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‘100 Filipinos’ Puts Outstanding Filipinos in Focus

FCC member Noel de Guzman’s new book celebrates illustrious Filipinos, from Jollibee’s founder to fashion moguls and tech wunderkinds.

A New Biography of Hong Kong’s Controversial Eighth Governor, John Pope Hennessy

Jonathan Sharp dives into ‘A Stormy Petrel: The Life and Times of John Pope Hennessy,’ by FCC member P. Kevin MacKeown.

Meet Our New Clare Hollingworth Fellows

The FCC is delighted to introduce this year’s Clare Hollingworth Fellows, Tiffany Liang and Jennifer Creery.

Why Reporting in Conflict-Torn Kashmir Is Becoming More Difficult Than Ever

It’s never been easy to report in conflict-torn Kashmir. But the past year has seen more press suppression and interference than ever.

Noel Parrot
Obituary: Remembering FCC Member Noel Parrott

Kind, funny, warm and original, Noel Parrott was his own man. He preferred harmony but was no push-over, and woe betide the writer of a sloppy story or purple press release. 

U.S. China flags
The Future of Visas for Foreign Journalists in Hong Kong

As the visa situation for foreign journalists in Hong Kong grows murkier, Morgan M. Davis looks for precedents across the border.

Pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai (centre), 72, in police custody on 10 August, 2020. PHOTO: VERNON YUEN / AFP
Hong Kong’s National Security Law: Implications for Journalists

As soon as the government enacted the national security law on 30 June, the rules changed for Hong Kong journalists. Kate Springer discusses the potential implications with legal and journalism experts. 

Ming Pao’s Lai Chun Kit won the People’s Choice Photo Award at the Human Rights Press Awards 2020 for his shot, “Mattress Shield”, which was taken during clashes with police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2019.
Speaking Up for Press Freedom in Hong Kong

FCC First Vice President and Press Freedom Committee co-convener Eric Wishart revisits the club’s core mission – and the many ways in which it has fought for unfettered, independent journalism since its founding.

Introducing… FCC new members, August 2020

The membership committee meets regularly to go through applications and is always impressed by the diversity of people who want to join the Club.

Low visibility makes Hong Kong suitable for macro photography
Grounded? Take a dive in Hong Kong to reveal underwater gems

COVID-19 has grounded travellers in recent months, so Hong Kong people have been exploring closer to home. Keen diver Christopher Dillon has great tips for exploring the treasures beneath the waters around these islands

Bruce in the studio while broadcasting to his ‘captive audience’
The ex-convict now broadcasting to a captive audience of Hong Kong prisoners

Bruce Aitken, who spent 10 months in jail, broadcasts to prisoners in Hong Kong every Sunday night. Here he looks at how the pandemic is giving people insights into what it means to forfeit freedom

Master jade carver Andrew Shaw in his workshop in Suzhou
Ex-BBC journalist who conquered the closed world of jade carving in China

Former BBC reporter Andrew Shaw is proof that there is life after journalism, even if it took extreme changes for him to achieve it. Kate Whitehead tells his unusual story.

Right time, right place for Walter Kent’s clock

Long-term FCC member, the late Walter Kent, will be remembered for his punctual time-keeping now that part of his bequest to the club has been put in its rightful place, at the Ice House Street end of the Main Bar.

Obituary: ‘Tank Man’ photographer, Charlie Cole

The photojournalist who took the picture that will forever represent the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 died in September in Bali aged 64.

Jeannie Cho Lee with her book, The 100 Burgundy: Exceptional Wines to Build a Dream Cellar
Book Review – The 100 Burgundy: Exceptional Wines to Build a Dream Cellar

As a trading hub for wine, Hong Kong has seen the price and volume of Burgundy coming into Asia rocket. The region’s first Master of Wine – who’s an FCC member – has just launched a book on the subject.

Artist’s montaged rendition of a proposed 135-metre building on the site
Battle to cut former Central Hospital plan down to size

The FCC recently sent a message to members to support its representation to the Town Planning Board on the proposed 25-storey hospital and development across the road from the Club.

The Peace Hotel: Bund masterpiece still standing tall at 90

The Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s Bund has seen it all over 90 years, from glittering guests such as Charlie Chaplin and Noel Coward, to the Gang of Four and Communist officials settling in as the wheels of history turned. Jonathan Sharp went along for birthday celebrations.

