Keep the faith, hotelier Hari Harilela tells Hongkongers in wake of tensions

Hari Harilela, with his son Aron, believes that only tolerance can bring people together and that understanding is a prerequisite for solutions to disputes. Photo: Nora Tam

Prominent hotelier Hari Harilela, who built his fortune by making critical investments during the 1960s riots, has urged Hongkongers to keep faith with their home as the city experiences tension and uncertainty about its future.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 9:14am 2 comments

Is our Hong Kong identity up to speed?

The Beijing-Guangzhou high speed train became operational on December 26, 2012. Photo: Reuters

On December 26, the 2,298-kilometre high-speed railway between Beijing and Guangzhou became operational. Trains will run at an average speed of 300km/h, cutting travel time to about eight hours from the current 24 or so.

4 Jan 2013 - 3:53am 7 comments

Video: Hongkonger in Shenzhen accused of taking 'upskirt' video

Video: Hongkonger in Shenzhen accused of taking 'upskirt' video

A video posted on Sina Video on Tuesday, of what is believed to be a man from Hong Kong secretly filming under the skirt of a woman on a busy Shenzhen street, has been circulating on microblogging site Sina Weibo.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:35pm

Many Hongkongers urge cut in number of mainland Chinese immigrants

Many Hongkongers urge cut in number of mainland Chinese immigrants

Hongkongers' negative view of mainland immigrants is underlined by a survey in which half the respondents say the number of migrants should be reduced.

One academic says such attitudes could evolve dangerously into discrimination.

23 Nov 2012 - 8:04am 14 comments

We're China's New York - big of mouth but small of heart

There is a large dollop of superiority, but also self-assuredness, pride and boastfulness amongst Hongkongers. Photo: AFP

New York City's unofficial anthem, Frank Sinatra's version of the song New York, New York, has always reminded me of Hong Kong. The part about waking up in a city that never sleeps rings true when it's 3am and I'm suffering from insomnia, but that's not what most hooks me. When Ol' Blue Eyes croons, "If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere," he gets to the nub of the matter.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am 8 comments

Letters to the Editor, October 14, 2012

Premier Zhou Enlai showed wisdom. Photo: Xinhua

Insight on Diaoyus from both sides

I refer to Minnie Chan's article "Rules of diplomatic game broken" (September 29) in the context of Teddy Ng's article "Japan's PM calls for meeting over Diaoyu dispute" (October 12).

14 Oct 2012 - 2:42am 2 comments

False nostalgia for Hong Kong identity holds us back

What is a Hongkonger? I was born and raised here, received my education, and built my career and family here. My wife gave up her US green card, and my two children were born, raised and educated here. I am supposed to know what makes a Hongkonger, but I don't.

12 Oct 2012 - 1:59am 1 comment

Five Hong Kong family members die in crash in Jiangxi

Five members of a family - two of them Hongkongers - were killed yesterday when the van they were travelling in collided with a truck on a highway in Jiangxi province.

8 Oct 2012 - 10:42am