It’s that he can’t accept how society would view me and the status that it would incur. Marriage is still a form of social status. I do understand him. I understand why he’s doing this.Hong Kong resident Gigi Chao • Discussing her reaction to her father, real estate magnate Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, setting a $65 million bounty for any man who can woo her and ask for her hand in marriage. One problem — she’s already married. To a woman. Her father hasn’t accepted the marriage, however, hence the bounty. “At first I was entertained by it, and then that entertainment turned into the realization and conviction that I am a really lucky girl to have such a loving daddy, because it’s really sweet of him to do something like this as an expression of his fatherly love,” she explained. “But I don’t appreciate getting 1,500 e-mails.”
While we recognize Hong Kong’s achievements 15 years after the handover, we must also be conscious of the deep disagreements and problems in Hong Kong society.Chinese President Hu Jintao • Speaking on Sunday regarding the swearing-in of Leung Chun-ying to a five-year term as Hong Kong’s leader. The administrative region, which was handed over to China in 1997, has seen deep divides of late, and annual mass protests, numbering 100,000, broke out after the speech. The country is significantly more democratized than the mainland, but not entirely — but the region is pushing for full democracy. The British government handed ownership of Hong Kong over to China 15 years ago today.
» Want to pre-order the iPhone 4s in Hong Kong? Too late. You’re stuck waiting in line. The phone will be available in stores this Friday and analysts are expecting “long lines and serial stock outs.” It’s a good sign for when the phone hits mainland China — a date for which has not been announced. It’s led to a black-market Apple-smuggling industry between Hong Kong and China, which is likely to only continue with the iPhone 4S
» Why the demand? Simple. The only version of the iPad sold in China is the wi-fi version. The 3G version (sold in Hong Kong) is in very high demand as a result. Plus, China has recently started taxing iPads brought in from Hong Kong, and on the other end, smugglers have been recruiting people without criminal records to make the runs from Hong Kong to China (for around $30 a run). We end this post with a visual image; imagine a woman with 65 smartphones wrapped around her chest and 20 more in her handbag. Yes, this actually happened.