Weaving together various observations and musings -- usually pertaining to aspects of Hong Kong (life) but sometimes beyond.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
A weekend when events in Hong Kong made the international news on both Saturday and Sunday
Friday, January 28, 2022
Pandemic woes and injustice meted out in court continue to dampen the mood in Hong Kong
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Happy 181st birthday to modern Hong Kong!
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Hong Kong's fifth coronavirus wave has arrived, close to the two year anniversary of the arrival of a Wuhan man infected with a then mystery illness!
A man visiting Hong Kong from Wuhan tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in Mainland China alone and now has killed seventeen people there. He came to Hong Kong via the hated Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link which already upset people because of its co-location arrangements which gave Mainland China immigration authority on a section of Hong Kong territory and was used in the abduction of Simon Cheng last year, when the Hong Konger was working for the British consulate general in Hong Kong.
Friday, January 21, 2022
A socially distanced Hong Kong hike that helped to clear the mind and lift the spirits (Photo-essay)
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Hamstergeddon the day before as well as the actual day that Edward Leung Ting-kei is released from prison
Monday, January 17, 2022
A new week begins with more stories of departures from -- and jail time imposed on pro-democracy protestors in -- Hong Kong
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Continued pandemic concerns in Hong Kong, including with regards to vaccinations
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Chronicle of a death foretold: Hong Kong democracy edition
In Hong Kong, there is anger at the behaviour of their politicians, but it is mixed with massive dollops of schadenfreude. By European standards, Hong Kong’s fifth ‘wave’ is less of a wave and more of a millpond. It has involved fewer than 50 cases thus far. In a territory of more than seven million people, one of them just happened to attend a party containing many of its most senior political figures; of all the tapas restaurants in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
Depending on your point of view this is either a sign of how unlucky the politicos were or, and this seems to be the view taken by many of the people I speak to, it proves that that there is indeed a God. Because it is, bluntly, hugely enjoyable to see people who have inflicted such heavy-handed measures on the population hoist by their own petard like this, especially when not all of them have handled their incarceration with grace and dignity.
...[But] however enjoyable the Witman scandal is, there is a danger that it all distracts from the broader points about Hong Kong’s record of dealing with Covid.
The cautious approach that initially served it well is now crippling it. The death rate remains staggeringly low relative to the rest of the world; per capita, the UK’s death rate is 78 times higher. But this policy is becoming increasingly unsustainable, the measures required increasingly harsh. What once advertised itself as ‘Asia’s global city’ is becoming ever more isolated. Multiple travels bans are in place; even of those who can fly in, most have to spend three weeks in quarantine. Hong Kong’s airport is now a ghost town, save for the families leaving. The goal of reopening the border with the mainland — which Lam and others see as their priority — appears no closer to fruition either.
...The inter-generational tensions caused by Covid are evident all around the globe, with the young, mostly safe, forced to undergo restrictions to protect the more elderly. But nowhere is this issue starker than in Hong Kong, where the youngest are again being punished to protect an elderly population that has done next to nothing to protect themselves — and by a government that has also done next to nothing to make them protect themselves. This, rather than a piss-up in a tapas restaurant, is the real scandal.