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American Metro Vocal Group makes splash with Canto-pop covers

Back row: Sean Oliver (left), Kevin Thornton, Eric Monson, Michael Lance and Orlando To with Michelle Li (front left) and Detroit Diamond. Photo: David Wong

When four Americans came to Hong Kong in 2005 to sing at the opening of Disneyland they had little idea what they would be doing four years later - singing unaccompanied in two Chinese dialects, releasing a Cantonese album and staging concerts in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 3:47am


Leaders must stay on top of pellets issue

Environmental groups have expressed concern over the 150 tonnes of polypropylene plastic pellets spilled off Hong Kong during Severe Typhoon Vicente and which swiftly scattered over a number of beaches.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

Why save Cantonese?

Students at the University of Hong Kong have spelled out the reasons they believe Cantonese should be saved amid predictions that the language is in danger of dying out. Here are some of their views in an essay assignment on the effects of the disappearance of the language set by Associate Professor of Linguistics Stephen Matthews:

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Putonghua is child's play

When banker Lee Tau Shen and his wife, Winnie Chong, relocated from Singapore, they were concerned about how their sons would learn Putonghua.

Matthew, six, and Benjamin, three, are still deepening their grasp of their first language, English. In Singapore, they were introduced to Mandarin as a second language.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A culture shrivels without its own tongue

The thundering herd from the mainland has sparked much sound and fury. Hongkongers have gone to great lengths to express their displeasure at the mainland invasion. Yet, strangely, everyone here seems to acquiesce on the need to learn Putonghua.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

After years of opening up, minds are as closed as ever

China has been regarded for decades as a state that prefers 'rule of virtue' or even 'rule of slogans' to the principle of 'rule of law', with the authorities having launched countless moral campaigns since the founding of the People's Republic.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Battle lines

A dichotomy seems to have emerged over the past months - played out in the media, in speeches by politicians and public stakeholders, and reinforced in a broad spectrum of discussions about public policy. It drew on current local events, yet its subtext has remained the same: the distinction between 'locals' and 'foreigners'.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK has the level of English it needs

Other places, such as Singapore and Shanghai, would relish seeing Hong Kong's English standards deteriorate, so that dislodging us from our world-leading position would become easier... This will happen if Hong Kong continues to downplay the importance of the English language in our attempt to provide services for a globalised world.

Po Chung, Insight, September 29

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Risk managers top wanted list

Doing deals on the mainland is a famously risky proposition, but one that has given rise to a growing army of specialists, armed with insider-knowledge to assist outsiders overcome business hurdles that are unique to mainland China.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Firm looks for social skills and integrity

Lawyers Norton Rose Hong Kong

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Today: American Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'Reaching today's digitally savvy kids'.

American Chamber of Commerce seminar: 'New Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) public database for product safety reporting'.

Wharf T&T workshop: ''Unique skills' you need for corporate IT security' (in Cantonese). Hong Kong Productivity Council.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


New Releases

Priest (IIB)

See review on this page.

The Detective 2 (IIB) (Cantonese)

See review on next page.

Gantz Perfect Answer (IIB) (Japanese)

12 May 2011 - 12:00am


New Releases

Water for Elephants (IIA)

See review on this page.

Punished (IIB) (Cantonese)

See review on next page.

Buddha Mountain (IIB) (Putonghua)

Drama revolving around three young adults who rent rooms from a retired Peking Opera singer with whom they form a bond. Starring Sylvia Chang Ai-chia. CT

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

The Legend of the Purple Hairpin

An adaptation of Tong Tik-sang's now-legendary Cantonese Opera piece - which premiered at the now-defunct Lee Theatre in 1957 - The Legend of the Purple Hairpin boasts a star-studded cast. Directed by Lee Tit, the film features divas Yam Kim-fai and Pak Suet-sin (left with Yam), who play the story's lead lovers, and Lan Chi Pak, the sinister official who tries to break up the relationship.

6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Advantages of bilingual studies

Like any parents who love their child above anything else, the agonising question of how to provide our daughter, Ocean, with the best possible formal education is one of the toughest dilemmas we have encountered.

As a Eurasian child, but with non-Chinese speaking parents, an obvious choice could have been one of the many international schools.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am