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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. 

Homeless man, 86, finds a peaceful place to call home

Partly disabled rough sleeper Wong Wah has no hard feelings towards staff who manhandled him out of a Mong Kok shopping mall last month, despite public outrage.

Monday, 2 December, 2013, 12:19pm 1 comment

Blind student’s HKDSE results speak volumes for tenacity

Tsang Tsz-kwan excelled in this year's Diploma of Secondary Education exams. The student at Ying Wa Girls' College bagged 5** in Chinese, English and liberal studies, 5* in English and Chinese literature and a four in maths.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm 2 comments

Laying the groundwork before a day at the races

On the morning after a race night at Happy Valley, the stands are empty and the horses are resting in their stables, but the track is anything but deserted.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Freeman Lo takes a byte out of political apathy

In the difficult days of Sars, Freeman Lo Wing-cheung decided Hong Kong people needed cheering up. His remedy, a video evoking the city's can-do spirit, was an instant hit, getting 300,000 downloads within a few days of being uploaded to his website.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Final conquest in sight for intrepid adventurer Rebecca Lee

At a casual glance, a fish stored in Rebecca Lee Lok-sze's home could be a typical Hong Kong salted variety.

But it's actually preserved in formalin and comes from Antarctica.

It's a treasured memento for the former advertising executive, adventurer and documentary maker, who has been to the north and south poles 18 times and the Mount Everest area four times.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

If you're looking for flat flaws … Tsim's your man

From public housing to luxury houses on The Peak, flat inspector Tsim Chai-nam has seen it all. And he has found one thing many homeowners have in common: the urge to rip out furnishings provided by developers.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

The man you call when the lights go out

Time was running out for New Year celebrations in a darkened Kwun Tong housing development a few years ago. Electricity supply to Tsui Ping Estate had been cut shortly after 9pm when smoke was seen coming from switches in the ground-floor transformer room.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Tofu master intent on preserving skills

Tofu may still be a popular food in Hongkongers' daily diet, but old-style shops making the bean curd delicacies are on the verge of extinction, despite efforts by the owners to pass on their traditional skills.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm 2 comments

Doing the maximum good with minimal resources

At 51, Raymond Lau Wai-ming has met only five other people who've lived past 50 with his condition. "For a person with a neuromuscular disease, I'm considered very old - just ancient," said Lau, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that causes muscle deterioration and serious physical impairment.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm

Giving the helpless a glimmer of hope

After 22 years of 12-hour days, social worker Ng Wai-tung is as fired up as ever about helping the city's most disadvantaged people - and pushing for policy change so that the plight of the poor is not ignored.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm