Date
15 October 2018

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • This screen grab from a YouTube clip shows a man being warmly welcomed by his girlfriend's family despite being late. The idea is that the man's shortcomings are ignored because he owns his own flat. Photo: YouTube

    Back to the dinner table after the street protests

    - Dec 17, 2014 12:23pm
    Google has just released the top 10 search topics this year but they’re nowhere as interesting as those you’ll find at a typical middle-class Chinese dinner table. Daughter: “Dad, why didn’t you buy a flat? Son:...
  • After the Occupy site in Mong Kok was cleared, pro-democracy protesters crowded the streets, responding to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's call for Hongkongers to go shopping. Photo: AFP

    Gouwu, gouwu, I love you

    - Dec 16, 2014 12:36pm
    Occupy Central ended after 79 days, but Occupy Hong Kong, which has been going on for more than 10 years, has not stopped. Whether it was Occupy Admiralty, Occupy Causeway Bay or even Occupy Mong Kok,...
  • Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (R) can learn some lessons from her former peer Anson Chan (L) with regard to overseeing key infrastructure projects. Photos: HKEJ

    What Carrie Lam can learn from Anson Chan

    - Dec 15, 2014 12:19pm
    In October 1989, Hong Kong’s then colonial government launched the “Rose Garden Project” to kick-start the economy and restore investor confidence, which was shaken badly by the events in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square four months earlier. In...
  • Li Keqiang, Chen Shui-ban and Kim Jong-un are among the political figures reportedly suffering from diabetes in the region. Photos: ifeng.com, Xinhua

    Diabetes and politics

    - Dec 12, 2014 1:38pm
    What do Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-ban and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have in common? Well, all three are said to be suffering from severe diabetes, adding a new element to...
  • John Mulcahy says China has become a big player in renewable energy. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China needs a new chapter

    - Dec 11, 2014 4:15pm
    In the second and concluding part of an interview (the first part is here), John Mulcahy, head of research at China Galaxy Securities, shares his views on China’s politics and economy and the hot brokerage sector. EJ: How...
  • Ronnie Chan (left) and Henry Cheng, who celebrate their birthdays today, are known for their generous charitable activities. Photo: HKEJ

    Tycoons reveal secret to richer, happier life

    - Dec 11, 2014 2:34pm
    Happy birthday to Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, who officially turns into senior citizen today. The property tycoon celebrates his 65th birth anniversary with a luncheon for winners of the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards, a biennial mathematics research...
  • John Mulcahy is optimistic about Hong Kong's future. Photo: HKEJ

    Yum cha with John Mulcahy, the original Lai See

    - Dec 11, 2014 11:04am
    It took me some time to track down the man who created the South China Morning Post’s longest-running column, Lai See. The light-hearted daily selection of gossipy tidbits in the business section was probably the first...
  • Hong Kong's property market enjoys much higher valuation compared to that in New York due to several reasons. Photos: HKEJ, internet

    Is HK property really worth more than that of New York?

    - Dec 10, 2014 3:34pm
    We all know about Hong Kong’s sky-high property prices, but can we put a figure on what the market is worth in total? According to the government’s Ratings and Valuation Department, the total rent which is...
  • While Hong Kong youth are waging a battle for democracy, their peers in Shenzhen are more interested in riding a stock market rally. Photos: Bloomberg, AFP

    Guess what’s keeping the mainland youth busy?

    - Dec 8, 2014 12:32pm
    The ten-week-old Occupy campaign continues to be the main taking point in the student community in Hong Kong, but just across the border in Shenzhen there is an entirely different thing that is occupying the mind-space...
  • Many Hong Kong families who can't afford the rents in private developments live in subdivided flats. Photo: Internet

    Hong Kong people and the three little pigs

    - Dec 3, 2014 2:35pm
    Remember the children’s bedtime story about the three little pigs who build houses made of straw, wood and bricks, and only the brick house is able keep away the big bad wolf? It’s only a fairy...
  • Things are very different now and they're changing every day but the fun of journalism is still there. Photo: HKEJ

