CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994 |
The Brits are losing Hong Kong in 1,000 days, but Westerners are not fleeing the prospect of imminent Chinese rule, they are pouring in. The U.S. contingent has doubled in size since 1984, to 30,000, and includes a large squadron of investment bankers whose presence puts upward pressure on the already high apartment prices.
September 10, 1997 |
The gates of hell have opened, and the ghosts are hungry and restless. In a ceremony to placate unsettled spirits, a ribbon of red-robed Taoist priests unfurls through a hillside neighborhood where narrow streets slice into the slope like terraced rice fields. Sweating under their robes, the priests circuit the area's temples, horns whining, cymbals clashing, then pause for breath on the way up the steep streets.
April 12, 1997 |
For 10 years, Steven Kung's home has been a bed in a tiny room with 16 other bunkmates, his possessions carefully packed in plastic bags and tied to the metal bed frame. On a lone wire hanger in his quarters is a monogrammed, tailored shirt that Kung once wore as a civil servant--in Hong Kong's Housing Department. But even that life's labor didn't keep him from ending up just one step away from homeless himself.
April 30, 1994 |
Rev. Dennis Balcombe, a Hong Kong-based faith healer known for his confrontational evangelism, has a history of provoking Chinese authorities. Police in Guangzhou (Canton) once detained him for conducting a weekly "English class" with only one textbook--the Bible. Another time, the 49-year-old American preacher says, he evaded arrest during an illegal outdoor prayer meeting by hiding under blankets in a Chinese burial cart.