Góc khuất ở nơi có 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại và những phận đời dạt trôi

NN 27/10/2017, 14:16 (GMT+7) Lượng kiều hối của trên dưới 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại hàng năm gửi về nhiều như nước sông He mùa lụt. Nhưng đằng sau vẻ hào nhoáng lấp lánh như bề ngoài của một tấm huy chương ấy là góc khuất ít người biết đến…

Dạt trôi những phận người

Chưa ở đâu tôi thấy nhiều biệt thự như xã Đại Hợp (huyện Kiến Thụy, Hải Phòng). Những công trình hoành tráng mọc lên san sát như bát úp. Đó là nhà của những người có con gái lấy chồng ngoại. Nhà nào có 1 cô thì to vừa, có 2 cô thì to bự, có 3 hay 4 cô thì như biệt phủ, biệt điện. Bởi thế mà câu hỏi quen thuộc của nhiều bà ở đây là: “Nhà chị có mấy đứa con lấy chồng ngoại?”.

09-30-26_dsc_969509-30-26_dsc_9697
Những ngôi nhà to đẹp ở Đại Hợp

Continue reading “Góc khuất ở nơi có 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại và những phận đời dạt trôi”

Advertisements

Why Hong Kong has a culture of protest

Al Jazeera

The Chinese-governed territory has witnessed bouts of protests in past decades amid Beijing’s growing influence over the city.

Yellow umbrellas have become a symbol of the 2014 pro-democracy protests [Photo courtesy: Hong Kong Free Press]

By

Divya Gopalan is an Emmy nominee, international news anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English.

Hundreds of people with yellow umbrellas surrounded government headquarters on Thursday to mark the third anniversary of the event that set off Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy protests.

Demonstrators re-enacted the moment when police had fired tear gas at thousands of students and pro-democracy activists, who shielded themselves with umbrellas that became a symbol of the protests. Continue reading “Why Hong Kong has a culture of protest”

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

channelnewsasia

Tens of thousands marched in China-ruled Hong Kong on Sunday in an “anti authoritarian rule” march that called for the resignation of the city’s top legal official over the recent jailing of young democracy activists.

Pro-democracy activists carry a banner reading “no fear”, during a protest on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, China October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands marched in China-ruled Hong Kong on Sunday (Oct 1) in an “anti-authoritarian rule” march that called for the resignation of the city’s top legal official over the recent jailing of young democracy activists.

The march, an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s Oct 1 National Day, comes at a time of nascent disillusionment with Hong Kong’s once vaunted judiciary. Continue reading “Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China”

The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice

Campaigners in Hong Kong and abroad say it is vindictive to imprison pro-democracy protestors over a sit-in. They are right
Student pro-democracy activists Nathan Law (L) and Joshua Wong (R) speak to the media outside Hong Kong’s high court on the day of their sentencing
Student pro-democracy activists Nathan Law (L) and Joshua Wong (R) speak to the media outside Hong Kong’s high court on the day of their sentencing. Photograph: Vernon Yuen/EPA

The jailing of Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s youthful “face of protest”, and of his fellow activists Nathan Law and Alex Chow, is technically a matter of law but in reality one of politics. Two of them had already carried out community service for unlawful assembly or inciting unlawful assembly; the third had received a suspended sentence. That was not enough. They have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, inspiring many more in Hong Kong to rally in defence of the greater freedoms it has enjoyed compared to the mainland under the “one country-two systems” formula. Authorities have been determined to silence these voices. By appealing against the “rather dangerous” supposed leniency of the original sentences, they have succeeded, for now. Continue reading “The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice”

HONG KONG 20 NĂM TRỞ VỀ ĐẠI LỤC: Không còn là một thử nghiệm chính trị

  • TRẦN TRỌNG
  • 13.07.2017, 15:28

TTCT– Sau 20 năm, mô hình “một quốc gia, hai chế độ” do Đặng Tiểu Bình đề xuất không chỉ là một thử nghiệm chính trị nữa, mà đã là đời sống hằng ngày ở vùng lãnh thổ này. 

Không còn là một thử nghiệm chính trị
Mối quan hệ giữa Hong Kong và đại lục sau 20 năm vẫn chưa thật sự rõ ràng– scmp.com

Tuy nhiên, liệu mô hình quản trị nhà nước có một không hai đó có thành công hay không vẫn còn là một câu hỏi lớn.

Mô hình này được xác lập vào năm 1984 và triển khai ở Hong Kong vào năm chuyển giao 1997, được ca ngợi là bộ khung thực tế nhất để thống nhất hai vùng đất chia cách nhau 150 năm về ý thức hệ và khác biệt thể chế. Mô hình đó đã giúp thành phố ổn định trong thời kỳ chuyển giao từ Anh sang cho Trung Quốc. Continue reading “HONG KONG 20 NĂM TRỞ VỀ ĐẠI LỤC: Không còn là một thử nghiệm chính trị”

Hong Kong: Government brings back food trucks to revive tourism

27 July 2017

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/hong-kong-government-brings-food-trucks-bid-revive-tourism-170727110932342.html

http://players.brightcove.net/665003303001/4k5gFJHRe_default/index.html?videoId=5523070723001

Eating on the streets used to be part of the culture in Hong Kong, until safety and hygiene concerns meant the end for most hawkers and their mobile kitchens.

