Chinese woman buries entire life savings only to discover it decomposed underground

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An elderly Chinese woman from Muyang County wanted to protect her money several years ago so she buried 100,000 yuan ($15,600) underneath her kitchen. When she dug it up recently to pay for her son’s wedding, she was distraught to find out that her entire life’s savings had decomposed, reports South China Morning News.

The woman’s son claimed she sealed the money in plastic wrap and buried it in a metal box, but her measures were not enough as all of the banknotes were completely destroyed. He said:

“This is almost all of my parents’ life savings. They can’t accept what’s happened. So I want to go to banks and see if they have any solution.”

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Although her predicament is unfortunate, most know that there is very little she can do about the ruined banknotes. An expert from The People’s Bank of China told the woman’s son that although there was nothing his bank could do, he was willing to contact other banks to see if they could offer any possible solutions.
The practice of hiding money inside the home to avoid theft was commonplace in China before the rise of the banking industry in the country. Many Chinese citizens, lacking trust in the banking system, still store their money inside their homes today.

Earlier this year, a woman from Shaoshan, Hunan province of China, accidentally lit her and her husband’s stash of 100,000 yuan ($16,100) on fire while it was being stored in the oven.

Fox to boost Hong Kong television industry with US$1m-per-episode miniseries

Fox is negotiating with potential partners in the region and Yim says she hopes to complete some deals during FILMART. Photo: Shutterstock

South China Morning Post (by Vivienne Chow):

21st Century Fox will give Hong Kong‘s television industry a major shot in the arm with a massive investment in making programes in the city for the Asian and international market.

The company’s Fox International Channels will spend US$1 million per episode on one or two miniseries per year in the city, using Hong Kong production talent and local stars. The first two will go into production this year.

It is one of the biggest investments ever by a Western firm in television production in Asia. One local expert said it would help the city’s television industry – once a regional powerhouse – regain ground on its rivals.

Cora Yim, senior vice-president of Fox International Channels, told the South China Morning Post that a year and a half of development had gone into the first two shows. The first title, Guilty as Sin, is said to be set in Hong Kong and tell a local story. The second is said to have an “Asian scale” and will be shot primarily in English for an audience both within and beyond the region, Yim said.

We plan to produce premium miniseries; high-concept television made by film talents from here,” said Yim, who serves as the channels’ head of Chinese entertainment and territory head for Hong Kong. “Many film directors in Hollywood are producing television but this has yet become a trend in Asia. We want to bring US standards to Asia.”

The main platform for the new series – which will be six to eight episodes long – will be Star Chinese Movies, a Fox subscription channel available in much of Asia. The channel previously launched an initiative called Go Local! to produce films for local audiences in Asia. In Hong Kong, that led to a partnership with Emperor Motion Pictures to produce edgy films with an eye on a local, rather than mainland, audience.

Among the fruits of that deal is Sara, a sexually charged drama, which has netted HK$12.4 million at the box office since its release earlier this month.

Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin playing journalist Sara, and Simon Yam Tat-wah playing Yin, in Sara, directed by Herman Yau.

Fox is negotiating with potential partners in the region and Yim says she hopes to complete some deals during FILMART, the annual film and television trade gathering that opens at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai today.

The international television industry has changed, Yim says. Content production was no longer tied to a single channel’s platform as shown by the likes of Netflix, the on-demand streaming service that has yet to launch in Asia but has 57 million subscribers worldwide. Netflix grew by offering other broadcasters’ shows on demand, but has since branched out into original content.

Yim said that model contrasted starkly with Hong Kong, where free-to-air player TVB dominates. Ricky Wong Wai-kay’s HKTV attempted to break the stranglehold by spending HK$1 million per episode on drama. But Wong failed to win a free-to-air license and has launched online, a first for the city.

Peter Lam Yuk-wah, vice-president of the Hong Kong Televisioners Association, said Hong Kong had been the leader in television production around the region, but TVB’s monopoly had hurt its competitiveness. South Korea and mainland China, in particular, had taken advantage.

