15 July 2018

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • If this sight makes you think the democracy protest is hurting Hong Kong, think again. Photo: AFP

    Protest review: A few of my favorite things

    - Oct 20, 2014 11:43am
    There is nothing more depressing than reading a commentary in a leading Hong Kong newspaper that reads, “The sun may rise, but there’s no hope for democracy”. The price of democracy is high. Ask any white...
  • Jicheng Umbrella has sought a listing at a time when the so-called Umbrella Movement is sweeping Hong Kong. Photos: HKEJ,

    Umbrella IPO is coming to town

    - Oct 17, 2014 12:29pm
    You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout. I’m telling you why. The Umbrella IPO is coming to town. Jicheng Umbrella Holdings, China’s top umbrella exporter, has just filed for an initial public...
  • Some observers have suggested that media personnel should be more proactive and deter the police from violent crowd control tactics. Photo: TVB

    Police beating: Could the media have stopped it?

    - Oct 16, 2014 2:19pm
    An email from an old acquaintance (who is now a corporate PR heavyweight) landed in my inbox this morning, bearing the following message:  Hi,  I very nearly called Commercial Radio just now but my years of...
  • Hongkongers aren't too happy that the government is using taxpayer money to suppress the pro-democracy campaign. Photos: Civic Party, AFP

    How to pay your government bills in disobedience era

    - Oct 15, 2014 4:01pm
    Who doesn’t get angry watching video footage of the police’s selective targeting early Wednesday of Civic Party members and other democracy lovers – pretty much the same group at which tear gas was hurled three weeks...
  • Chief Secretary Carrie Lam faces an umbrella protest while speaking at a ceremony marking Spain's national day. Photo: Victoria Wisniewski Otero at Twitter

    Students should go for foldable umbrellas

    - Oct 14, 2014 4:39pm
    By now, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his dedicated officials must be allergic to umbrellas. Those pesky umbrellas are turning up everywhere they go — and it’s not even raining.  On Tuesday Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was confronted...
  • Beijing would not want APEC delegates to be caught in some of the world's worst traffic jams. Photo: Bloomberg

    Beijing students gear up for major event

    - Oct 13, 2014 2:33pm
    Twenty-five years ago, they shook the world with their historic democratic movement. But if you’re wondering what the youngsters of Beijing are preoccupied with these days, the answer is that they are preparing for another big...
  • The salesman's analogy about brand choices for smartphones is apt for Hong Kong's political situation. But iPhone 6 and Nokia? Seriously? Photos: Internet

    Why universal suffrage is more iPhone than Nokia

    - Oct 9, 2014 4:08pm
    As it turns out, more Hong Kong people rooted for the protesters than cheered iPhone 6. But that does not mean the much coveted device was out of sight or out of mind. After all, iPhone...
  • Pro-Beijing newspapers say the closure of Tanyoto hot pot restaurant is due to the Occupy campaign. Photo:  HKEJ,

    Winter is too late for Tanyoto hot pot restaurant

    - Oct 8, 2014 3:26pm
    Winter is too late for Tanyoto. The hot pot restaurant closed shop in Wan Chai yesterday with an unpaid tab: HK$700,000 in staff salaries. The Chinese restaurant chain famous for its Sichuan spicy fish head has...
  • Hong Kong parents find it quite difficult to get their kids into international schools. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Hong Kong finds it hard to recruit international talent

    - Oct 8, 2014 9:46am
    Parents have been scrambling to secure school places for their kids only to find that students have been on an extended summer holiday because of the pro-democracy protests. Ironic perhaps, but finding a suitable school for...
  • Canto pop singers Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse failed to make a huge profit on a Turtle Cove house they owned a decade ago. Photo: internet, Wen Wei Po

    Breaking up is hard and costly to do

    - Oct 7, 2014 3:08pm
    In Hong Kong, it pays to build in the price of property into the break-up costs when love ends. Take the interesting case of Canto pop diva Faye Wong, 45, and actor Nicholas Tse, 32, rekindling...
  • Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman says the world is impressed with how peaceful the protest has been. Photo: HKEJ

