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Former Hong Kong journalists share memories at NYC event

From left: Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay with Joost Schiereck, Yvonne Dunleavy and Mary Kissel.

The first “Hong Kong Night” at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) on December 8 was a trip down memory lane for most of the 30 journalists who attended. They had worked in Hong Kong as foreign correspondents at one time or another in the past few decades.

Distinguished and well-respected journalist Seymour Topping, alongside his photojournalist wife Audrey, recounted their exciting experience from 1963 to 1966 as Chief Correspondent Southeast Asia of the New York Times based in Hong Kong, and breaking the news of the onset of the Cultural Revolution.

Award-winning editor/author William Holstein and former Hong Kong Standard journalist Yvonne Dunleavy shared their memories of covering news in the 70s and 80s in the Pearl of the Orient.

Jazz guitarist Alan Kwan, a native of Hong Kong, brought a touch of Hong Kong fervor to the jazz music together with world-class saxophonist Dayna Stephens and Swedish born, New York based bass player Lars Ekman.

Foreground from right: Head of PR and Communications of HKETONY, Claudia Yeung with Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal.

Seymour and Audrey Topping recounted their experience in Hong Kong.

Yvonne Dunleavy spoke about working for the English-language daily The Hong Kong Standard.

Bill Holstein shared memories of covering the news in Hong Kong.

Former Hong Kong-based editors Ann and Don Morrison at the reception.

Executive director of Overseas Press Club of America Patricia Kranz and Charles Wallace of Financial Times at the reception.

 


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