- Paula Leung, a 42-year-old Hong Kong journalist, was jailed after waving a British-Hong Kong flag when China’s national anthem was played at an Olympic award ceremony in July 2021.
- On Thursday, the Kwun Tong magistrates’ court sent Leung to prison for three months.
- The conviction marks the first time an individual has been jailed for insulting the country’s national anthem.
A Hong Kong journalist was jailed after waving a British-Hong Kong flag when China’s national anthem was played at an Olympic award ceremony.
Paula Leung, 42, pleaded guilty to insulting the national anthem by waving the colonial-era flag as the medal ceremony for Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung was shown on a big screen at APM shopping mall on July 26, 2021.
‘He abused my country, my leader’: Chinese diplomat says pulling Hong Kong protester’s hair was his ‘duty’
- Chinese Consul-General Zheng Xiyuan admitted to pulling the hair of Hong Kong protester Bob Chan during the scuffle that ensued at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday.
- Viral videos of the incident show Chan being dragged into the consulate’s grounds, where he was repeatedly punched and kicked by a group of masked men.
- Zheng admitted his actions in a recent interview with Sky News, saying that the protester “abused” his country and his leader and claiming that he only acted out of “duty.”
- Chan, who sustained multiple injuries, has expressed fears of potential retribution against his family.
- British officials expect China to waive the diplomatic immunity of Zheng and other involved officials if police find grounds to charge them.
Chinese Consul-General Zheng Xiyuan has admitted to pulling the hair of a pro-Hong Kong independence protester who was beaten at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday.
Zheng, whose office is under investigation for the violent incident, confirmed his actions against protester Bob Chan in an interview with Sky News, saying he had done them out of “duty.”
- Chinese Consul-General Zheng Xiyuan has confirmed his involvement in the violence that erupted in Beijing’s consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday.
- The chaos, which was caught on now-viral security footage, ensued as pro-Hong Kong democracy protesters marching outside the consulate were met by staff.
- The video shows one protester being dragged into the consulate’s grounds, where he was then repeatedly beaten.
- British Member of Parliament (MP) Alicia Kearns told the House of Commons on Tuesday that Zheng was also seen “ripping down posters” before “grievous bodily harm” was inflicted on the protester.
- In a letter to Manchester police, Zheng said the protesters were initially “asked politely” to remove their posters, but they “refused to do so.”
- The diplomat also claimed that two of his staff members were assaulted in the scuffle.
- British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly summoned China's second-most senior diplomat in London, Yang Xiaoguang, to explain the incident.
China’s chief diplomat to the United Kingdom in Manchester has confirmed his involvement in the violence with pro-Hong Kong independence protesters that erupted in his office grounds on Sunday.
The incident, which was caught on now-viral security footage, saw a group of masked men drag a protester onto the Chinese consulate grounds, where he was then repeatedly beaten.
- A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester, only identified as Bob, was beaten up at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday afternoon.
- In videos of the incident that have recently surfaced online, the victim, who was protesting outside the consulate, can be seen being dragged into its grounds by a group of masked men.
- Bob was one of several members of the pro-democracy group called Hong Kong Indigenous Defence Force who were speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party congress in Beijing.
- Manchester’s Chinese consulate has stated that the protestors displayed a satirical portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to reports.
- Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the recent incident. As of this writing, they have yet to make any arrests.
A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester was beaten up at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, on Sunday afternoon.
In videos of the incident that have recently surfaced online, the victim, who was protesting outside the consulate, can be seen being dragged into its grounds by a group of masked men.
- Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai told reporters at the 27th Busan International Film Festival that he would like to star in Korean dramas.
- Leung, 60, was presented the Asian Cineaste of the Year award during the South Korean festival on Thursday for his work with directors like renowned Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai, who directed him in "In the Mood for Love” and “Happy Together.”
- Six of his films, including “The Longest Nite” and "2046," will be screened at the largest festival in Asian until Oct. 14.
- The “Lust, Caution” star expressed his desire to appear in a K-drama.
- Leung went on to praise content coming out of Korea, referring to award-winning films and shows such as Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” and Netflix’s “Squid Game.”
Iconic Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai shows no sign of stopping in his decades-long career, as he told attendees at the 27th Busan International Film Festival that he would like to star in Korean dramas.
Leung, 60, was presented the Asian Cineaste of the Year award during the South Korean festival on Thursday following his years working with renowned Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai on films such as “In the Mood for Love” and “Happy Together.”
- Hong Kong saw a massive surge of inbound and outbound travelers after Chief Executive John Lee uplifted its mandatory COVID-19 hotel quarantine protocol last week.
- Travel agency Trip.com reportedly saw a 400% increase in outbound bookings on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 compared to the previous weekend, while inbound bookings surged by 150%.
- Flight bookings for Osaka, one of the recent top destinations alongside Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore, were up by 7,300%, the website noted.
- Ticket prices have also increased amid the influx of travelers.
- “I’m conscious of the fact that, while we need to control the spread of COVID, we also need to ensure that there will be maximum activities in society and economic activities for society to carry on,” Lee said.
Plane ticket prices to and from Hong Kong recently underwent a massive surge after the city announced it would finally ease its COVID-19 protocols for arriving tourists and returning residents.
For the first time in two-and-a-half years, tourists can now enter Hong Kong without having to do a mandatory weeks-long hotel quarantine at their own expense.
