監製:Diana Wan


    Kung Hei Fat Choy! Hello and welcome to the first episode of The Pulse in the Year of the Dog.

    The some 300-year-old Lai Chi Wo village inside Plover Cove Country Park is one of Hong Kong’s best-preserved Hakka villages. Consisting of about 200 houses, three ancestral halls and two temples, it’s situated in a crescent of thick trees and shrubs that acts as a natural barrier. Pretty much abandoned for a long time, the village has undergone something of a revitalisation and now serves as a pilot example for nearby communities.

    It’s the Year of the Dog, and in Chinese iconography, dogs symbolise good luck, loyalty, obedience, prosperity, and a promise of friendship. But their relationship with humans isn’t always an easy one. Not only are they – often brutally - killed and eaten in some Asian countries, including China, commercial breeders and pet shops are known to confine them in particularly distressing conditions, and would-be owners are not even allowed to keep them in many Hong Kong housing estates. Things are looking up, as more people across Asia and locally are adopting dogs and looking out for their welfare. As anyone who lives with them knows, they often give back at least as much affection and trust as they receive.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • US-China technology war: discussion with David Zweig & William Nee & gene-edited babies

      US-China technology war: discussion with David Zweig & William Nee & gene-edited babies

      The United States is not only engaged in a trade war with the People’s Republic of China, the two nations are also vying for supremacy in technology and telecommunications. “Made in China 2025” is a state sponsored strategy to make the nation a major competitor in advanced manufacturing, a sector currently dominated by high-income, developed countries such as United States. The U.S. which currently tops the world in artificial intelligence, supercomputers, patent applications, aerospace and other technological innovations, sees this as a threat. One of the fallouts of this competition seems to be the recent arrest of a high ranking Chinese telecommunications executive in Canada at the request of the United States. With me are David Zweig, Director of the Centre on China’s Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International

      Last month, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first “designer babies”, Lulu and Nana. He had, he said, modified their genetic make-up before birth to reduce their chances of contracting HIV from their parents. Despite a global outcry, Dr He said, before disappearing from sight, that he is proud of his work. The technology he used is called Crispr, a genetic engineering technique that has raised fears, ethical issues and many unanswered questions.

    • Disqualification of Eddie Chu, discussion with Priscilla Leung & government publicity campaigns

      Disqualification of Eddie Chu, discussion with Priscilla Leung & government publicity campaigns

      According to Article 34 of the Chinese constitution, “All citizens of the People's Republic of China who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote and stand for election, regardless of nationality, race, sex, occupation, family background, religious belief, education, property status, or length of residence, except persons deprived of political rights according to law.”And that’s a big “except”. The continuing disqualification of pro-democratic candidates from Hong Kong elections seem to suggest this long term deprivation of political rights as practised on the Mainland has arrived in Hong Kong, even if it’s not being openly admitted. Just ask Eddie Chu Hoi-dik.

      Government advertising in Thailand, Japan or Taiwan, are often witty, well-made, and win international prizes. The Hong Kong government’s publicity or civic education campaigns are often criticised as being expensive, lacking in creativity, in bad taste, culturally insensitive, condescending, and being little more than crude propaganda.
      In the 1970s, former government employee Arthur Hacker created Lap Sap Chung. Designed as a litter creating monster, Lap Sap Chung became a popular and much-loved figure. Since then, the government’s publicity people appear to have become obsessed with mascots.

    • Kln West Legco by-election & interview with conservationist Jane Goodall

      Kln West Legco by-election & interview with conservationist Jane Goodall

      Last Sunday, people in Kowloon West cast their votes for the second time this year to send their geographical constituency representative to the Legislative Council. The elections were to fill seats left vacant when the government ousted elected legislators Yau Wai-ching and Lau Siu Lai. The seats, previously held by localists, are now taken by DAB’s Vincent Cheng and pro-government candidate Yan Chan. Since 2016, nine people have been barred from running for election after returning officers had decided they did not intend to uphold the Basic Law. The pan-democrats are now outnumbered in the legislature and have not regained their former veto power.

      Jane Goodall was 26 when she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania in July 1960. Since then her 50 years of research on primates and wildlife conservation has transformed human’s understanding of chimpanzees and their environment. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, a global and environment conservation organization that now has offices in more than twenty-five countries. And in 1991, she also set up Roots & Shoots to educate young people about conservation and get them involved in it. That’s now operating in 100 countries. At 84, Jane Goodall is not slowing down. She is constantly travelling speaking, advocating and raising public awareness. She was in Hong Kong three weeks ago. Our producer Yvonne Tong went to talk to her.

    • Taiwan local elections & US Midterm Elections III: Migrant caravan

      Taiwan local elections & US Midterm Elections III: Migrant caravan

      Well, the United States’ mid-term elections may be over, but on this side of the world elections are still on going.
      Taiwan’s voters go to the polls this Saturday, and on Sunday voters in Kowloon West will be going back to the ballot box for a Legislative Council by-election.

