21 October 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma has once again spoken about the growing role that women will play in businesses in future. Photo: Bloomberg

    Meet ‘Jackie Ma’ of Alibaba

    - Aug 29, 2019 12:26pm
    If there is something Alibaba’s outgoing chairman Jack Ma wants different in his next life, it is about changing his gender. Speaking at the Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou on Wednesday, Ma said he hopes...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam has not ruled out the possibility of invoking emergency powers to address the growing unrest. Photo: Reuters

    Martial law and Carrie Lam’s seven

    - Aug 28, 2019 12:04pm
    Seven is not exactly a lucky number for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. According to the latest Public Opinion Program survey of the Public Opinion Research Institute, 77 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with...
  • Longfor chairwoman Wu Yajun promised to look into the property owner's complaint. Photo: HKEJ

    Changsha protest finds its way into Hong Kong

    - Aug 27, 2019 12:17pm
    Hong Kong, Asia’s financial hub, is by now also known as a city of protests. Many fear that the almost daily anti-government rallies, which have often descended into violence, would have a serious impact on our...
  • Protesters take cover from tear gas during clashes with police in Tsuen Wan on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Jet lag in the summer of ‘white terror’

    - Aug 26, 2019 12:04pm
    I hate having jet lag. Once I had it, I couldn’t sleep properly for nearly a month. But I hate even more what is happening in Hong Kong now because I and a lot of other...
  • The Lennon Wall is a symbol of the people's protest against the erosion of our freedoms. Photo: Bloomberg

    The spirit of Lennon Wall never dies

    - Aug 20, 2019 12:54pm
    I was shocked beyond words at what happened this morning in my neighborhood of Tseung Kwan O.  According to initial reports, a man in his forties attacked three people with a meat chopper after arguing with them...
  • Pro-democracy and pro-Beijing demonstrators hold rallies at the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station in Vancouver on Saturday. Photo: AFP

    Red versus black: HK protests in Canada

    - Aug 19, 2019 2:29pm
    Thank God, the mass protest in Hong Kong on Sunday was a peaceful one as police kept their distance from the demonstrators. In Canada, meanwhile, pro-democracy demonstrators and Beijing sympathizers were just a heartbeat away from actual fisticuffs...
  • China Mobile chairman Yang Jie said a laser pen is not an offensive weapon per se; it depends on how one uses it. Photo: HKEJ/Reuters

    China Mobile gift sheds light on laser pen row

    - Aug 9, 2019 12:33pm
    You gotta love China Mobile (00941.HK): it really knows how to cheer up local media. The state-owned telecoms operator on Thursday gifted each reporter attending its interim results announcement with a laser pen.  Of course, it...
  • John Flint said "the good interim results indicate that this is the right time for change, both for me and the bank". Photo: AFP/Bloomberg

    One strike and you’re out

    - Aug 5, 2019 12:29pm
    On the day a historic general strike is happening in Hong Kong, HSBC (00005.HK), one of the city’s leading banks, announced the resignation of its chief executive, John Flint, only 18 months after he took up...
  • Prospective buyers queue up during a sales event at the T Plus project in Tuen Mun earlier this month. Demand for tiny housing units has been soaring, but market experts warn that there is a potential downside as well. Photo: HKEJ

    Should you buy a nano flat?

    - Jul 31, 2019 2:39pm
    If you are a bread master, what would you do if you have limited flour but many customers? The answer: make the bread rolls smaller – and sell them faster. Now substitute the bread with homes,...
  • Demonstrators charge with a cart filled with burning cardboard during a clash with police in Sheung Wan on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Amid all the tumult

    - Jul 30, 2019 12:06pm
    Despite what doomsayers say, the local market appears to be taking the current political turmoil in stride. Fifty days after the mammoth rally against the extradition bill on June 9, one can say that the Hang...
  • Following the violence unleashed by white-clad thugs in Yuen Long last Sunday, the New Territories town is bracing for further potential trouble. Photo: Reuters

