“Hats off to westerners attempting to speak the local language.”
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.
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.
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.
Wow. I thought this only happened in Japan. Looks like it’s an international phenomenon.
I think hats off to westerners attempting to speak the local language.