Category Archives : Politics & Protest

Video: ‘Life in China will never get bored’, says Xinhua’s new rap song on foreign residents

Chinese news state agency Xinhua has released a new video titled Another Day in China to unironically chronicle the lives of expats in China.

Posted on Thursday with the tagline “Life in China will never get bored!” – the song, like its predecessors, adopts the trope of expats fawning over China.

The video boasts China’s embracing of the digital revolution, peppering mentions of various apps into the verses.

“With Wai Mai, Kuai Di, WeChat, I’d be super screwed without my phone,” belts the singer in the video.

Video: ‘One Country, Two Systems’ lauded in new rap song by state news agency Xinhua

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua has produced a new track praising the city’s “One Country, Two Systems” policy of autonomy.

It follows Xinhua’s hip-hop video promoting President Xi Jinping’s “Four Comprehensives” political theory released last year, and communist party mouthpiece People’s Daily’s rap song on the “One Belt One Road” political-economic strategy released in May.

The first verse of the new track introduces “One Country, Two Systems.” The second praises joint mainland-Hong Kong initiatives such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the links between the stock exchanges of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

In Pictures: The adventures of Hong Kong’s least popular principal official – Education Sec. Eddie Ng

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng did not earn the nickname “tourism chief” for nothing. He has undertaken at least 60 work trips – costing over HK$3 million – over the past five years, which is three times as many overseas visits as his predecessor.

Ex-secretary for the civil service Wong Wing-ping calls Ng’s travel record “unprecedented.”

Ng, who was a human resources professional before joining the government five years ago, is not popular among Hong Kong’s teachers. He is also the second least popular senior official, after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

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Oldest cabinet yet: Team behind Hong Kong’s next leader Carrie Lam has a total combined age of 999

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam appears to have been blessed with another magic number.

After being selected as Hong Kong’s leader with 777 votes in March, Lam announced her new cabinet on Wednesday. Whilst she boasted a “new style of governance,” it was difficult ignore that only one member of the cabinet was recruited from outside the government, and only one was a woman.

Their age is another notable issue. The 17 top officials, including Lam and the 16 secretaries, have a total combined age of 999 – the oldest cabinet yet.

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Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.

‘To support One Belt, One Road’: Chinese star apologises for wearing flag-dress at Cannes

A Chinese star has apologised after wearing a dress featuring the national flag at France’s Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, calling the move a way “to support One Belt, One Road.”

Celebrities who attend the annual festival often wear flamboyant clothing, but the 29-year-old internet anchor and actress’s self-designed dress triggered a wave of criticism from Chinese social media users.

“Why is the national flag appearing at the Cannes Film Festival! She’s disgraced herself overseas,” wrote one Weibo user.

Video: Trailer released for new ‘Teenager vs. Superpower’ Joshua Wong documentary

A Netflix trailer for a new documentary about Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong has been released.

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Joshua Wong: Photo: Netflix screenshot.

Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower is set to debut on May 26 – just over a month before the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to China.

Kids’ handover celebration posters warn of garbage pollution and ‘dirty hypocrites’

Thirteen Hong Kong primary school students won awards in a government competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover the China on Friday.

Receiving over 3,000 submissions from December to February, the theme of the poster competition was “When I’m 20.” Children were asked to design a poster to share their thoughts of what life will be like when they enter their 20s. Secondary school students and members of the public were also invited to film videos on the theme of “togetherness.”

HKFP’s picks from the poster collection:

‘Love Hong Kong Build Hong Kong Co-build Hong Kong’, Chan Sau-yee

David Beckham ruffles feathers after Hong Kong-China mix-up

English former footballer David Beckham raised eyebrows on Saturday after he said he had enjoyed “a great 48 hours in China” in reference to his visit to Hong Kong.

“I like you, but sorry, Hong Kong is Hong Kong. We are totally different from China!,” wrote one Facebook user.

Another wrote: “We have our own government, currency, even football team!”

He later corrected his posts on Instagram and Facebook to read: “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong.”

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Photo: HKFP remix.

Beckham was in town to promote an insurance company.

777: Chief exec-elect Carrie Lam’s vote count inspires obscene Cantonese puns

Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam’s victorious vote count of 777 in Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership election on Sunday has inspired obscene Cantonese puns.

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The Cantonese word for “seven” is phonetically similar to an obscene word meaning “penis.” Thus “penis penis penis” began trending online shortly after the results were announced. As a verb or an adjective, the word also refers to “stupidity” or a “blunder.”