He welcomed the investment in the ailing industry and said technology would revolutionize the platform, giving birth to a new business model outside the terrestrial television network.

Hong Kong leader calls on citizens to be more like sheep, ‘Mild and Gentle Animals’

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Hong Kong’s chief executive, his highness CY Leung, delivered a Chinese New Year greeting exactly as you would expect him to.

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To ring in the Year of the Sheep, Leung, known for his distrust of poor people, wants the citizens of Hong Kong to be like sheep, “mild and gentle animals” that aren’t known for holding pro-democracy protests. His statement was released in a video he filmed from the Government House (read imperial palace) and which featured his wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, and a group of smiling children who reportedly aren’t paid actors, because of course he wouldn’t pay them.

“Another Chinese New Year has arrived. It is time to bid farewell to the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of the Sheep. The 12 Chinese zodiac animals represent 12 character types. Sheep are widely seen to be mild and gentle animals living peacefully in groups.

Last year was no easy ride for Hong Kong. Our society was rife with differences and conflicts. In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep’s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong’s future.

At the beginning of the Year of the Sheep, we wish every one of you good health, great happiness and a harmonious family life.”

According to Shanghaiist, Hong Kong Democratic Party Chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing told SCMP that, while in his mind, he was probably referring to the virtues of the sheep, like loyalty and compassion, Leung has been anything but.

“[But] then he himself is doing exactly the opposite to provoke so much confrontation and he is tearing the society apart. It’s very contradictory and duplicitous.”

It wouldn’t be surprising to know then that most people in Hong Kong consider him more of a wolf. Add the fact that China’s leading linguist actually said it’s the Year of the Goat, not the Sheep, and CY Leung is just making promotional videos full of wishful thinking.

CY Leung’s daughter, make-believe, aspiring model Chai Yan, has not yet released her annual thank you statement to the tax-paying sheep of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong police hunt 13 year old girl over diamond heist

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Hong Kong police say they are hunting a girl aged between 12 and 14 years old over the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than HK$36 million (£3.5 million) from a luxury jewelry store.

Police say she helped carry out the audacious theft with two women and a man, all aged between 30 and 40.

The adults “pretended to be customers choosing items from the shop” police said, while the girl stole the necklace. The gang of four then left the store before a staff member realized it was missing.

The necklace was 100-carat gold embedded with more than 30 diamonds, the South China Morning Post said, and police confirmed it was worth HK$36 million.

The young girl managed to steal a key from a drawer to open a cabinet while staff were distracted, the SCMP said, citing an unnamed police source.

The three adults posed as big spenders and demanded employees show them jewellery in an apparent move to divert staff attention,” the source said.

Local media reported that the theft was from the Emperor Jewellery store in the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district, but the store would not confirm it had been targeted when contacted by AFP.


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The girl was caught on CCTV as she left the mall, the SCMP said, showing a picture of a girl dressed in black trousers, a blue shirt and a grey hooded top.

Police described her as “slimly built“.

The gang spent around half an hour in the shop and staff did not notice the necklace was missing until later in the day, the SCMP added.

Spoiled daughter of Hong Kong’s leader thanks taxpayers on Facebook for funding her luxurious life

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Needless to say, Hong Kong has had a lot of shit to deal with lately. Protesting for free elections while under Chinese rule isn’t a walk in the park. The last time that happened in a big way (in mainland China), hundreds of civilians were mowed down by tanks and assault rifles in Tiananmen Square. So really, something Hong Kong doesn’t need right now is for their chief executive’s daughter to be a total fucking asshole … which, unfortunately, she totally is.

According to Coconuts Hong Kong, Chai Yan Leung, the daughter of embattled Hong Kong leader Cy Leung, attacked commenters who criticized a picture of a necklace she had posted on her Facebook page. Leung is known for flaunting expensive designer accessories and shoes on her social media accounts.

In her response to her detractors on Facebook, which has since been taken down, Leung wrote: “This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!) Actually maybe I shouldn’t say ‘all you’- since most of you here are probably unemployed hence have all this time obsessed with bombarding me with messages.”

