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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Integration and exceptionalism both at play in Hong Kong conflict

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 05:01am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Integration and exceptionalism at play Hong Kong is torn between rival visions about its identity and future. On one side is the need for our little city to find ... is unique and different about us against mainland contamination- exceptionalism. "One country, two systems" under the Basic Law allows and encourages both conflicting tendencies- hence ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Same old problems, different city

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 03:24am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Same old problems, just a different city "On the surface [Hong Kong] looks better than ever … [with] a well-regulated banking system … the quality of life ... but [Hong Kong] retains a strong legacy of the British Empire. It is... an expanding hot mess, fuelled by inarticulate desires and inchoate fury. Overcoming nearly 200 years of sensible decisions ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Leading Hong Kong barrister Warren Chan Chee-hoi tackles world history

    Posted Mar 01st 2014, 04:35am by Alex Lo

    ... competence. Now, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, many start with a clean slate. It's difficult to absorb subjects in the humanities if you don't know the history behind them. Chan's book would have armed a young person with that knowledge. At a time when the teaching of Chinese history on the mainland has been profoundly nationalistic and Hong Kong people are worried it is being ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Patten can speak out but reform is up to Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 05:10am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Patten speaks out, but reform is up to us Like many Hong Kong people, I am fond of "Fat Pang", our last governor. So unlike Beijing loyalists and others ... to square with realities on the ground here. Who can argue with him when he said officials had failed to show "statesmanship"? It would be unfair to blame every major problem Hong Kong now ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Singapore and Hong Kong's long history before the Brits arrived

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 05:17am by Alex Lo

    ... of significance was worth mentioning about Singapore. Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s and 70s, my generation was brought up on a similar "barren rock" myth. I was practically taught Hong ... the early 14th century onward. Artefacts and relics have been found dating back to the 13th century, from China, India and Java. In Singapore as in Hong Kong, scholars in recent decades have put ...

  6. Comment - News - MY TAKE

    Philippines banning Hong Kong journalists is petty and vindictive

    Posted Nov 22nd 2014, 05:15am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Banning journalists is petty, vindictive The Philippines has tried hard to end its diplomatic row with Hong Kong after the 2010 hostage killings in Manila. But by banning nine Hong Kong journalists from entering the country to cover next year's Apec summit, it will only rekindle resentment and likely retaliation from Hong Kong. It is an appalling ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Let's be less dogmatic on relics in Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 05:18am by Alex Lo

    ... to be a victory of sorts for activists such as those from the Sacred Hill Monument Concern Group. Like most people, I am no archaeological expert. Specialists say relics are extremely rare in Hong Kong ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Whiff of hypocrisy in US concern over police use of force in Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 05:43am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com A whiff of hypocrisy over police brutality The British government at least has the decency to admit there was nothing sinister in the use by the Hong Kong police ... gas by the Hong Kong police was an 'uncharacteristic' response … it was not indicative of a wider pattern of behaviour," he said. Since late September, our police have ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Western-style democratic gridlock hits Hong Kong's Legislative Council

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 05:38am by Alex Lo

    ... Tit for tat. Pan-democratic legislators threaten total non-cooperation. The government returns the favour. Sadly, we are all losers in this tug of war. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong Occupy leaders crave arrest and persecution

    Posted Nov 13th 2014, 05:21am by Alex Lo

    ... gentlemen are so desperate to be seen being persecuted they are begging for an arrest. I hate to point out the obvious. Hong Kong is a free city, so we have been dealing with protesters the way free cities do. For a short time, the world thought we were about to have a Hong Kong spring or a "colour revolution". They mistook Hong Kong 2014 for Beijing 1989, and "one country, ...




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