Time to ease the nationality issue

Football player Festus Baise

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

Chen Guangbiao.  Photo: Xinhua

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

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

Maggie Cheung, 24, has recently been granted Chinese citizenship after being born and raised in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

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, 24, has recently been granted Chinese citizenship after being born and raised in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

Kemal Bokhary

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

Her Majesty's Service lives on in Hong Kong

A timepiece for rich picking.

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

Photo: Corbis

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

Six Degrees: from Halloween to William Shatner

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

Briefs, September 19, 2012

Bali police found marijuana on the Japanese teen. Photo: EPA

New Japanese nuclear watchdog criticised

20 Sep 2012 - 2:33am

11 more billionaires join Warren Buffett and Bill Gates' Giving Pledge

Eleven billionaires have added their names to the effort by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to donate half their fortunes to charity, bringing the total to 92.

The newest members of the club include Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, and Charles Bronfman, the Canadian-born former head of Seagram.

20 Sep 2012 - 10:40am

Big cast, lots of laughs and a thought-provoking issue

Some members of the large cast ofMy Big Gay Italian Wedding

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

For director Wendy Herbert, staging Anthony J. Wilkinson's My Big Gay Italian Wedding offers an opportunity not only to present what she believes is a very funny play, but also to put a spotlight on an issue that she thinks has not been sufficiently widely discussed in Hong Kong: gay marriage.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:33am

Roar of the lion

To make the Lunar New Year celebration complete, you must have a lion dance. It is common to see it being performed in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and on the mainland.Yet is the traditional and culturally important event seen among people celebrating the Lunar New Year in other parts of the world?

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

From roar beginnings

Not being indigenous to China, lions were probably introduced along with Buddhism from West Asia via the Silk Road - as gifts to Chinese emperors to help secure trading rights. The first records of lion dancing date to the Han dynasty (206BC-AD220), but many tales surround its origins.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am