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Time to ease the nationality issue

The issue the national squad has with leading clubs, as far as the release of players is concerned, has been well-documented. But there is another aspect where the government lags behind - the process to naturalise players who want to represent Hong Kong. 

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 5:20am

Jiangsu billionaire's call to declare nationality strikes a chord

Jiangsu billionaire Chen Guangbiao, who made a fortune by recycling construction materials and is famous for his flashy philanthropy, has made headlines again by calling on the authorities to publish details of rich mainlanders' assets and what passports they hold.

26 Jan 2013 - 5:06am 2 comments

Figures reveal thousands from ethnic minorities have won naturalisation

Despite a rash of complaints that Hong Kong's ethnic minorities are being discriminated against when they try to become naturalised Chinese citizens, new official figures reveal that thousands of Pakistanis, Indonesians, Indians, Vietnamese and Filipinos have been granted the status.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am 3 comments

Catering guru Zhang quits post as adviser over foreign passport

Mainland restaurateur Zhang Lan has submitted her resignation as a political adviser to Beijing's Chaoyang district after reports that she had obtained a foreign passport sparked renewed public fury over the rising number of wealthy emigrants.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Clear, consistent policy on naturalisation needed

Members of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong have long complained about their problems in applying for Chinese nationality. The story of Maggie Cheung, a Hong Kong-born Pakistani adopted by a Chinese family, is yet another example. After years of struggle, the 24-year-old successfully changed her status from "stateless" to a Chinese national.

25 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Hong Kong-born adoptee wins fight for Chinese nationality

Maggie Cheung was born in Hong Kong, her parents are Hongkongers, she speaks perfect Cantonese, holds a Hong Kong identity card and a Chinese home return permit, but it took media pressure for the government to grant her Chinese nationality.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:18pm 39 comments

Kemal Bokhary rejects call to exclude overseas judges from top court

Nationality should not be a criterion for appointing judges to the city's top court, Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary said yesterday, rejecting a suggestion that only Chinese nationals should take up the posts.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 1 comment

Six degrees

Cung Le, the Vietnamese-born sanda champion, will headline the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event to be staged in China this week. In a testosterone-fuelled spectacular in Macau, Le (above left) - who says he was discriminated against as a boy after moving to America - will aim to use his mixed martial arts skills to pulverise another man inside an octagonal cage.

3 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Her Majesty's Service lives on in Hong Kong

Those who choose to protest against government policies by waving the colonial flag have all received a serious ticking off from our Chief Executive C.Y. Leung and others, including the former director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, went so far as to observe that people who felt so inclined should renounce their Chinese nationality.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:22am

Six Degrees: from Halloween to William Shatner

Halloween falls on Wednesday and the planet's bars and children are being decorated with witches, ghouls and other garish paraphernalia. Although Christians, pagans and party planners are divided about the day's origins, it is believed to have roots stretching back 6,000 years.

27 Oct 2012 - 11:46pm