February 9 - 16, 2018

Chinese New Year

Night Parade kicks off Chinese New Year bash

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, presided over the opening of the 2018 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza (Feb 16). He expressed optimism in performance of the tourism sector, noting that infrastructure projects, such as the upcoming opening of the world's longest sea bridge, will bring forth opportunities and solidify the city as the ideal base for travelers in the region.    


"Tomorrow is Another Day" 

Chicago area cinephiles are invited to attend the Asian Pop Up Cinema series, a biannual celebration of Asian films starting Mar 13 in the Windy City. Sponsored by the HKETONY, Hong Kong's "Tomorrow is Another Day" will receive its US premiere as the closing night film on May 16, with Writer/ Director Chan Tai-lee and actor Lin Man-lung in attendance. Starring Teresa Mo and Ray Lui, the heartfelt drama centers around a woman struggling to raise an autistic son after finding out her husband is having an affair.    


Best of Hong Kong fashion at NY Fashion Week

Three up and coming Hong Kong fashion labels - Anveglosa, Harrison Wong and Heaven Please+ have had their Fall/ Winter 2018 collections launched at the New York Fashion Week (Feb 9). Organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Fashion Hong Kong runway show featured works by Annette Chan, Harrison Wong, and design duo Yi Chan and Lary Cheung respectively. The live audience comprised merchandisers, media, and potential customers totaling about 500. Countless more Hong Kong fashion lovers joined in from around the world via live stream.  


Education bridges worlds

On the silver jubilee celebration of the Li Po Chun United World College (Feb 10), Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam lauded the College for being the nurturing ground for young people from 147 different countries instilling in them international mind-set, skills which are increasingly crucial in an interconnected world. The College has also admitted over 560 students from Belt and Road countries who will be supported by a new Belt and Road Resource Centre. The latter will provide the secondary school students information about the opportunities that the initiative has to offer. 

Rule of Law

Steadfast adherence to rule of law 

The Hong Kong Government has respected and safeguarded residents' right to vote and to stand for election, while being firm in its duty to ensure all elections are conducted in accordance with the Basic Law. In a statement (Feb 11), a government spokesman said that candidates advocating independence or "democratic self-determination" are holding beliefs that are inconsistent with the constitutional and legal status of Hong Kong. It was issued in response to the allegations made by Anson Chan in the US that there is political censorship or restriction of the right to stand for elections. 

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. Has Hong Kong's capitalist system and way of life been preserved

A. The Basic Law provides that the capitalist system and way of life shall remain unchanged. Hong Kong maintains a free and open market economy with a free flow of capital, goods, intangible assets, and a freely convertible currency. People's lifestyle remains the same as before. (BL Articles 5;112;115)


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