Category Archives: Hong Kong

Cantonese in Hong Kong: Not the official language?

Hong Kong’s Education Bureau has caused a furore last month by claiming on their website that Cantonese is just a “Chinese dialect” and “not an official language” of Hong Kong. According to them: Although the Basic Law stipulates that Chinese and English are the two official languages in Hong Kong, nearly 97 per cent of the local […]

Chinese students abroad: No longer sought after?

The FT has an article featuring overseas Chinese students. According to the article, The number of Chinese studying overseas has more than tripled in the past decade and continues to shoot up. The rise has been particularly dramatic among lower-middle-class families: according to a report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, up to the end […]

Taxi economics: Lower fare and higher drivers’ income can coexist

The one thing I am impressed the most with my stay here in the US is the creativity and entrepreneurship of the young people. When there is a problem, there is always a solution–and people can make money from it. I once moaned about the difficulty of getting a taxi in Boston, and have recently found […]

Measuring poverty: Different approaches

The New York Times today has an interesting article on how to measure poverty. To oversimplifying things, there are probably three ways to measure poverty. The first one, as Hong Kong is now trying to do, is to set a “poverty line”: people whose income falls below this level would be considered “poor”. The second […]

Chicago Booth: Hi Hong Kong!

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has announced its decision to move its Asia campus from Singapore to Hong Kong, putting a half-year rumor to rest. Starting from 2014, students enrolled in the Chicago Booth’s EMBA program take classes in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong. This is certainly something to applaud for Hong Kong. It […]