      On Saturday, Taiwan’s 19.1 million voters have a chance to participate in local and regional elections and to vote in a series of referenda on subjects ranging from power plant output to same sex marriage to what Taiwan should call itself in the 2020 Summer Olympics. For Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in 2016, it’s being seen as a mid-term report. She and her ruling party are facing some keen competition amid allegations of Mainland meddling in the polls. With me in the studio is political commentator, Sam Cheng.

      Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric played a key role in his run for president two years ago. He said America would build a wall to keep out immigrants and he’d make Mexico pay for it. That has not happened but it didn’t stop Trump once again using the spectra of uncontrolled immigration to rile up his base to go out and vote for candidates he was supporting in the mid-term elections. He labeled migrants travelling en-masse to the US as being “gang members” and “very bad people” and deployed almost 6,000 troops to the southern border giving them the power to use fatal force. Our producer, Liz Yuen went to El Paso, Texas to talk to some recent migrants.

      Sadly, Chan Ming-kau did not live to see this development. He died of a sudden heart attack the day after speaking to The Pulse. Since the Handover, China has several times refused to let United States’ naval vessels make a stop in Hong Kong. This week, despite vigorous disagreements between China and the US over trade and territorial claims in the South China Sea, four US navy vessels are allowed to visit Hong Kong. We’ll leave you with that and the assurance that battleship Pulse will be docking at this spot again next week. Goodbye.

    • US Midterm Elections II: Women in Politics & #metoo, discussion with: Leta Hong Fincher & Puja Kapai on feminisim in China & USA

      US Midterm Elections II: Women in Politics & #metoo, discussion with: Leta Hong Fincher & Puja Kapai on feminisim in China & USA

      It’s more than a week since the United States midterm elections, and it still isn’t over. There are still a number of seats in the House of Representatives, and two Senate seats too close to call. Recounts and run-offs are still underway. As the late results tend to favour the Democrats, it’s looking more and more as if the “blue wave” that many initially said hadn’t happened is actually developing. As one example, in Arizona Kyrsten Sinema is not only the state’s first female senator but also its first Democratic senator in decades. Possibly annoying the president even more, she’s also the first openly bisexual Senator. And Donald Trump is far from happy. He’s called for an end to the recounts in Florida saying, on the basis of no evidence, that people voted illegally. Members of staff in the White House have said he’s in a pretty foul and furious mood since the midterms. In our second report on those elections, we look at one of the many historical firsts in this election: the record number of women voted into Congress.

      With me in the studio are Leta Hong Fincher, author of “Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China”, and Puja Kapai of the Women's Studies Research Centre to talk about feminism in China and the USA.

      On Wednesday, veteran politician Chung Sze-yuen passed away at the age of 101. He was known for his key role in, and his efforts during, the Sino-British negotiation on the future of Hong Kong. His public service included setting up the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hospital Authority. He was also one of the few people to have served in both Legco and Exco before and after the Handover, and he was the SAR’s first Exco convener.

    • US Midterm Elections I: Texas Senate race & discussion with Dem & GOP abroad & Tara Joseph, President of AmCham HK

      US Midterm Elections I: Texas Senate race & discussion with Dem & GOP abroad & Tara Joseph, President of AmCham HK

      The United States midterm elections were widely considered to be a referendum on President Donald Trump. And the numbers suggest feelings were running high. This week saw the highest voter turnout for midterm elections in 50 years. As a result Republicans extended their control in the Senate, but Democrats’ took control of the House of Representatives, where they can now provide a legislative check on Trump’s presidency. On election day, our producer, Liz Yuen was in Texas, where the hard fought senate battle between Republican Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, a potential Democratic candidate for president, drew national attention. With me to talk about the US midterm elections results are Nicholas Gordon, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad HK, Kym Kettler-Paddock, Communications Director for Republicans Overseas, and Tara Joseph who is the President of AmCham HK.

      The Democrats won’t actually take control of the House until it reconvenes in January, but President barely blinked before launching a fusillade of actions to punish people he saw as opponents. On Wednesday, a day after the midterm elections, he fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker, a Trump loyalist and critic of the Mueller investigation into meddling during the 2106 presidential election. That same morning, Trump let off steam at a press conference when he somewhat petulantly read out a list of Republicans who didn’t “embrace” him and lost their election bids, he accused an African-American reporter of asking a “racist question”, and – arguably - finest moment of all – yelled at, and ultimately barred from the White House, a CNN reporter.

    • Cathay Pacific data leak, tree management in HK & Louis Cha

      Cathay Pacific data leak, tree management in HK & Louis Cha

      Millions of customers of Hong Kong’s biggest airline were made aware, on 24th October, that their personal data could be compromised. Time is crucial when it comes to cyber security, and this personal data leak happened at least seven months ago. Some Cathay customers have already been affected by phishing attempts, most likely caused by the data leak. With me to talk about the issue is Edmon Chung, Director of Internet Society Hong Kong.