HKG by Vincent Yu
On The Wall: HKG by Vincent Yu

Photographs by Vincent Yu from his 1998 book, HKG, and its 20th anniversary edition.

On The Wall: Rain, by William Furniss
On The Wall: Rain, by William Furniss

William’s ongoing project, Rain, consists of photographs shot through the water rushing down the windows of Hong Kong trams, during our frequent rainstorms.

On The Wall: Hong Kong Protests – Past and Present

Current photographs, Birdy Chu; others from FCC archive and courtesy of SCMP

‘Stone Age’ system leaves reporters in the dark when they cover Hong Kong courts

Not much has changed for years in the way Hong Kong’s courts handle the media, leaving reporters to rely on an unspoken code of sharing any information they can get their hands on.

Introducing… new FCC members, October 2019

The latest group of members to join the FCC is, as always, an interesting bunch. The membership committee meets regularly to go through applications and is always impressed by the diversity of people who want to join the club.

Cadres Study Period during 1983 national congress in Beijing to mark centenary of Karl Marx’s death. Photo: Liu Heung Shing
Finding the human face in a Sea of Red

Hong Kong-born photojournalist Liu Heung Shing has been described as “The Cartier-Bresson of China” and his beautiful new book, A Life In a Sea of Red, chronicles turbulent points of history in China and Russia.

Words on a page or on a screen – which one are you?

You browse on Amazon, or in a bookshop. You have shelves of books all over your home, or you have a slim device that carries your entire library. Which one are you? By Sian Powell.

Young businesswoman in the office with her coworker at night working late.
‘Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours per week’

Hong Kong has one of the longest working weeks in the world, but what motivates people to work hard if their career path and pay don’t match expectations? Stephanie Lin reports.

Mary Hui, left, and Jessica Pang.
‘I want to safeguard press freedom’: Meet the recipients of the inaugural Clare Hollingworth Fellowship

The first two winners of the new Clare Hollingworth Fellowship have been announced as the club pays homage to the memory of one of its most famous members. Morgan M. Davis reports.

Obituary: Gary Ling, the calm and friendly cameraman with a love of dim sum

Cameraman and journalist Gary Ling Wah-kee passed away on March 25 after a short illness. He was 67.

Marilyn Hood.
Obituary: Marilyn Hood, a private woman with a network of friends

Marilyn Hood, the FCC’s Marketing Manager, organiser of the Quiz Night and long-time club member, died on April 17 at Queen Mary Hospital after a struggle with cancer.

Nick at BFBS Hong Kong in 1981.
From Hong Kong Radio to Classic FM: Nick Bailey on a career that took him across the waves

From his time on pirate Radio Caroline to being the voice that launched Britain’s Classic FM radio station, Nick Bailey’s 50-year career in broadcasting included a decade in Hong Kong. Here he recounts those days with fondness.

Tantalise your tastebuds with new cocktails at Bert’s

The new cocktail menu has arrived at Bert’s. Morgan M. Davis selflessly went along for a tasting.

June 4, near Tiananmen Square, probably West ChangAn Avenue CREDIT: JACQUES LANGEVIN
Images of Tiananmen and Beyond: Photojournalists Tell the Story

See images from Tiananmen Square as featured in our On The Wall photo exhibition.

Fake news
What happens when government ministers decide what is true and what is false?

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act was passed in Singapore in May. Once signed into law, it will give government ministers sweeping powers to decide which statements are true and which false.

Introducing… FCC new members, July 2019

The membership committee meets regularly to go through applications and is always impressed by the diversity of people who want to join the club.

FCC President Jodi Schneider.
Jodi Schneider: It’s a privilege to be FCC President

Sue Brattle caught up with new FCC president Jodi Schneider in the Main Bar.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä gives a joint press conference with the French President (not in picture) in Helsinki, Finland, on August 30, 2018. Photo: AFP / Ludovic MARIN
Finland may have slipped in press freedom rankings, but all is not lost

Two incidents in recent years have seen Finland slip from first to fourth place in the world rankings for freedom of the press. Here FCC member Hannamiina Tanninen takes a look at this “public disgrace”.

New media award aims to bring sensitivity to reporting suicides

Mind HK is helping journalists to approach the topic of mental health in a new way. Olivia Parker reports.

‘This may cause some discomfort’: Overcoming prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is among the most common forms of cancer affecting men. Yet confusion and controversy still reign over how best to diagnose and treat the often fatal disease.

