Hong Kong Uprising: An Outsider’s View from the Inside

A spectacular collection of photographs documenting the Hong Kong protests from our Asia Editor-at-Large, Deb Fong…

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Unless you’ve been stranded on an island without WiFi or television, or hiding under a rock, you just may have heard a bit on the news about what’s been happening in my adoptive hometown of Hong Kong. OK, in fact, the updates had been pervasive across news channels. More so than I would have anticipated. Now that mass media on the topic has died down, but the protests linger on, it’s worth taking a step back and reflecting.

One of the main protest zones in Hong Kong (Admiralty) - during the highly publicized October 21 talks between student protest leaders and government officials One of the main protest zones in Hong Kong (Admiralty) – during the highly publicized October 21 talks between student protest leaders and government officials

The idea of democracy is an oft-lauded ‘ideal’. It’s seductive, particularly to the western world. So perhaps it’s really no surprise at all that the largely student-run, pro-democracy movement in HK resonates with such a broad audience. Don’t think that point is lost on the students. Young…

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NASA Photograph of Distant Planet? Lab Photo of Microorganism? Or Chinese Dessert?

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Pundit Planet’s News Processing Plant

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Just kidding. This isn’t really our News division (though it does accurately depict our editorial style) it’s actually a photograph of butchers in a Mong Kok wet market by our Hong Kong Deputy Bureau Chief and Asia Photo Editor-at-Large Deb Fong.

From Wikipedia’s description of Mong Kok:

Mong Kok (also spelled Mongkok), is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District in Kowloon West,Hong Kong. Mong Kok was part of the Mong Kok District before the district was merged in 1994. The Prince Edward area occupies the northern part of Mong Kok.

The district is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops andrestaurants at street level and commercial or residential units above. Major industries in Mong Kok are retail, restaurants (including fast food) and entertainment.

With its extremely high population density of 130,000/km2 or 340,000 per square mile, Mong Kok was described as the busiest district in the world by the Guinness World Records…(more)

[The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong]

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[PHOTO] Piu Sik Floating Colours Parade

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The Piu Sik Floating Colours Parade, during which children appear to ‘float’ through the narrow streets of Cheung Chau Island

More – Livin’ in the Kong! The (Mostly) Great Outdoors of Hong Kong

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[PHOTO] A Steamy View of the Skyscrapers, Post-storm in Hong Kong

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Livin’ in the Kong! The Mostly Great Outdoors of Hong Kong

© 2014 deb fong photography at more at Hong Kong Fong


Hong Kong Food Fong of the Day

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Perfectly crispy yet tender lemongrass chicken skewers, with a coriander/lime/chili oil dipping sauce – and heavenly curried beef in betel leaf, with crushed peanuts, at Chôm Chôm… (more)


FOOD in the KONG with FONG

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The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong, Part 2

Greetings from Hong Kong Fong! Continuing in my new role of China Deputy Bureau Chief and Hong Kong Photo Editor for Pundit From Another Planet, and following my inaugural PFAP post, The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong, Part 1, I now share with you Part 2.

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Reflecting on Hong Kong and Chinese New Year celebrations

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Quiet deliberation before the boisterous Chinese New Year parade

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Winged dancers perform for thousands at the Chinese New Year parade

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An unguarded moment amidst adoring fans, after a traditional Chinese opera performance at the temporary West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre

The ICC skyscraper (replete with its own CNY-specific light facade) punctuates the skyline near the West Kowloon Bamboo Promenade

The ICC skyscraper (replete with its own CNY-specific light facade), punctuating the skyline near the West Kowloon Bamboo Promenade

The Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade, during which children appear to 'float' through the narrow streets of Cheng Chau island

The Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade, during which children appear to ‘float’ through the narrow streets of Cheung Chau Island

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Burning incense at Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau Island

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Massive incense sticks perfuming the air outside Pak Tai Temple

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Mother-and-daughter tableau at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival

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The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong, Part 1

Elder woman paying tribute at Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan, HK

Paying tribute at Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan

Dear PFAP readers – my name is Deb Fong (aka Hong Kong Fong), and I am honored to take on the new role of China Deputy Bureau Chief and Hong Kong Photo Editor for Pundit From Another Planet. Thanks to PFAP for such a kind and generous invitation!

An ‘ABC’ (American-born Chinese), I moved from New York City to Hong Kong with my husband, Mark, about one year ago. In just the past year alone, I’ve experienced what feels like a lifetime of events, a string of colorful moments. Along the way, I have begun to observe the visual feast that is Hong Kong, capture it in my own way – and now I relish the opportunity to share it with you.

Dried octupi in Sai Ying Pun

Dried octopi in Sai Ying Pun

Frolicking inside the walk-in fountain at Hong Kong Park

Frolicking inside the walk-in fountain at Hong Kong Park

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The LED light and recycled water bottle ‘Rising Moon’ installation at Victoria Park, commemorating the Mid-Autumn Lunar Festival

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Fierce dragon boat competitors race toward the finish line on Victoria Harbour

Fierce dragon boat competitors race toward the finish line on Victoria Harbour

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My favorite sprawling trees, along Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan

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A view from the top of HK’s iconic Victoria Peak

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Creatures watching creatures at Ocean Park’s aquarium, on Halloween Day (yes, it’s celebrated in Hong Kong, too)

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Coming Attractions: Pundit Planet Welcomes New Hong Kong Photo Editor Deb Fong

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Pundit Planet is proud to welcome a new addition to our Hong Kong BureauDeb Fong.

My name is Deb Fong. I am American by birth, Chinese by heritage (my grandparents were born and raised in Guangdong, China, before heading to America), and now a Hong Kong-based expat recently relocated from NYC.

Funny where life takes you – I never expected to actually live here, although I have always treasured trips throughout Asia more than anywhere else in the world….

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I plan to immerse myself in everything – the amalgam of cuisine, culture, the incredible natural surroundings, the promise of new friends with their own unique stories.

Hong Kong is also an incredible base for the rest of Asia, and I cannot wait to explore the continent in greater depth than ever before…(read more)

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