The hottest card in town for journalists

The business card, an essential for Hong Kong journalists. Photo courtesy of erwinkarim (Creative Commons)

Dui bu qi Discover. Apologies American Express. Very sorry Visa.

The hottest card in Hong Kong for journalists is the business – not credit – card.

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The struggle over China’s human rights record

“Things have changed so much!” said Ms. Fu Ying, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, as she addressed a crowd in Hong Kong at an event sponsored by the Better Hong Kong Foundation this week. The vast improvements in China’s human rights record was a theme that ran throughout her speech.

She said that China was “prosperous, stable, and successful” and implied that it was unique in that position globally. “You look around in the world, which country can use these three adjectives at the same time?” This economic preeminence, said, Ms. Fu, was proof enough that China has made progress in terms of human rights. Continue reading

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Working Holiday Visa for Hongkongers

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I think today most Hong Kong people they spend more time in working rather than traveling based on my two months interning in Hong Kong. From my colleagues’ description, nearly the answers I get is about the time concern.

Does it mean Hongkongers don’t like to enjoy their vacation? It seems not real.

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Last laugh? News of the World’s final crossword

The conditions of their surrender were clear: “no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive” Rebekah Brooks, in the final edition.

But these are News of the World employees we are talking about.

With the last rendition of the paper, “Thank You & Goodbye,” sitting on the copy desk, Brooks – the current chief executive of News International and former News of the World editor – recognized that the final issue of the 168-year-old British tabloid institution could be used as prime real estate for a proper lambasting.

“She brought in two very senior Sun journalists to go though every line on every page with a fine toothcomb,” a News of the World employee told the Daily Mail. “But they failed and we’ve had the last laugh.” Continue reading

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Mainlander in Hong Kong

Our internship is coming to the end. It might be the time to talk about my shallow understanding about the relationship between Hong Kong natives and Mainlanders. I guess my American classmates would be interested to hear about it from a Mainlander’s perspective.

Last week, I was buying lunch with my Hong Kong colleague in a small restaurant nearby my company. People were lining up because it was the exact lunchtime. The owner was a middle-age woman so I assumed she could not understand Mandarin well. Therefore, on my turn, in order to make the owner understand what I wanted, I spoke clearly, and probably a little bit slowly, in Mandarin. The owner started shouting at me in Cantonese although I had no idea what she was saying. Apparently she did not understand me and gave me the wrong food. But I didn’t want to bother telling her the mistake so I paid bill without a word. When I took my lunch back to office, my colleague told me the woman was shouting “Quick! Quick! Can’t you see so many people lining?” Continue reading

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A World for Those Young at Heart

This is my third visit to Disneyland after two exciting visits to the one in Anaheim. Yes, I went to Hong Kong Disneyland with three Annenbergers, with an intention to do some serious research. The park was conveniently located near Hong Kong International Airport and could be reached by the Disney Express, a Mickey themed MTR line designed for the park.

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Tee Club makes way for Tee shirts

Several Annenbergers went to China Tee Club on the past Saturday; we spent a cozy time enjoying some dim sum there and were warmly served by a waiter from Shanghai in his middle age. Inside the restaurant, it features Chinese-Malaysian décor with a vintage touch, including antique gramophone, bird cages, posters and tiles. All of these decorative items drove us back to the old Hong Kong time. But looking out through the window stands glamorously the largest Louis Vuitton store in the center of Central.  However impressive the environment and the service, we are kind of disappointed with the food: 110 HKD per head for an afternoon tea set, which only includes  ten little pieces of dim sum.

Then, today, I read from newspaper, knowing that the 25-year-old China Tee Club is being ousted by the trendy clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch.

China Tee Club

Poster of A&F

It’s a well-established fact that the big guy generally wins in business. And the story is playing out the same old way at the Pedder Building in Central. Together with the flagship stores for Shanghai Tang and 16 other clothing and jewellery businesses, China Tee Club must give way to the American chain in the coming September.

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Crazy Housing Price Empowers or Enslaves China’s Youth?

A junior student at Beijing Normal University declared to earn down payment for his future house by doing part-time job like 5 to 6 private tutoring jobs and picking odds and ends from rubbish heaps. He stored all that he found in refuse heaps at his school dormitory, which drove his roommates crazy. In spite of his fellow classmates’ despise, he was mad about making money. Although many people appreciate his diligence and independence, I feel deep sadness when Chinese college students consider buying a house as their dream.

Li Zhen giving reporter change after reporter paid for interviewing him

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Stretch, Flex, Trust & Leap: The Gymnastics of Public Relations

I’ve gained several great takeaways from the past week in the office at MSL Hong Kong. This week’s lessons in PR could translate to the steps of a gymnast’s process, in my opinion. The perfect gymnastics routine, through the lens of an aspiring public relations specialist: Stretch, flex, trust and then leap.

1. Stretch. There are several things interns like us should constantly be stretching: our eyes and ears, as open wide as they can go for maximum listening to what’s going on around us; and our brains and abilities, in order to learn as many lessons and skills as possible through observation and trial-and-error.

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Bulky luggage at busy MTR

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Take cab or MTR to the airport? I was thinking while planning to fly back Taiwan few weeks ago with a heavy and big luggage.

In Hong Kong, if you don’t have a car, MTR would be one of the best transportations to travel everywhere. Today, MTR it accommodates hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, and rush hour surge of workers and students during peak times, a wrong step in the escalator or a failed attempt to squeeze into a train full of passengers could cost a limb and a dose of embarrassment. Continue reading

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