March 6, 1989 |
In just eight years a phenomenon of British history that began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, will play out once again in a tiny enclave of spectacularly beautiful, rock-strewn terrain on the edge of the Chinese mainland. After a span of almost 221 years, Hong Kong - the last of Britain's crown colonies - will, like America, unhook its bonds to Britain. But the similarities end there. For starters, unlike the United States, whose Declaration of Independence still inspires freedom-loving people around the world, Britain's departure from Hong Kong after 150 years is not a result of the freely expressed desire of Hong Kong's inhabitants.
March 6, 1989 |
Record numbers of people are doing it. Everyone else is talking about it. Some are paying big bucks for expert advice on how to do it. And thousands more are reading a new magazine all about where to do it. What is this latest social craze? Drugs, sex, travel, fashion? No, this is Hong Kong, and the big thing on everybody's mind these days - after making money, of course - is leaving. Emigration fever is gripping this British colony as the countdown continues to 1997, the year Britain hands over sovereignty to China after 156 years of rule.
June 26, 2013 |
HONG KONG - Edward Snowden's surprising exit from this city was prompted by a mysterious messenger who relayed to the former contractor that he should leave Hong Kong - and that if he tried to go, he would not be stopped, one of his lawyers said Monday. Unsure whether to trust this person but aware that his options were dwindling, Snowden decided to go for it, said the lawyer, Albert Ho. On Sunday morning, the 30-year-old American, who leaked top-secret U.S. documents, went to the airport with another of his lawyers, used his own passport, and boarded an Aeroflot flight to Moscow without special assistance, according to Ho, all while plainclothes police officers hovered around him. The circumstances of Snowden's departure from Hong Kong have baffled lawmakers and legal experts here who expected a drawn-out battle in the courts of this semiautonomous region.
January 8, 2007
RE RIVER City: Once again, certain pseudo-intellectuals and their political mouthpieces hang out the sign "Visionary Developers and Those Who Would Create Thousands of Jobs Stay Away from Philadelphia!" If it weren't so insane, it'd be laughable. Critics call River City "Hong Kong on the Schuylkill," but are they aware that Hong Kong is one of the world's most beautiful cities? As for those who say it would block out the sun,I guess DaVinci was wrong, and the earth and sun are stationary.
May 6, 1999 |
Stanley Kwan's melancholy romance Hold You Tight is set in 1997, on the eve of Britain's return of Hong Kong to China. A nocturnal confessional populated by barflies and bed-hoppers, the film is crammed with characters confronting personal loss that is compounded by the looming loss of their Hong Kong. At the airport, two women (played by the same actress, Chingmy Yau) are in line to catch a flight for Taipei. Because one, Rosa Gao, has mislaid her passport, she cannot board. The other, Ah Moon, gets on the plane and dies when it crashes.
November 1, 1992 |
Tsui Hang Chun, Chinatown's newest seafood restaurant, was named for a famous restaurant in Hong Kong, says owner Yen Fai Wong. The name isn't the only thing that came from that exciting city. Tsui Hang Chun's chef is newly arrived from there as well and, at his insistence, Wong imported much of the restaurant's kitchen equipment. That's a lot of effort, but it appears to have paid off. A friend who grew up in Hong Kong says that Tsui Hang Chun is right on target, that her recent meal there tasted like food from home.
March 28, 1989 |
More than 26,000 Vietnamese boat people in crowded refugee camps are straining Hong Kong's commitment to care for them and forcing government officials to advocate the return of thousands to Vietnam against their will. After a heavy and unexpected influx of boat people last year, Hong Kong now has more Vietnamese refugees than does any other place in Southeast Asia. "They are people," Hong Kong Governor Sir David Wilson has said, "on a journey to nowhere. " Hong Kong has instituted a screening policy for Vietnamese boat people to distinguish "political refugees" from "economic migrants" - an approach endorsed this month by the six-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
June 27, 1997 |
At 6, I got my first glimpse of Hong Kong from the window of a DC-3: It was a shimmering island below me. As a refugee from the Communist revolution - both my parents were senior military officers in the Chinese Nationalist Army - I would make Hong Kong my home for the next 10 years. Even today, as an American businessman, I think of Hong Kong as home. I've lived there off and on in the pursuit of business, and for a time was chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
October 3, 2014 |
Once again, as we have seen so frequently and so recently in many countries, massive crowds of young people are demonstrating for democracy against a repressive government. This time the civic protests are ongoing in downtown Hong Kong. As in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011, or in the early days of Syria's uprising, or last fall in Kiev, or in Moscow's Pushkin Square in 2012, the crowd is predominantly youthful and nonviolent - and it has no clear leaders. Its participants are so earnest that they clean up the trash and separate plastic and paper for recycling.
January 17, 1996 |
erever you turn, visions of Hong Kong cinema are high-kicking like Shaolin monks throughout American popular culture. In "Batman Forever," Chris O'Donnell does the laundry like a Kung Fu master in a scene inspired by the Hong Kong movie "Dreadnought. " And in rap music, the group Wu-Tang Clan, which tried to enlist action director John Woo for one of its videos, borrowed its name from the vaunted martial arts group depicted in many period movies. Through Jan. 29, the Neighborhood Film/Video Project at International House goes straight to the well when it presents eight Hong Kong movies that range from action-crammed fests that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger whimper to heart-tweaking melodramas.