Susumu with the writer of this obituary, Tracy Dahlby, in the 1970s
Obituary: Susumu Awanohara, the foreign correspondent with a big heart

A respected former denizen of the FCC Hong Kong and the FCC Japan, Susumu spent two decades covering Asia and its role in global affairs for the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review.

Photo: Derek Maitland
On The Wall: Derek Maitland’s Vietnam

War correspondent Derek Maitland on covering Vietnam.

Photo: Leong Ka Tai
On The Wall: The Central Police Station Compound

Photos from Leong Ka Tai.

Writer Geoff Dyer - no, not that one - talked about his work at the FCC. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Hong Kong Literary Festival: Feeding a hunger for words

There were some authors wandering around the FCC in early November, taking a break from appearing at this year’s Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

SK Witcher and Florence de Changy.
Two FCC members honoured for their decades of service

SK Witcher and Florence de Changy receive prestigious honours. Morgan M. Davis tells their stories.

Press clubs and the art of treading a fine line

Police shut down an event at the FCC Thailand for the sixth time recently. Michael Mackey was there and reports on the Club’s trials and triumphs.

Signs of the times: A look at the famous figures who have signed the FCC visitors book

After 36 years, the Club’s guest book is full, so George W. Russell flicked through the pages to chronicle the passage of visitors.

Johan Nylander
Want to write a book? Here’s all you need to know from a do-it-yourself superstar author

Best-selling author of Shenzhen Superstars – How China’s smartest city is challenging Silicon Valley gives his tips on successful self-publishing.

The wine dinners are highly social and educational evenings during which guests can get to know the winemakers and ask questions about their products.
Partners in Wine: Why the FCC’s wine dinners are a learning experience

No matter your level of expertise, everyone can learn something at the FCC wine dinners this autumn.

Johnny Ma joined the FCC this summer, following the retirement of executive chef George Cheng. Photo: carstenschael.com
FCC’s new executive chef Johnny Ma arrives bursting with fresh ideas

Johnny Ma joined the FCC this summer, following the retirement of executive chef George Cheng.

Didier Saugy
Didier Saugy on why managing the FCC has him going back to his roots

The FCC’s new General Manager reveals some of his plans for the club.

Best of friends.
FCC adopts charity that helps asylum-seekers get their children into kindergarten

The FCC has adopted K3 as its charity for the next two years, helping refugees and asylum-seekers to get their children into kindergarten – and stay there. Joyce Lau reports.

Rebel fighters attempt to identify the dead near the frontline between Ajdabiya and Marsa Brega, Libya, on April 1, 2011.
Journalists on trying to stay safe in dangerous places

However much support journalists are given in conflict zones, they are still the ones who come face-to-face with danger on a daily basis. A freelancer and a bureau chief tell The Correspondent how they live with risk.

Introducing… FCC new members, October 2018

Take a look at the latest members to join the FCC.

Photo: Miguelitor
Pictures: Hong Kong seen through the lens of Miguel Marina Rodriguez

Better known in photographic circles as Miguelitor, his candid and quirky style of street photography is “locally-grown” and has been inspired by Hong Kong’s street scenes and the people he found in them.

Photo: Vincent Yu/Associated Press
Pictures: North Korea – one party state machine

See Hong Kong-born photographer Vincent Yu’s award-winning pictures from North Korea.

Elizabeth Taylor at The Peninsula Lobby
Profile: Lynn Grebstad – the Peninsula PR woman who made Hollywood stars feel welcome in Hong Kong

In this member profile, Lynn recalls meeting, among many others, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Hackman, and David Soul who was making a TV series called Harry’s Hong Kong.

Facebook still struggling against tide of fake news

Fake news continues to haunt social media sites. Facebook, for one, still struggles despite its well publicised steps to deal with it. 

What's going to be the big trend for social media in 2018? Photo: Pixabay
Social media trends 2018: forget Facebook, it’s all about messaging apps

With a growing number of news organisations pouring additional resources into delivering their content via the big social platforms, the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appear to hold all the cards.

Sir David Tang's last visit to the FCC was in February 2016. Photo: FCC
Obituary: Sir David Tang

David Tang had a long connection with the FCC: as a speaker on four occasions from the early 90s; and as a friend to a number of members.

Canada’s Globe and Mail Asia correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe used Twitter to spread word of his detention.
Twitter to the rescue for American journalists detained in China

The two journalists were detained in separate incidents by Chinese police in August and managed to alert their employers — and followers — via Twitter about their predicament.

