Diana Jou and Lara Day of the Wall Street Journal have produced a new 15-minute documentary about the Kowloon Walled City. Once the densest place on Earth, the colourful, maze-like hotbed of of ‘crime, grime, commerce and hope’ was torn down 20 years ago…
The duo are planning an expanded, follow-up edition…
‘News’ from the Hong Wrong Sub-Standard: Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung announced this morning that key areas of Tsim Sha Tsui will be redeveloped to cope with the influx of mainland tourists. A government spokesperson said that modifications began overnight as rows of portable ’emergency use’ toilets were installed along Hankow Road…
Amidst rising tensions with local residents, the MTR Corporation responded to popular demand and announced that it will introduce ‘loud carriages’ on key lines…
Nominated stations will also feature a ‘Time Out Chair’ for both overly-rambunctious tourists and intolerant locals who heckle them…
External video links and original clips relating to HK…
- 20-minutes ‘Sleeping Dogs’ Police Chase Ends in Arrest.
- Artist’s Virtual Pop-Up Tour of HK.
- Euphoric English Advert for HK’s Noah’s Ark.
- Extreme Urban Sports Videos in HK.
- HK International Pillow Fight Day Compilation 2011.
- HK International Pillow Fight Day Compilation 2012.
- HK International Pillow Fight Day Compilation 2013.
Hong Kong’s social media has been alight with photos and videos from the ‘black rain’.
A compilation of video clips to unnecessarily dramatic musical accompaniment:
Last night, Festival Walk’s roof failed under the storm…
A team from HK URBEX explored the new MTR tunnels last week…
The shots reveal how the rapidly expanding MTR system is being constructed…
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.
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).
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.
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.
1,200 Hong Kongers are about to face another night on the streets this evening…
Charlie Eady is a photographer from London who has lived in Kowloon for the past four years. During that time, he has been working in the private sector and for a British charity. See his full portfolio here.
Eady says, “I spend many Sundays wandering around with a camera deliberately trying to get lost to see what I can find. When I moved to Hong Kong I never imagined the extent of poverty here…”
“…When you picture the Hong Kong skyline you never think of people sleeping in alleys or people shooting up heroin in underpasses. So, I’ve tried to focus my camera on that to show some reality”.
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.
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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