    What to expect in Yuen Long this weekend

    - Jul 25, 2019 4:36pm
    Like most locals, I never had any worries about personal safety nor hesitated to travel anywhere — and at any time — within Hong Kong as I firmly believed the city was one of the safest...
  • RTHK reporter Nabela Qoser (inset) confronts Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her officials over the violent incident at the MTR station in Yuen Long on Sunday. Photo: Reuters/Internet

    When a reporter becomes news on social media

    - Jul 23, 2019 2:31pm
    A lady reporter from public broadcaster RTHK became the talk of the town – or rather, of local social media – when she confronted Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and accused her of not doing enough...
  • Black-clad journalists and press freedom supporters stage a march to the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Sunday to denounce police treatment of media representatives during protests. Photo: Reuters

    Why some journalists join anti-extradition bill protests

    - Jul 18, 2019 1:44pm
    Chan Ho-wai, a reporter at Commercial Radio, knows exactly what “adding insult to injury” means. He experienced it twice while covering the protests against the extradition bill. Last Sunday, Chan was given an unsolicited dose of...
  • Louisa Mak is seen with her parents at the sales office of the T Plus residential project in Tuen Mun on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ

    Miss Hong Kong buys three of the smallest flats in the city

    - Jul 15, 2019 11:49am
    Miss Hong Kong is a ticket to fame and fortune. Winners of the annual beauty pageant, which was established in 1973, usually end up marrying some rich guy and living in luxury. They certainly don’t end...
  • Tencent’s Martin Lau, with his huge salary and stock grants, is the envy of many a professional manager in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    The making of Martin Lau, the billionaire professional manager

    - Jul 11, 2019 12:32pm
    You might be aware that Tencent’s Martin Lau Chi-ping is in a league of his own when it comes to executive compensation among top bosses at Hong Kong-listed firms, but did you know that he was...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to media regarding the extradition bill on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Generation gap

    - Jul 10, 2019 1:12pm
    June was the cruelest month for embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as her extradition bill drew both local and international denunciation, but July is not likely to bring solace to her crisis-gripped administration. After...
  • A file picture depicts signage for Club Tonnochy in the Wanchai area. The club was a prominent name in Hong Kong's raucous nighttime entertainment scene in an earlier era. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    A property deal evokes memories of HK’s golden era nightclubs

    - Jul 9, 2019 1:02pm
    Tonnochy nightclub may be gone, but not its legacy. In fact, one could argue that the fabled Hong Kong hotspot is worth more dead than alive. In a recent transaction, the site of the famous Wanchai...
  • Xiaomi shares worth some HK$43 billion are ready to be traded this week, accounting for over 18 percent of its total issued capital. Photo: AFP

    Xiaomi shareholders sat on 40 percent loss in first year

    - Jul 8, 2019 2:23pm
    The first year of Xiaomi Corp. (01810.HK) as a listed company was far from satisfactory. Its stock has dropped 41.5 percent as of last Friday, two days before its first anniversary. The Chinese technology giant is not...
  • China Evergrande CEO Xia Haijun bought a penthouse at The Pavilia Hill in Tin Hau for HK$155 million. Photo: HKEJ

    Evergrande boss snaps up Tin Hau penthouse

    - Jul 4, 2019 12:02pm
    Mainland property companies may be slowing down in buying up Hong Kong land, but rich mainlanders continue to snap up luxury homes in the city. The latest to do so is China Evergrande Group (03333.HK) chief executive...
  • Riot police stand on guard in Hong Kong on Tuesday after protesters stormed the Legislative Council building the previous day. As demonstrations continue to rock the city in relation to an extradition bill, the city’s retail sector is watching with growin

    Why luxury goods shops have reason to worry

    - Jul 2, 2019 2:06pm
    Although I visit Causeway Bay at least three times a week, it’s been a pretty long time since I went to the Times Square mall, not counting the occasional dining trip. But on Monday I had...