Kong Qingdong

Kong Qingdong ordered to apologise for calling Beijing student 'dog, traitor'

Kong Qingdong talks to reporters at the Confucius Peace Prize award ceremony in Beijing in December 2011. Photo: Simon Song

Peking University scholar Kong Qingdong was the professor who caused a stir last year when he called Hongkongers “dogs of the British imperialists”, “bastards” and “thieves” in an interview.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Chinese leftists dumbfounded by lack of official support after Mao Yushi speech

Mao Yushi speaking in Shenyang, Liaoning, on Thursday. Photo: Screenshot from Sina Weibo

The renowned liberal Mao Yushi has for many years been a hate figure for Chinese leftists for his vocal criticism of Mao Zedong's legacy.

Outrage ensued when a leftist scholar was taken away by police on Thursday after interrupting a speech by the octogenerian economist in Shenyang.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Cafe menus cook up 'discrimination' row

Bosses at a new branch of the agnes b. Cafe LPG chain will change menus that use simplified Chinese characters after being accused of discriminating against Hongkongers.

The cafe apologised on its Facebook page yesterday after an online outcry over what internet forum users dubbed the 'invasion of simplified Chinese' at the new branch in Tseung Kwan O's PopCorn mall.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Professor rebuked by ministry for HK insults

Disciplinary action may be taken against a Peking University professor whose disparaging remarks against Hongkongers has triggered a cross-border war of words, the Ministry of Education says.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Mainlanders are part of same family

I am writing about the much-publicised rows between mainlanders and Hong Kong people.

These include the photo ban outside Dolce & Gabbana's Tsim Sha Tsui store that sparked widespread public outrage.

However, the fact is that feelings of resentment go further back than the problems at this store.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cutting air pollution, improving education should not be just for foreigners' sake

I refer to the comments of David O'Rear, chief economist of the General Chamber of Commerce ('Plea to improve public schools', February 14).

He groundlessly asserted that the local system has failed to meet the demand for quality education and proposed the improvement of local schools as a means to segregate local and foreign children into different schools.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Where bitterness reigns

For all the anguish caused by the war of words that has broken out across the Hong Kong-mainland border, it has been good for fashion designer Michael Chan.

Chan, however, is not targeting his wares at the masses of big-spending shoppers arriving from the north, unlike the makers of luxury brands.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pride and prejudice

In 2005, while living as a student in Hong Kong, I had a conversation with a classmate that betrayed the deep tensions between residents of the former colony and their cousins up north.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


City could be a hub for conventions

I refer to the report ('Convention centre 'losing out' to bigger venues', February 9). The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai is host to a wide range of events, including international exhibitions.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Why plan is driving into trouble

You report that 50 mainland- registered vehicles a day will be allowed into Hong Kong for up to seven days with the next phase of the cross-border driving scheme ('New entry plan for mainland cars', February 9).

A lot of Hong Kong netizens are strongly opposed to the plan.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Storm in a noodle pot

The issues

Differences in rules and behaviour

The survey run by sina.com.cn found 35 per cent of about 4,000 respondents backed the Hong Kong passengers' demands in the MTR row that tourists abide by local public order rules.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bigotry that should be made a crime

Nothing good ever comes from one group of people dehumanising another by referring to them as animals. At the least, dislike is created and in extreme cases it leads to genocide, as in Nazi Germany and Rwanda. The campaign against mainlanders who come to Hong Kong has moved to a new level with the placement of an advertisement in a newspaper depicting them as locusts.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Mind the gap between HK and the mainland

Hongkongers have always been renowned for their busy lifestyle, high productivity and self-discipline. However, Kong Qingdong, a professor at Peking University, has a new name for us - Hong Kong dogs.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Stage set for theatre's tragic demise

It has been widely reported that the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point will finally face demolition after hosting its last Chinese opera performance on February 19.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Free to differ

The high-profile censure by an official at the central government's liaison office of a survey on Hong Kong identity has raised concerns of political interference in academic freedom. Adding to the worry, Hao Tiechuan's criticism of the University of Hong Kong survey as being unscientific was followed with attacks by pro-Beijing publications on outspoken academics.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am