Even under normal circumstances, a question like 'So how come you're not married yet?' could be a touchy one for an interviewee. For RTHK DJ and talk show host Candy Chea Shuk-mui, it turned out to be a downright embarrassing one. Chea's guest for her Sunday radio pro-gramme was Taiwanese literary legend Pai Hsien-yung. Aside from his literary achievements, Pai is known for being one of the few Chinese to have come out in public as a homosexual. Pai danced around the marriage question by saying he has more freedom being single. But the first sign that Chea was, apparently, not briefed about her subject before-hand came much earlier, when she gingerly asked Pai: 'So, professor, err, the homosexuals, do you quite sympathise with their situation?' To which Pai diplomatically replied: 'Well, I think I have a certain understanding of them. They are people too, so I don't think they necessarily need to be sympathised with.' Chea followed up with: 'So then you won't feel a sense of repulsion towards them?', and later - because persistence is a virtue - came up with this question about Pai's love life: 'Well, you still haven't answered ... what about your romantic history? When my friends found out I was going to interview you they all wondered, did you have a lot of girlfriends?'