by Jonathon Yeung I was barely a year old on June 30th, 1997. In the final hours before China regained sovereignty at midnight, the last governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, gave his farewell address on a windswept stage in the heart of the city. Amidst the pouring rain, he offered a message of hope, […]Read more
English in Hong Kong: The Unfortunate Decline
by Jonathan Yeung Hong Kong has two official languages: English and Chinese. Legally, both languages are meant to have equal status. This is clearest on the streets, where all road signs are bilingual; English on top, Chinese on the bottom. Before 1997, when Hong Kong was a Crown colony, English was the language of government, […]Read more
Choice: Too Much of a Good Thing?
by Jonathan Yeung The ‘freedom to choose’ has become so fundamental to modern (might I say, western) societies that it is essentially considered a basic right. Any attempt by any entity to abrogate choice, be it foreign terrorists, local politicians, or even our neighbours next door, are immediately condemned without much thought. On the contrary, increasing […]Read more