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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. 

Hongkongers reach out across the border

It was in 1994, when a telephone repairman working for Hong Kong Telecom heard about a flood in the Guangxi autonomous region. With his job he was able to take time off, so he contacted a few friends and a group of them decided that rather than just coming up with a donation, they would head to the mainland to give direct help. They raised more than HK$200,000 to buy some rice and clothing, plus hand out cash to villagers affected by the disaster.

Monday, 7 October, 2013, 6:15am

Teaching was always passion for Maryknoll nun

Sister Jeanne Houlihan devoted 56 years to working as a teacher, supervisor and principal at Maryknoll Convent School, in Kowloon Tong, before retiring in 2011. But she was delighted last month to be back at the school, which was her home for more than half a century.

6 Oct 2013 - 4:52pm

Canine carer Sally Andersen to the rescue

Most of Hong Kong’s visitors arrive by plane or train, but Briton Sally Andersen came by yacht after sailing from Taiwan with a friend.

6 Oct 2013 - 4:46pm

Wherever help is needed this worker will be there

The sufferings of the poor she saw in her youth inspired her to commit herself to a lifetime of helping the less fortunate, devoting herself to decades of aid work, particularly in education.

4 Oct 2013 - 3:18am

On track when it comes to living a dream

When Yiu Chau-leung was a little girl her father took her to Shanghai.

While most details of the trip have become blurred, one incident is still vivid in her mind.

The driver of a taxi they got into was a woman. “And I thought that was very cool,” laughs Yiu, “as women drivers were very rare at that time and I wanted to be one.”

4 Oct 2013 - 10:26am 2 comments

The ideas man with a heart of gold

Architect Manfred Yuen Man-to looks every bit the city slicker with his gelled quiff and clean-cut appearance. But despite his relative youth Yuen, 33, has a social awareness one would expect from an older person.

Yuen has an architectural firm, Groundwork.

3 Oct 2013 - 2:30pm

A picture of changing priorities

Before 2001, Laurence Lai had a successful garment business. So friends thought he was mad when he gave it up to open a photo booth on the Gold Coast in Tuen Mun.

“I started selling photos with cardboard frames,” Lai recalls. “I started mostly on weekends and public holidays. People liked my photos of Hong Kong scenery and street scenes.”

4 Oct 2013 - 1:38pm 1 comment

Ecologist promotes nature and its creatures

There are some photographs pinned to the back of a stand which show a small slice of Hong Kong’s natural wildlife and habitat. These snapshots on display reveal some of environmental campaigner and educator Dickson Wong Chi-chun’s happiest childhood memories.

Wong, 37, is showing me the best pictures capturing the essence of the city’s true biodiversity.

2 Oct 2013 - 2:34pm

No wasters in Miss Lee’s class

In recent months, a government-sponsored campaign has cropped up on bus shelters and billboards. On one poster, an alien-like creature tosses piles of food into the bin. “Don’t be a big waster. If you can’t finish your food, don’t waste it”, reads the slogan beneath.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm 1 comment

Compassion knows no barriers

Prisoners tend to be out of sight and out of mind to anyone other than perhaps their loved ones, which is why they often value the visits of those who care for their welfare within the community.

1 Oct 2013 - 8:41am 2 comments