Monthly Archives: January 2015

BLOG – Wonders of the HK Police Masturbatory YouTube Channel

Presenting a mind-numbing selection of clips from the over-produced, little-watched, self-celebratory YouTube channel of the Hong Kong police force.

We kick off with a video of Senior Superintendant David Jordan exalting the behaviour of the police during the Umbrella Movement protests. Jordan, a high-profile fixture on the Occupy site front lines, was the subject of this suspiciously fluffy SCMP profile last year in which he complained of being cyber-bullied.

It is part of a playlist playfully entitled ‘Stay United and Professional in Handling Illegal Occupation’.

The next video is dedicated to Ivan Yam Cheuk-man who is all sheepish and overwhelmed having been hailed as a “police force hero”. (His heroic act? He shared some of his water in Mong Kok).

HISTORY – Happy Birthday Hong Kong: 174 Years Old Today

It is an event that neither Hong Kong, China nor Britain are likely to be celebrating. Nevertheless, on this day (January 26th) in 1841, the British flag was first unfurled at Possession Point by Royal Navy sailors.

At the time, Hong Kong was a sleepy backwater, though it would prove to be a handy trading outpost. “Albert is so amused at my having got the island of Hong Kong”, wrote Queen Victoria in 1841.

VIDEO – New VICE News Occupy Clearance Documentary

On Friday, VICE News published their final documentary on the Umbrella Movement. ‘Hong Kong Silenced’ includes footage of the Mong Kok and Admiralty occupy site clearances, an interview with student leader Nathan Law, a clip of a protester from the mainland and evidence of some rather gung ho police tactics…

BLOG – ‘Decolonisation’: Beijing’s Slow Reinterpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law

At the FCC on Monday, veteran journalist Ching Cheong argued that, since 2003, Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong amounts to a de facto amendment to the Basic Law.

Cheong, who is chairman of the Independent Commentators Association, said that China misread the mass pro-democracy protests of 2003, attributing them to a lack of patriotism and a colonial hangover. Therefore, Beijing began a slow ‘decolonisation’ process, involving the enforcement of ‘national education’ and a greater role for Chinese authorities in running the SAR.

In preparation for this shift of policy towards Hong Kong, Beijing sparked debates in the city about the meaning of patriotism and the nature of the Basic Law.

During the launch of a new campaign group called ‘2047 Monitor’ Cheong presented a chronology detailing how China has eroded the SAR’s mini-constitution over the past 12 years.

Full presentation:

HK LIFE – Taxis & Vans in Hong Kong: All You Need To Know


Taxis in Hong Kong may be booked privately through taxi companies or via third party apps. Below is a comprehensive list of taxi services around the territory…

Red Hong Kong Island/Kowloon taxis:

  • Hong Kong Taxi Centre – 2574 7311
  • Taxicom Vehicle Owners Association – 2529 8822
  • Chuen Lee RadioTaxi Association – 2398 1881
  • Hong Kong Taxicab Call Centre – 2186 6866
  • City Taxi O.D. Association Co. Ltd – 2343 3189
  • Fraternity Taxi Owners Association – 2527 6324
  • Royal Motors Taxi Company – 2571 2929
  • Happy Taxi Operator’s Association – 2728 8282
  • Hong Kong & Kowloon Radio Car Owners Association – 2760 0455
  • Hong Kong & Kowloon Rich Radio – 2729 1199
  • Hong Kong Kowloon Taxi & Lorry Owners Association – 2572 0097
  • Pak Kai Taxi Owners Association – 2728 2281
  • Abbo Taxi Owners Association – 2383 0168
  • Rights of Taxi (Si Hai) Telecommunication Center – 2332 2571
  • Sha Tin Taxi Service Association – 2332 2571
  • The Kowloon Taxi Owners Association – 2760 0411
  • The Taxi Operators Association – 2362 2337
  • United Friendship Taxi Owners & Drivers Association – 2760 0477
  • United Radio Taxi & Goods Vehicle Association – 2332 2477
  • Wai Fat Taxi Owners Association – 2861 1008
  • Wai Yik H.K. & Kln. & N.T. Taxi Owners Association – 2776 7885
  • Wing Lee Radio Car Traders Association – 2397 0922
  • Wing Tai Car Owners & Drivers Association – 2527 8524
  • Yik Sun Radiocabs Operators Association – 2394 0111

VIDEO – Ummissable New Film of the Mong Kok Occupy Clearance

On the morning of November 26th, 2014, Hong Kong police began an operation to clear the pro-democracy protest camp in Mong Kok. Within 24-hours, almost all signs of the protest encampment had disappeared, but activists were using new street tactics in their fight for universal suffrage.

Videographer Nathan Mauger presents the third in a series of cinematic videos shot during the height of the Mong Kok unrest.

Mauger’s footage reveals how the Mong Kok occupation evolved into the ‘shopping’ trips which continue nightly to this day.

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At one point, a police officer is shown ordering a journalist to stop photographing him. Another is seen telling a protest “fuck with me and get arrested.

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The definitive coverage includes subtitles, giving non-Chinese speakers a rare insight into the atmosphere on the front lines.

EVENT – ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Returns to Hong Kong for V-Day

‘V-Day’ returns to Hong Kong with an extended run of the ‘The Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler.

Performances will be held between February 11th and 14th at 8pm each night at the Premium Sofa Club, 212-216 Wing Lok Street (West Side) Basement, Fui Nam Building, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong [Map].

Tickets available now online for HK$200 (or $250 on the door). All proceeds to go Hong Wrong’s sister project, HK Helpers Campaign.

NEWS – New PEN Reports Raises the Alarm for Press Freedom

Hong Kong Media WatchA report on the declining state of press freedom in Hong Kong was published by the PEN American Centre yesterday. PEN are the latest international group to highlight the erosion of free speech and the rise of self-censorship in the city. Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists have also raised the alarm in the past year, along with the local Independent Commentators Association and Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), who described 2014 as the “darkest for press freedom for several decades“.

The PEN report detailed trends whereby the range of news and views available to Hong Kongers had narrowed. It also noted that media organisations were increasingly self-censoring stories that might conflict with their owners’ business interests in the mainland.

A five-page list of attacks on journalists during the Occupy protests and a table detailing instances of censorship were included. Both were compiled by the Hong Kong Journalists Association.