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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. 

Trio who inspire local music

Back in the 1990s, what was there to hear in Hong Kong? Céline Deon, definitely, and Cantopop. Nothing wrong with that, well, the Cantopop bit, but Hongkongers deserved more diversity.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 4:23pm

Intrepid psychotherapist helps quake children look forward

In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Monica Wong Hiu-hung teaches counselling at The Chinese University. She is also studying for a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Alliant International University.

30 Sep 2013 - 12:37pm 1 comment

Singing the joys of Cantonese opera

Cantonese opera is still alive and well.

At Sok Ku Wan on Lamma, a huge bamboo theatre is erected every year and a Cantonese theatre troupe arrives with its tragic tales of star-crossed lovers, generals, mandarins and concubines, some parts delivered in high falsetto, accompanied by percussion and erhu.

25 Sep 2013 - 3:00pm

Carmen Yau: an amazing work in progress

Carmen Yau Ka-man has a kidney infection, for which she is taking antibiotics. The doctor wanted her to go to hospital, but she quietly refused, preferring to go to her office, where the work is absorbing and takes her mind off her aching back.

7 Oct 2013 - 7:54pm

Committed volunteer and mum helps disabled find a place in the sun

Sonja Shih Chan Seung-yan was in Canada when she gave birth to her daughter, Evelyn, 26 years ago.

24 Sep 2013 - 12:06pm 3 comments

Dedicated paediatrician keeps Hong Kong’s infant mortality rate low

Vincent Leung has his own adaptation of Lao Zi’s famous quote from the Dao De Jing, “a life of 100 years begins with a single breath”. He has dedicated his life to improving the odds for babies, “they are the most helpless, the most needy,” he says. His efforts have contributed to the fact that Hong Kong has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

4 Oct 2013 - 1:29pm

Caring for the environment is in his nature

Martin Williams talks at a lick, so it’s hard to keep up. It’s because the British science writer, Cheung Chau resident, photographer, nature website creator and environmentalist has a lot of topics he’d like to cover.

29 Sep 2013 - 2:02pm

An independent thinker unfazed by his disability

Willy Law Wai-cheung, 50, spent the first 11 years of his life on the floor of his family's cramped public housing flat in Shek Kip Mei. His father was dead by the time he was six, and his mother supported the family by going out to clean every day, leaving her disabled child at home. Every morning, she would put his food on the floor and cover the rice with a heavy iron bowl - to stop the rats from eating it.

2 Oct 2013 - 5:19pm 2 comments

Offering the hand of friendship to seafarers

Reverend Stephen Miller places phone cards, newspapers, and DVDs into a backpack marked with The Mission to Seafarers’ logo. It is deep-sea blue, an oval-shaped picture of an angel flying over water. Below the picture, the motto reads Caring for Seafarers Around the World.

3 Oct 2013 - 7:08pm

Entrepreneur passionate in promoting benefits of green lifestyle

Ophelia Chan Ka-lai readily admits she’s happiest when she is knee-deep in compost and talking to plants. Chan, who in 2007 moved near to Sok Ku Wan on Lamma to allow her to be closer to a patch of farmland to cultivate, has for a number of years inspired students, readers and the public to choose healthier, locally grown organic vegetables and fruit and to live a greener lifestyle.

20 Sep 2013 - 3:14pm