The 22-year-old Leung also went on to insult her fellow Hong Kongers’ English: “Actually considering the standard of English I’ve skimmed through at times I doubt you’d even understand what the term ‘social media platform’ means; or in fact, any of the above. But anyway, enjoy copying and pasting all of this onto Google translation and still not getting it. It’s okay- your mother still loves you.

 

Here’s her screed in full:

 

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Business Insider points out that Leung’s Instagram account is still active and that her posts there indicate that she’s a fan of the Hilton sisters — pick your jaw up off the floor – and that she places designer shoes around her room as decor, rather than wearing them out.

 

 

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Earlier this year, the South China Morning Post broke the story that Leung had posted a 3 a.m. photo of her slashed wrist to her Facebook page next to the caption “Will I bleed to death?

Artist Profile: Photographer Fan Ho captures 1950’s Hong Kong

 

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Critically acclaimed Chinese photographer Fan Ho spent the 1950s and 60s taking gritty and darkly beautiful photos of street life in Hong Kong. His photographs, to be published in his new book “Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir“, reach back through time and space to connect us to the everyday sights of this bustling metropolis in a way that many of us have never seen before.

Ever since Ho moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1949, he has been documenting these special everyday moments. But the challenges (and superstitions) he faced then were quite different from those faced by photographers today; “With a knife in his hand, a pig butcher said he would chop me. He wanted his spirit back,” Ho told the South China Morning Post.

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Street artist Invader responds after his art is wiped from Hong Kong’s walls

 

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A couple of days ago, the South China Morning Post reported that angry Hongkongers discovered that the street artworks by French artist Invader have been removed.

Following the fate of the late “King of KowloonTsang Tsou-choi’s colourful calligraphy, it didn’t take long to discover that the deed was done – again – by the Highways Department.

Just like in the past, the department does not think it has offended anyone. On the contrary, it claimed that it took down the artworks for “safety” reasons. (Just how unsafe are mosaic tiles stuck on the walls around town?)

 

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The incident has caused outrage among not just the arts community but also netizens who appreciated Invader’s works, which used to brighten their day.

Many accused the government of being schizophrenic. On one hand, it spends billions to build the West Kowloon Cultural District, but on the other it cannot tolerate art coming to life in the real world of Hong Kong.

The Home Affairs Bureau, which handles arts and culture, distanced itself from the Highways Department, saying that the removal had nothing to do with them.

The amusing Pac-Man tile mosaic between Tin Hau and Fortress Hill is gone. But now the famed French artist, whose creations were inspired by the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, is speaking up.

He is not just disappointed to see his artworks being removed. Just like many Hongkongers, he questions the authorities’ intentions in erasing his “gift” to the city and the confusing messages the government is sending to the people of Hong Kong.

 

Below is a full statement from Invader, sent through his assistant:

 

I am Invader, a contemporary artist known for having created and displayed thousands of artworks around the world. My artworks are exhibited in fine art galleries, museums and institutions but also in the streets of large international cities which I artistically “invade”.

I travelled to Hong Kong last January for a new “wave of invasion” in this vibrant city. It was my third time in Hong Kong and I created and installed 48 new pieces; a very good score.

This invasion was following two first visits: in 2001 with 19 pieces and 2002 with 6 pieces.

A few days ago, I was alerted on social networks through pictures and comments that government workers were removing some of the artworks displayed in the streets.

Having invaded more than 60 cities around the world, I have never faced a situation where a public authority would systematically and rapidly remove the art from the streets and I hope it won’t happen in Hong Kong either, and that those removals are just an illustration of the rule of [that] “10 per cent” of my creations are usually destroyed quickly. 

I am of course very saddened and affected by these removal actions. I fully understand that having my work damaged, stolen or removed is an inherent risk with displaying contemporary art in an urban environment. I knew that Hong Kong was very strict with artworks displayed in the streets and that the government did remove nearly all of Tsang Tsou Choi’s (King of Kowloon) works.

