“Hats off to west­ern­ers at­tempt­ing to speak the lo­cal lan­guage.”

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Fly­ing the Flag

Last week Mr. Know-It-All ex­plained char­ity Flag Days (“Why do peo­ple try to sell me stick­ers in the street ev­ery Satur­day?” Sep 16, is­sue 1163). Read­ers were di­vided:

More than half the time it’s fund rais­ing for a church. A church that tells women that sin­gle moth­er­hood is wrong. A church that op­presses gays and tells them that their love is evil. A church that tells Bud­dhists and Mus­lims that they are go­ing to die in hell if they don’t con­vert. These are not good peo­ple.

Ben Olm­sted

Not church, but so­cial ser­vices groups with re­li­gious back­ground, like car­i­tas, st james set­tle­ment. while you blame the “churches” for this and that, have you ever asked WHY it is all these so­cial ser­vices groups do­ing the char­ity work, and WHERE ARE YOU? and WHERE IS THE GOVERN­MENT? these works are sup­posed to be the govt’s job, not the churches’ job.

Phuong Tan Vu

Al­though only reg­is­tered or­gan­i­sa­tions are al­lowed to sell those, you might want to check what they do and how much will truly go to their tar­gets be­fore do­nat­ing.

Dante S Ryu

When I first came to Hong Kong and was asked to do­nate money for “flag day” I freaked out think­ing it was some sort of PRC United Front / “Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion” thing. When I got set straight I do­nated heaps. It’s a fan­tas­tic idea.

Sun­man BK

Top Tip: Save last week’s sticker and en­joy a has­sle free wan­der through the MTR!

Steve Fung Ac­cent the Pos­i­tive

Last week’s Hongk­ab­u­lary (Sep 16, is­sue 1163) was “Gweilingo”: Be­ing in­or­di­nately im­pressed by a west­erner speak­ing pass­able Can­tonese. Face­book read­ers saw them­selves…

Im­pressed by a for­eigner speak­ing lo­cal lan­guage badly? Only in HK.

Fe­lix Hung

Wow. I thought this only hap­pened in Ja­pan. Looks like it’s an in­ter­na­tional phe­nom­e­non.

Kwame Alexan­der

I think hats off to west­ern­ers at­tempt­ing to speak the lo­cal lan­guage.

John Phillips

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