    We can keep building on our can-do spirit

    - Oct 7, 2014 8:28am
    This month, I went to Tamar Park twice, and both times, I was deeply touched. I think many people would be touched by the student movement, which has become the focus of world attention. The movement...
  • Protesters sit on the road in front of a Chow Tai Fook shop. Some of its stores were packed last weekend. Photo: Bloomberg

    The overstated financial impact of Occupy Central

    - Oct 6, 2014 5:40pm
    Better ignore the financial headlines on Occupy Central these days because they are largely overstated. A certain economics professor estimated the pro-democracy demonstration could cost up to HK$700 billion (US$90 billion) as he figured a drop...
  • Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman (left), University of Hong Kong vice chancellor Peter Mathieson (middle) and Chinese University of Hong Kong vice chancellor Joseph Sung (right) made headlines during visits to protesters. Photo: HKEJ

    Who are the real negotiators we can count on?

    - Oct 3, 2014 1:29pm
    Forget those negotiators who have been asked to make peace with the demonstrators by a government that used tear gas on them just days ago. What we need is a local version of Ban Ki-moon who...
  • Chief Secretary Carrie Lam might be showing her sympathy for the protesters through her yellow and black attire. Photo: TVB

    There seems to be more to Carrie Lam’s slip of the tongue

    - Sep 30, 2014 8:27pm
    Carrie Lam Cheung Yuet-ngor was not her usual self. On Monday the always articulate Chief Secretary made a slip of tongue by describing police use of tear gas on protesters on Sunday night as “appropriate violence”,...
  • Bernard Chan may have targeted the right customer group by opening a gym and wellness center for the elderly. Photo: Facebook

    The old man and the gym

    - Sep 26, 2014 12:47pm
    Here’s an idea for Hong Kong’s old folk: join a playgroup with your fruit money. Asia Financial, owned by potential chief executive candidate Bernard Chan and his family, is opening a gym in Sheung Wan that caters...
  • The seating plan follows rigid protocol. Tung Chee-hwa gets pride of place as delegation head. Other members of the delegation are shown below. Photo: HKEJ, CCTV

    A bevy of tycoons: Guess who’s squirming in their seats?

    - Sep 23, 2014 4:48pm
    The seating plan says it all and the body language is even more telling. Here, China’s rigid communist protocol is cleanly laid out for all to see. It’s a delicate art in which what is said...
  • Quincy Wong Lee-man, an expert in finance and marathon, says StanChart's marathon has failed to live up to international standards. Photos: HKEJ, AFP

    Cross-border marathon, anyone?

    - Sep 22, 2014 5:19pm
    An increasing number of business leaders in Hong Kong and the mainland are falling in love with the sport of long-distance running. That’s not so surprising because aside from being a straightforward affair, marathon offers a...
  • As expected, the iPhone 6 cleaned up and the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon list-up did not go down too badly either. But Cathay Pacific could use another round in its seat sale. Photos:,,

    Who won? Apple, CX or Standard Chartered?

    - Sep 17, 2014 1:38pm
    Three lucky draws, three different results. As expected, round 2 of iPhone 6 subscriptions took Hong Kong by storm. In fact, typhoon signal No. 8 may have helped as most people got up early to check...
  • Hang Lung Group's Ronnie Chan Chi-chung has donated US$350 million to Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Photos: HKEJ,

    Ronnie Chan raises philanthropy to new level

    - Sep 16, 2014 4:43pm
    Hang Lung Group’s Ronnie Chan Chi-chung and his brother have taken philanthropy to a new level, and perhaps without meaning to, have thrown down the gauntlet to their fellow tycoons.  Their foundation’s US$350 million donation to...
  • Early registration for next year's Hong Kong Marathon will help organizers get a handle on attendance. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 goes on sale online today. Photo:,

    Pick your storm: iPhone 6, CX ticket or marathon entry

    - Sep 15, 2014 4:41pm
    One in three internet users in Hong Kong is likely to join a frenzy on Tuesday morning for an iPhone 6, an airline ticket or an early-bird ticket to next year’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon....

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