In recent months, the government has tried to revive the idea, although not everyone is pleased about it.

Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports from Hong Kong.

Thousands march in Hong Kong to show dissent for Chinese rule

Rally by pro-democracy groups on 20th anniversary of city’s handover to Chinese rule follows Xi Jinping’s visit and labelling of any challenge to it as ‘a red line’

Pro-democracy protester Leung Kwok-hung joins a march in Hong Kong on Saturday. He was later taken away by police.
Pro-democracy protester Leung Kwok-hung joins a march in Hong Kong on Saturday. He was later taken away by police. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have marched across Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese control with a high-profile show of dissent.

China’s president Xi Jinping, who had been in the former British colony on a three-day tour, flew out of Hong Kong just hours before the annual protest kicked off in Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading “Thousands march in Hong Kong to show dissent for Chinese rule”

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

 
Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China. AFP/SAM YEH

TAIPEI: Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday (Jun 12), a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China.

Taiwan and Hong Kong are thorns in Beijing’s side — both saw huge anti-China protests in 2014, known respectively as the Sunflower Movement and Umbrella Movement.

Ties with self-ruling Taiwan have worsened under China-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office last year. Continue reading “Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy”

Britain concerned over challenges to Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ deal

Bi-annual report on former colony saying confidence in its systems is under threat comes after repeated interventions from Beijing

Pro-democracy supporters
Beijing has told Britain that Hong Kong is an internal matter that no country has a right to interfere in. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Developments in Hong Kong have affected confidence in the city’s autonomy, though its rule of law remained robust “despite challenges”, the British government has said.

Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997 with guarantees it would retain extensive autonomy, an independent legal system and broad personal and commercial freedoms under a deal known as “one country, two systems”.

The international financial hub has seen tumultuous times over the past couple of years, with pro-democracy protests quelled in what many residents see as creeping interference by Beijing and the rise of a small but vocal movement pushing for independence.

Britain monitors developments in Hong Kong, as the agreement it struck with China for the territory’s return stipulated the continuation of its capitalist way of life for 50 years. Continue reading “Britain concerned over challenges to Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ deal”

Hong Kong: Donald Tsang found guilty of corruption

Al Jareeza

Donald Tsang, who faces up to seven years in prison, is the most senior official to be found guilty in a criminal trial.

Tsang escaped a bribery charge but could face seven years in prison over corruption [Reuters]
Tsang escaped a bribery charge but could face seven years in prison over corruption [Reuters]

Donald Tsang, Hong Kong’s former leader, has escaped a conviction of bribery in a trial that found guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city.

Tsang, 72, is the most senior city official to be convicted in a criminal trial at a time when residents are losing faith in Hong Kong’s leaders.

The case is one of several recent scandals that have shaken public confidence and raised concerns about ties between Hong Kong’s leaders and wealthy businessmen.

Tsang was found guilty on Friday of failing to disclose his plans to rent a luxury flat from a major investor of a broadcaster, which was later granted a licence from the government while he was leader. Continue reading “Hong Kong: Donald Tsang found guilty of corruption”

Hong Kong holds anti-Trump protest

Many were women from the Philippines and Indonesia employed in Hong Kong as domestic workers. Protesters chanted, “US imperialist, number one terrorist!”

“We are very worried that what Donald Trump is doing will also be adopted by other states who believe that their nation is the greatest nation without the migrants,” activist and domestic worker Eni Lestari said outside the US Consulate General. Continue reading “Hong Kong holds anti-Trump protest”

Billionaire Is Reported Seized From Hong Kong Hotel and Taken Into China

Xiao Jianhua at a park in Beijing in an undated photograph. He has been missing since Friday. Credit The New York Times

HONG KONG — A Chinese-born billionaire who has forged financial ties with some of the country’s most powerful families was taken by the Chinese police from his apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong late last week and spirited across the border, a person close to the businessman said on Tuesday.

The billionaire, Xiao Jianhua, who has been missing since Friday, is in police custody in China, where he apparently is safe, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of arrest. Mr. Xiao is a Canadian citizen with an Antiguan diplomatic passport, though he was born in China.

His removal from Hong Kong appears to contravene the “one country, two systems” rule that allows the former British colony to run its own affairs and bars the Chinese police from operating here.

Continue reading on New York Times

In final speech, Hong Kong leader warns on independence push

Japan Times

AFP-JIJI, Jan 18, 2017

Hong Kong’s unpopular pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying faced protests Wednesday as he spoke out against the city’s independence movement in his final policy address.

Leung will step down in July after a four-year term marked by anti-Beijing rallies as fears grow that Chinese authorities are squeezing Hong Kong’s freedoms.

Frustration at lack of political reform has sparked movements seeking self-determination or even independence for the semi-autonomous city, angering Chinese authorities. Continue reading “In final speech, Hong Kong leader warns on independence push”