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by John Batten Carrie Lam’s ministers have now been on the job for one week. They are familiar names, mostly transplanted from CY Leung’s team, predominantly male, all government or government-friendly types. Carrie Lam has said that she will “bring in a new governance style” and “will strive to rebuild social harmony, enhance public confidence in the government and ensure that the government will better align its work with public […]

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By John Batten Heritage conservationists – supposedly – had a small victory recently when the Town Planning Board listened and substantively agreed to their arguments at the Board’s hearing on an application by Tung Wah Group Hospitals’ to build a 21-storey youth hostel next door to Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan. I say ‘supposedly’, because more can meet the eye. Tung Wah had previously gained approval for their youth […]

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By John Batten The first inkling of summer’s arrival are the rains of May. It can be a time of unsettled weather; and, temperatures that should normally hover around 30°Celsius drop on rainy days to a relatively mild mid-20°Celsius. Heavy rain can signal danger. Hong Kong’s low-lying areas of the northern New Territories and such older areas as Shau Kei Wan and Sheung Wan may flood. On 24 May, the […]

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By Dare Koslow The latest advertising campaign from the Hong Kong Tourism Board attempts to draw visitors to the Central district with promises of a harmonious blend of old and new Hong Kong experiences to enjoy. The slogan they have chosen to package the idea, “Old Town Central. Where worlds collide”, is only true in the sense of worlds colliding. Many share the concern that there is very little left […]

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By Christina Dean I remember the scenes clearly that day of the wrangled metal and concrete of the collapsed Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory. Within the rubble, the crushed and dismembered remains of 1,138 dead Bangladeshi garment workers were visible. Their blood soaked into that season’s trendiest tank tops and mini-skirts as the poorly constructed building, topped off with illegal floors, dropped to the ground like a pack of cards on […]

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By Christina Dean I realised that feminism is back in fashion when I was in New York during the city’s famous Fashion Week. But it wasn’t the bloggers’ miles of digital coverage or my Instagram’s overwhelming feed of front row fashion news that gave me this revelation. Instead, it was my conversation with Freddy, my friends’ nine-year-old son who recently swapped South Bay Road for Madison Avenue, who made me […]

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by John Batten In Hong Kong’s political sphere, the Chief Executive election is now over. It was a ‘done deal’, ‘fixed’ for another five years. The new administration is planning its succession to government right now. It will be more of the same with the addition of a few new faces in the Executive Council, but the same old faces in the back-rooms doing the deals and networking amongst themselves […]

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by John Batten As much as I wish it, not much will change after the Chief Executive election. The clearest indicator that it will be business as usual is seeing who are the new appointees to Hong Kong’s most coveted networking opportunities: sitting on government advisory boards and committees. The immediate appointments will be ‘non-official’ members sitting alongside government ministers on the Executive Council. If these advisory committee appointments carry […]

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