Hong Kong 360 Episode 40 Edwin Lau and Fanny Moritz
This week we talk with two environmentalists...
Edwin Lau Che-feng is founder and executive director of The Green Earth, and has been actively engaged in environmental protection work since the late 1980. His primary interests are related to waste management, air pollution, climate change and energy conservation. He initiated the first waste paper recycling programme in Hong Kong schools. In 2009, Mr Lau was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR government in recognition of his long-term contribution to the cause of environmental protection and education.
Fanny Moritz is the Founder and CEO of Now, No Waste…. an organization looking for alternatives to disposables, creating a platform giving people access to reusable and compostable products…all designed to help raise awareness towards developing a zero-waste lifestyle. Moritz is a web designer and activist and is looking to expand her zero waste ideas to other markets….
Hong Kong 360 Episode 39 Paul Stapleton
This week we speak with Paul Stapleton, associate professor at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is a long-time resident of several countries in Asia, where he has been teaching and researching at various universities. He writes about environmental, social and educational issues. In his South China Morning Post Op-eds, Paul's goal is to shed some light on issues of interest as well as generate a bit of heat.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 38 Feisal Alibhai
This week we talk with Feisal Alibhai, the founder of Qineticare, a family health organization helping people to protect, manage and improve their well-being. Feisal's personal experience was the inspiration for Qineticare. At the age of 35, married with two young boys, he was diagnosed with stage three cancer. His medical treatment incorporated 20 rounds of chemotherapy and three surgeries, but the event radically changed his life. Feisal resolved his situation through a deep, holistic practice of the fundamentals of living, encompassing eating, moving, sleeping, thinking, and feeling. By understanding how these could be channeled for optimum health and wellbeing, he achieved a full recovery. His unique experiences form the basis of Qineticare's philosophy and approach.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 37 Cherian George
This week we talk with Cherian George, professor of media studies at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University, where he also serves as director of the Centre for Media and Communication Research. His research interests center on freedom of expression, especially in connection to journalism and public discourse. He is the author of five books, including Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy (MIT Press, 2016). Before joining academia, he was a journalist with The Straits Times in Singapore.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 36 Heron Holloway
This week we catch up with Heron Holloway, CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Hong Kong. Holloway worked in PR in London, specializing in charity and public sector campaigns, before joining the British Red Cross. She held a variety of communications roles with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, working on disaster operations in Africa. She was Habitat for Humanity Communications Director, Asia-Pacific, before assuming the position of CEO in December 2016.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 35 Michael Chugani
THis week we talk once again with Michael Chugani, a journalist who has worked in Hong Kong, the US and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist where he writes "Public Eye," he also hosts TVB's "Straight Talk" show. He also writes for two Chinese-language publications, and has published in English and Chinese a number of books on politics. He is a keen Hong Kong observer, writing on matters pertaining to the city's politics and current events.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 34 Jessica Kam
This week we talk with Jessica Kam, Senior VP of Original Content Production for HBO Asia, and a producer with more than 15 years of experience in film, TV, music, news and digital media. Kam founded the film production house Heart Farm in 2008 and has produced a number of films in China. Previously, she was VP of Network Communications with MTV Asia, and her diverse background includes work with MGM Gold Networks, Disney Studios, FilmNet and oracle. Jessica holds an MBA from Northwestern University in the US and has a BA in Computer Science from the University California at Berkeley.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 33 Best of 2017
This week on Hong Kong 360 we look back at 2017 and listen to some terrific interviews with interesting people, a sort of "best of 2017."
We start with an interview I conducted in January with Mike Rowse. In a broad and distinguished career, Rowse has worked in government, business and in the media. We talked about Hong Kong politics, and the idea of the Hong Kong legislative body - LEGCO --getting "things done," and also government decision-making and how that process either works or doesn't. We also discuss his role in starting Invest Hong Kong, which has been very successful in attracting investors to Hong Kong. We also discussed defending his actions during Harbourfest during the height of SARS.
Next, we turned to an interview I did with Richard Bush, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the US and author of Hong Kong, In the Shadow of China. Bush and I talked about the Umbrella Movement and the controversy that event stirred in late 2014. We discussed the movement, its shortcomings and what happens next.
