HK Magazine’s Man of the Year
Winner: Bus Uncle Roger Chan Yuet-tung
Celebrating the year in absurdity.
I was born in Shanghai in 1949, before the liberation of China. My family decided to come to Hong Kong in 1967. I studied at La Salle in Kowloon Tong.
My parents sent my sister to France, and me to Australia, where I finished high school and university in Sydney. I went on to work in New York.
New York is very cosmopolitan. It’s not like in the mid-west where you’d feel out of place.
Roland Soong is one of the most influential bloggers in the greater Chinese world. His blog, EastSouthWestNorth (zonaeuropa.com), which translates Chinese news articles and blog posts into English, is an essential feed for journalists in the east and west.
If your good deeds track record is looking a little thin, you had better reverse your bad influence on the world with a little bit of good, old-fashioned penance. Spread some good feeling by giving your help where it’s really needed - with local charities. Whether you’ve been a litterbug, harbored a secret loathing of your parents’ cat, or simply haven’t spent enough time with those you care about, rest assured that there is a way to atone for your crimes.
Have you been too naughty this year? Find some salvation with local charities.
HK Magazine: Voodoo is generally considered a form of Black magic. What do you think of that?
Polly Wong: Most people have the misconception that Voodoo is about spell casting and symbolic killing. However, that’s only 30 per cent of the truth! At least 70 per cent of Voodoo is for good luck. Voodoo dolls can provide protection and blessings. We want to spread the positive side of Voodoo.
Polly Wong is the head of the Hong Kong branch of Ethnic Voodoo. She also practices Voodoo, which has been around in Africa since the beginning of civilization. But it doesn’t take a specialist to practice the ancient art. Apparently, it’s as simple as buying a doll.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Does anyone have to go to the bathroom, get a drink, or take some Advil? Are there any nagging little concerns that need attending to?
I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I was the first born, and I was always the source of joy and pride for my mother.
My mother was a concubine, which was common in the old days. During World War II, she fled from Guangzhou to Hong Kong, and my dad came along to look after her.
I studied hard partly to please my mother and to make up for her disappointment in her own life.
As the Secretary for Security, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee became the face of Article 23, the infamous state security bill, and the target of ruthless political satire. Just after the July 1, 2002 democracy march, she resigned from the government and spent three years at Stanford University before returning to town and forming the political think tank Savantas. Tom Hilditch talks to her about her life, her daughter, and her hair.
Is it us, or does almost everyone seem to be taking Mandarin lessons these days? Or at least talking about taking Mandarin lessons. There are plenty of good reasons to learn the national tongue, just ask anyone who’s tried to get around the mainland on “xie xie” and a smile. And it’s not just Hong Kong that seems obsessed with Mandarin: about 30 million people worldwide are taking up the language, not counting the 1.3 billion over the border.
Want to learn Mandarin? Kea Wong finds the classes
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): On Jupiter’s moon Europa, there is an absolutely straight narrow line about 125 miles long. NASA’S photos show it clearly. Commenting on this improbably regular feature, renowned author and inventor Arthur C. Clarke says he finds it hard not to conclude that it was constructed by intelligent life. “I’m beginning to think the unthinkable,” he writes. Make that sentence your watchword in the coming week, Sagittarius. Be ready to imagine the unimaginable, see the unseeable, and think the unthinkable.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): “Whether we are on the threshold of a Golden Age or on the brink of a global cataclysm that will extinguish our civilization is not only unknowable, but undecided,” said Edward Cornish, President of the World Future Society. I bet that in the past year you’ve had comparable fantasies about the fate of your own personal destiny, Sagittarius. At times, it must have seemed as if you were teetering on the brink of a sulfurous abyss that was within shouting distance of the yellow brick road to paradise.