Category Archives: Politics

Occupy Central or the Alliance for Peace and Democracy: Who Has Polarised Hong Kong?

I recently caught up with an old friend who has spent the last 4 years in Shanghai. He and his family have recently relocated back to Hong Kong for work. “Hong Kong is not the same city we left,” he said. “There’s been a fundamental change.”

When I asked him what he meant, he told me how over a family dinner his brother-in-law had received an email from work ordering him to sign a petition. If he did not, the email threatened, he would lose his job. He signed the petition. “No one at dinner seemed bothered by what was said,” he said. “This is not the Hong Kong I know.”

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Missing the Point on HK’s Colonial Relationship: An Exchange of Letters with Regina Ip

編按:與葉劉淑儀在南華早報交流過後, Evan 提出了一個普遍人都犯謬誤:現在北京現時提供的民主改革水平,是英國未能給予的,而北京覺得這種民主應該是香港人期望的。他推測葉劉可能在回信時故意不提。
In a public exchange of letters with Regina Ip, Evan addresses a commonly stated fallacy that Britain’s failure to introduce the level of democratic reform now offered by Beijing should set the level of expectation among Hong Kong people. He speculates whether Mrs Ip may have deliberately missed the point in her reply.

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House News closure was no business as usual 恐懼的氣候

譯:Sally Kwok   英文原文刋於 SCMP, 4 Aug 2014

兩個禮拜前的星期六,我收到主場新聞一位編輯發來的信息,「暴風雨已來臨,你的寫作一定不能停止。」我上網查看,一向首先躍入眼簾的新聞版面已不復得見,只登載著一封蔡東豪留給讀者的告別信。主場新聞關閉了。

蔡東豪由「恐懼」開始寫起。他說香港在壓力和監控、到處瀰漫的白色恐怖下變了。他談到他常要去內地公幹,而過境時那恐懼感每況愈甚。不尋常地,他在恐懼的命題下提到了家人。

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Robert Chow’s Silent Majority – Neither Silent Nor a Majority

Last year I was at a gathering at which Robert Chow, founder of Silent Majority and the recently convened Alliance for Peace and Democracy, outlined his case against the Occupy Central Movement. He began by stressing that he agreed with the democrats wish for political reform, but that he believed that the threat of Occupy Central was confrontational and would only antagonise Beijing. However, from this point on he lost the plot.

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Don’t Underestimate New Media

Shortly after Chinese New Year the Civic Party hosted a senior media figure for a talk on press freedom in Hong Kong. During this talk, the issue of alternative news and media was raised, including the role and impact of House News on the local news and media scene. The speaker was adamant this “new media” was unimportant. Hong Kong is, he claimed, a community that is still both very well served and well represented by traditional media sources.

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