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March 5, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Hong Seok-cheon stands beaming before an adoring studio audience. It's a place he has always felt at home - basking in the celebrity spotlight. For years, the veteran actor has been an instantly recognizable media personality here, famous as the onetime host of a children's show that was South Korea's version of "Sesame Street" and costar of a popular 1990s sitcom. But on this Saturday afternoon, the slender 41-year-old with the signature shaved head is playing himself, an out-of-the-closet gay man talking about what it's like to be a pariah in a conservative society where 77% of Koreans in one poll said they believed "homosexuality should be rejected.
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NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
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February 24, 1985 | From Reuters
The Health Ministry of Singapore has banned sales of Hong Kong-made tablets billed as an aphrodisiac containing ingredients taken from moose, reindeer and tigers. A ministry statement said Friday that the pills, sold in Chinese shops, contain enough lead and mercury to kill people if taken over long periods. The statement said stocks of the pills should be sent to the ministry to be destroyed.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen
The largest tech IPO of the year - and perhaps of all time - isn't coming from Silicon Valley. Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce behemoth with more sales than Amazon and EBay combined, has decided to go public on Wall Street after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. "We expect it to be the largest tech IPO ever, the largest IPO of the year, the largest Chinese IPO of the year," said Max Wolff, chief economist and strategist at Citizen VC. "It's a big number, probably a record-breaker by any metric.
TRAVEL
June 2, 2002
I hope Peter Hong and his family were occupying first-class seats when they ate their box lunches of broiled mackerel, black-bean pork ribs and string beans wrapped in beef teriyaki ("Before Silicon Valley, There Was San Jose," Weekend Escape, May 19). Even then it would seem that the other passengers in that section would have to endure the smell but not the flavor of the box lunches. In coach it would be unbearable to be seated next to people eating food like that, not to mention the odor that would cling to their clothing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1986 | William Hall
She may be the only six-foot tall Chinese actress in Hollywood, but it isn't hurting the career of Shakti. You saw the Hong Kong-born beauty--who also happens to be an expert in the martial art of Mal-Aikido--in "Volunteers" (as Tom Hanks' bodyguard). She'll also be in "Golden Child" (a seeress pointing Eddie Murphy to fortune). And she's just finished tackling nasty Triads in Cannon's action thriller, "Three Kinds of Heat," in Elstree, England. A U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Prolific filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's latest experiment in form, "In Another Country," is a beguiling set of variations on a theme, a gossamer-light étude composed for delight rather than dissection. The movie comprises a triptych of vignettes, each about half an hour long and centering on a French woman, played by Isabelle Huppert, who's visiting a seaside town in South Korea. The three scenarios are presented as the creations of a young screenwriter (Jung Yumi) who's at loose ends.
NEWS
October 27, 1985 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
Early this month, the Canton Evening News called for a ban on late-night disco dancing and other forms of "capitalist dissipative night life" in this city. Recalling an old Chinese expression, the newspaper said in an editorial that it feared the new forms of entertainment might turn the young people of Canton into "worms during daytime work but dragons at night."
