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Don’t Let the Pin Drop 莫斷釵

Cantonese opera is an art form that originated in Guangdong Province, including Hong Kong and Macau. It differs from other forms of Chinese opera mainly in the language used, namely Cantonese. Compared to other traditional theatre genres like Peking opera (京劇) and its sibling Kunqu opera (昆劇), Cantonese opera typically features fewer elaborate acrobatic and dance elements, while putting a stronger emphasis on scores and lyrics. The 1950s and 60s were the heyday of Cantonese opera, as the massive influx of immigrants from China provided both a new audience and an ample supply of creative talent. 

Legend of the Purple Hairpin (《紫釵記》) by playwright Tang Ti-sheng (唐滌生) is one of the best known and most performed Cantonese operas ever written. Set in the Tang dynasty, Purple Hairpin tells the story of female entertainer Huo Xiaoyu (霍小玉) and poet Li Yi (李益). The lovers were kept apart by a powerful imperial courtier, Lu (盧太尉), who wanted Li to marry his daughter instead. Lu sent Li to a far…

Lonely at the Top 高處不勝寒

The Hong Kong government likes to deliver bad news on Fridays, and this week was no exception.
HKFP revealed the bombshell on Friday afternoon that the local authorities had denied The Financial Times’ Asia editor Victor Mallet a work visa, without offering any explanation. The rejection came weeks after Mallet moderated a talk by the pro-independence activist Andy Chan Ho-tin (陳浩天) at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, for which the British journalist serves as first vice president.

Putting the two incidents together, the visa denial amounts to a deportation, the kind of punishment exacted by Beijing against international news organizations for behaving badly, as Bloomberg News and The New York Times experienced after running reports on the hidden wealth of top communist leadership in 2012. 
People who once thought that this sort of journalist ban would never happen to Hong Kong, and that the “one country, two systems” framework would offer some degree of protection to foreign journa…