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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Canvassing materials should be in English and Chinese

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... about whether they will keep a close watch on the government in defending a bilingual environment, upon which Hong Kong's continued success is built. ... away from the ballot box if they feel alienated. At stake is more than just the voter turnout and the right to information. Hong Kong prides itself on being an international city well versed ...

  2. Candidates find it hard to get their message across in English

    Posted Aug 18th 2008, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... candidates' names and slogans in English. Some candidates maintain bilingual election websites but distribute Chinese pamphlets. On Hong Kong Island, which has the highest non-Chinese population, five ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Peter So English may be one of Hong Kong's two official languages, but voters who do not speak or read Chinese will have a tough time finding out where ...

  3. Aid bid leaves Nepali student lost for words

    Posted Feb 28th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... The case highlighted a pattern of government insensitivity to the needs of ethnic minority students and a flawed bilingual policy, said Fermi Wong Wai-fun, the founder of Unison Hong Kong ... to the Race Relations Unit under the Home Affairs Bureau about the government's flawed bilingual policy two years ago, but the situation had not improved. The recent complainant, Gurang Sunjay, ...

  4. Tortured Putonghua no laughing matter these days

    Posted Dec 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... political foresight. No one in Macau or Hong Kong can aspire to high office if he or she has not mastered Putonghua. That is the post-1997 (in Macau's case, post-1999) political reality. It is no different in other bilingual societies. It is virtually impossible, for example, to become a senior federal official in Canada without a working knowledge of French. In Hong Kong, whatever we think ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Lack of availability of English-language election information

    Posted Aug 21st 2012, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... contested Legislative Council election in years, every vote could matter- including those from Hong Kong's 450,000 non-Chinese residents. However, only half of the 74 lists of candidates ... ballots- six have provided English material. The exception is the list headed by independent candidate Pamela Peck Wan-kam. On Hong Kong Island, which has the highest non-Chinese population, nine ...

  6. Letters

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the political parties must be in a bilingual format? It is narrow-minded and conservative not to do this and makes us wonder on what grounds Hong Kong can claim to be Asia's world city. I am sure I was not the only voter who had this problem. In future, I urge all political parties in Hong Kong, taking part in elections, to publish bilingual manifestos. Tanka Chungbang, Tsuen Wan Global audience ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Mar 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Learn Chinese I was shocked at the arrogance expressed in the letter headlined 'Better English needed' (Sunday Morning Post, March 21). Frustrating though it is sometimes to not understand, or be understood, as an English speaker in Hong Kong, I am amazed and humbled by the number of people who do speak English. I am grateful for the bilingual signs for public transport ...

  8. English takes back seat in press releases

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... such as event lists and picture captions. Hong Kong Journalists Association general secretary Chong Hiu-yeung urged the government to raise the ratio of English press releases to Chinese versions. ... news organisations. 'Such attitudes are not conducive to an open government,' Eu said. 'There have been fewer bilingual press releases since the handover in 1997, ...

  9. Letters

    Posted Sep 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is about the ebbing support the pan-democratic camp is receiving from the people of Hong Kong. Much has been said about the divided views and power struggle within the Democratic Party. I think ... for the chief executive and 2016 for the Legislative Council, are in accord with the Basic Law, why the sooner Hong Kong gets this the better and what we should do to lobby for it. It is a waste of time ...

  10. Worrying language trend in press releases

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... We admit it- we are biased. As Hong Kong's leading English-language newspaper, we have a vested interest in keeping standards of written and spoken English high. But so does Hong Kong. It is the language of business, finance, science, technology and global exchange; we cannot be anyone's global city if we are not reasonably fluent in English. In any case, ...




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