OPINION
February 24, 2007
Re "The $200,000 college diploma," Current, Feb. 18 As an alumnus of both an expensive private school and an inexpensive public one, I take exception to Peter Hong's supposition that "our finest institutions, including several with multibillion-dollar endowments, say they don't know the answer" to constantly increasing their already astronomical tuition and fees. I received a tremendous education at both institutions I attended. Our "finest institutions" are not necessarily the private universities Hong refers to. Many of our best schools are taxsupported and very affordable to rich and poor alike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000
Re "The Sage of Fortune Cookies," Nov. 4: I've saved some cookie fortunes over the years. I thought I'd share two: "You will get a new inspiration soon, but unfortunately it won't be any better than the others you have had." Hong Kong Noodle Co. (Ha!) "You will be fortunate in everything you put your hands on." Panda Express. (Wow!) The best slip I've found in a fortune cookie wasn't a fortune. I photocopied and enlarged this one and had it framed over my desk: "This person is serious and true and deserves to be respected."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | David Ng
"The Grandmaster," Wong Kar Wai's period martial-arts movie starring Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, was the big winner at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday, taking home 12 prizes including the statuette for best picture. Wong won the prize for director, his third such honor at the annual ceremony and his first since "Chungking Express" in 1994. Zhang won best actress, but Leung, who plays the martial-arts legend Ip Man, lost out to Nick Cheung, who won for the mixed martial-arts movie "Unbeatable.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Hong Kong filmmakers have tried - and largely failed - to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so more appear to be looking to thriving film industries in Japan and South Korea for inspiration. The Donnie Yen vehicle "Special ID" supplies the proof. Director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung has here co-opted South Korea's messy fight choreography as seen in the noted 2003 thriller "Oldboy" as well as the cartoonish, multi-culti lowlifes that populate the bulk of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's canon.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Julie Makinen, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
BEIJING -- A recently dismissed Hong Kong newspaper editor was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after assailants wounded him in the back and leg and fled on a motorbike. The assault on Kevin Lau , whose removal as editor of the Ming Pao daily last month helped spark demonstrations over erosion of media freedoms, shocked a wide swath of the former British territory, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems,” Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy greater freedom of speech and the press, along with other liberties, than the mainland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
At least nine people were injured after a Cathay Pacific flight en route from San Francisco hit severe turbulence over Japan that threw people around the plane for several minutes, various media outlets reported. Flight CX879 was headed to Hong Kong when it hit unexpected turbulence, injuring two cabin crew members and a number of passengers, according to a statement on Cathay Pacific's Facebook page . “Medical assistance was provided for the injured passengers and cabin crew immediately upon arrival and Cathay Pacific is providing assistance to the affected passengers and staff,” the statement said.
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Two Hong Kong brothers accused of attempting to extort about $12,800 from the crew filming Michael Bay's “Transformers: Age of Extinction” last year went on trial Tuesday in the Chinese territory. Mak Chi-shing, 27, and Mak Chi-hang, 28, were each charged with blackmail and assaulting police officers in the Oct. 17 incident; both pleaded not guilty. The two run a shop, Hang Fat Air Conditioner and Water Electrical Co. Prosecutors said in their opening remarks that the elder Mak threw an air-conditioning unit at Bay after the crew refused to pay the amount the Maks had demanded as compensation for disruption to their business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In 1957, when he was nearly 50 years old, Run Run Shaw made a grand bet on his movie dreams. He bought 46 acres of hilly land in a remote part of Hong Kong - paying the British colonial government just 45 cents per square foot because of the poor topography and the Communist threat looming over the border with Mao Tse-tung's China - and set out to build his dream factory. By the time Shaw Movietown officially opened in 1961, the mogul had 1,200 actors, directors and other employees on site, many of them living in dormitories.
FOOD
January 27, 2011 | By Linda Burum, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The splashy color-saturated drink menu at OShan Island could easily leave you wondering exactly how the small cafe fits into San Gabriel's food-mad culinary scene. With 123 beverages on the list, is the place merely another refreshment depot hooking its fortunes to the aging boba trend? But a better indicator is the sign outside announcing Hainan chicken, meaning you've found a rare authentic kitchen serving the food of this Chinese island province. The velvety poached bird, a comfort food favorite everywhere in Asia, is as ubiquitous there (and in this neighborhood)
SPORTS
October 16, 1990 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
National swim team coaches from the United States, Hong Kong and Australia suspect the Chinese women's team of using steroids in the wake of China's world-best performances during last month's Asian Games. Richard Quick, coach of the U.S. national team and Stanford women's team, said he felt obligated to speak out after the Chinese produced three times that rank No. 1 in the world this year and three others that are No. 2 during the competition at Beijing.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," based on his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
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