October 15, 1991 |
"I live here. I work here. It is my home. But now I must go and leave my world behind," said Cheung Muk-ching, a 66-year-old shop owner residing deep within the labyrinthine Walled City just north of Hong Kong's international airport. Cheung's neighborhood is a monument to man's ability to survive in adverse surroundings.
October 9, 1997 |
Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa continued a British tradition of unveiling the new government's policies in the wood-paneled chambers of the Legislative Council building on Wednesday, exactly 100 days after Hong Kong's return to China. But while the setting was nearly the same as when Tung's predecessor, British Gov. Chris Patten, announced controversial democratic reforms five years ago, Tung's message for Hong Kong was completely different.
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 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.