Category Archives: Society

What Happened to Our House: The Assault on Press Freedom in Hong Kong

編按:在這篇原刊於德國 Suddeutsche 週末版(英、德兩語)的文章,Evan 講述主場新聞突然結業,令人更關心香港的新聞自由,以及日益增加的恐懼感。然而,主場新聞突然結業一事,可以看到政治光譜兩端的人也支持主場,令人相當吃驚, Evan 看到了希望:香港能夠團結一致守衛背後共同的價值。我們可能不同意大家的立場,但卻會尊重我們所有的權利去發表言論。
In this piece for Suddeutsche, which was carried in their weekend edition in both English and German, Evan reports on the closure of House News within the context of increasing concerns about press freedom in this city, as well as a growing sense of fear. However, in the reaction to House News closing, in the surprising level of support from both sides of the political spectrum, he also sees hope that Hong Kong can stand united behind a common value: we may disagree, but we respect all our rights to a voice.

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Cantonese:Not a Useless Language

At a local international school two girls, recently transferred from elite local schools, share a joke in their mother tongue. The joke is told in a mix of English and Cantonese — a language that they are most comfortable with and one able to convey the meaning and specific humour of what is a local and Cantonese joke. They are overheard by a teacher who promptly scolds them. “Cantonese is a useless language”, they are told, “it won’t get you into university, and it won’t get you a job”. Mandarin and English though are fine.

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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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Taxi Drivers Choosing Passengers, And What We Can Learn From It

Central. It’s the early hours of a weekend morning. Revellers are pouring out of the clubs and bars in and around Lan Kwai Fong. The queue for taxis outside the Landmark stretches the length of the road up to the traffic lights.

A man rushes out from the queue. He staggers slightly, one hand outstretched towards a passing taxi that slowly glides alongside the waiting crowds. His other hand grasps a young woman who remains holding their place in line. “$500″ to mid-levels!”, he shouts. “I can pay US dollars… Renminbi? What do you want?”

The taxi driver ignores him and drives to the front of the queue. Having waited for nearly an hour in line I propped up the courage to speak my mind. “Taxis shouldn’t accept your offer. It’s against the law.” I hoped he also noted my implied criticism of his behaviour. “Just wait your turn”, I added.

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