New property tax a blow to the Hong Kong dream

New property tax a blow to the Hong Kong dream

We all know about the American dream. But let me tell you about a Hong Kong dream.

I have a friend. Let's just call him J.

Monday, 5 November, 2012, 8:03am 10 comments

Want a big expat package? Then head for where the living isn't so easy

Foreign professionals in Hong Kong seem to have it all - a city boasting great transport links, a standard of living that is easy to adjust to, and the fourth-highest expatriate remuneration packages in Asia.

But throw in employee benefits for living expenses such as education and rent, and developing nations could well turn out to be more lucrative.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

A competitive city or an easy touch?

Is Hong Kong's competitiveness really being eroded by the lack of international school places?

Is Hong Kong's competitiveness really being eroded by the lack of international school places? This is the rallying cry that the international business chambers periodically sound when they demand more schools and places.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 4 comments

Stamp duty hits middle-income group

I moved to Hong Kong in 2009 as a graduate civil engineer, and since then I have been working on a number of government and MTR construction projects with a major Hong Kong contractor.

I married my Japanese fiancée, and last year she gave birth to our first child.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am 2 comments

Time to ditch elitist expat class system

Hong Kong does not need more international schools. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong does not need more international schools. It needs local schools that are capable of educating expatriate students at an affordable price. That is the way it is done in almost all international cities in the Western world.

2 Nov 2012 - 7:36am 19 comments

Freedom of speech still cherished and protected in SAR

Alex Chan ("Self-righteous stance lowers tone of debate", October 11) says that if expatriates want to join the national education debate, they should learn to discuss rationally.

I, for one, strongly question the rationale of his comments made in his latest letter.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:13am 1 comment

Helping expat teachers fit in

Sometime this summer, at least one young English teacher will cram his belongings into cases and head to London's Heathrow airport to catch a flight to Hong Kong. He will arrive, ready to stand in front of a classroom of Hong Kong schoolchildren and solve problems with the present perfect.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Eastern promise

The mantra 'have work, will relocate' continues to gain ground as businesses shift their focus and talent to new markets. Studies show that worker mobility is increasing - and will continue to grow over the foreseeable future.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Audrey Currie

BECOMING AN EXPAT WIFE I kind of went up through the ranks. I did a stint on a student exchange in Singapore and my sister was already here at the time, with her family. This was probably where the idea started. I had been in New York studying and doing some acting classes but I also did a screenwriting course. I came back determined to write a screenplay.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Today: Canadian Chamber of Commerce workshop: 'Environmental performance'. Kinwick Centre, Central.

Monday, September 6: American Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'Where should expatriates work and live in Asia?' Bank of America Tower.

3 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Expats staying away as local riders rise to prominence

No season review five years ago would have forecast the changing landscape of Hong Kong's jockey colony to resemble the situation as we close the door on this season.

In 2004-05, wins by Chinese jockeys accounted for 64 races from the season programme of 710 contests.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

City's expats fourth for earning power

Hong Kong ranks fourth in the world when it comes to the wealth of its expatriates, with 39 per cent earning more than US$200,000 a year, a survey has found.

The Expat Explorer survey, commissioned by HSBC, questioned 3,100 expatriates in 26 countries and regions between February and April.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

HK expats best paid in world, says HSBC

Expatriates in Hong Kong are the best paid in the world, although the city is only the fifth best place for them to live - well behind Singapore, which came top in that category - according to a survey by HSBC.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

A Briton who thinks the local way

Despite being born and raised in Britain - and considering herself British - Ellen Cheng does not see herself as an expatriate.

The human resources lawyer for computer giant Intel, who came to Hong Kong on a gap year 14 years ago and decided to stay, just never thought the term 'expat' applied to her.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Expat drain

The number of caucasians in Hong Kong has dropped 20 per cent over the past five years, suggesting the former British colony is starting to lose its appeal to western expatriates. Is it and, if so, how do we get them to stay? Write to us

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am