Monthly Archives: March 2014

VIDEO – Hong Kong Woman Slapping Video: The Sequel 5

Hot of the heels of last year’s viral video, another incident involving a woman slapping her partner is during the rounds today. The video first appeared on Facebook.

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External video links and original clips relating to HK…

INTERVIEW – Hong Kong’s Welsh Male Voice Choir

Hong Kong’s very own Welsh Male Voice Choir performed at the HK Fan Zone Festival last night in the New Central Harbourfront park. Hong Wrong caught up with Simon Clennell and chairman Nigel Sharman…

Do you have to be Welsh to join your choir?

Nigel: Certainly not, no! We have a fairly small percentage of Welsh people in our choir – the rest of us come from all over the place. From England, Scotland, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Would you let a girl in? What if she was a really good baritone? 

Simon: No, you have to be male – that’s the only condition!

What is the history of Welsh Male Voice Choirs? Is it something to do with mining and Margaret Thatcher?

Nigel: It’s a bit to do with Margaret Thatcher I think, but they were going long before she had a go at them.

Simon: It’s certainly to do with mining and the traditions of the valley – every Welsh village had a pit, a chapel, a pub and a choir in the old days. Most of the mines have closed, and you could blame Margaret Thatcher partly for that but the choirs are still going. Not just in Wales but all over the world. To our knowledge, we’re the only one in Asia.

So a choir was set up in the seventies in Hong Kong – do they tend to be a thing in ex-British colonial states?

Simon: Yeah, I think it probably is a colonial thing. Though, not necessary, as we occasionally go to festivals – we sung at the Royal Albert Hall and you actually get Welsh Choirs coming from places like Slovenia, which is extraordinary but it happens. But the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice choir was formed by a group of Welsh expats in 1978, so we’re just over 35 years old. Originally it was just Welsh – it was a small group just formed to perform at the St David’s Ball that year. But it’s grown since them to around 65 members from about a dozen nationalities.

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ACTIVISM – HK’s Luxury Malls Mistreating Their Staff? Join the Mini-Campaign

IFC, Elements and Hysan Place are mistreating their lowly-paid employees. An SCMP report showed how bathroom attendants are banned from sitting or leaning against walls during their 12-hour shifts, 6 days a week. Many workers are elderly, are not paid during breaks and receive a meagre wage of HK$30 per hour (the legal minimum – HK$11,000 per month).

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Staff reported health issues and complained of being reprimanded if they do not keep a straight posture – even when no customers are around. A campaigner on the issue, Luke Ching Chin-wai, said that companies were prioritising profit over people:“…companies value a so-called professional image more than workers’ well-being.” Mr Ching successfully persuaded museums to provide seats for guards.

Quotes from bathroom attendants.

Quotes from bathroom attendants.

Multi-billion luxury malls can afford to provide seating and a liveable wage to their staff. Share this page and spend 10 minutes to join Hong Wrong’s mini-campaign below to make it happen. What may seem like a small issue adds up to a winnable, worthwhile cause that will make a world of difference to these employees.

HELPERS – Tortured Helper Suspect in Court Today as Gov’t Refuses to Alter Rules 1

As the employer accused of torturing Indonesian helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih appears at a Kwun Tong court facing seven charges of abuse, helpers and local people gathered at the Star Ferry last night for a candlelit vigil in her name.

Despite tireless efforts by the Justice Committee, international condemnation, multiple submissions to the government calling for reform and subsequent torture cases, the Hong Kong authorities are yet to announce any change in the rules which enabled the torture of Erwiana.

EVENTS – HK Fan Zone: Mini-Music Festival in Central This Week

HK Fan Zone – a new event to compliment the Rugby 7s – is now in full swing each night at the New Central Harbourfront park…

The atmosphere and set-up is tantamount to a mini-Clockenflap – with food stalls, kids areas and some acts, such as 2 Many DJs and De La Soul, making a welcome return to the city. There are also fun fair-style games, bean bags and large screens to catch the rugby action throughout the weekend.

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POLITICS – HK’s ‘Last Governor’ Mobbed as ‘Fans’ Blare British National Anthem 9

‘God Save the Queen’ was blaring at the Central waterfront last night as the last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, was mobbed by emotional ‘fans’ wielding colonial flags…

The surreal welcoming committee was organised online by anti-government groups who use the colonial flag as a tool of protest. Shouting ‘we love you’ and ‘we miss you’, they handed a letter to Patten detailing how they believe the Basic Law has been violated since the 1997 Handover.

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PHOTOGRAPHY – Kris Vervaeke’s Supernatural Shots of HK’s Fortune Tellers 1

Award-winning Belgian photographer Kris Vervaeke presents a new series of photographs documenting Hong Kong’s fortune teller shops. More than 100 tiny shops line an alley behind a Taoist temple. Their commercial uniformity of each office contrasts with the colourful, spiritual tradition. Vervaeke is publishing a photobook soon – in the meantime, you can view more of his Hong Kong work on his portfolio here.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Part 2: More Shots from The Russian Climbers In HK

Last month, Russian daredevils Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov visited Hong Kong photographing their ‘extreme free climbing’ adventures on high-rise rooftops across the city.  This week, they published more nauseating shots from their visit – click to enlarge…

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Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov – click to enlarge.

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov - click to enlarge.

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov – click to enlarge.