously said a family had suggested renting Hong Kong for a million pounds a year after the June 4 crackdown," Lau said.
 
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Hong Kong returnees: There and back again

By Tiffany Wong
For CNN

HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- One year ago Alina Huo traded her New York apartment for a bedroom at her parents' home so she could return to her native Hong Kong.

Living with her parents has provided challenges, says 33-year-old Alina.

"My parents can just come into my room when I'm asleep and put a blanket over me and I'd just jump out of my bed, you know?" Alina laughs. "I live with them now, and that just hasn't happened since I was 15 years old."

Alina isn't alone in facing a readjustment to returning home; she's increasingly joined by tens of thousands of Hong Kong-born men and women who share common threads: a desire for a Western education, a tradition of migration by Hong Kong families and growing sentiments by those who left that their futures look brightest back home.

As Hong Kong approaches the 10th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule, fewer residents are choosing to travel overseas to seek their fortune.

Every family has its own story for leaving and coming back, but these same men and women also report a pattern of challenges: culture shock in both Hong Kong and in the West, that leaves the nagging question: What does "home" mean?

Satellite kids, astronaut parents
Emigration from Hong Kong abroad has been a common phenomenon for many generations of residents.

One academic study labels this phenomenon with a Cantonese slang that describes these migrants as "astronauts:" often the husband who stays in Hong Kong to support his wife and children, to move abroad for a prized Western education and a perceived better quality of life.

"Satellite kids," explains Alina, are the children of "astronaut parents" who sent away while their parents are more rooted in their home country.

Fellow satellite kid, William Ng, says integration abroad is not easy. He left for Australia with his family in 1989, at the age of 10. While living with his brother and sister at the time, being outside of Hong Kong still meant feelings of loneliness as he faced challenges with having to learn English and needing to adapt to a whole new culture, he says.

Like Alina, he enjoyed his freedom abroad away from the watchful eyes of parents. "I was actually happier living without my parents around since we had more freedom. And in Australia you could drive to a different location for a weekend visit which made life very satisfying."

Government figures show families of young migrants such as Alina and William have been part of a larger movement of Hong Kong emigration that began before 1997's handover from Britain to China. But that movement away from Hong Kong has diminished, figures show.

Emigration from Hong Kong peaked in 1992 -- five years before the handover -- when the figure reached 66,000, according to a 2004 Hong Kong government census. The number of emigrants dropped to 30,900 in 1997, and to 10,300 in 2006, according to government statistics.

While these families often obtained foreign passports offering them the option to stay abroad after the handover, many returned to Hong Kong to reunite their families (husband-wife, parents-children) and what seems to be a rediscovery of the growing bounties back home.

Emigrating for education


Professor Kwok-Bun Chan, head and professor of the Sociology Department at Hong Kong Baptist University, spent many years studying and living in Canada. A Hong Kong returnee himself, he offers other reasons why emigrants choose to go abroad for education and to come back for work.

With respects to leaving Hong Kong, Chan is less concerned with the political climate of Hong Kong's handover as a main factor for residents.

He criticizes the ongoing problem with the quality and accessibility of Hong Kong's educational system. It's too rigid, he says, with excessive emphasis on memorization and a heavy emphasis on exams without providing enough intellectual space "to think, to imagine, to ponder, to ruminate" through project-based learning.

"Education in Hong Kong is very stressful." So, the West for them represents an alternative to the Asian educational system. In addition to expanding their children's cultural horizons, Chan says, they also act upon their unspoken admiration and romance of the West.

" The person expects to be comfortable at home, but in fact, they discover that it's not. So this mentality perpetuates as an eternal drifter. I think they are quite restless."
- Professor Kwok-Bun Chan, Hong Kong Baptist University


Australia, meanwhile, has a reputation for offering quality university educations and is close to Asia, making it an attractive destination for migrants, Chan says. Australia ranks with the United States and Canada as one of the three most popular destinations for Hong Kong emigrants, according to the Hong Kong Security Bureau.

After achieving this perceived dream, why are so many Hong Kong emigrants coming back?

Desires to reunite with separated family members, care for aging parents and personal decisions to pursue growing job opportunities in Asia's booming economy, say some people interviewed for the story.

However, Chan's study of 30 returnees, mostly from Canada, points to another factor: many emigrants return because of prejudice and discrimination experienced abroad. With respects to the job search, he cites that the "color line" continues to be associated with one's occupational future. And once the kids graduate abroad, they have the choice to settle down in a career abroad, or to return to Hong Kong. Many choose to come back.

