The movie “Back to 1942” exposed a starvation history of China which moved many Chinese.

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“Back to 1942” by Chinese director Feng Xiaogang #storify


By Emma Yang

HONG KONG – The Huffington Post would watch whether to launch Chinese edition due to its worry about the press freedom according to its senior editor under the International Media Salon program yesterday at Hong Kong Baptist University.

When asked about how The Huffington Post would take the Chinese market, Chris Anderson, the senior editor in The Huffington Post said, Hong Kong is a wonderful place, so does China, but they’ll keep watching whether to launch Chinese edition because they are worrying about a lot of things especially the New York Times blocking issue. But “Never say never, China do have potential in the future.”

New York Times has set a Chinese edition recently, but its website has been blocked in mainland for hours since it has published a report about Wen Jiabao’s family wealth. And Mr. Anderson considers this event as a possible sample that The Huffington Post may meet in China.

The Huffington Post only has online edition, and they want to create an environment which a safe community that encourages conversation that when readers see the conversation, they want to participate in. In others words, all comments are welcome in its website even the anti-government words.



By Emma Yang

HONG KONG – Journalists should avoid watered-down language which may cause misunderstanding among readers especially in describing details in sex crime reporting, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter said Monday.

People don’t feel comfortable to talk about sex crime, so reporters are easily watered-down the language of the report, such as using vague words, etc., which may lead to horrible misunderstanding, said Sara Ganim, a crime reporter for The Patriot News.

In order to avoid misunderstanding, Ganim called for the usage of more specific words. Instead of saying an old man had sex with a boy, reporter could make clearer situation by saying an old man “forced” a boy to have sex with him.

In fact, to report a sex crime issue, journalist should draw a graphic picture to tell readers what the truth and what exactly happened to warn others.

“More information is usually better than less information,” according to Ganim at a forum of Pulitzer winners at a Hong Kong university.

But journalist should also aware to protect the victims and find the balance between the graphic reporting and victim protection, Ganim said, and those cost experience.

Ganim 24, the third-youngest person to win the Pulitzer, the top journalism award in the United States, for series local reporting about Penn State sex abuse scandal that involved a famous football couch Jerry Sandusky and the Second Mile charity.

Ganim also recalled her another report named Swalara Township Man Accused in Assaults on Girls as a bad example of losing balance by using too much vague words, such as “A man forced a girl sitting on his hand,” “touch her more than 10 times,” “touch her and made her touch him,” etc. Those made readers really confused, Ganim said.


photo by Emma

By Emma Yang

Hong Kong – Like every Sunday afternoon, Mabel Wong, one of tutors in JNMD Club, smiling, and waiting in front of teaching classroom in City University of Hong Kong for her students coming. “Ng Hou!” “Chui gen din young a?” every student come to Mable will have a short talk with her. “That could exam their level.” Wong said with wink-wink eyes.

JNMD Club is a non-register organization, or even not a real organization but a group with tutors and helpers shares the same interest and belief gather together for passing on love and care for foreign students who is new to Hong Kong.

The word JNMD is the Abbreviation of Chinese pronunciation of the phrase “land of Canaan” which appeared in Bible meaning the wonderful place. The founders of JNMD are a group of Christian who has been helped in Canada when they were studied abroad there, after they came back to Hong Kong, they planed to build a same wonderful place here to help foreign language students, mainly the mainland students as they are the largest students’ group, speaking Cantonese and get adapt to the Hong Kong society. To achieve goals, JNMDers arranged not only Cantonese classes, but also warm activities and speeches which related to student’s life and job seeking here.

“It is very lucky that I attended JNMD last year, and the tutors here help me a lot with the language studied and most important, they helped me to adapt to Hong Kong society which I do appreciate very much. So I came here this year as a helper. I hope I can help the new comers just like they helped me last year,” said Lucy, the helper in pink group – as there are too many students, JNMD divided them into color groups for group talking practice.

“I joined the club last year as soon as I hear there is such club existed,” Mabel said, “and after I join in my husband decided to join it as well.” Mabel is a English teacher in City University, and her husband Samuel Chio is a engineer, they are both Christian and do appreciate the aims of JNMD and thought it is what God tell them when in a position, try what you can to help others live a better life.

Nia KHairunisa stand outside the Kowloon Mosque – photo by Emma

By Emma  Yang

HONG KONG – Nia Khairunisa, a 23-year-old woman, young and full of energy with the hope of future life. Like her over 1.3 million Indonesia brethren, she left her family, came to Hong Kong works as a babysitting three years ago.

