亚洲中国新媒体研讨会 / Asia China New Media Conference

The Asia China New Media Conference, hosted by MalaysiaKini’s Chinese Service and  sponsored by Open Society Institute and the University of Hong Kong’s Center for Journalism and Media Studies, gathered over one hundred journalists, bloggers and academics to discuss the current state of new media in Chinese-speaking Asia as well as to discuss future areas for cooperation.  Attendees came from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and the host country Malaysia. Continue reading

Hong Kong Impressions

One of the old carriage alleys from Hollywood Rd (Soho) down to Central

Well, I made it.  I have now been in Hong Kong for about 24 hours.  Long enough to have visited some old haunts – Mid-Levels, the Peak, Central – practiced yoga (at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental), and to have almost acclimated to the heat.

Three overwhelming impressions of Hong Kong in August.  First, it is HOT.  The temperature when I walked to yoga this morning was 28C and the humidity was well over 80% according to one of the dozen or so video displays that I saw blinking along the way.  The second impression is intensity.  Hong Kong, even when it is too hot to move, bustles.  I remembered this after about a nano-second, but you get a sense of the constant competition that characterizes the rest of the world.  Not to say that we are not competitive in Silicon Valley, but I think it is just a little less transparent.  Everyone in California is striving to make things look like they are just a natural result of talent or luck, but that we didn’t necessarily have to work for it.  Finally, this town is connected. I have reached for a my non-existent mobile twice in the last day and have had two people ask me for my mobile number and been a little confused when I said that I didn’t have one for Hong Kong. Of course, it is Hong Kong, so one of them offered to rent me a phone – he worked in tailor’s, not sure about the connection.

Yoga this morning was good, though I can feel the effects of the flight.  The Mandarin is absolutely opulent.  I didn’t want to leave. The teacher, Kim Roberts, was great, clearly used to having all types of practitioners in the room.  More on this at the end of the stay.