Monthly Archives: May 2013


POLITICS – 2013 Tiananmen Massacre HK Candle-lit Vigil: This Coming Tuesday 8

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‘Fatescapes’, a project by Czech artist Pavel Maria Smejkal. Click to enlarge.

For many Hong Kongers, the events of June 4th, 1989 have the same emotional and political equivalence as 9/11 does to the Americans.

The 6/4 massacre not only sparked, but continues to represent, so much of the ongoing suspicion the city feels towards the mainland government. The annual Victoria Park candle-lit vigil itself has become a pressure valve for all kinds of scepticism, mistrust and often disdain for the Communist Party, well beyond its bloody actions 24 years ago. It is also a rallying point for HK’s ‘core values’ and for the local pro-democracy movement which is campaigning for universal suffrage country-wide.

See: Hong Wrong’s coverage & photos from last year’s vigil.


ART – Highlights from Hong Kong Eye Exhibition 1

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Closing today, Hong Kong Eye is a show in Tai Koo showcasing works by 24 emerging Hong Kong artists. Head down before 7pm – entry is free at: 1/f Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Island East.

The exhibition is a smaller version of an acclaimed show put together by Saatchi Gallery in London last year. Featuring Wilson Shieh and Justin Wong, exhibits include an interactive musical loom, animatronic pieces from Adrian Wong and a warped HK taxi…


‘NEWS’ – CY Launches Anti-Corruption Agency to Monitor Anti-Corruption Agency 3

eycwfAr.png (258×73)‘News’ from the Hong Wrong Sub-Standard: Chief Executive CY Leung has announced that a new anti-corruption agency will be formed to oversee Hong Kong’s anti-corruption agency. The ICACICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption of the Independent Commission Against Corruption) will begin work as police probe the former-commissioner of the original ICAC for corrupt practices.

Timothy Tong is being investigated after LEGCO papers revealed that he had spent HK$154,000 on gifts to mainland officials, HK$757,921 on duty visits and – in one instance – ran a bill of HK$77,100 for two 5-star dinners at the Grand Hyatt.

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Timothy Tong: “This is awkward”, via SCMP

The new agency was originally set to be called the Corruption Liaison & Investigative Team Observing the Review of Improper
Standards. Security chief, Lai Tung-Kwok, announced last week that it would be scrapped as, “Unfortunately, we realised the acronym worked out as ‘CLITORIS’.” 


HISTORY – 1000+ ‘Before and After’ Photos of Old & New Hong Kong 29

‘HK Man’ has copiled an impressive Flickr collection of over 1000 ‘before & after’ photos of old and new Hong Kong. Each photo of bygone HK is contrasted with a more recent one…

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…Reassuringly, some scenes – like the trams – never change…

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POLITICS – Average Salaries of Those Who Serve Us 17

Last week, a taxi driver named Tam Hoi-chi found himself in court after pocketing 50-cents when dropping off a woman in the New Territories. He fought in a pointless 6-month court battle, whilst many other states may have charged the passenger for wasting police time…

The SCMP revealed that “…the passenger did not ask for the 50 cents at the time but later complained to the police.”  If only the police and our legal system pursued corporate criminals with the same vigour.

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Long-suffering taxi driver, Tam Hoi-chi, via SCMP

Inspired by the passenger’s behaviour, we present a collection of average salaries for service staff in Hong Kong…

Domestic Maid monthly wage: HK$3,920 (or US$505, UK£331).

Image via asianews.it

Source: The Standard, 2012. Maids are exempt from the minimum wage law.

Cleaner average monthly wage: HK$7,641 (or US$984, UK£646).