Nevertheless I hope these policies are part of the past as the city is now aspiring to become the cultural hub of Asia. International art galleries can be found in many corners of the city; Art Basel is held every year at the Convention Center; the exciting M+ museum is being built.

I really consider that my approach of displaying the pieces in the street is a gift to the city and its citizens. It is a way for me to enhance people’s everyday life. They don’t need to go to museums or art galleries; they can just look up on the walls and maybe be touched by my “urban acupuncture”. 

Furthermore, the Invasion of Hong Kong is part of a global project: the Invasion of the World. The combination of the artworks creates a giant puzzle.

There are of course many pictures and data to document this process but it would be a pity that the Hong Kong part of the puzzle would be only visible through archive photographs.

I love Hong Kong. Its people gave me a great welcome and it was a real pleasure to spend several weeks rediscovering the city; its heritage, its futurism and its dynamism.

To the Hong Kong authorities, in case they intend to wipe out the entire invasion colony, I only ask: What message would you send to your citizens? What modern cultural heritage do you want to leave them? What is the real place of art in your beautiful city? 

Save the Space Invaders / Save the Invasion of Hong Kong!

 

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Invader, who said he ‘loves’ Hong Kong, urged the people to save his art.

 

 

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‘More than 90 Percent’ of Hong Kong citizens long to return to British rule

 

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According to a story in the South China Morning Post, more than 90 percent of Hong Kong citizens polled in a recent survey said that they wanted the region to return to British rule, stating that they fear much of what makes the region great will eventually be lost.

A British colony for 157 years, control of Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, making it the country’s first Special Administrative Region. It would seem, however, that many of its residents are far from happy, and wish to return to the days where the region operated independently of the People’s Republic of China.

In a survey conducted on its website on 12 March, the South China Morning Post asked whether, given the choice, Hong Kong residents would vote to return to being a British territory. Just 24 hours later, the results of the survey showed that more than 90 percent of those who responded said that they would prefer life to be as it was prior to Hong Kong being handed back to China.

 

▼ The landslide vote counted on the website.

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Concerns over food standards and the control that the Chinese government has over the freedom of information were cited as reasons for not wanting to be a part of mainland China, with some voicing concerns that were Hong Kong to continue on its current course, “[this freedom] will eventually be snatched away by the Chinese government, and we will end up like every other district in the mainland.

The debate is thought to have been sparked after 98 percent of residents on the Falkland islands, a small archipelago situated off the coast of Argentina, voted in a recent referendum to remain under British control rather than fall under Argentinian rule.

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Chinese artists on board missing Malaysian plane

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Veteran calligraphy artists and painters were returning from show in Kuala Lumpur
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A group of Chinese artists travelling home after an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur were on the Malaysian Airline flight that has been missing since Saturday. The group included 19 painters and calligraphers whose work was on show in “The Chinese Dream—Ode to Painting”, the South China Morning Post reports. They included the artist and deputy chairman of China’s national calligraphy association, Meng Gaosheng. Some of the artist were accompanied by their wives, such as the 76-year-old painter Liu Rusheng, the People’s Daily reports.

Daniel Liau, the director of the company organising the show, which marked 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia, told the Chinese media, “All of these artists are very famous in China. Some of them are national-class artists while others are provincial-level artists.”

Flight MH370 vanished from radar on its way to Beijing after leaving Kuala Lumpur three days ago. Its fate is still unknown.

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48 Hours Magazine (Hong Kong) “Block Party” 2013 Fall/Winter Editorial

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For Hong Kong-based lifestyle imprint 48 Hours Magazine we get a glimpse at its “Block Party fashion editorial highlighting some choice high-end menswear for the fall/winter season. Styled by the Australian-bred Juan-Carlos Aquino and photographed by Josephine Rozman – a creative that also hails from the land of the down under, model Jordan Joe is seen in a unique grouping of tonal outfits that incorporate garb from the likes of Givenchy, KENZO, Neil Barrett, Jil Sander and more.

48 Hours Magazine is free every Thursday with a purchase of the South China Morning Post or available separately at select newsstands until another issue releases.

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