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Entries in the Category : East Asian Culture

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Thursday, 02 July, 2009

Content One of my interests in spending time in Hong Kong was to get some insight into the design scene. I came across the monthly networking event Web Wednesday, which happens in the Volar Bar & Club, located in Central on Hong Kong Island. Thankfully (and ashamedly) for me, this means it is conducted in English.

Web Wednesday

Time Out Hong Kong cites Web Wednesday as being one of Hong Kong's biggest networking events. Subjects covered appear to be quite diverse covering areas such as Facebook app development and online communities, with founder and host Napolean Biggs interviewing invitees such as the founding developer of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg.

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Sunday, 31 May, 2009

Content It's by coincidence that I'm in Hong Kong when its leading English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, heard about the website I founded, Visible Chinese and contacted me for a short article about it!

Long Distance Call

The article just came out today and is actually in their Sunday Morning Post edition, within the accompanying (Post) magazine. I was interviewed for a regular column called "Long-distance call" which features a Chinese expatriate every week, who explains their work and a little of their life story.

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Monday, 20 April, 2009

Content We spent the last three weeks of March in Vietnam. It's probably the longest we'll stay in any other East Asian country (other than Hong Kong) since Linh's father and family are there. It's the first time Linh has been back since her childhood and its the first time I've ever been, so with her father's hospitality and organisation, we saw a hell of a lot of Vietnam, visiting both the north and south of the country and also in between.

Vietnam 1

We spent the majority of the time in Ho Chi Minh and how we survived in the heat I've no idea. Having experienced temperatures around the mid-thirties, I've now no fear of Summer in Hong Kong.

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Friday, 03 April, 2009

Content Ok, its great to learn more about another culture and you have to "live" in a country to do so. As I've said before, Hong Kong is not totally alien to Linh and I. So far, we've found that our lifestyle is an improvement on the UK, but that probably has more to do with us not working a day job and therefore being able to chill out a bit. It probably also has alot to do with living in the New Territories - better air than Kowloon I think.

Anyway, wanting to keep this post short - I don't want to say anything I'd regret later - but about Hong Kong people, why is it that:

1. They talk in the cinema during a film? I don't mean as a one off comment.. no.. they have to discuss what they think is happening next and what they think of the characters and the acting. And if their phone rings (with some cantopop ring tone), they answer and have an audible conversation. I think I'm the only one that gets bothered by this though. In the UK, a collective audience would tut at any single violator, whereas in Hong Kong, I'd be the only soul tempted to turn and slap the ******s.

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Monday, 02 February, 2009

Content Yes, as if this site, Filoflow, Visual Streak, Visible Chinese and One Inch Punch weren't enough, I've now started another one called MangoVine. As you may have read from previous posts, I'll be moving over to Hong Kong for a year in a few days. My family have a home there in the New Territories and the plan is to spend a year there, but also travel to the other East Asian countries in that time.

Part of the reason for going over to Hong Kong is to gain a little more knowledge of my heritage as well as get to know the ins and outs of living there. Visiting the other East Asian countries is simply to make the most of being close enough to explore practically and cheaply. Since my profession is design, I'm also keen to cast an eye over the various cultures and try to document observations that I find interesting.

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