FCC new members, Nov/Dec 2017
Introducing… FCC new members, Nov/Dec 2017

As you would expect there’s a healthy mix of Correspondents, Journalists and Associates – and all have interesting tales to tell – so if you see a new face at the bar, please make them feel welcome.

Stephen King in his book “Grave New World” argues that globalisation has pretty much run its course.
Book review – Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History

The book’s dystopian premise offers the author the opportunity to demonstrate his erudition and ability to draw in multiple sources to reinforce the case that globalisation has, in all likelihood, pretty much run its course, writes Gavin Greenwood.

That’s the way it Crumbles, by Matthew Engel
Book review: Is (British) English a goner?

Right from the start, the author of this delightful book about the eternal feud between Britons and Americans over how their common language famously divides them seems to leave little doubt about where his sympathies lie.

Photo: CarstenSchael.com
Reciprocal clubs: The FCC visits Northern Club, Auckland, New Zealand

Despite its history of almost 150 years, the club’s facilities are providing modern conveniences (including a lift and fast Internet access) combined with the charm of a bygone era, writes Carsten Schael.

Moriarty hosting the 17th Human Rights Press Awards which he co-founded.
Francis Moriarty: radioman of the people

He’s the man who explained Hong Kong politics to the average RTHK listener, and of course the co-founder of the Human Rights Press Awards. Annemarie Evans pays tribute to Francis Moriarty as he relocates to his native U.S.

Sapa road towards Dien Bien Phu against the Mount Fansipan ranges
Get your motor runnin’… The highs and lows of photojournalist Richard Dobson’s Vietnam road trip

Four years ago photojournalist Richard Dobson realised a long-held ambition to drive his bike from Saigon to Hanoi the hard way, avoiding the busy coastal road and seeing as much of the interior as possible.

Protesters hold placards and chant during a demonstration against Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she attends an event at the Guildhall in the City of London on May 8. Photo: AFP/Chris J Ratcliffe
Press freedom plumbs fresh depths in Southeast Asia

China’s harsh brand of media control has served as a role model for its neighbours south of the border where bright spots are hard to find, writes Luke Hunt.

Joshua Wong, centre, with fellow Umbrella Movement leaders Nathan Law, left, and Alex Chow, addresses the assembled media before their sentencing on August 17. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP
Outpouring of support for Hong Kong’s jailed pro-democracy activists

Politicians from both sides of the Atlantic joined with Hong Kong-based rights groups, lawmakers, student leaders and pro-democracy groups in criticising the Hong Kong government, saying the appeals were political decisions.

When Chinese bloggers started using the name and image of Winnie the Pooh as a substitute for Xi Jinping to avoid censorship of their posts, Chinese authorities reacted swiftly and banned the cute cartoon character. Photo: Weibo
Closing the net: What lies ahead for China under new cyber security laws?

New cyber security laws in China are making life ever-harder for information-based businesses, particularly foreign journalists operating there. Jane Moir takes a closer look at the impact of the new rules.

Welcome to the FCC's newest members. Photo: FCC
Introducing… FCC new members, Sep/Oct 2017

We profile the latest members – all have interesting tales to tell – so if you see a new face at the bar, please make them feel welcome.

Why joining the FCC was written in the stars for jazz singer Elaine Liu

Photographer, singer and musician Elaine Liu has been an FCC member for almost 20 years, but she might never have dropped in had we not been the Fringe Club’s neighbour.

Reporting War - How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death to Cover World War II, by Ray Moseley
Book review: Reporting War – How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death to Cover World War II

A new book about journalists who covered World War II chronicles the conflict that shot some newly minted war correspondents to stardom, blitzed the reputation of others, scared the hell out of most, and killed scores.

Mark was head of press and media services for the Hong Kong based equestrian events for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Member profile: Mark Pinkstone – a long way from Cootamundra

Club life member, Mark Pinkstone is about to celebrate 50 years working and living in Hong Kong. As Stephen Marshall writes, a lot can happen in a lifetime when you move from Cootamundra to Hong Kong in the wake of the 1967 riots.

Allan Zeman spoke about his life and business at a recent lunch.
Allan Zeman: C.Y. Leung’s ‘divisive’ personality alienated Hong Kong’s politically active young

Prominent business leader, long-time Hong Kong resident and Chinese citizen Allan Zeman was guest speaker at a Club luncheon where he discussed his views on the political, economic and commercial future of Hong Kong.

