Tuesday 18 June 2019

Ching Cheong Chinaman Notable Name

Ching Cheong, a veteran journalist who was jailed in mainland China for three years on trumped-up espionage charges, blamed the government for pushing the unpopular [extradition bill in Hong Kong] in the face of opposition from groups across a diverse political spectrum, including the legal sector and even some pro-Beijing figures.
“They have completely ignored all the peaceful, rational and non-violent expressions. The frustrations are felt across the board,” he said. “The students’ emotions are just an expression of Hong Kong society. They feel there is no way out.” (12 June 2019)

The journalist Ching Cheong has an unfortunate, ironic name because so much cultural sensitivity befalls the term "Ching Chong".

ChingChongChinaMan went to milk a cow
ChingChongChinaMan didn't know how
ChingChongChinaMan pulled the wrong tit
ChingChongChinaMan got covered in sh%t

Additional links to the history of the anti-Chinese slur (here and here). The racial slur has been used for over 100 years.

Monday 17 June 2019

Kennedy Wong Notable Name of the Day

Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, spokesman for an alliance (Safeguard HK) that claimed to have collected 930,000 signaturesfrom residents supporting the extradition bill. Pro-establishment solicitor and a Hong Kong member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The meaning of Kennedy is "helmet head; ugly head"

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Rare 

Cartman from South Park and Kennedy Wong Ying-ho from Hong Kong

Sunday 16 June 2019

Carrie Lam demonstrates traditional Asian values in governing Hong Kong

We all know that, in general, Asian values are more paternalistic (reference: Confucian teachings) whereas Western values are less hierarchical (reference: John Stuart Mill).

Carrie Lam, despite being a female leader, revealed her true values as Hong Kong’s leader with the use of her own metaphor when describing the current situation of protesters against the extradition bill:
“To use a metaphor, I’m a mother too, I have two sons,” she said. “If I let him have his way every time my son acted like that, such as when he didn’t want to study, things might be OK between us in the short term.

“But if I indulge his wayward behaviour, he might regret it when he grows up. He will then ask me: ‘Mum, why didn’t you call me up on that back then?’” 
— Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, CE, HK

This is why the majority of Hongkongers do not respect Carrie Lam. Lam treats Hongkongers, to use her own metaphor literally, as though she is the authority figure who must be obeyed by the lesser experienced, lesser educated and lesser evolved citizens. Lam does not respect other people’s views, especially those who are beneath her. The only individuals who Lam will listen to are those who are hierarchically above her (ie, the head of the China Liaison Office in HK and obviously China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping who can stay on as supreme leader of China indefinitely.

Hong Kong does not have a strong independent leader ... but most Hongkongers know this anyway because China chooses who becomes the chief executive of Hong Kong, which means the chief executive of Hong Kong always knows her/his place within the paternalistic hierarchy of China.

Saturday 15 June 2019

Don't Shoot Our Kids ... They Need To Get An Education

I wonder what his name is?*

Why shoot our heads? You are police not slaughters !

A Hong Kong mothers' group joined the anti-extradition bill protest on Friday 14 June 2019 (pic The Guardian)

* It is odd that the local newspaper SCMP will quote Hong Kong people with funny notable names in their news articles (see examples here like Bond and Glacier), whereas so far The Guardian has only managed to find Hongkongers called Brian, Issac, Mandy and other ordinary names (examples here).

Friday 14 June 2019

Hong Kong Protest Against Extradition Law with Notable Names

Go Hong Kong! Add Oil !!

Protesters young and old, workers and professionals, poor and privileged are out to stop the Hong Kong Government from passing a bill that will erode away Hong Kong's freedom and autonomy as we know it. Please help support the protests!!

This blog will also pay attention to the numerous people (mostly proud Hongkongers) who pop up with their Notable Names.

Here are a few names spotted from the first day of protests on 12th June 2019.

Bond Ng, lawyer, Hong Kong 
Name category: Rare; job-based?
Of Middle English and Old English origin, and the meaning of Bond is "peasant farmer".

Elpis Yip (Ms), barista, Malaysian Chinese in Hong Kong
Name category: Creation; Substitution (from Elvis); Translocation (from Elpida)

Glacier Chung Ching Kwong, a core member of Keyboard Frontline, an NGO advocating a free online environment, Hong Kong
Name category: Creation; Nature-based

Lokman Tsui, a professor at Chinese University researching media and technology, Hong Kong
Name category: Creation; Man-suffix


Bond Ng, lawyer, Hong Kong

An administrator of a Telegram instant messaging group was arrested for allegedly conspiring with others to charge the Legislative Council Complex and block roads. Police showed up at the home of Ivan Ip, in his early 20s, with a search warrant on Tuesday night, his lawyer Bond Ng said on Wednesday. Ip was arrested for conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.

Elpis Yip (Ms), barista, Malaysian Chinese in HK

Elpis Yip, in her 40s and originally from Malaysia, is standing between protesters and anti-riot police outside the east entrance of Legco, trying to pacify both sides by singing hymns.
Yip, a barista who works at Pavilion Cafe, joined the rally around Legco at 6.30am. "When I first joined the front line this morning, I was a bit frightened. But I quickly resumed inner peace as I know I am here to help both sides calm down," she says.

Glacier Chung Ching Kwong, a core member of Keyboard Frontline, an NGO advocating a free online environment, Hong Kong (SCMP article)

Lokman Tsui, a professor at Chinese University researching media and technology, Hong Kong (SCMP article)


Monday 3 June 2019

Chihuahua Ng Notable Name of the Day 2283

Chihau Huang , Notice of Bankruptcy Order, Court of First Instance (8 May 2015), Hong Kong. 

OK, this one is made up! Chihuahua does sound good though.

About Notable Names
Name Category: Creation

Saturday 1 June 2019

Myanmar Rooting for Liverpool Champions League Final

Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Champions League Madrid

Our taxi driver in Myanmar, who took us to the Savoy Hotel, is a huge Reds fan!

1 June 2019 Champions League Final Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain