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Review of Yeonmi Park, A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom (Hong Kong Students For Liberty)

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Share This:   North Korea is a pending issue for contemporary politics and politicians, a debate that has been recently brought to the fore by US President Donald Trump on the occasion of his meeting with Xi Jinping, president of … Read More

Demystifying privatization: Private roads and sidewalks in Hong Kong

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Share This:   According to The Heritage Foundation, Hong Kong is and has been, for the last 25 years, an exponent of and exemplary model for economic freedom. Despite its urban development regulation, property rights infringement, state monopolies, the erosion … Read More

Why the absurd one-China policy must be upheld NOT

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Share This:   Following Trump-Xi meetings over the future of Asia, The Economist published a short piece entitled “One China, many meanings: Why the absurd one-China policy must be upheld.” According to the reporter, Trump’s decision to uphold the Chinese … Read More

The Economist and the origins of HK’s wishful thinking

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Share This:   Wishful thinking: “a pattern that recurs in personal lives, in politics, in history – and in storytelling. When we embark on a course of action which is unconsciously driven by wishful thinking, all may seem to go … Read More

Lee Yee:The Lie of “One China” and “Two Systems”

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Share This:   During Trump and Xi Jinping’s talk, Trump “agreed at the request of President Xi to honour our ‘One China’ policy.” And so did today’s conversations between Trump and Xi Jinping started: giving face to China. One of … Read More

Chip Tsao: The collective madness of nationalism

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Share This:   [You can read the original text in Chinese here. Used with permission] Whereas the recent “Scandal of Sun Yang’s drug cheat” became the battlefield of Chinese nationalism, those who read English remained sober and reasonable on the … Read More

Five Republicans Discuss “Chinese Nature”

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Share This:   [You can read the original Chinese here]   Chinese’s Double heart There is a country in the Far East whose citizens have a mouth as sharp as a dagger, but a heart as fragile as glass. Whether … Read More

Five reasons why Hong Kong is NOT the capitalist utopia you might imagine it to be (V): Jobs

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Share This:   Most Western foreigners arrive to Hong Kong with a job. But finding a job in the ex-British colony is no the easy task you might think it to be. Not, at least, if you are looking for … Read More

Five reasons why Hong Kong is NOT the capitalist utopia you might imagine it to be (IV): Rule of Law

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Share This:   According to a report from Freedom House in 2015, and despite “dramatic public resistance”, rule of law and political freedoms have been under attack in Hong Kong. Although most people are concerned with the upcoming electoral process, … Read More

Five reasons why Hong Kong is NOT the capitalist utopia you might imagine it to be (III): State-owned (and protected) monopolies

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Share This:   There are quite a lot of monopolies in Hong Kong: electricity is provided by either China Light and Power Group (covering Kowloon, the New Territories, and the outlying islands) or HK Electric (which covers Hong Kong Island, … Read More

Five reasons why Hong Kong is NOT the capitalist utopia you might imagine it to be (II): Property rights

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Share This:   Property rights are the most basic of all human rights, the most basic economic institution for people to maintain their own existence. Little is it known that the HKSAR government can expropriate your house to build huge … Read More

Five reasons why Hong Kong is NOT the capitalist utopia you might imagine it to be (I): Housing

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Share This:   When libertarians talk about Hong Kong, we drool over the fact that it has been the freest economy for at least the past 20 years. Its capitalist policies, although increasingly stained with high doses of cronyism, speak … Read More

China, open borders, and kitten immigration

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Share This:   In a not-so-recent column Lew Rockwell, one of the most relevant libertarians of today, expressed a very surprising idea: that open borders are an assault on private property. Briefly explained, in a true libertarian society where land … Read More

Simplified Chinese is “more or less” Chinese

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Share This: In a Facebook post a fellow blogger mentioned the “infection of the Northern culture of the ‘more or less’”, a perfect definition of Chinese attitude towards anything, including themselves. Chinese goods are copies “more or less” similar to … Read More

Simplified Chinese is the invention of a schizophrenic mind

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Share This: When Taiwanese, Hongkongers or Western people criticize Simplified Chinese, Chinese people will immediately jump and scream in unison: “It is just a simplification of the script. It is the same language, a simpler version, nothing has changed”. Most … Read More

There is only “Those long divided shall be united; those long united shall be divided”, but never “since antiquity”

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Share This: . [This post was originally published by blogger Read before u speak 東講西讀 in his/her FB page here. All credit goes to Read before u speak 東講西讀, both for the text and the original image]. Migration and changes in borders … Read More

China NAZIonalism is making up the book on human origins

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Share This: . [Chinese version here: 中國正在偽造人類起源史] In a previous post here, I talked about how China is stealing, faking, and making up research, as it has been reported by various scientific media, including Nature. BioMed Central, one of the publishers … Read More

Confucius Institute: Educational Failure, Political Success

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Share This: . It has been noted before that the current Confucius Institutes are shaping a new generation of scholars who will not only have a distorted, pro-Chinese Communist Party vision of Chinese history, but who also will be unable … Read More

The symbolic imposition of Mandarin in Hong Kong

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Share This: . . It’s been a busy week for China, although the Chinese people probably haven’t noticed due to something called censorship: the Panama Papers featuring Xi Jinping’s inner family circles, the Chinese’s “Great Firewall” being registered by U.S. … Read More

Academic freedom with Chinese characteristics

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Share This: I may have mentioned a couple of times two interesting essays about academic freedom in the field of Chinese studies: Jay Nordlinger’s “Scholars with Spine,” and Marshall Sahlins’ Confucius Institutes: Academic Malware. The issue of “academic freedom” has … Read More

China, the West and “The Shandong Syndrome” (III)

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Share This: 1966: The Red August Holocaust Whereas the Great Leap Forward (1958-1961) had witnessed between 30 and 45 millions of deaths, from famine, murders, raping, suicides and cannibalism, the Cultural Revolution focused on a different type of victim: cultural … Read More

The China Crisis. How China’s Economic Collapse will led to a Global Depression

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Share This:   James R. Gorrie (2013). The China Crisis. How China’s Economic Collapse will led to a Global Depression   If you are interested in this book, please make sure to buy it through our associate link here. It will … Read More

China, the West and “The Shandong Syndrome” (II)

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Share This: Anti-Confucian Confucians In its wider sense, the May Fourth Movement applies to the historical period between 1917 and 1922 when modern China initiated the radical introduction of Western ideas of science, philosophy, literature, and ethics –including Russian Bolshevikism– … Read More

How “City of Life and Death” trod on Chinese censorship (and III)

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Share This: Behind Japanese textbooks censorship there is a sophisticated group of specialists in historical studies called nihonjinron or “theories about the Japanese.” They defend the existence of a distinctive Japanese concept of what should be considered public or private … Read More