Swimming against the tide: The subtle art of resistance in Macau

Filmmaker Lei Cheok Mei creates deeply personal movie vignettes of her family’s life in Macau. She traces her grandfather’s forgotten achievements as an engineer, her aunt’s battle with depression, and the impact of her mother’s job as a casino worker on their relationship. While there is nothing overtly political about her award-winning work, it nevertheless […]

Hong Kong’s message from Macau: subservience buys only more repression

The Macau authorities’ hostility to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the rule of law is growing by the minute. First, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) outlawed a series of open-air Tiananmen massacre themed photographic exhibitions planned for June 4 that it had approved the month before. They have been displayed annually over the […]


Why Macau matters to Hong Kong: how ‘one country two systems’ turns into one-party rule

By Jorge Menezes Macau matters to Hong Kong in a peculiar way. In the journey of ‘one country, two systems’, Macau is one step closer to ‘completion’. As Beijing’s ‘good student’, the small SAR doesn’t resist the Motherland’s intrusions, revealing to its larger neighbour what Beijing would like the two SARs to become. The ‘one country, […]

Smartest in the world, or is China cheating?

Testing – or examinations – is probably the least popular part of education for everyone concerned. For students, a test is at best boring, at worst nerve-wracking. Teachers may find some intellectual stimulus and human companionship in the classroom, but a pile of marking is just work. University teachers faced with a class of 300 […]


The Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on – Survivor Q&A: Zhou Fengsuo

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, HKFP asked several survivors of the crackdown to answer a set of questions about the tragedy and their views on China’s future. The 1989 massacre ended months of student-led demonstrations in China as the military was deployed to suppress protesters in Beijing. It is estimated that hundreds, perhaps […]

Explainer: Hong Kong’s troubled mega-bridge – counting the human, environmental and financial cost

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will officially open to traffic on Wednesday. But its construction was late, over-budget and the procedure drivers must go through to actually use the bridge remains notoriously complex. The 55km bridge stretches 22.9km over the sea and includes a 6.7km underwater tunnel. Construction began on the mega-project in 2009 and it was […]

China asks consulates in Hong Kong to remove ‘Macau’ from their official names

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked consulates general in Hong Kong and Macau to rename their diplomatic offices, requesting that those based in Hong Kong remove “Macau” from their names, and vice-versa. Many countries have consulates located in Hong Kong to cover consular services for Macau at the same time, with their official […]


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