"Canada, after all is, culturally not an Asian place, not a Chinese place," he says.

Reverse culture shock

Back in Hong Kong, reintegration is not a straightforward process, Chan says. Many who left Hong Kong spent 10 years or more living in a different lifestyle, learning from a different educational system and working in a different economy.

Chan, however, says returning to Hong Kong is not without its cultural and sociological differences: "They (returnees) have suddenly realized that they have changed.

"You have been in the West, you have changed. You have been socialized to begin to instill within yourself some values such as gender equality, democracy, accountability, you treat your parents nicely, but your parents should not be unapproachable."

"The person expects to be comfortable at home, but in fact, they discover that it's not. So this mentality perpetuates as an eternal drifter. I think they are quite restless."

Even after returning to Hong Kong in 2001, William still finds his family and himself constantly on the move. When contacted for an interview, William was already preparing for a business trip to Taiwan, answering questions on a laptop from his hotel room. At the same time, his parents were on their way to living in Australia for a month.

They miss the fresh air and they want a break from the materialistic mindset of Hong Kong, he says, adding that Hong Kong lacks an identity that revolves around something besides making money.

Citing the sociological phenomenon in which returnees are "neither here nor there," Chan says continuous migration makes these people adopt a mindset where they are used to constantly "living elsewhere."

Asked to describe "home," the Huos' response, like that of many Hong Kong returnees, is complex. Even though they've returned to Hong Kong on several occasions, each trip greeted them, they say, with a noticeable increase in the region's material wealth and the increasing use of the Mandarin language.


Close to home, moving ahead


For the moment, families such as the Huos are in high-sprits for the future of Hong Kong and to finally be living in the same city after many years.

"We're happy to see Hong Kong the way it is -- the way after its return to China," says Alina's mother, Bonnie. "And everything came to be a smooth transition. We're more confident in this part of the world than we had [been] in the past decade."

Alina, meanwhile, is content to further her career for now on this side of the world, closer to her family. Having returned to live in her parents' apartment for the past year, she admits that home is still New York.

But, she explains, her family is in Hong Kong, which makes it a part of her as well: "I don't think we're living in an age where we can say that 'home' is a physical place or a mental place. I think it's just where your loved ones are and where you feel the most comfortable."

In terms of carving out her own space, Alina is looking forward to branching out soon to her own apartment, down the street from her family, and at "home," for now, in Hong Kong.

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Yes, reverse culture shock, its not an urban myth, I think it is a very real situation
 

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想 一 想 香 港


http://www.rthk.org.hk/asx/rthk/tv/rethinkinghk/20070706.asx

「 我 所 目 睹 的 21 世 紀 初 的 香 港 , 已 經 脫 離 殖 民 七 年 了 , 政 府 是 一 個 香 港 人 的 政 府 , 但 是 我 發 現 , 政 府 機 器 的 運 作 思 維 , 仍 舊 是 殖 民 時 代 的 思 維 。 原 有 的 中 環 價 值 和 殖 民 思 維 堅 固 巨 大 如 鐵 山 , 七 年 了 , 鬆 動 的 , 是 那 麼 地 少 … … 」 四 年 前 , 前 台 北 市 文 化 局 局 長 、 著 名 作 家 龍 應 台 到 香 港 的 大 學 執 教 及 生 活 , 她 期 待 看 到 的 香 港 正 出 現 翻 天 覆 地 的 轉 變 , 至 少 在 文 化 政 策 、 城 市 發 展 方 面 而 言 。 但 是 , 她 發 現 所 有 後 殖 民 時 代 會 出 現 的 現 象 卻 在 香 港 絲 毫 未 見 , 原 來 這 裡 一 切 的 運 轉 仍 然 圍 繞 著 經 濟 效 益 計 算 , 城 市 發 展 依 舊 被 商 業 邏 輯 單 一 地 壟 斷 。

來 了 香 港 四 年 , 越 住 得 久 , 龍 應 台 越 發 現 真 實 的 香 港 距 離 她 的 想 象 越 遠 。 當 政 府 推 出 西 九 龍 計 劃 和 拍 板 在 添 馬 艦 興 建 新 政 府 總 部 時 , 她 沒 想 過 政 策 出 籠 的 過 程 可 以 如 此 輕 率 ; 當 舊 天 星 碼 頭 被 清 拆 時 , 她 清 楚 發 現 政 府 官 員 對 文 化 沒 真 正 認 識 , 而 民 間 社 會 的 文 化 意 識 同 樣 薄 弱 。 深 入 生 活 , 她 才 發 現 香 港 商 業 以 外 的 運 作 和 它 成 熟 繁 華 的 外 表 是 如 此 的 不 匹 配 。 於 是 , 她 不 斷 的 去 研 究 香 港 、 不 停 的 發 表 文 章 質 疑 香 港 。