Lastly, we re-visited my November 2017 interview with Father John Wotherspoon, an ordained priest here in Hong Kong. Father Wotherspoon works full-time in the ministry dealing with the poor and prisoners in the Hong Kong prison system. We discussed his work as a prison chaplain and his efforts to halt drug mules from bringing drugs into Hong Kong.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 32 Klaus Heymann
Our guest this week is Klaus Heymann, who founded Naxos International in 1987, and serves as the CEO and Chairman of HNH International, which publishes classical music, with brands such as Naxos Classical, Naxos Historical, Naxos Jazz, and many others. Heymann first came to Hong Kong in 1967 to start up the office of an American newspaper, the Overseas Weekly. His company was founded in 1973 and is based in Kowloon City in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 31 Adam Najberg
This week we talk with Adam Najberg, Head of Digital Media at Alibaba. Adam joined Alibaba Group in Hong Kong in late 2016 from the consumer drone company, SZ DJI, where he was global director of communications. Prior to that, he spent 25 years in journalism -- 21 of them at Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal as a foreign correspondent and editor in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He is the author of two books and has taught business journalism to graduate students at Hong Kong University.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 30 Blaine Harden
This week we talk with Blaine Harden, an American journalist and author. His 2012 book Escape from Camp 14, a biography of North Korean defector Shin Dong-Hyuk, was on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated in 28 languages. Harden worked for 28 years for the Washington Post as a correspondent, and has worked for the New York Times and the Times magazine. He's also worked for The Economist, Foreign Policy and many other publications. His latest book, King of Spies, has just been published.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 29 Stephen Engle
This week we talk with Stephen Engle, long-time journalist and TV newsman who has worked throughout Asia during his 25+ years in the region, working for CNBC and other news organizations. We discuss integrity in journalism today, "paid surrogate" journalism and fake news.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 28 Father John Wotherspoon
This week we talk with Father John Wotherspoon, who was ordained a priest in 1973. Since 1985 he has been a missionary in Hong Kong and China, and is presently in full-time ministry to the poor, especially prisoners where he's produced notable results. He recently won the People's Choice Award at this year's Spirit of Hong Kong Awards ceremony.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 27 George Liu
This week we talk with George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer for Hong Kong Airlines. He has more than 25 years of experience in brand strategy, marketing, communications, customer relations and government affairs. He previously served as the Director of Airline Global Brand & Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, based in the United States. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Communications at Boeing China. Mr. Liu has also held numerous senior management positions with Weber Shandwick and Golin/Harris.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 26 Pete Spurrier
Our guest this week is Writer/Publisher Pete Spurrier, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1993 and hit the ground running. Since then, he's written three best selling guidebooks, including The Serious Hiker's Guide to Hong Kong. He has also written stories for the South China Morning Post, Discovery, Serendib, Hong Kong Business, Prestige and other publications. He runs Blacksmith Books, a publishing house which puts out all sorts of titles related to Hong Kong and Asia.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 25 Stephen Vines
This week we talk with Stephen Vines, who leads a double life as a journalist, writer and broadcaster, combined with running a chain of restaurants, coffee shops and canteens in Hong Kong. He worked for The Observer in many capacities and has also been a correspondent for the BBC, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent. He was the founding editor of Eastern Express, a Hong Kong daily newspaper and the founder and publisher of Spike, a pioneering political and business weekly magazine. He is the author of several books, including: Food Gurus - 20 people who have changed the way we eat and think about food; The Years of Living Dangerously - Asia from crisis to the New Millennium, and; Market Panic - wild gyrations, risks and opportunities in stock markets.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 24 Mark Michelson
Today we talk with Dr. Mark Michelson, who has spent over 35 years in the Asia/ Pacific region, mainly living in Hong Kong but also in Japan. He is Chairman of the Asia CEO Forum for IMA Asia, as well Senior Counselor and member of the International Advisory Council at APCO Worldwide, which provides public affairs and strategic communications services in Asia-Pacific and globally, and established APCO's first Asia office in 1997. From 2004 through 2008, Dr. Michelson was Associate Director-General for Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, and he served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 23 Hong Kong Music
Today we take an international tour that exposes us to musical artists who have performed songs about Hong Kong. The tour includes performances by hip-hop, blues, rock, electronic, pop, rock and jazz artists who have focused their attention on Hong Kong. Artists include Gorillaz, George Harrison, Fabian, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and others. This also represents the final show of Season 1 of Hong Kong 360. The show will take a summer break, returning this fall with a fresh slate of shows. Listeners can find archived shows on the Radio Lantau website. Have a great summer!
Hong Kong 360 Episode 22 Jennifer Lai
Today we talk with Jennifer Lai, who is the Managing Partner and Head of Business of Henley & Partners in North Asia, here in Hong Kong. She is a long-time global business manager with extensive experience in International Business Development with focus in China. Fluent in several languages spanning Europe and Asia, she previously worked in an European risk consultancy firm, where she acquired extensive experiences in international risk and mitigation for expanding global companies.
Hong Kong 360 Episode 21 Robert Bauer
Today we talk with Robert Bauer, who is Honorary Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. Bauer came to Asia in 1973 to study Mandarin Chinese at the Stanford Center at the National Taiwan University in Taipei. He has lived continuously in Hong Kong since 1997, and for 11 and-a-half years taught sociolinguistics and contrastive phonologies of Cantonese, Putonghua, and English. In 2014, Hong Kong's Education Department stated on its website that Cantonese was not an official language of Hong Kong, which drew the ire of Hong Kong residents. Bauer is a fierce supporter of Cantonese and warns that the language will lose currency unless something is done to protect, promote and keep it relevant.