Now for a few rousing words that may change your life for the better

It is graduation time, both at universities and schools. This marks a moment of change that even students advancing from primary to secondary school can identify with. And the hallmark of graduation ceremonies is 'the speech'.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Pegged out? - John Gong

To fix or not to fix, that is the question. Or maybe it's the monetary system itself that needs a fix.

These are the messages contained in a 34-page paper by Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, on the Hong Kong dollar's peg to the US dollar. (I have seen so many news reports mentioning a 27-page paper that I cannot help wondering how many of those reporters actually read Yam's paper).

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Peg can go, says Yam


Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, a professor at Chinese University, has suggested that Hong Kong should move away from the dollar peg. He released a research paper on Tuesday making the suggestion.

The government was quick to oppose it. 'The peg won't change and won't have to change,' said chief executive-elect, Leung Chun-ying.


14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'Too-hasty' Yam gets taken down a peg

Joseph Yam Chi-kwong may have insisted it was just a regular citizen's expression of opinion when he released a paper on Hong Kong's currency peg yesterday, but the government took it so seriously that Yam's successor as central banker, Norman Chan Tak-lam, responded even before he made it public.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Babies come first as celebrity parents Donnie Yen and Qiqi Yam show their softer sides at launch

It's curious to see how the launch of a range of high-end baby strollers can attract as many celebrities as a preview of luxury watches or handbags. Then again, most people do have a soft spot for babies.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Vivian Yam - Chemistry professor

Others may practise the creative arts, but where Vivian Yam Wing-wah excels is in the creative sciences. Her research has focused on unlocking the secrets of chemical bonds and processes at work in nature, and the questions involved are wide-ranging and profound.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HKU chemist with a cause

It may sound like science fiction, but Vivian Yam Wing-wah has set her sights on making it scientific fact. The chair professor of chemistry at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and her research team are creating new molecules, improving where necessary on what nature has to offer, and achieving breakthroughs with the potential to fundamentally change whole industries.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

South Korean heartthrob Rain has celebrities star-struck and swooning at store opening

The celebrities behaved more like their fans at MCM's store opening, using their camera phones to take snaps of the guest of honour, South Korean star Rain. The heartthrob left the ladies swooning, even without flashing his eight-pack abs.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

1b people in market for HK homes, Yam says

Former head of the Monetary Authority Joseph Yam Chi-kwong says property prices will continue to rise and that one way to relieve pressure on the market is for developers to release more land.

He rejected a recent suggestion that mainlanders should be banned from buying flats in the mass market to stop prices climbing too high.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Daycream believers turn out for birthday bash

Shiseido's product first anniversary cocktail reception

Where: The French Window, Central

When: September 9

What: Cosmetic brand Shiseido celebrated the first anniversary of its skin-care collection Shiseido Future Solution LX. Model Lisa S shared her skin-care tips with the guests.

15 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Simon Yam's bingeing on French fries helps his favourite charity

We thought the debonair Simon Yam Tat-wah had shunned high-calorie fast food, but we caught him filling his face with French fries at Peak Galleria last Friday. The 55-year-old was at the opening of New York Fries' branch at the mall in the clouds but his bingeing was for a good cause.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Where there's smoke there's ire for Hong Kong's award-winning actor

Simon Yam Tat-wah may have been crowned best actor at last month's Hong Kong Film Awards, but it's his daughter who lays down the law when it comes to his cigarette consumption.

6 May 2010 - 12:00am

From balancing the books to academic books

Former Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, once the world's highest paid central banker, has a new job in academia.

Yam has been appointed a distinguished research fellow at The Chinese University of Hong Kong's newly formed Institute of Global Economics and Finance.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Yuan could serve as third pillar of global monetary system, says Yam

The yuan can become the third pillar of the global monetary system, competing with and even surpassing the US dollar and the euro, according to Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, the former chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

19 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Public Eye

How long until we get a police party probe?

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am