Weaving together various observations and musings -- usually pertaining to aspects of Hong Kong (life) but sometimes beyond.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
The destruction of Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp and dreams continues apace with the largest batch of security law arrests to date
Friday, February 26, 2021
Pandemic and political musings on the 15th day of Chinese New Year for the second year in a row
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Being uplifted by reminders of how wonderful Hong Kong is by way of a hike from Shui Long Wo to Sham Chung (Photo-essay)
Monday, February 22, 2021
The Way We Keep Dancing shows what Hong Kongers want to keep being (Film review)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
The sun's setting quickly on RTHK, and Hong Kong's press freedoms in general
The only independent, publicly funded media outlet on Chinese soil, Radio Television Hong Kong was founded in 1928 and is sometimes compared to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Its charter guarantees it editorial independence.
It angered Hong Kong’s government, the police, and Beijing with its coverage of 2019 anti-government protests that shook the Asian financial hub, including several investigations that sparked widespread criticism of authorities...
Something else also worth noting: "Hong Kong’s ranking fell to 80 in the global press freedom index of Reporters Without Borders in 2020, from 18 in 2002 (just one position below the USA). China ranks 177th." So yes, it has far to fall before it gets to the level of (Mainland) China. But, truth be told, it's already fallen far further from grace than many of us are comfortable with.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Who'd want to be in Jimmy Lai's shoes, and be Carrie Lai, period?
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Can't keep the worries away on the fifth day of Chinese New Year :(
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Loving Hong Kong on Valentine's Day, the first day of Chinese New Year and when out hiking! (Photo-essay)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Venting away on the eve of the lunar new year of the cow (or ox)!
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The Mainlandization of Hong Kong's judiciary continues apace
Hong Kong’s internationally respected legal system has come under sustained pressure in the politically charged wake of 2019’s huge pro-democracy protests and Beijing’s subsequent crackdown.
The national security law imposed by Beijing has silenced dissent and dented the legal firewall between the business hub and the mainland.
Senior Chinese politicians, state media outlets as well as leading pro-Beijing figures and newspapers within Hong Kong have also lobbied for reforming the judiciary or criticised recent judgments and sentences they dislike.
Opponents fear those calls could presage the arrival of a legal system more akin to the authoritarian mainland.
Inside China, criminal courts have no juries, answer to the party and have a near-universal conviction rate.
In other news: yes, there currently is another "ambush-style" lockdown being effected tonight. And for the record: Last night's two "ambush-style" lockdowns saw more than 1,500 people tested for the Wuhan coronavirus but no new cases. Not counting tonight's operation, some 24,000 people have been tested over the course of the "ambush-style" lockdowns, with a grand total of just 4 of them testing positive for the coronavirus. Oh, and today saw Hong Kong reporting 26 new cases; 5 of them imported.