A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Karen Koh

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Podcast: Daily update and available after its broadcast.



    How welcoming is the west; trashing the countryside

    On Friday's Backchat, how welcoming is the west? - and trashing the countryside.

    A surge in violence and hate crimes against Asian-Americans in the US has prompted rallies and a nationwide campaign - Against Asian Hate. What's triggering this? Covid? Hostility to a rising China?China's actions in Xinjiang and elsewhere? Underlying racism? Trump? How can it be stopped? And there are reports of big increases in harrassment of Chinese and other East Asians in the UK too.

    At the same time the British government has unveiled a 43 million pound array of measures to help new BN(O) arrivals from Hong Kong settle in the country. The new Hong Kong UK Welcome Programme will focus on aspects including housing, employment, and education. The authorities will also use the money to establish 12 virtual hubs to help the newcomers access information on everyday matters.

    Why is the Government taking these measures? Do they have popular support? Will they make a difference? From 9:20am-9:30am, ahead of this weekend we'll be talking about the trash problem in our parks and outlying islands after the easter break.

    8:30am-9:20am How welcoming is the West?
    8:30am-9am Chip Tsao, Social Commentator
    8:30am-9am Diana Yeh, Senior Lecturer at City University of London’s School of Arts and Social Sciences Department of Sociology
    9am-9:20am Kelson Gustin Law, visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Vassar College

    9:20am-9:30am Trashing the countryside
    Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong, Southern District Councillor

    09/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    09/04/2021 - How welcoming is the west?

    09/04/2021 - Trashing the countryside


    03 - 04




    New vice-presidents for HKU; CX new contracts

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Karen Koh

    On Wednesday's Backchat, new vice-presidents for HKU, and new contracts for CX staff.
    Civil groups and pro-democracy district councillors on Monday voiced their opposition against a supposed plan by the University of Hong Kong to name a Mainland Professor – who they say is a Chinese Communist Party member – as a Vice President of the institution.
    They said the news is shocking and worrying, as it would undermine the university's autonomy and academic freedom.

    Why would the appointment of mainland scholars as senior management of the university would be an issue? What if they are not Party members? Should HKU be cultivating stronger links with the Mainland?
    From 9:15-9:30, we'll be discussing why it's necessary to extend the deadline for CX staff to accept their new contract.

    8:30-9:15 new vice-presidents for HKU
    8:30-9:15: Raymond Mak, president of HKU students union in 2003-2004
    8:30-9:00 John Burns, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administrartion, University of Hong Kong
    8:30-9:00: Jordan Pang, vice-president of HKU students union in 2018-2019, Central & Western District Councillor
    9:15 – 9:30 CX new contracts
    8:30-9:15: Carol Ng, Chairwoman of Confederation of Trade Unions


    28/10/2020 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    28/10/2020 - New vice-presidents for HKU

    28/10/2020 - Cx new contracts

    Carol Ng

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