Spirit of Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong is a series that looks behind the scenes of one of Asia's largest and most vibrant cities by focusing on those whose contributions often go unnoticed yet are vital to the everyday success of Hong Kong. 

Spirit of Hong Kong awards: Yu Ngan-lun, 90, is beating the drum for a positive outlook on life

Yu Ngan-lun wears the bright pink jacket that is the uniform of the Energetic Eagle Drum Team, which takes parts in competitions across the city. Photo: Bruce Yan

Yu Ngan-lun is 90 years old and full of life. He tilts his head back and laughs as he says hello in Japanese, sitting upright in his chair at the Jockey Club Yee On Care and Attention Home, Aberdeen.

Friday, 29 May, 2015, 6:49am

Wayne Chau and his social enterprise Agent of Change delivers quality food to the poor

Wayne Chau, founder and chief executive of Agent of Change, which provides 170,000 Hongkongers on social security with low-priced quality foodstuffs and household goods. Photo: Edmond So

Wayne Chau's social enterprise ensures the poorest have access to quality foods and products.

27 May 2015 - 6:35am 2 comments

Showcasing the individuals who make our city tick: Spirit of Hong Kong Awards nominees

Wayne Chau, founder and chief executive of Agent of Change, which provides 170,000 Hongkongers on social security with low-priced quality foodstuffs and household goods. Photo: Edmond So

A businessman who arrived in Hong Kong empty-handed from the mainland at the age of 12 now dedicates his life to the city's underprivileged.

27 May 2015 - 5:28am 2 comments

Kindness is in ex-policeman's blood

Former police officer Li Kam-keung has donated blood more than 500 times. Photo: David Wong/SCMP

Retired police officer Li Kam-keung keeps himself fit. At 59, he is tanned and honed through swimming and running, among other sports.

14 May 2015 - 12:37pm

Inspiring pupils while fighting acute leukaemia

Cathy Fung shared her experiences on a blog. Photo: Edward Wong

Every time the seasons changed, teacher Cathy Fung Ka-wai would get a cold. Then, in the autumn of 2011, she couldn't shake it off. She visited a doctor, who said it was a thyroid infection. She sought a second opinion with an ear, nose and throat specialist who saw that she had abnormal capillaries around her epiglottis.

14 May 2015 - 12:37pm

24 people shortlisted for this year's Spirit of Hong Kong Awards

Social workers Li Koon-kiu and wife Vicki Poon Ka-lee, founders of Doctor BB – a programme in which children visit homes for the elderly – with daughters Li Hei-yi, four, and Li Sumying, two. The pair are on the shortlist for this year's Spirit of Hong Kong Awards organised by the South China Morning Post, which recognise outstanding achievements. Photo: Nora Tam

Twenty-four nominees have been shortlisted for this year's Spirit of Hong Kong Awards organised by the South China Morning Post. The awards celebrate remarkable achievements in seven categories.

14 May 2015 - 12:36pm

Young children bring joy to elderly living in homes

Li Koon-kiu with his wife and children. Photo: Nora Tam

Both Li and his wife, Vicki Poon Ka-lee, are social workers and they observed how their daughter would roam around the home for the elderly, the residents delighting in watching the little girl.

14 May 2015 - 12:36pm 1 comment

Activist fights to save what's left of a more vibrant Hong Kong

Katty Law doesn't like the way SoHo is going. Photo: Annemarie Evans

As the convenor of the Central and Western Concern Group, established a decade ago with fellow activist John Batten, Katty Law Ngar-ning has worked hard to preserve areas of Hong Kong where she grew up.

19 May 2015 - 5:30pm

For one cerebral palsy sufferer, doing art is the best medicine

Cheung Ka-cheung finds relief from his symptoms when he paints and draws, and hopes to teach others with the condition to do the same. Photo: Jonathan Wong

On the table at a rehabilitation hospital in Wong Chuk Hang, lies a crayon drawing of the Statue of Liberty. It's an impressive piece of art. The viewer sees her reaching up with her torch, from the perspective of the statue's stomach.

14 May 2015 - 12:35pm 1 comment

Spirit of Hong Kong Awards winners embody spirit of the city

(Front, left to right) Carmen Yau and Willy Law; (back, left to right) Robin Hu, CEO of SCMP Group; Lee Ming-sun; Elsa Tse Ngar-yee; Elana Ho; Chan Kit-ying; Tsang Tsz-kwan; Chief Secretary Carrie Lam; Jenny Law Chun-heung; Pastor Lee Mo-fan; Jill Robinson; Kan Yiu-kwong; and Dr David Pang Ding-jung, chairman of SCMP Group.Photo: Felix Wong

They are 11 ordinary people who lead extraordinary lives. People who achieve against all the odds and set an example for others. 

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm 2 comments

Businessman Jong Lee makes the solution suit the need

Jong Lee helps young, rehabilitated drug addicts get back on their feet. Photo: SCMP

The tailor sits at his table, paying great attention to detail. At Bonham Strand’s workshop in Lai Chi Kok, even the button holes on the suits are hand-stitched.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Scientist who wants to rock the world

Young Ng, president of the geoconservation association, pictured in 2008. Photo: Oliver Tsang

Young Ng is into rock. Not the fender bender, Rolling Stones, raise the rafters, wah wah guitar, screaming groupies kind of rock. No, he’s into the hard stuff. The granite, Jurassic, volcanic rock that’s really old – even older than Mick Jagger.

2 Dec 2013 - 2:08pm

No cause too petty for celebrity animal activist Sharon Kwok

Sharon Kwok poses in Shek O. Photo: Antony Dickson

The former Miss International Chinatown USA orders fries, and tucks in. Sharon Kwok has definitely got the glam element – she was a successful model and then starred in a slew of Hong Kong movies in the 1990s.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Take 2: the remaking of celluloid city

Anthony Wong in this year's Ip Man: The Final Fight. The actor is one of the industry's skeptics: "I've been claiming our cinema was dying for two decades".

Hong Kong cinema is either dead or has transformed itself into a sophisticated new creative powerhouse. It just depends on who you're talking to and how you define the terms to start with.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Devoted yoga teacher shares her gift of serenity

Yoga instructor Sanjukta Sharma. Photo: Edmond So

Sanjukta Sharma was introduced to yoga in her hometown of Assam in northeast India when she was just 11. Shama learned the tenets of yoga at a young age and continued to practise, as a career in financial services, marriage and two children followed.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm