Archive for June, 2010

  • POLITICS – HK Time Out Magazine – Column #28

    Date: 2010.06.09 | Category: Politics: All Posts | Response: 0

    I’m currently contributing a short, light-hearted political column to Hong Kong Time Out Magazine. Below is the uncut, original version of my latest piece…

    Monkey Business

    Since 2000, increasing numbers of fraudulent monks have been giving hit-and-run blessings to passers-by before bowing, presenting small plastic Buddha statues and demanding cash. Sure, being on the receiving end of an unwelcome sanctification is a refreshing change to risking an unsolicited stabbing (which would probably be the more likely incidence were I back in London). However, with these fraudulent holy men refocusing their attention on uninformed tourists and Westerners, they’re surely making a mint from people’s mystified preconceptions of Buddhism, and their outright kindness.

  • ACTIVISM – Gaza Flotilla Rally

    Date: 2010.06.07 | Category: Politics: Activism, Politics: All Posts | Response: 5

    On June 7th, 2010, hundreds of activists – mostly from Hong Kong’s Muslim community – descended upon Victoria Park and marched to the Admiralty Police Station, near the de-facto Israeli consulate. This was in response to Israel’s killing of activists in international waters, who were attempting to deliver aid to Gaza.

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