- On Thursday, Japan’s government announced that the country would be reopening its borders to all individual tourists starting on Oct. 11.
- Taiwan also announced its plan to remove inbound quarantine for international arrivals by Oct. 13.
- Similarly, the Hong Kong government announced on Friday its conclusion of hotel quarantine for inbound travelers starting Sep. 26.
- As for mainland China, the government maintains its “zero COVID” policy that still requires travelers to quarantine at a hotel for 10 days at their own expense.
After more than two years of strict border restrictions, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong have lifted COVID-19 restrictions on inbound travelers.
On Thursday, Japan’s government announced that the country would be resuming visa-free access for certain countries and reopening its borders to all individual tourists starting on Oct. 11.
- A 43-year-old man, surnamed Pang, was arrested on Tuesday outside the British consulate in Hong Kong under the British colonial-era sedition law for playing a pro-democracy tune on a harmonica at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral vigil.
- Pang played the song “Glory To Hong Kong,” which became known as a pro-democracy song during the city’s anti government protests in 2019.
- Thousands of mourners gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay tribute on Monday evening.
- Following the queen’s death, more than 13,000 people have lined up to sign a book of condolences in the city’s British consulate.
A man in Hong Kong who played a pro-democracy tune on a harmonica at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral vigil in Hong Kong was arrested.
Thousands of mourners gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay tribute on Monday evening.
‘I am Chinese and I love my motherland forever’: Hong Kong opera star apologizes for praising Queen Elizabeth II
- Veteran opera star Law Kar-ying publicly apologized after sparking outrage among nationalists in China for praising Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II.
- Law was heavily criticized on Weibo after posting an image on Instagram of himself at the British consulate in Hong Kong to mourn the queen’s death with the caption: “Hong Kong was a blessed land during her reign.”
- In response to the criticism, Law posted a video apology in Mandarin Chinese: “My original intention was to express condolences for a late elderly woman and I would like to appeal to everyone not to overly interpret what I said. I can’t possibly forget my origin and ancestry,” he added. “That I have been keeping a Chinese passport says it all, I am Chinese and I love my motherland forever. I am sorry.”
- Some commenters were not convinced by his apology, and even urged him to “learn from his wife” Liza Wang, a longtime Hong Kong delegate to China’s National People's Congress.
- Other commenters defended him and said he did not even need to apologize in the first place.
An opera star from Hong Kong has publicly apologized for praising Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II after her recent death.
Law Kar-ying, a 75-year-old Cantonese opera star, was among those who mourned the queen’s death outside the city’s British consulate.
- Hong Kong-based food critic Lam Chua is under fire for describing the Japanese omakase dining experience as treating “diners like idiots.”
- Following his comments, a Chinese newspaper columnist criticized the food critic.
- Although the columnist recognized Lam’s expertise, he stated that Lam has little experience dining at top restaurants in Japan.
- Lam believes that food must have value and a reasonable price.
A Singapore-born food critic in Hong Kong has been criticized for stating that Japanese omakase chefs treat “diners like idiots.”
In a post uploaded to Weibo on Aug. 22, food writer and TV personality Lam Chua, 82, expressed his disappointment in the Japanese omakase dining experience. He added that he has “an issue” with the chef choosing the dishes throughout the entire course.
- Hong Kong actor Jason Wong was brutally attacked by a man with a knife while having dinner with other local celebrities in China on Aug. 29
- Wong, 44, believes the incident was a case of mistaken identity as he later noted how the attacker realized he had the wrong person soon after the stabbing.
- "I have acted in an upright manner, and I do not feel that I have offended others," Wong wrote in a statement on Weibo. "I thought a lot but I really can't think of a reason for the attack, and I think the attack was an 'unexpected disaster.’"
- He shared that he saw the skin of his own face "fall off" during the attack and that his "eyeballs were nearly chopped off."
- Wong was rushed to the hospital and endured nearly six hours of surgery to repair multiple injuries to his face, left wrist and waist, which required over 100 stitches.
- Wong, who has been dubbed “Louis Koo’s doppelganger” for his uncanny resemblance to the popular actor, told Sina.com that Koo gave him HK$50,000 (approximately $6,369) after the attack.
Hong Kong actor Jason Wong was brutally attacked while having dinner with other local celebrities on Aug. 29 at the restaurant of retired actor Frankie Ng in Shenzhen, China.
Wong, 44, was dining with Ng, as well as actors Ai Wai and Jason Chu, when an assailant charged at him and started stabbing him with a kitchen knife.
- A study published in Cancer Prevention Research by Hong Kong researchers on Aug. 1 posits that women who consume preserved foods have an increased breast cancer risk.
- The research involved Hong Kong residents composed of 1,307 women with breast cancer and 1,050 age-matched controls without cancer.
- The participants were asked to answer a standardized questionnaire to provide their dietary information, including the amount of preserved foods they consume.
- Based on their findings, consuming cured meat resulted in a 32 percent increase among the women in their risk of developing breast cancer. The risk increased more than double among women who consumed cured meat at least once per week than those who did not.
- The scientists noted that while there is reason to believe that cured meat consumption suggests a potential novel risk factor for breast cancer, larger studies are needed to further validate their findings.
Women who consume cured meats and other preserved foods are more likely to develop breast cancer, a new study from local researchers in Hong Kong suggests.
The study, published in Cancer Prevention Research on Aug. 1, looked into how preserved foods that may contain nitrate and nitrite might increase the risk of developing breast cancer.