Via HK URBEX: ‘Miles to Go’ is set in a bleak depopulated Hong Kong, long abandoned by its former inhabitants. The film follows a courier who traverses the barren cityscape to deliver a special package to a mysterious individual…from another time.
Guest post by Dallas Sanders
“Mr. Sanders, he is gay,” said the 10 year old pointing to his classmate. I froze. A million thoughts came rushing through my mind such as does the boy know what it means? Is he joking? Is he repeating something on TV to get a reaction from me? I was trying to think of a response. I turned to him and said “If he is then that is good. If he isn’t that is good too. It really does not matter as long as he is happy.” The kid looked at me confused and I am not sure if it was because of what I said or if he didn’t understand.
Being a teacher is easy since I love it but being a gay teacher in Hong Kong is hard. If I had turned to the student and told him I was gay too then my school may not renew my contract. The kid could have complained to his mom or dad and I could have lost my job because Hong Kong does not have any discrimination laws to protect me.
The government has policies guarding against discrimination but they are voluntary with no punishments for those who violate them. They are not laws. Hong Kong needs discrimination laws not only to protect the LGBT community but also for anyone who may be judged by who they are rather than what they can do.
Via HK URBEX
“Situated deep in the suburbs of a derelict part of Eastern Kowloon district, this cinema has been plagued by ghost stories and haunting sightings. Left to rot since the 90s, it has remained untouched with developers and property tycoons shying away from the site. The peculiar concrete exterior even resembles a Chinese coffin. Positioned on a hilly slope, the area was prone to landslides and there was a tragic incident in the 1970s which resulted in fatalities that are now said to haunt the movie theatre.
The hills have since been shotcreted, but there was also a fire in the structure in which caused it to shut down in the early 90s. Although repairs were made, it was the never same. Urban legends say the spirits of the dead still live on inside the ghostly cinema.”
Translations courtesy of Ellie Ng.
Pro-Beijing politician Regina Ip has removed a controversial column from her blog and Facebook related to the sex lives of domestic workers. In the piece, also printed in Ming Pao, she decried the international media for “exaggerating” the Erwiana abuse case and made reference to the recent suicide of a teenager.
A five-minute video doing the rounds today shows a foreigner, ‘Donnie Does’, barging his way into the Rugby Sevens without a ticket. At one point, he boasts “I don’t pay for organised events in China”
Photoshop whizz willieraipan has produced a series of pictures which unite old and new Hong Kong. Previously the blog showcased ‘HK Man’s’ efforts to contrast yesterday’s city with modern scenes captured from the same spot.
Willieraipan takes this one step further by cleverly blending HK Man’s vintage and contemporary photos, making it seem as if there is a ‘glitch in the matrix’…
Today, a coalition of 51 NGOs coordinated by Robin des Bois and WildAid Hong Kong co-signed and sent a letter to Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, demanding that the Hong Kong Government stop issuing any new import licenses and re-export licenses for pre-Convention elephant ivory.
— Tom Grundy (@tomgrundy) April 15, 2015
What does this mean, and how might this action help save Africa’s elephants?
A new Facebook page entitled “Say No To Dirty Cops” is proving popular among Hong Kong netizens.
The page, which has over 11,000 ‘likes’, urges pro-democracy Occupy supporters to not date police officers.