March 11 - 17, 2017

Business & Economy

Bond connect between Hong Kong and China

China is looking to launch a bond market link with Hong Kong, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the close of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing. The program will allow overseas capital to access the mainland’s bond market through Hong Kong and represent a major breakthrough in the development of the Mainland capital markets. It will also strengthen the role of Hong Kong as a gateway between the Mainland and international markets.

Film

HKIFF opens with Pang Ho-cheung’s “Love Off the Cuff” 

Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy film “Love Off the Cuff” (2017) will have its world premiere on April 11, opening the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The fortnightly festival will feature over 230 titles from 65 countries and regions, including 69 World, International and Asian premieres. This year, the festival will pay homage to the late director Edward Yang (1947-2007), whose “Taipei Story” (1985) is hailed as evidence of Olivier Assayas's assessment of him as “the great Chinese filmmaker of modernity.”  

Applications open for 4th First Feature Film Initiative 

Calling all prospective directors! Applications are open for the 4th First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI), which aims to identify and nurture prospective film production talent through a competition focusing on screenplays and production proposals. Deadline for application is August 15.

20A Celebration in New York

US premieres of works by Hong Kong female composers

Join us for the rare opportunity to listen to the works of talented Hong Kong women composers at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Apr 8 (Sat). “Trace of Butterfly” (US premiere) by Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong along with “Sprinkles and Splashes” and “Whirlwind” (US premiere) by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee will be performed by instrumentalists Linda Chatterton (flute), Rachel Brandwein (harp) and Aristo Sham (piano). For tickets, please register here.

NYETO Events

Hong Kong’s women sharing the stage

Hong Kong Women’s Commission Chairperson Stella Lau has brought encouraging updates on the status of women in the city, saying that females have or almost outnumbered males in university studies and professional grades.  She said the commission would aim to ensure that women get the resources and environment to enable them to work if they choose to. She was speaking at a HKETONY luncheon.

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its Basic Law

The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems". 

 

Q: Is Chinese the only official language allowed under the Basic Law?

A:   No, in addition to Chinese, English is also an official language used by the executive authorities, the legislature, and the judiciary of the HKSAR. (BL Article 9)

 

 

Hong Kong Basic Law

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