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Old regional rivalry turns into a video song contest on YouTube

The war of videos continues as YouTube netizens carry on a lively debate about whether the Lion City or the Pearl of the Orient is the superior city.

Saturday, 26 July, 2008, 12:00am

Lion City's latest anti-HK volley is in Singlish, awmost English-lah. Eskew me?

Singaporeans and Hongkongers don't often see eye to eye; we might even secretly - or not so secretly - despise each other. But let's face it, we have been far more civil towards one another than most of our neighbours have been among themselves.

19 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Fundamental English errors compounded by lack of depth

In his response to my previous letter, ('Mulitilingual teachers mind their language', Education Post, June 30), Andy Kirkpatrick makes some erroneous assumptions ('Writers well off mark in core differences in English language', Education Post, July 14). Firstly, I am not a native English-speaking teacher.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Are we 'Hongkongese' or Chinese?

Hong Kong's history as a former British colony has left many of us with a double identity. On the one hand we are Chinese, but on the other we still hold close our ties to a western, colonial past.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

A TV scriptwriting lifeline in Singapore

He's chairman of the Hong Kong Writers' Circle but Lawrence Gray (left) has been spending a lot of time in Singapore. That's because he is now a TV series writer there. 'It's the second season of Life Line, a drama about the lives and loves of the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

5 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Primary pressure

Forget enjoying your youth; being a child in the city state is serious business. Five-year-olds are expected to know how to do addition and subtraction sums, as well as spell words as difficult as 'disguise' - all in a test environment.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Years of hard work pays off for Cheng

What is the difference between starring in a TV drama and hosting a show? Acting is a way of presenting a unique character. For example, I play Miss Mo in War of the Genders. I had to study her personality to make sure that when I was acting, I was not Cheng Yu- ling anymore.

9 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Oxford Singlish makes it online

The Oxford English Dictionary has finally given its blessing to some Singapore slang.

Rather embarrassingly, this comes days before Singapore launches a campaign aimed at wiping out 'Singlish'.

14 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Net steps towards a global language

Justifiably, there is widespread concern in Hong Kong about the standard of English. Whatever one's view of mother-tongue teaching or the spread of Putonghua, nobody can deny the key role of English as the main international language - and so of its importance for the SAR.

4 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Singapore simply offering another choice

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Think carefully before moving to Lion City', from 'Name and Address Supplied' (South China Morning Post, August 22), in which the writer accused the Singaporean Government of poaching the best brains and capital from Hong Kong by means of aggressive advertising.

29 Aug 1996 - 12:00am