THE NATURALIST YEH MAN

Mok Ho Kwong, who call himself ‘Yeh man’ meaning man living in wild, is a naturalist who pursues natural living in Hong Kong. In 2003, when he was still studying Education in the University of Hong Kong, he joined a lot of environmental education activities, and since then he has become a lover of nature.

In 2004, Yeh man established an organization called ‘Natural Network’ aiming to inculcate nature education to the general public. He rented a farmland in Hok Tau and started his life as a ‘wild man’ – trying to keep the lowest consumption of natural resources in his daily life. He collects furniture, clothes and even food that people abandon. In a RTHK program, he said he sometimes collects chicken nuggets or French fries in fast food restaurants to reduce wasted food. He stopped doing so since he realized that the underprivileged need those food more than he does.

His farm has attracted nature lovers around the globe. Two teenagers from Slovakia come to Yeh man’s farm after their friends suggested them to visit here. Soon after their arrival, they love the farm. They are currently volunteering and living in the farm to assist the basic construction and operation.

In 2013, Yeh man married her girlfriend, who holds the same life philosophy with him. They held a simple wedding ceremony: the nature advocator handmade a wedding dress for his wife as well as their grass rings. In their mind, protecting nature is much more crucial than a magnificent ceremony and extrinsic beauty.

Moreover, his life in nature is not always of lighthearted. He was forced to get away from the first farm in Hok Tau because of the unaffordable rent offered by the landlord. As a result, when he moved to the current site in Sheung Shui, he did not dare to invest much because it is still full of uncertainties when he would be forced to leave again. When talking about the future, Yeh man does not have any big future plan. A Chinese old saying ‘Live in the moment’, which is carved on a wooden board hung in his farm, is his motto. That is what Yeh man has been doing, and will continue to do.

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THE TWEETING JOURNALISTS

The large extent of freedom in Twitter creates journalists. They spread news, analyze and express their opinions. Yet, their tweets are unique by using functions of twitter, reflecting their own style.
In terms of the use of graphics, me and 3 Journalists in twitter are already different. Jonathan Schwarzberg, a financial practitioner in New York City, mainly post statistics, which clearly shows every day trend of bond prices or any index. As he is specialised in leveraged finance, so most graphics are loan and interest related. For example, he posted the loan market scordboard of his company, doing an analyze of the yields and fund flows;However, another journalists, Adam O’Daniel’s graphics he tweeted are relatively softer than Schwarzberg’s. The graphics are sometimes statistics to provide informative data, and sometimes with portraits of humans in functions.

A female financial journalist, Ambereen Choudhury’s tweets are rather chic and more lifestyle element is added. Unlike O’Daniel and Schwarzberg, Choudhury have fashion tweets, sometimes with her routines and her financial views. There are invesment tweets, and also Vogue magazine retweets.

Finally, most of my posts are tweeted with pictures. No matter Occupy Central or natural landscape, I also tweet with pictures. My posts are like Ambereen Choudhury’s, including wide variety of category, such as politics, finance, fashion and photography, unlike O’Daniel and Schwarzberg’s provide that many datas.

Although three of them do financial analysis, they express in different ways. Schwarzberg and O’Daniel provide relatively hard news, but me and Choudhury share daily life, but not only the opinions of news.

THOUGHTS OF THE MULTICOLORED

Fiery red, sparkling yellow, scarlet blue are not rare to see in the metropolitan Hong Kong. The word ‘multicolored’ is not only describing those dazzling bulbs embedded on the skyscrapers in the Pearl of East, but also races. Black, White, Yellow people are gathered in the colorful city, encountering the same surroundings with distinct cultural backgrounds. Do they have the same thoughts? Do they appreciate Hong Kong? The following video tells you what they like and dislike in this pluralistic place. Let us now put ourselves in their shoes, experiencing the different Hong Kong that they have been walking through.

Enjoy!

‘Occupy Central’ — no longer a student movement

28th September, 2014, ‘Occupy Central’ is officially launched. It is originated from the class boycott action by the Hong Kong Federation of Students, which voices out Hong Kong-ers appeal of universal suffrage. 12 days after, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok are still occupied, but only by students and Hong Kong people. Volunteers from industries, different nationalities, people from all walks of life are anticipated in this democracy movement. 3rd October, Mr. Benny Tai Yiu-Ting, who initiated Occupy Central, called on protestors evacuating Mong Kok, but none of them did. Why? What are the motivations behind them? How does this student movement develop into a demonstration of all Hong Kong-ers, despite of their races, ages and sex?

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1. Noon, Admiralty, 1st October: the high temperature of 32 degrees celsius did not hinder protestors’ perseverance.

2. Lots of parents believes Occupy Central is the best time of a citizenship education for their children.

3. ‘I think it is the critical time of Hong Kong, so sacrificing a day or two dating time to come here is worthier…’, the couple said.

4. The elderly goes for supporting after yumcha, ‘it’s good to stroll here, with refreshing air, that I could never feel after this metropolitan getting developed.’

5. The Hong Kong-ers have been explaining the movement to the Hollanders for half an hour.

6. ‘Supports democracy in Hong Kong’ in Spanish, he has been sticking 20 popular written languages to show his support on the flyover in Admiralty.

7. Natalie, a second-year undergraduate, who has been voluntarily assisted in the relief material stations, says it is the best time of Hong Kong, because it links all the Hong Kong-ers up, regardless of their races.

8. ‘Density here is very high with crazily hot weather. Protestor may easily get sunstroke. They sacrifice to fight for Hong Kong’s future for me, so I am here to do my best to back them up!’, two ambulancemen say.

9. The hair stylists provide hair cut for free there, to entertain and alleviate the nervous atmosphere. ‘They (the protestors) have been so intense, that’s all I could do to relief them.’, she says.

10. ‘No schools, no homework, and hair cut for free here with fun. It’s good!’, he says with an exciting face.

11. Reporter from Macau Asia Satellite Television (MASTV) is having a video vox pop, claiming that it is nearly the largest public movement in Hong Kong in recent years.

12. The Hong-Kong-grown Indians, who are Sikhs, say their family and friends are all supporting the universal suffrage. ‘We are Hong Kong people, born here, raised here. Universal suffrage is a universal value that should not be hindered by nationalities or religious belief.’, they firmly say.

13. He wonders why thousands people are singing and laying in ground instead of staying at home with air-conditioning.

14. Supports from Japan that fiercely condemning the violence of the Hong Kong Police Force.

15. Mid-night, Wan Chai, 2nd October: Protestors are obviously fewer but still over hundreds are staying overnight to protect their beloved city.