Good Night, and Good Luck

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As you may al­ready know, it’s been a tough few years for many print me­dia. Like ev­ery­one else, HK Mag­a­zine has been sub­jected to very chal­leng­ing mar­ket con­di­tions, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the pub­li­ca­tion to con­tinue to be com­mer­cially vi­able.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I am an­nounc­ing this is HK Mag­a­zine’s last is­sue.

We all hate good­byes. They hurt no mat­ter how tough we think we are, and es­pe­cially when we have to part with things that we’ve grown ac­cus­tomed to, or in­deed learned to love.

To make good­byes less painful, I’ve long re­lied on the self-pro­tec­tion mech­a­nism of mak­ing peo­ple like me a bit less, or mak­ing my­self dis­like them a bit more. Over the years this has proved ef­fec­tive.

But here at HK Mag­a­zine, this for­mula would never have worked. We love you too much, and we hope you feel the same.

HK Mag­a­zine has served Hong Kong by not only show­ing the fun side of the city, but also pro­vid­ing an in­de­pen­dent, quirky perspective on is­sues that mat­ter to Hongkongers and our read­ers.

We’ve had a good 25-year run. Some might say 25 years is not a long time, but it’s all rel­a­tive. I think, in the end, it’s not the years that count—it’s the qual­ity. I am very proud to say that in our 9125-plus days, HK Mag­a­zine has lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion—and most im­por­tantly up to your ex­pec­ta­tions and beyond.

I know many of you will miss HK Mag­a­zine sorely, and we will miss be­ing part of the HK Mag­a­zine com­mu­nity. But the sto­ries we wrote for you in the past will stay. You’ll be able to find them on later this month: Search for “HK Mag­a­zine Archive” or look for the link in the footer.

After we are gone, please: When­ever you have a chance to cel­e­brate what makes this city great, re­mem­ber that HK Mag­a­zine was one of its loud­est, proud­est ad­vo­cates.

Luisa Tam

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