March 4 - 10, 2017

Business & Economy

Women gaining prominence in Hong Kong

The number of female students at Hong Kong universities has outnumbered the male (55:45) and women far outnumbered men in such faculties as business, management and education. The gender ratio in the medical faculty, for one, is evenly split too. All these speak to the success of a long term strategy of enabling, empowering and education adopted by the government in promoting the women’s rights. Speaking at the 2017 Hong Kong Women Celebrating International Women’s Day Dinner (Mar 6), Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung said every government policy was assessed to promote gender equality. 

20A Celebrations in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Flower Show opens March 10

The annual Hong Kong Flower Show, with roses as the theme flower, opens today in Victoria Park through Mar 19. One of the highlights will be an hour long “Blossoms of Love” light show running daily at 7:30pm. Over 240 organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, will showcase exotic flowers, landscapes and floral art displays.

American soprano Renée Fleming to perform in June

American soprano Renée Fleming will perform a recital with pianist Hartmut Höll on June 20 at the Hong Kong Culture Centre. The recital will feature French and Italian arias, Brahms' lieder and American musical classics. The world-renowned four-time Grammy Award winner was the first opera star to perform the US national anthem at the Super Bowl in 2014.

20A Celebrations in New York

First New Music from Hong Kong concert

Accomplished pianist Aristo Sham, together with musicians Linda Chatterton (flute) and Rachel Brandwein (harp), will premiere the works by some of Hong Kong’s up-and-coming composers at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Apr 8. They include two works “The Lonely Octans” and “Six Sketches” by Ka-wai So and Galison Lau respectively. So is a graduate of the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor’s and M Phil degree in music composition. His works have been premiered in the XVI World Saxophone Congress in Scotland and Kagoshima Asian Youth Arts Festival in Japan.  Lau, a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, has studied with Leonardo Balada and Fabien Lévy in Carnegie Mellon University. His compositions have been performed in 2006 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris and the Lilian Baylis Theatre in Sadlers Wells in London. First 20 registrants will be able to get souvenirs. For registration: events@hketony.gov.hk 

Arts & Culture

Art Basel Hong Kong

The fifth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, featuring 242 galleries from 34 countries and territories, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre  Mar 21 -25. This year's show features 29 new galleries and half of the galleries have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia Pacific region.

US artists perform in Hong Kong Arts Festival

Arts and cultural lovers in Hong Kong enjoyed a month-long extravaganza, ranging from operas, musicals to dance performances at the 45th Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF), the largest of its kind in the year from February 16 to March 18.  Scheduled for March 17-18 is the premiere of the HKAF co-production of Dream of the Red Chamber with the San Francisco Opera. Conductor Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will perform for one night only on March 17. Earlier this month, the festival saw the exclusive Asian premiere of ETM: Double Down by New York’s Dorrance Dance; the exclusive Asian premiere of the play “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family” by New York’s Public Theatre; the jazz performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Terri Lyne Carrington and an interactive media installation, Dance the Lights Fantastic by New York-based artist Jen Lewin.

Films

23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

The film critics in Hong Kong have chosen “Trivisa” (2016), an action crime thriller, and its lead actor Gordon Lam as the Best Film and the Best Actor on March 8. Stephen Chow’s science-fantasy slapstick comedy “The Mermaid” (2016), which was the highest grossing Chinese film at all time, took home the Best Director award. First-time nominee Wong Chun also shared the Best Director honor for his debut feature “Mad World” (2016). The Best Actress award went to Zhou Dongyu for her excellent performance in the romantic drama film “Soul Mate” (2016), which was adapted from a novel of the namesake. Full details of the 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Ceremony can be found here:  http://www.filmcritics.org.hk/taxonomy/term/2/19 (Chinese only)

 

Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on March 1 of Paul Cheung, former Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York. Paul was Deputy Director between September 2011 and August 2015, during which he was Acting Director between March and August 2014.  After posting back to Hong Kong, he was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade C and served as Principal Assistant Secretary for the Civil Service until his passing. Paul was a capable and devoted public servant who served Hong Kong with all his heart.  He was an outstanding and valued member of the Administrative Officer Grade of the Hong Kong Civil Service, and a caring and supportive friend.  We will always remember his warmth and kindness.  He will be dearly missed.

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 Hong Kong still an easy place to visit for tourists or international business people?

A:         Yes, very much so. Hong Kong has autonomy in immigration control. It maintains its own immigration laws and procedures and has a very liberal visa policy. To date, 158 countries and territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR Passport holders. (BL Articles 154; 155)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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