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
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
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
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
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
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
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 294 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
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
Lawyers Norton Rose Hong Kong13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am