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So: time to review the week's (English language) papers for the insights they offer to a culture I know nothing about. My pick of the Hong Kong headlines (South China Morning Post):
Jail terms delay Triad elections
The Triads, it seems, go to the polls to elect their leaders every two years - but it's been postponed. "The delay is to avoid creating an unfair election for those who will run but are likely to be jailed for criminal charges they are involved in." Good to know the Triads have such a flexible constitution.
Drop in retail sales biggest in 5 years
Rather scary this: "Consumption fell 9.8% year-on-year ... some economists blamed the gloomy figures on the continuing effects of the anti-corruption drive Beijing launched in 2012." That's how much HK's economy depends on mainland Chinese business.
Textbook asks: can you match the races?
Well fancy that: primary schools are using a textbook that asks pupils "to match jobs with nationalities - Filipinos as maids, a South Asian as a construction worker, a white guy in a suit as a teacher, Japanese for restaurant owner; and choose the physical characteristics of different races, such as curly hair, thick lips, very dark skin ..." Who knew that racial stereotyping existed outside the UK ?
Arrested freedom / Facing the past
"Despite the changes made to China's human rights legislation after June 4 , progress has been slow ... in recent years the situation for civil and political rights has significantly deteriorated."
"Reluctance of mainland Chinese to discuss the events of 1989 stems from both fear and shame, and open discussion would help foster trust in the government. The Communist Party does not want to confront its mistakes because it is afraid."
Free speech still thriving hereabouts though, obviously.
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