Khairunisa comes from a Muslim family which contains four people – father, mother, elder brother and herself in Jakarta, Indonesia. Though both her parents and her elder brother had stabilized jobs there, she still chose to come to Hong Kong because “So many people try to find a job in Indonesia, but the job is limited, it is hard to find a job there, especially for young woman like me with little education background ,” Khairunisa said in a peace voice, just like she had totally accepted the life of hers, “In Indonesia, I worked as a babysitting, but only earned 300,000 IDR, equals to 375 HKD per month,” but soon, her voice became vivid, “and in Hong Kong, I work the same, but I can earn 10 times of that. That’s fantastic! And I can help my family now.”

Khairunisa now works as a babysitting. She lives with a Hong Kong family, spend most her time in taking care of a 5-year-old kid, and doing all the housework there. “It’s much easier than what I have done in Indonesia.” Khairunisa  said satisfied and smile shyly.

According to Hong Kong’s policy, babysitters can spend their own time of every Sunday and public holidays. Khairunisa is a Muslim, and at every rest time, she come to the Kowloon Mosque and spend a whole day here just like other Muslims in Hong Kong.  “Here I can meet my friends, I can talk to them and do the pray with them, I feel I’m free, and I like this feeling.” After a while, she added, “And I guess that’s why more than 90% Indonesia Muslims came here to earn a living.”

Khairunisa loves Hong Kong very much. In her mind “Hong Kong is a very good place”, it is clean, beautiful, and most importantly, offered her a job. Have a nice work, and can meet friend in Sunday, Khairunisa  feels “Hong Kong is more free than my hometown. I really enjoy the life now.”

Five Facts about Hong Kong

Summarized by Emma Yang

1. Female in Hong Kong got higher employment rate in the non-agricultural sector since the year 1990 to 2010. (click here to see the statistics)

2. Hong Kong people spend 1000 more money in household in 2010 than the year 2004. (click here to see the statistics)

3. More than half employment in Hong Kong works in business field.  (click here to see the statistics)

4. Hong Kong does not have enough healthcare professionals. (click here to see the statistics)

5. Hong Kong people use electronic products more in quarter 2 than quarter 1 during 2012.(click here to see the statistics)

By Emma Yang

HONG KONG – Zoeng cau fong, also known as Mrs. Wong, came from Fujian province of mainland China, ran a decoration co., Ltd. in Tin Ma Court marketplace 7 years ago. Zoeng’s husband, Mr. Wong has been to Hong Kong for more than 30 years. He built his decoration career from nothing. Few years later, Zoeng came to Hong Kong as well to take care of her husband. 7 years ago, they built such a company named “Yi Ju decoration co. Lid.”, and Zoeng decided to give up her job, and came to help her husband with the company work of serving and connecting with customers.

“It is not easy to get stable footing in Hong Kong, especially when you are doing the decorating work,” Zoeng said. To satisfy the customers, Zoeng and her husband train their workers to do job responsibly in every work aspect. Zoeng set “be responsible” as the basic rule of her company. During these years, they do benefit a lot based the “be responsible” rule.

“Be responsible means we would judge our work at first to avoid mistakes,” Zoeng said, “and if we made any mistakes, we should correct it before the customer realizes it.”

“And that made us satisfied all the customers, so that we never facing none-work embarrass,” Zoeng added proudly.

Years ago, Zoeng got a case to decorate the room in Tin Ma Court. One day, one worker there missed a working process in wall-building. And as soon as Zoeng and her husband noticed that, they asked the worker to rebuild it again. Customer questioned them a lot, such as: “why you take down this wall?” “Will the wall-rebuilt waste my time?” “Will it waste my money?” Zoeng explained that the situation based on their fault, so they would pay the money of wall-rebuilding, and asked the worker to work quickly and efficiently to catch up with the time. Therefore, the customer satisfied with the responsibility of the company. After her house decorating has been finished, she introduced the company to her friend.

Zoeng, looks like other traditional Chinese middle aged mother who devotes her life to her family. She is shy but kind, and in a  little fat shape. She talks not so much, just answering questions, but at every time she talks about her family, she will glimpse her young son, and smiles, shyly but proudly. Asked about the feeling of her life now, Zoeng look at her young son again, smiles, and saying: “I feel very satisfied with my life now.”