Society of the People'S Republic of China

Our children need a basic knowledge of their country

During the consultation on moral and national education last year, a document on the new curriculum quoted ancient Chinese writer Mengzi, or Mencius: 'The empire has its basis in the state, the state in the family, and the family in one's own self.' I think we all agree t

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:23pm

Mainland Chinese parents dumping disabled, sick children in HK, charity claims

Mainlanders are using Hong Kong as a place to abandon mentally handicapped and chronically ill children born in the city, a welfare group says.

Charity St James' Settlement says at least two such mentally disabled children in its care have been abandoned.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:58am

Heard at the book fair, the sound of free speech

Some say achieving the great reconciliation between Hong Kong and mainland politics is easier said than done. But, at the Hong Kong Book Fair, it has already happened.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Stifling protest invites trouble

There are no shades of grey about freedom of speech in Hong Kong. Anyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, has the right to have their voice heard. Mainlanders, denied that ability, naturally see our city as a place where grievances can be openly aired.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We must stop feeding mainland cringe

A family friend came to visit us recently in distress. She says their 11-year-old daughter has declared many times that she is ashamed of her and her husband.

Originally from the mainland, the couple have lived here for more than a decade. The daughter was born in Hong Kong. Now she has declared she is not a mainlander but a 'pure' Hongkonger.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Activist located, moved to safety

A blind mainland activist who fled a 'black jail' where she was held after mainland authorities refused to let her enter Hong Kong to attend the July 1 rally is being transferred to a 'safe place', a Hong Kong-based rights group said yesterday.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong blind to China's renaissance

We don't like mainland Chinese. It's now very clear. By 'we' I mean Hong Kong Chinese, who are predominantly Cantonese speakers. We don't like our state leaders, who interfere in our affairs and undermine our core values like the rule of law, civil liberties and the aspiration for full democracy.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The great escape

Sudden large-scale influxes of mainlanders into Hong Kong have always caused concern. From the 19th century onwards, the relative safe haven from political upheaval, and consequent hunger and chaos, which the British colony offered attracted intermittent tidal waves of people.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Solo mainland tourists fall short of estimates

The first batch of about 290 individual mainland tourists allowed into Taiwan arrived on the island a year ago yesterday as part of a scheme designed to boost tourism.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Still waiting after all these years

Chen Xiaozhi was looking forward to 1997 and the family reunion she was sure it would bring. Fifteen years on, she is still waiting for permanent residency in Hong Kong - and the stresses and humiliation of the delay have taken her to the brink of suicide and back.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Educated mainland workers 'a threat'

More young Hong Kong professionals think their Beijing counterparts pose a challenge in the job market than vice versa, even though both groups believe the professionalism of mainlanders leaves much to be desired, a survey has found.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Immigration proposal sparks debate

An academic's controversial proposal to allow mainland parents of Hong Kong-born babies into the city to boost the local workforce has renewed debate over the government's say in who can immigrate under the one-way permit scheme.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Line of fire

With the 15th anniversary of the city's handover approaching, the latest trust and confidence survey released by the University of Hong Kong shows that 37 per cent of people mistrust the central government - the highest level since 1997, when it was 44 per cent.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Issues with mainlanders 'inevitable', official says

Beijing's top man in Hong Kong says people should not 'make a fuss' about conflicts between city residents and mainlanders, which are inevitable given the large number of tourists arriving.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

First-timers from mainland tell of their shock and want to learn more

For 18-year-old Mok Cheuk-ngai, last night's candle-light vigil was his first.

Mok, who moved from Guangdong two years ago, said he knew virtually nothing about what happened in Tiananmen Square 23 years ago until he started researching the incident after arriving in Hong Kong.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am