      On Thursday, the Environment Bureau proposed introducing a charging scheme for household waste that would be implemented by 2020 at the earliest, a year later than originally planned. The scheme has been discussed for more than a decade. The bill will be introduced in Legco on 14 November. At current rates of usage our landfills will reach capacity in two years’ time. On top of the usual thousands of tonnes of waste being dumped daily onto the three landfills, the past month has seen the addition of more than 12,000 tonnes of extra so-called waste that might have been turned to practical use. It mainly consists of timber from trees damaged by Typhoon Manghkut.

      On Tuesday, novelist, founder of Ming Pao and influential figure in both journalism and politics, Louis Cha died at the age of 94. A celebrated writer of martial art novels, Cha is widely known to fans under his pen name of Jin Yong. In politics, he had a mixed relationship with Beijing. In 1985, Cha was appointed as a member of the Basic Law Drafting Committee and Consultative Committee. In 1988, his proposal for post-1997 political reform was widely criticised for its conservatism But Cha’s politics were not one sided as he became a bitter critic of the Beijing after tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square on 4th June 1989. Yet politics is not what he is best known for, he is far more famous for his wuxia, or swordplay novels that literally sold millions of copies. Cha wrote 15 martial arts novels, many of which were later adapted for television and movies.

    • Opening of HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Shatin-Central link scandal: discussion with Michael Tien & para-athletes in HK

      Opening of HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Shatin-Central link scandal: discussion with Michael Tien & para-athletes in HK

      Last Saturday, taking a leaf perhaps from Melania Trump’s book, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she and superstar Andy Lau had become victims of cyber-bulling for their support for the massive Lantau land reclamation project. So how does the CE feel about the honely loving bear and piglet parodies that are all over the internet following the widely televised images of Mrs Lam walking side by side with President Xi Jinping at that bridge opening this week. Joining us in the studio to talk about the Shatin-Central link scandal is Michael Tien, chairman of Legco’s Subcommittee on Matters Relating to Railways and founder of Roundtable.

      Hong Kong isn’t known to be big on sports. In the Policy Address, the Chief Executive said she is allocating HK$500 million for a matching grant scheme to solicit support from the private sector for sporting events. New facilities are being built in Kai Tak and other districts. However, these measures focus on big events in big venues, with little regard to the needs of sport’s people particularly those who aspire to be fulltime athletes let alone athletes with physical disabilities. Despite this Hong Kong teams brought home an impressive clutch of medals from the Asia Games and the more recent Asian Para Games.

    • Discussion with Maria Tam & Alan Leong on the disqualification of Lau Siu-lai

      Discussion with Maria Tam & Alan Leong on the disqualification of Lau Siu-lai

      The disqualification of Lau Siu-lai from running in the upcoming Legco by-election comes along with a series of recent events, from the ban on the Hong Kong National Party, the refusal to renew a work visa for Financial Times Asia news editor Victor Mallet, to the toe the line instructions given to a group of media executives during their recent visit to Beijing. It looks as though the mainland’s so-called “red lines” are getting ever more numerous. With me now are Maria Tam, the Vice-chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee and senior counsel and Chairman of the Civic Party Alan Leong to discuss the implications.

      Well, while we were discussing the fate of democratic development, a delegation from Hong Kong were winding up a visit to Beijing where, according to their spokesman, they were given guidance on how the local media should behave. We’ll leave you with images of that and hopefully without crossing red lines. See you next week. Goodbye.

    • Policy Address & discussion on press freedom with Keith Richburg & Chris Yeung

      Policy Address & discussion on press freedom with Keith Richburg & Chris Yeung

      On Wednesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered her second Policy Address. Her 40-minute speech highlighted several controversial policies and projects. And she doesn’t seem to mind courting controversy. “Dissatisfaction was expected”, she said, arguing that tough decisions had to be made. According to a University of Hong Kong survey, the public gave the Address only 48.5 marks, 13.9 marks fewer than her first one. Lam’s own popularity has also dropped to 47.6, an all-time low since she became Chief Executive.

      Just two weeks ago, and for the first time since the Handover, the Security Bureau used the Societies Ordinance to outlaw the Hong Kong National Party, a political group that has advocated Hong Kong independence. Secretary for Security John Lee warned that any act to destroy China’s sovereignty would cross an “untouchable red line”. However, he did not give a clear answer when asked whether people sharing the group’s views on social media or journalists reporting or interviewing its members would be breaking the law. However an indication of the government’s intentions in this matter when a prominent foreign correspondent was denied renewal of working visa. With me in the studio are Keith Richburg, formerly with the Washington Post in a number of capacities. He is now Director of Hong Kong University’s Journalism & Media Studies Centre and Chris Yeung, another veteran journalist and Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists’ Association to talk about the state of press freedom in Hong Kong.