26 January 2020

Betsy Tse

EJ Insight writer
  • Hong Kong people's next battle should be preserving the "One Country, Two Systems" safeguards, say some political activists. Photo: HKEJ

    After the electoral reform veto, what should we focus on?

    - Jun 19, 2015 6:34pm
    July 1 will mark the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule. Over the years, locals have been assured many times that one of the main principles of the Basic Law of Hong Kong...
  • Chan Yuen-han is taken by surprise as most of her  fellow pro-establishment legislators walk out of Legco (left). The official tally: 37 present, 8 for, 28 against. Photos: Apple Daily, HKEJ

    How pro-government legislators made fools of themselves

    - Jun 18, 2015 5:52pm
    The defeat in the Legislative Council Thursday of the government’s proposal for the 2017 election for chief executive was widely expected — but no one could have foreseen the final vote count. The package was overwhelmingly rejected, with...
  • Hengqin continues to do well by focusing on developing leisure and travel businesses such as theme parks. Photo: HKEJ

    Hengqin finds niche in Pan-Pearl River Delta Region

    - Jun 16, 2015 4:05pm
    Hengqin island in the southern city of Zhuhai is Macau’s nearest neighbor. Instead of trying to compete with Macau, Hengqin thrives by playing a complementary role to Asia’s gaming hub. Hengqin has been developing rapidly in recent years....
  • Chinese authorities have been stripping away Li Xiaolin's privileges over the past two years. Li, the daughter of former premier Li Peng, is believed to be under an anti-graft investigation. Photo: HKEJ

    How times have changed for China’s ‘Power Queen’

    - Jun 12, 2015 5:52pm
    Dubbed as China’s “Power Queen”, Li Xiaolin had always been known for her designer clothes and other expensive tastes. But over the past year, she has kept a relatively low profile, transforming herself from a Birkin-bag-loving...
  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma said if he had another life, he’d keep the company private. Photo: HKEJ

    Jack Ma’s IPO regrets may turn into Hong Kong’s gain

    - Jun 11, 2015 9:56am
    Not for the first time, tech billionaire Jack Ma has said he’s not happy despite Alibaba’s success. Alibaba successfully launched a mega listing in New York last September, paving the way for his flagship group to become...
  • Customers had to pay through Alipay accounts or in cash at some cashier-less supermarkets, in an experiment conducted by Sesame Credit last Friday. Photo:

    How trustworthy are the Chinese?

    - Jun 10, 2015 6:12pm
    If you walk into a cashier-less supermarket, will you for a second think of walking out without paying for the items you bought? Two supermarkets, one in Beijing and the other in Hangzhou, conducted an one-day...
  • A proud mother speaks to a reporter after her son gained admission to a prestigious primary school. The boy, however, shows no visible signs of joy, in a video clip that has gone viral. Credit: Apple Daily

    A Tiger Mom & her expressionless kid

    - Jun 9, 2015 6:52pm
    The Hong Kong government released on June 6 the central allocation for Primary One class seats in local public schools. Parents who saw their kids gain admission into top notch schools were understandably very excited, but...
  • Swire Properties has set a new record by selling a duplex apartment at its Opus tower for nearly HK$500 million. Photo: HKEJ

    Why luxury flats will have more takers in HK

    - Jun 9, 2015 11:26am
    Swire Properties has just sold a super-deluxe duplex apartment at its Opus tower for nearly HK$500 million (US$80.5 million), setting a new record as Asia’s most expensive apartment in terms of price per square foot. The...
  • Lack of competition is the main reason why our TV industry is falling behind. Photo:HKEJ

    Why Hong Kong’s TV industry is going nowhere

    - Jun 8, 2015 4:42pm
    It’s amazing that a rerun of TVB’s The Greed of Man has become a hit again in Hong Kong. The stock market-themed drama series has attracted lots of late-night viewers. Some viewers say The Greed of Man, which...
  • Tic Tac Minions and McDonald’s Nanoblock sets are the latest targets of people trying to make a fast buck in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s common between Tic Tac Minions & McDonald’s Nanoblocks?