「 過 去 這 四 年 來 , 我 寫 那 麼 多 東 西 , 我 覺 得 都 呈 現 著 兩 方 面 , 一 方 面 一 定 是 我 很 喜 歡 香 港 ; 第 二 我 一 定 是 我 有 足 夠 多 的 香 港 人 或 讀 者 , 讓 我 覺 得 他 們 願 意 聽 我 這 誠 懇 的 說 法 , 我 才 會 繼 續 說 … … … 香 港 , 其 實 可 以 做 得 更 好 , 它 是 一 個 會 讓 我 心 急 的 地 方 。 」 龍 應 台 說 。

編 導 : 關 本 良
 

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香 港 人 ‧ 九 龍 人


http://www.rthk.org.hk/asx/rthk/tv/hkstories2007/20070225.asx





國 家 或 城 市 的 地 域 分 野 , 向 來 會 對 居 民 的 生 活 習 慣 及 文 化 , 做 成 各 種 不 同 的 改 變 及 影 響 。 想 不 到 的 是 香 港 這 個 彈 丸 之 地 , 只 是 一 「 海 」 之 隔 的 香 港 島 及 九 龍 半 島 , 也 會 令 同 樣 是 香 港 人 的 居 民 生 活 , 養 成 不 少 有 趣 的 習 慣 及 對 身 分 及 地 區 的 不 同 觀 念 。 到 底 港 島 區 民 和 九 龍 人 各 有 什 麼 樣 的 生 活 癖 好 ? 他 們 對 對 方 又 有 何 看 法 ? 這 些 地 區 性 的 分 別 , 與 香 港 的 歷 史 又 有 著 何 種 關 係 ?



 
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Broadcasting report disappoints RTHK head
2007-03-28

The Director of Broadcasting, Chu Pui-hing, says he's disappointed that the review of public service broadcasting has not touched on the future of RTHK. He acknowledged that a discrepancy existed between the station's status as a government department and the service it provided, but maintained that corporatisation was the best solution.


Union backs RTHK chief despite `out of character' action

Staff reporter
Monday, July 09, 2007

Radio Television Hong Kong's staff union has vowed to back their boss Chu Pui-hing in fighting for the station's independence despite Chu's "out of character" behavior last week.
Janet Mak Lai-ching, chairwoman of the Programme Staff Union, said it would not call for Chu's resignation.

She said the staff will continue to support Chu in leading the campaign to make RTHK a public broadcaster independent of the government.

"What happened is Chu's personal affair and it should not affect RTHK," Mak said. "The incident is still a mystery, and we'll not make a judgment at this stage. It happened while he was off duty. It's his personal affair and should not affect RTHK."

Mak's remarks came two days after the union issued a statement expressing regret over the incident and saying it would be bad for morale.

RTHK corporate communications head Chan Man-kuen, who apologized on behalf of Chu last week, clarified that what she said on Friday was not a statement from RTHK.

Chan said the senior management did talk about how to handle the matter, but emphasized it was a normal discussion to deal with the issue.

Chan apologized on Chu's behalf Friday for his "out of character" behavior. The station chief was photographed hiding behind a female acquaintance after he was seen by reporters walking arm-in-arm with the woman last Thursday night. The picture was published on the front pages of major Chinese-language newspapers the next day.

According to reports, Chu had tried to hide from the press, first by ducking behind the woman. But when he realized it was not working, the two split up, with Chu dashing into a restaurant toilet.

Chu's companion was later identified as Coco, a 23-year-old from Sichuan province reportedly working in several karaoke bars.

According to Chan, Chu sent out an internal e-mail Friday and explained it was a private matter. "In the e-mail, he said his colleagues might be shocked after reading the newspaper report, and he apologized for any embarrassment caused."

The government is still considering whether or not to replace RTHK with a new public service broadcaster, as suggested by the the Committee on Review of Public Service Broadcasting.
 
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10th Anniversary Concert - RTHK - Watch here:
http://www.rthk.org.hk/special/dragonjamboree07/media/200706301500.asx

 
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