Blind People

Blind runner thrilled to complete Mizuno

Blind runner Galant Ng (3616) and deaf guide Michael Ng (5972) finish the 20th Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon Championships. Photo: Richard Castka/Sportpix International

The look of satisfaction on Galant Ng Ka-lun's face as he crossed the finish line was one of pure satisfaction. He had just completed his first Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon, which yesterday celebrated its 20th anniversary with a record field of 3,000 runners.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 3:10am

Stargazers' camp puts blindness in a new light

Stargazers' camp puts blindness in a new light

A few weeks ago, I attended the Stargaze Camp for All and the Blind, an annual event organised by the Social Welfare Department in partnership with non-profit bodies and volunteers from the private sector. To me, this camp is a highlight among the many events I attend, because it helps its participants challenge old, tired thinking on "disability" and "possibility".

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am

Letters to the Editor, September 13, 2012

Pre-National Day clean-up in Tiananmen Square. Photo: EPA

Good hygiene should be daily priority in city

The authorities in the capital are undertaking a massive clean-up drive ("at Tiananmen Square and its surroundings") ahead of the upcoming National Day celebrations ("Beijing launches clean-up campaign", September 8).

This is something that seems to happen every year, but it should not just be seen as an annual event.

13 Sep 2012 - 2:47am

Who said it?

Please don't hang her. I just want her to be brought home alive

An appeal to Malaysian authorities by the mother of Emma Louise L'Aiguille (above), who has been charged with drug trafficking

It has been more than three months and I have not received any news on the progress of this investigation

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

100 party members purged in Shandong

More than 100 Communist Party members in Shouguang , Shandong province, were removed from party organisations as local authorities stepped up a campaign to clean up grass-roots party units.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing must fix loose ends in blind activist's case

For the past two weeks or so blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been living a new life as a law student in America. The Chinese government's swift permission for Chen, his wife and children to leave the country earned leaders some political brownie points - but its efforts should not stop there.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Foreigners in need of reassurance

Foreigners working on the mainland have an uneasy feeling. Videos of shocking behaviour by compatriots went viral on the internet, spawning a torrent of comment that veered towards xenophobia. Shortly after, authorities in Beijing announced a 100-day crackdown on foreigners without valid visas or work documents, a move greeted with rapturous approval by some on Chinese microblogs.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

For Chen, a brand new struggle

The hero's welcome that awaited Chen Guangcheng at New York University last weekend must have been one of the most intense moments in the blind legal activist's life. The floral tributes, applause, cheers and words of admiration were a world away from the suffocating, de facto imprisonment he endured in his rural village in Shandong province until just over a month ago.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tighter control

Most see the saga of blind activist Chen Guangcheng as an international incident. I see it mainly as a domestic matter whose resolution is vital to our national interest as China evolves into an orderly modern state. Friends have advised me against speaking out on this case, given its sensitivity.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chen set to start legal studies

Chen Guangcheng could start his legal studies at New York University as early as next week as university staff wrap up a research plan for the newly arrived blind legal activist.

Law professor Jerome Cohen, who has served as an adviser and mentor to the self-taught lawyer, detailed Chen's course in a session for the Hong Kong media yesterday.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chen relishes 'first rest in seven years'

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng appeared happy and upbeat as he arrived in New York yesterday, bringing an end to a seven-year saga of confinement that culminated in tense diplomatic negotiations after he fled to the US embassy in Beijing a month ago.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chen flies out 'filled with deep emotions'

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who caused a diplomatic crisis when he fled to the US embassy in Beijing last month, boarded a plane to New York with his family yesterday telling of his sadness at leaving his homeland.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Day of mixed emotions for Chen supporters

Friends and supporters of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, while happy to hear he had finally left for the US, expressed concerns over the fate of his relatives left behind in his Shandong home town.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Blind activist will fly to U.S. 'in days'

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, whose flight to the US embassy in Beijing last month caused a diplomatic crisis, will leave for the United States within a few days, according to two independent sources.

A source close to the activist's family said Chen had been told to make preparations to leave within the next few days, although he could not give a specific date.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Discretion the better part of diplomacy in Chen case

Quiet diplomacy has long received short shrift from China when addressing human rights issues. The case of Chen Guangcheng, however, marks a significantly more sophisticated approach to its negotiations with the US.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am