Letters to the Editor, March 22, 2013

Xi Jinping has backed equal opportunities. Photo: AFP

Being a long-time resident of Hong Kong, I read with a great deal of interest what China's new president, Xi Jinping, was reported in the media to have said about a Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:00am 2 comments

Hong Kong busker Dave May has plenty of street cred

Dave May, a busker from Scotland, plays his fiddle at his familiar Central spot. He has been busking in Hong Kong for 17 years. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Since 1996, Dave May has been on the fiddle in Hong Kong - not that he's doing anything illegal. The Scotsman from Stenhousemuir has been a busker, or street performer, in the city for the past 17 years but has often encountered police orders to move along. On some occasions, the shooing isn't polite.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am


Send right message on sustainability

I refer to the report ('Race trashed over poor recycling', July 15) about the Club Crew World Championship dragon boat races. It brought to light the need for some changes in the management of events in Hong Kong, for the betterment of our community.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

His indiscreet handling of the incident effectively set a trap for himself

Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, the chief executive's former top aide, on Leung Chun-ying's handling of the row over illegal structures at his home

I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Buskers have the right to be heard

Street performance is as much a part of culture as what goes on in an art gallery or a concert hall. To many in Hong Kong, though, it is less associated with art and entertainment than with begging. Perceptions are slowly changing; police and shop owners, though, are not always appreciative, understanding or tolerant.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

[The police] invoke any and every reason for moving us on ... a policeman told us there had been a noise complaint before we had even started playing!

Busker Joseph von Hess

The ICAC is an independent institution. It is not the chief executive's private weapon

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

They were cleaned out

Nine homeless people are suing the government. They say government workers threw all their belongings away during a clean-up. The judge has asked them to see if they can reach an agreement with the government before the case comes to court again, on June 21.

The street sleepers say that among the goods they lost were identity cards, phones and bank books.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Street sleepers urged to seek settlement

Nine homeless people suing the government were urged to seek an out-of-court settlement yesterday at a preliminary hearing into the case.

Adjudicator Brian Mak urged the claimants and the Secretary for Justice to try to negotiate a settlement before the court hearing resumes on June 21.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Charity boss held in abuse probe

The owner of Shenzhen's Family of Love charity house, once named a 'civilised citizen' and 'ambassador of love' by the city, has been accused of sexually abusing a girl aged nine.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Blue note

Whenever I hear the sound of a saxophone, I have to stop, stand and take it in. It has been that way since the night in 1975 when, driving with my father on a back road with the radio on, I heard the late, great, Clarence Clemons let fly on Bruce Springsteen's song Born To Run.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Street performers can give city a soul

The life and soul of a city is to be found on its streets. In Hong Kong, there is certainly plenty of life, but soul is scarcely to be seen and when it is, authorities are most of the time chasing it away. The impromptu buskers and street performers so commonplace in London and New York, cities we like to compare ourselves with, are all but outlawed.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Jing Wong in form for shop opening

It was a good thing that crooner Jing Wong (pictured centre with Christina Paul, left, and Kay Wong) was in top form at the opening of his indie fashion label Daydream Nation's flagship store in Hong Kong this week.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Street music is a welcome sound

Street performers are a common sight in Hong Kong. Many seek handouts from passersby, but some do not. Either way, I think they should be welcome on city streets.

First, street musicians provide free entertainment to the public. They can cheer people up, especially during dull mornings.

25 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Villagers in last-minute court plea

Au Shiu-kum regards Tsz Tin Village, where she lived for 30 years and raised four children with her husband, as her home. But now, aged 76, not only has she been forced to move as the government takes back land for development, she has to resettle into a flat that is so small it's 'like a coffin'.

23 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


Euphoria over GM crops is misplaced

Per Pinstrup-Andersen suggests that genetically modified crops can help to alleviate famine in underdeveloped countries ('Don't starve the hungry of help from GM crops', July 7).

I agree that we should be alarmed at the problem of famine and food scarcity.

19 Jul 2010 - 12:00am