Spanish Tapas Platter: This platter of classic tapas includes marinated anchovies, manchego cheese a selection of cold cuts and delicious prawns. Photo: carstenschael.com
The flavours of Spain and Germany – check out our tasty summer food promotions

September and October see Spanish tapas and German fare as the FCC brings you its popular monthly food and drinks promotions.

FCC backs Asian-American journalists’ association get-together

The FCC co-organised a lively panel discussion and hosted a gala dinner to help mark the return to Hong Kong of New.Now.Next Media Conference – the flagship event of the Asian-American Journalists’ Association’s Asia Chapter.

Technology Reporting – Juro Osawa, Reporter, The Information; Ben Richardson, Managing Editor, Asia Times; Josh Horwitz, Asia Correspondent, Quartz; and Moderator: Natasha Khan, Journalist, Bloomberg News. Photo: Asiapix
Beyond fake news: An in-depth look at the FCC Journalism Conference

George W. Russell offers a roundup of the presentations from guests, major issues covered in the discussion panels, instructive takeaways from workshops and useful feedback from attendees.

Life after the Hong Kong Handover: Hopes, fears and disappointment underline FCC debate

Twenty years after the transfer of sovereignty, the expectations and reality of the handover are again in the spotlight. Jane Moir reports on the FCC’s handover debate.

HKFP's Stanley Leung is surrounded by protesters at the Legco rally. Photo: HKFP
Journalists under attack across Asia

A round-up of the latest incidents involving media organisations around the region.

Phnom Penh falls with barely a fight. The victorious guerrilla forces enter the city from all sides
Cambodia: Years Of Turmoil

Forty years on, a new country is emerging. But this nation is born out of the tragic events of that day, which are engraved on every Cambodian’s mind.

White pigeons take off as Afghans come to feed the birds at the Blue mosque in Mazar-E-Sharif. 25 November 2009. Photo: Paula Bronstein
Afghanistan: Between Hope And Fear

A selection of images from the newly released book of the same title.

The 12-man team had some 50 guides, porters and cooks.
Slowly, slowly up Kilimanjaro

With the news that Pizza Hut just delivered a pie to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, setting a new record for high-altitude PR stunts, Andrew Davison recalls his experiences in scaling Africa’s highest peak. The 12-man team had some 50 guides, porters and cooks. In 2014 an old friend came up with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We’ve still no idea what possessed him to come up with this idea, nor what …

Roy Rowan in Saigon in 1975.
Obituary: Roy Rowan, Time magazine’s last Saigon bureau chief

Roy Rowan died September 13 in Greenwich, Connecticut, aged 96. His passing was no ordinary event. He was the last of what was once a large band of legendary American journalists who covered the Chinese civil war.

Some of the founding members of PEN Hong Kong in September 2016. Photo: PEN
PEN writers’ group reforms in Hong Kong to promote freedom of expression

Few writers may be aware of the role of Marilyn Monroe in the fight for freedom of creative expression, or indeed her connection with the opening of a new flank in that fight in Hong Kong.

Chan: the legal basis for banning pro-independence candidates from standing for election was ‘dubious at best’. Photo: FCC
Anson Chan: Hongkongers face systematic undermining of values and freedoms

Chan, who has been a regular speaker at the Club since the 90s when she was Chief Secretary before and after the handover, spoke about what to do with the troubled Legco and the importance of the Legco elections.

Hong Kong’s efforts to reform copyright law have stalled
Hong Kong’s copyright law reform hits a wall

Hong Kong’s efforts to reform copyright law towards the US-based “fair-use” treatment of copyright versus the “fair-dealing” approach stall, writes Jonathan Hopfner.

The book The King Never Smiles, by Paul Handley, was banned in Thailand.
Don’t tell the King: The increasing danger of reporting in Thailand

Foreign correspondents have always trod warily around lese majeste, though some of their publications got into strife when they inadvertently did not place a photo of the King at the top of a page, or had someone else’s photo on top of his.

It all began with blue whales

The film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, which will premiere in Hong Kong in October and globally from November, began with the hunt for the elusive blue whale, writes the film’s director and journalist Craig Leeson. In March, 2011, 30 miles off the southern tip of Sri Lanka, a tiny breeze tickles the surface of the Indian Ocean; the heat radiates relentlessly. Three weeks on a 90 metre research vessel has taken its toll: most of the …

Award-winning journalist Ying Chan moves on but not out

Chan set up the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

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