25 January 2020

Alan Lee

  • Lee Po's case might be over for now, but its diplomatic repercussions are continuing to unfold. Photo: HKEJ

    Lee Po case: It’s not over yet

    - Apr 5, 2016 4:48pm
    The firestorm of controversy and speculation surrounding bookseller Lee Po’s mysterious disappearance that has engulfed our city for over two months seems to have drawn to a close after he suddenly returned to Hong Kong intact...
  • The recent controversy over the use of the term "national" in promotional materials of a drama production indicates that some of our civil servants no longer act within reason. Photo: Internet

    When kissing-up triumphs over reason

    - Mar 29, 2016 4:26pm
    It seems there is no end to troubles for our city under Leung Chun-ying’s rule. Recently, according to media reports, an official of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), which sponsored a local drama production,...
  • Hong Kong and Beijing leaders must reflect on why independence topic has entered mainstream media discourse recently. Photo: HKEJ

    2047: Who can predict what will happen?

    - Mar 21, 2016 5:02pm
    The Hong Kong University Students’ Union’s official periodical, the Undergrad, recently published an article in which the author says the year 2047 will mark another crossroads in Hong Kong’s history. By that time Hong Kong people,...
  • NPC chairman Zhang Dejiang says Hong Kong people should stay focused on economic development and not be distracted with political issues. Photo: CNSA

    Beijing still has no clue what’s making us so discontented

    - Mar 15, 2016 7:16pm
    As usual, during this year’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the so-called people’s representatives from Hong Kong were keeping their heads down, busy taking notes. Then they would read the...
  • The Victoria Road Detention Center, better known as the "White House", will soon undergo a drastic facelift despite opposition from heritage conservationists. Photo: HKEJ

    There is also a White House in Hong Kong

    - Feb 29, 2016 5:04pm
    While many commentators and politicians are drawing parallels between the recent Mong Kok clashes and the 1967 leftist riots, another development that is also associated with those notorious riots that took place almost 50 years ago...
  • Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (inset)'s "categorization" of the clashes in Mong Kok on the night of Feb. 8 as a "riot" shows he thinks like a communist and is one at heart. Photo: TVB, HKEJ

    Leung’s choice of words is a dead giveaway

    - Feb 22, 2016 4:12pm
    The first day of the Year of the Monkey brought the biggest and most violent clashes between police and citizens our city has seen since 1967. Even though what happened that night was hardly comparable to...
  • Di-Dar, an album by Faye Wong released 20 years ago, has recently become a sensation again among Hong Kong pop music lovers. Photo: Internet

    What’s really killing Cantopop

    - Feb 20, 2016 8:02am
    An old and almost forgotten album from the legendary and now retired diva Faye Wong has been rediscovered recently by pop music lovers in Hong Kong, creating a new sensation in the city. Be it Gen-Xers...
  • Stiff rules and high investment thresholds would mean that the food trucks that will go into operation in Hong Kong by the year-end won’t be serving authentic local street delicacies. Photo: Internet

    How we are going the wrong way in the food truck scheme

    - Feb 2, 2016 4:16pm
    After months of scrutiny and deliberations, the government announced in December a trial scheme that will allow 12 food trucks to be operated at popular tourist spots in Hong Kong by the end of 2016. Under...
  • The backlash on teenage pop star Chou Tzu-yu over a Taiwan flag-waving incident shows how some mainland Chinese people have let their nationalist sentiments go haywire. Photo: internet

    Time for mainlanders to get the big chip off their shoulders

    - Jan 25, 2016 4:16pm
    The squabbles and bickering over the question of Chinese national identity keep coming back like a bad penny. Recently we saw Taiwanese pop singer and actor Show Luo (羅志祥) come under fire at home and “unfriended”...
  • Lawmaker Helena Wong Pik-wan of the Democratic Party is surrounded by angry protesters during a rally against the copyright amendment bill. Photo: HKEJ

    ‘If by whiskey’ approach a suicidal strategy for Democrats

    - Jan 18, 2016 3:41pm
    As the battle over the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 continues in the Legislative Council, the pan-democrats are doing everything they can to delay the voting on this bill by filibustering. Meanwhile Secretary for Commerce and Economic...
  • A Chinese-made C-802 anti-ship missile is seen in an exercise conducted by the Iranian military. Iran owes much of its missile technology to China and North Korea. Photo: Internet

    Why Iran’s military might should not be taken lightly

    - Jan 12, 2016 4:05pm
    Iran and Saudi Arabia have been locked in an escalating dispute after Saudi authorities announced the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on sedition charges. Riyadh’s action prompted demonstrators in Teheran to attack...
  • The love-hate relationship between China and the US is likely to continue into the foreseeable future as they both need each other's cooperation to deal with global issues. Photo: Reuters

    2015: A bumpy ride for Sino-US relations

    - Jan 4, 2016 11:02am
    It was quite a bumpy year for Sino-US relations in 2015 as competition and dispute between the two countries escalated. Yet it appears that Beijing and Washington have reached some sort of an unspoken agreement on risk management:...
  • During the golden days of Cantopop in the 1980s, Hong Kong pop singers were cultural icons across Asia. Leslie Cheung was twice named the most popular foreign performer in South Korea. Photo: youtube

    Why it is important to preserve Cantopop

    - Dec 28, 2015 3:48pm
    The live TVB broadcast of the 2015 Jade Solid Gold (JSG) Top 10 Songs Music Awards ceremony Sunday went almost completely unnoticed by most television viewers in Hong Kong. Very few people would be able to tell you...
  • After the HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in 2014, Britain has become the only major naval power in the world that doesn't have an aircraft carrier. Photo: Internet

    The sun is setting on the Royal Navy

    - Dec 21, 2015 4:22pm
    Britain has witnessed drastic cuts in its defense budget over the past five years due to pressures brought about by the European debt crisis and massive military spending in Afghanistan. Ever since the Tory government under...
  • A Chinese-made K-8 jet trainer serving the Egyptian air force. China is now the biggest weapons supplier of the Sub-Saharan region. Photo: Internet

    Chinese-made weapons have become the best-seller in Africa

    - Dec 14, 2015 4:07pm
    Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly in late September, President Xi Jinping announced that China would provide US$100 million of free military assistance to the African Union over the next five years to support the...
  • The fact that political rookies Kwong Po-yin and Yau Wai-ching blew everybody away in the recent District Council elections shows that public sentiment has changed drastically after last year's protests. Photo: HKEJ

    What the political landscape might be like in 2016

    - Dec 1, 2015 3:50pm
    It’s time to take stock of the first major election in the post-Occupy Central movement era. There are three things worth discussing for some clues to the political landscape in 2016. First is the Whampoa East...
  • Big Ear is in critical condition after he was hit by an an arrow fired from a crossbow. This is another incidence of increasing animal cruelty in Hong Kong. Photo: Internet

    Teens savaging animals: What has gone wrong with our values?

    - Nov 23, 2015 3:38pm
    Last Tuesday, a stray dog named Big Ear was seriously wounded by an arrow fired from a crossbow in Tsz Wan Shan. Big Ear remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery thanks to a non-profit veterinary...
  • Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress provided some inspiration to George Lucas's Star Wars series. Photo: Internet

    What do Star Wars and an old Japanese movie have in common?

    - Nov 21, 2015 8:04am
    After 32 years, Lucasfilm will finally release Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh episode of George Lucas’ epic science-fiction series. It will open before Christmas in cinemas around the world, and Star Wars fans are all...