    - Jun 5, 2015 4:45pm
    From properties to iPhones, Hong Kong people love to make a quick buck off anything in short supply. Right now, the flippers have some new, albeit much smaller, targets: Tic Tac Minions and McDonald’s Nanoblock sets....
  • In search of higher market valuation, many US-listed Chinese companies are planning a return to the mainland market or list in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    Why US-listed Chinese companies are heading home

    - Jun 3, 2015 6:41pm
    Chinese biotech company 3SBios is seeking up to HK$712 million (US$91.83 million) in an initial public offering. The stock is scheduled to begin trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange next Thursday. Interestingly, it’s not the first...
  • To improve its performance, Dynam Japan plans to lure more female and elderly players to its Pachinko parlors. Photo: HKEJ

    Why a Pachinko operator is eyeing female and elderly players

    - Jun 3, 2015 11:58am
    Pachinko was once a big rage in Japan, with locals as well as tourists flocking to whatever parlors they could find. But in recent years, the Japanese arcade game — which is a combination of a pinball and...
  • Young graduate Duncan Chiu is flanked by his father Deacon and his mother. Duncan (left photo) promotes the fun park. Photos: HKEJ

    Duncan Chiu lives his father’s dream

    - Jun 2, 2015 6:10pm
    Hong Kong entrepreneur Deacon Chiu had always wanted to bring Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park back to life. For 10 years, Chiu and his youngest son Duncan discussed a plan to rebuild the amusement park on...
  • Last month, Lenovo rolled out 17TV, its first smart TV brand, but whether the business will be profitable remains to be seen. Photo:internet

    Is Lenovo too late to the smart TV party?

    - Jun 1, 2015 6:30pm
    Lenovo (00992.HK) grew a meager 5 percent in its core personal computer business in 2014, disappointing many investors. Chief financial officer Wong Wai-ming admitted it is quite hard for the PC business to keep growing at...
  • The Housing Authority is facing calls to reconsider its current "nip in the bud" no-pets policy as the rules assume that pets will misbehave no matter what. Photo: HKEJ

    Time to rethink the no-pets policy at public housing estates?

    - May 29, 2015 4:30pm
    Following the introduction of new estate management rules in 2003, public housing tenants are not allowed to keep pets in their units. The reality, however, is that many tenants flout that rule. Nowadays, almost every estate...
  • Master So warns that the Hong Kong property market could see a 30 percent correction. Photo: HKEJ

    A Feng Shui master has some advice for property buyers

    - May 22, 2015 3:43pm
    So Man-fung, also known as Master So, may be not so well known in Hong Kong’s the expatriate circles but he is quite famous locally for teaching the skills of Feng Shui and physiognomy on television....
  • Except for guide dogs, pets are not allowed to travel on the MTR. Photo: HKGDA Puppy Club

    Why can’t MTR be more pet-friendly?

    - May 21, 2015 4:31pm
    Hong Kong lags behind its Asian neighbors in many aspects, the absence of a pet-friendly policy being one of them. For example, except for guide dogs, pets are not allowed to travel on the MTR. Animal...
  • Lau Ming-wai's tips on home-buying were blasted as unrealistic by members of his generation. Photo:HKEJ

    Useless home-buying tips from son of property tycoon Joseph Lau

    - May 21, 2015 3:18pm
    Lau Ming-wai, 34, son of billionaire property developer Joseph Lau Luen-hung, gave some advice to young people who are finding it difficult to afford a home, but many found his suggestions entirely unrealistic. In response to...
  • The proposed change to the law would be unfair to operators of licensed guest houses who have invested large sums to comply with existing regulations. Photo: HKEJ

    Proposed law change could choke guest house industry

    - May 20, 2015 5:55pm
    It all started when a guest house in North Point caught fire in 2013, injuring tourists staying there. Since then, the Hong Kong government has been determined to tighten up the regulation of guest houses and hostels....
  • A survey has shown that most Hongkongers want the government to alter the Small House Policy that favors indigenous male villagers.

    Time for HK to rethink its old Small House Policy

    - May 20, 2015 5:50pm
    Hong Kong’s Small House Policy (SHP) has become an extremely contentious issue, with critics arguing that the time has come for the government to jettison the colonial legacy. The Leung Chun-ying administration, on its part, has...