    Those were the days, my friend

    - Dec 1, 2014 11:17am
    Journalism was not my first career choice. My dream was to be a copywriter. But I’m happy to settle for second best and probably will as long as I’m here. Exactly 20 years ago, I started...
  • The popularity of John Tsang (left) rose to a one-year high, while C.Y. Leung's also enjoyed a rebound. But the poll did not reflect the public's view on the Mong Kok crackdown over the last few days. Photo: HKEJ, CNSA

    Tsang at one-year high as Leung rebounds to August levels

    - Nov 28, 2014 2:14pm
    Here is a business report you probably won’t read in Apple Daily or other financial newspapers. The stock of Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah surged to a 12-month high despite a disappointing launch for Shanghai-Hong Kong...
  • Hong Kong authorities are hoping that an upcoming local attraction will help steer people's minds away from the Occupy protests. Photos: Xinhua, AFP

    Ferris Wheel: Is this all that Leung can offer now?

    - Nov 26, 2014 2:46pm
    A giant Ferris Wheel will be the talk of the town when it opens in Hong Kong in about two weeks, potentially pushing the Occupy campaign off the top headlines in local media. Well, that is what...
  • Chow Tai Fook's new investment in Tsim Sha Tsui underlines its confidence in the gold jewelry market. Photo: HKEJ

    Where gold is easier to find than a hamburger

    - Nov 25, 2014 2:26pm
    If you think gold is yesterday’s news, think again. The latest sign it’s anything but fading amid plunging world prices is the big bet on the gold retail market by Hong Kong’s biggest jewelry chain.  It’s all...
  • No meeting of minds between C.Y. Leung (inset) and young Occupy protesters. Photos: HKEJ

    CY criticizing youth augurs poorly for dialogue

    - Nov 24, 2014 12:43pm
    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is not known as “hard-boned” (“unyielding” in Chinese) for nothing. He is especially tough on Hong Kong’s young people. Having promised to tackle the youth issue in his next policy address, Leung...
  • A weaker yen has boosted Japan travel demand in Hong Kong, with tours said to be fully booked for the Christmas season. Photo: Bloomberg

    Do we benefit from falling yen and other Asian currencies?

    - Nov 21, 2014 1:12pm
    Fancy having some sushi, kimchi, bubble tea or Hainan chicken on your overseas trip? Well, the delicacies are all now effectively cheaper in their home nations and cities, thanks to the collapse in Asian currencies in...
  • Chinese International School (left) and Sha Tin College are two famous international schools in Hong Kong. Photo: Internet

    Help your kid’s school and travel to exotic places

    - Nov 20, 2014 3:45pm
    Pity our schools. Most people think they’re making truckloads of money by breaking the backs of their students’ hard-working parents, but truth to tell, they need more income to sustain their operations and miscellaneous activities. That’s...
  • Umbrellas will serve more than one purpose during the winter in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    Don’t underestimate the El Nino effects in Hong Kong

    - Nov 19, 2014 2:49pm
    Should you carry an umbrella during the winter? No, I’m not talking about the yellow item that has become a potent symbol of the civil disobedience movement, but rather the regular personal utility that shields us...
  • Mainland investors are interested in the smaller Hong Kong-listed companies. Photo: Reuters

    HK appetite for stocks bigger than mainland’s

    - Nov 18, 2014 12:11pm
    Hong Kong is a small island, but it has a big appetite for stocks. By contrast, although mainland China is huge, it seems to like smaller stocks. These are a couple of observations from the landmark...
  • (From left) Emperor Entertainment Group's pop stars Nicholas Tse, Joey Yung and Leo Ku may show up on ATV if Albert Yeung buys a stake in the station. Photos: nipic.com

    When Albert Yeung sells, he is looking to buy

    - Nov 17, 2014 12:31pm
    Entertainment tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-shing is ready to make a big acquisition — possibly Asia Television (ATV) — after selling his empire’s magazine arm for HK$950 million. Yeung signed a memorandum of understanding with Hui Ka-yan...

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