There are only two local English-language daily newspapers in Hong Kong – The Standard and The SCMP: Given the number of expatriates in this international city, this is simply not enough. Some of them who see Hong Kong as their home want to know what is really going on in Hong Kong, but the English dailies available in the market don’t seem to reveal the truth objectively often enough…
We feel that these newspapers don’t really cover the matters that Hongkongers (including the non-ethnic-Chinese community in HK) care about, and very often they write from China’s perspective and the news is simply China centric. Shouldn’t local papers focus more on home affairs?
Have you heard of the term “Nylonkong”? – New York, London, Hong Kong – traditionally the three major economic centres. Over the past 10 years, it seems to us that the global press hasn’t paid much attention to Hong Kong, and when it has, it has simply peddled the party line coming from Peking – or worse slandering Hong Kong without offering the people of Hong Kong a fair chance to defend before the sentence and labeling.
So we did a bit more digging… The media in Hong Kong are either directly or indirectly controlled/owned by Mainland Chinese (e.g. a PRC Chinese editor in chief, or owned by pro-China/CCP billionaire, etc). We know many expats regard Hong Kong as their home, but they cannot read Cantonese nor speak fluent Cantonese. Friends of ours have long expressed frustration at not being able to read The Apple Daily, for example.
The “China desks” at international media are dominated by PRC Chinese. There are also rumours suggesting that PRC government subsidises PRC Chinese to study in journalism and rewards them heavily if they get a correspondent seat within the international press. Indeed, China has been actively buying Western media and then tailoring the editorial content to its own ends: These are the only international media whose coverage of world affairs is then allowed to be fed back into China – reinforcing and legitimising domestic CCP propaganda. These journalists are either indoctrinated or consciously working to a PRC-defined agenda, so their articles are biased and do not necessarily reflect the all of the truth, especially when it comes to Hong Kong and China related stories. Based on what we read on the global press, versus what we know to be true of the situation in Hong Kong we find this rumour may actually have some ground…
This is extremely worrying for Hongkongers. Despite the outcry and desperate calls for help from Hongkongers, no one in the wider world seems to be looking or listening. We set up this blog with the goal of telling the world:
what is really going on in Hong Kong, and the REAL NEWS that the English-language media are not telling you.
We want to make this blog a helpful little tool for you to “read” Cantonese newspaper without having to learn the language.
We are not journalists, but a bunch of true Hongkongers who want to protect our home by doing the least we could: We translate Cantonese news articles published in Hong Kong media into English to help the world discover what the is really happening in Hong Kong – we will continue to translate until the day Department of Truth emerges in Hong Kong.