Category Archives : Politics & Protest

Separated at birth? Carrie Lam gov’t lookalikes prompt confusion and delight

A photo of the newly appointed head of the chief executive-elect office has prompted some head-scratching and amusement.

Although the office itself has been embroiled in controversy over its expenses, the focus on Monday was on Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei, the former Postmaster General and now Secretary-General of the office. Ting bears a remarkable resemblance to chief executive front-runner Carrie Lam.

A Commercial Radio breakfast show used Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website to assess whether the pair are, in fact, related. According to the website, they are “100%” twins.

Video: China’s leaders have part of their brains missing, Dalai Lama tells comedian John Oliver

Tibet’s spiritual leader has told British comedian John Oliver that it is very possible he may be the last Dalai Lama, and China is “short-sighted” if it thinks it can appoint their own.

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Beijing could appoint a 15th Dalai Lama when the 81-year-old, who lives in exile in India, dies. When asked about whether he was concerned, the Dalai Lama said that Chinese leaders were not “using the human brain properly.”

“It’s harmful… Our brain usually, you see, [has] the ability to create common sense. The Chinese hardliners, in their brains, that part of the brain is missing,” he said, adding that they were very concerned about the image of China.

Video: Asian Americans offer advice to President Donald Trump

Non-profit organisation Asia Society interviewed a range of Asian Americans, asking them to offer their advice to new United States President Donald Trump. Trump has issued a temporary ban on people from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore, via Flickr.

Many interviewees alluded to their experiences as immigrants, and urged Trump to work in the interests of all Americans.

“You’re now bigger than the old Donald, and we expect you to be that way,” said one interviewee.

Video: ‘Why you have to be liddat’? Catchy Singlish ear worms urge Hong Kong to return military hardware

A Singaporean blogger has amassed over 2,700 Facebook “likes” with a catchy song about the military hardware currently being held by Hong Kong authorities. Mr Brown, who describes himself as a “satirist, writer, lyricist, traveler, actor, podcaster,” urges the return of the Terrex vehicles in the catchy “Singlish” ditty.

Singlish is a popular creole, with unique slang and syntax, based on English.

A shipment of nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles, and other military hardware, has been held in Hong Kong since November 23 last year. Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has said that the seizure does not comply with international or Hong Kong law.

Video: Taiwanese animators get Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Tsai Ing-wen dancing

Taiwanese animators have given a cheesy take on the controversial call US President-elect Donald Trump accepted from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The clip shows Trump and Tsai dancing with each other with their phones, as an infuriated Chinese President Xi Jinping shows up with a nuclear bomb.

The video has been viewed more than 198,000 times, shared over 2,300 times and has received more than 2,200 reactions on Facebook as of Friday.

The song is an adaptation of Love for the popular Japanese drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu.

Video: Intense bust-up between lawmaker Ann Chiang and Helena Wong unfolds at legislature

An intense quarrel unfolded between pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang and the Democratic Party’s lawmaker Helena Wong during Monday’s session of the Panel on Education.

The session was attended by Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. The row started as soon as Wong’s round began, with Chiang, who chaired the meeting, commenting that Wong “likes talking so much” after she invited the pro-democracy lawmaker to raise questions for Ng.

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Helena Wong (R), Ann Chiang (L). Photo: Youtube.

Wong complained about the attitude of Chiang, who then fired back, insisting that she had the right to reply to Wong’s criticism. The Democratic Party’s lawmaker asked Chiang to “shut up” several times, while Chiang stood firm and said she had the power to decide how to run the meeting.

Video: Localist lawmaker and pro-Beijing lawmaker share a moment at LegCo meeting

Localist lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai exchanged an awkward moment with pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan during Monday’s session of the Panel on Education.

The session was attended by Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Deputy Secretary Chan Ka-ki. When Cheng sought to raise his last question to the officials about the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment for primary school pupils, Chiang – who chaired the meeting – asked the lawmaker to look at her when he spoke.

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Ann Chiang (L) and Cheng Chung-tai (R). Photo: Youtube.

Baffled, Cheng stopped and looked at Chiang for several seconds before the bell rang, signaling the end of his round.

Video: Taiwanese animators ‘explain’ Trump/Taiwan saga, depicting Xi Jinping as giant crying baby

Taiwanese animators have given their colourful take on the controversial call US President-elect Donald Trump accepted from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week. The clip includes a giant, crying Chinese President Xi Jinping and features Trump firing “Twitter birds” at a map of China, as the international media Google “Taiwan.”

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Video: Former LegCo president Jasper Tsang sings Christmas carol to fundraise for charity

A video of the former president of the Legislative Council Jasper Tsang singing a Christmas carol to fundraise for charity has gone viral on social media.

In the post, Tsang said every “like” or “share” of the video will raise HK$1 for the Child Development Matching Fund, a community-based charity that serves underprivileged youth in Hong Kong.

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Jasper Tsang singing a Christmas carol.

The post has attracted over 13,000 likes and 1,300 shares so far.

One of the top comments on the video, which was written by columnist and talk show host Joe Lee, said: “[Tsang] is more Facebook-savvy than CY Leung.” Another commenter wrote: “You are the only pro-establishment figure that I respect.”

Video: Taiwanese animators hand down colourful interpretation of Hong Kong’s oath-taking saga

Confused about Hong Kong’s political crisis? Want to be confused further? Taiwan’s Next Media have released their trademark animated take on the oath-taking controversy featuring Leung Chun-ying being shot out of a cannon and the Youngspiration duo in Bruce Lee outfits.