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  1. Too many or too few people?

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Ironic, isn't it? Hong Kong appears to be heading for severe economic woes because the population is no longer growing. Too many of our women, it seems, are not getting married and the ones that do marry are not bearing enough children, so our population is ageing rapidly. At the same time, migration from the mainland, which had been responsible for the bulk ...

  2. Home-grown failure

    Posted Jul 15th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... and reflect the failure of Beijing's policy towards its minorities. While China's population is relatively homogeneous on the surface, with Han Chinese accounting for more than 90 per cent, ... accounted for about 6 per cent of Xinjiang's population; today it is 40 per cent. Indeed, Urumqi, the capital, is now 75 per cent Han. This has made the Uygurs, who number about 8.4 million ...

  3. Language barrier

    Posted Oct 16th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... The Taiwanese dialect is also used to accentuate the differences between the native population and mainlanders who fled to Taiwan when the communists won the Chinese civil war in 1949. Recently, Yao ... was to make it difficult for mainlanders taking the exam, but another minority group, the Hakka, who account for about 20 per cent of the population, complained. The Hakkas, who speak their own ...

  4. Staying the course

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... with the mainland without the support of the vast majority of the population. And most of the 23 million people on Taiwan do not want unification, but a continuation of the status quo. Ma had made it clear ...

  5. Witness protection

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... in Tibetan-populated areas in an attempt to block access to foreign broadcasts, such as those by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. The mainland censors potentially embarrassing information, ...

  6. Towards being masters of the nation

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... on the part of contestants. The increased sense of Chineseness on the part of Hong Kong's population shows that Beijing has been largely successful in its policy of 'one country, two ...

  7. A bridge too far?

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of the western delta region, with predictable increases in population, industries and, of course, pollution. How will those developments impact Hong Kong? At the very least, there will be a worsening ...

  8. End of an era

    Posted Sep 06th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... and the Chinese population. After I graduated, I kept in touch with very few friends from St Joseph's. One of them was Francis Elms, known to his friends as Chico, who, rather uncharacteristically ...

  9. Keeping secrets

    Posted Aug 28th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... on chips that authorities anywhere can access. Reflecting the size of the population, each Chinese citizen will have an 18-digit identity card number. Hong Kong ID cards have only six digits. ...

  10. Home truths

    Posted Aug 15th 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... it would help greatly if it had a permanent population of non-Chinese. And if some wish to become permanent residents, they should be welcomed with open arms. This does not seem ...




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