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In era of globalization, inclusiveness is the key to innovation

Updated: 2014-04-11 04:56 By Jony Lam (HK Edition)

‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1889. Today, some Hongkongers are also making a similar claim, thinking that Hong Kong is Hong Kong and the mainland is the mainland. They believe things on the mainland, no matter how fantastic they may seem, are in reality either fake, poisonous, unethical, or any combination of these elements.

To Hongkongers, Tencent’s QQ is nothing but a rip-off of ICQ, just as WeChat, Renren and weibos are clones of Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. When Dad, Where Are You Going? became a sensation on the mainland, Hongkongers shook their heads, pointing out that the format was licensed from South Korea and there was nothing new about it.

Hong Kong, on the other hand, is an innovative place. Our originality, for example, enables TVB to keep the variety show, Super Trio Series, running eternally. It debuted in 1995. The hosts of the series – the three “Prize Masters”: Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Jerry Lamb Hiu-fung and Chin Kar-lok – are still entertaining the city with the same kind of games. Anyone who has doubts about the implementation of the Basic Law should watch the show. When they see the same attempts to be funny, which have lasted for the last 18 years, they will be convinced our way of life hasn’t changed a bit since the handover.

Watching the Super Trio Series – from the first Movie Buff Championship – to the more recent Super Trio Supreme and Super Trio Game Master, to the latest Super Trio Maximus, one cannot but admire the level of professionalism in local showbiz. It is not uncommon for juvenile roles in the city to be played by actors in their late 20s or 30s. Jerry Lamb and Chin Kar-lok are now in their 40s. Eric Tsang is 51.

Last month, our pop culture was enriched by the release of Bird of Paradise’s debut music video Landing on the Sun. The singing/dancing boy group is a perfect crossover between the local Mong Kok style and K-pop. They are less feminine than their Korean colleagues, but they still wear eye shadow. The dazzling dance moves and signature offbeat rapping in the music video has captured the city’s heart. People discussing the group and its debut on online forums said they could not believe what they were watching, and the images don’t go away.

People are beginning to call this emerging style MK-pop, so as to celebrate its roots in the much-celebrated local grassroots culture of Mong Kok. However, some insist the abbreviation has a different origin, and in fact means the Marvelous Kai (lame).

The other new MK-pop group now being discussed in the city is Faith. It is famous for the members’ distinctively amateurish dance moves, which may well be intentionally executed and painstakingly rehearsed. If the manager is not jailed for exploiting child labor, the group has the potential to become our city’s Super Junior. However, to the dismay of Hongkongers, Faith’s debut Stop Peeping is not sung in our beloved Cantonese. The production house managing the group said the song was in a language called huayu. To untrained ears it sounds very much like Putonghua with a Hong Kong accent.

The phenomenon of MK-pop reminds us that the line between innovation and imitation is thin. Korea’s Samsung is no doubt inspired in part by the US’s Apple, but it does a very good job pushing smart devices to the next level. Faith appropriates K-pop elements to create MK-pop, and sings in huayu. The mainland learns a lot from the rest of the world, but it also adds many fine touches which are truly pioneering.

Rudyard Kipling’s poem quoted at the beginning also has the following lines, which say, “But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!” This can be construed as saying that despite their differences, when two strong men meet, accidents of birth, whether nationality, race, or family, do not matter at all.

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Clemson far from complacent during offseason of adjustment

Stephone Anthony (42) made the game-clinching interception in Clemson’s 40-35 win over Ohio State. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images CLEMSON, S.C. — After three seasons in which his offense piled up a combined 18,993 yards and Clemson won 32 games, Tigers coordinator Chad Morris can understand the fear that complacency might creep into the locker room.

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Juventus and Benfica Could Finally Make People Take Europa League Seriously

Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Juventus have the look of a side determined to reach the Europa League final on home turf Later this week, the Europa League quarter-finals will be played out to their climax. In truth, we have a good idea of three who will occupy the last four; Juventus, Benfica and Basel all hold strong hands ahead of the return matches

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Aaron Harrisons game-winner sends Kentucky to Final Four

BY STEVE GREENBERG Staff Reporter March 30, 2014 6:10PM

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 30: Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against Derrick Walton Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Updated: March 30, 2014 10:13PM

INDIANAPOLIS With a little over eight minutes left, Kentuckys Aaron Harrison was scoreless. A non-factor. A talented freshman guard falling way short in the biggest game of his teams season.

Now, hes a hero for all Big Blue eternity.

Harrison made four three-pointers down the stretch against Michigan. The last one, from the left wing despite a perfect close-out by Caris LeVert, splashed in with 2.3 seconds left, putting the Wildcats on top by three.

The game ended 75-72 after Nik Stauskas halfcourt heave for overtime bounced wide off the backboard.

It was a sad way to go out for Michigan, but another great day for college basketballs marquee event. This simply has to be one of the wildest, most exciting NCAA tournaments in memory.

Kentucky-Wichita State set the bar. Kentucky-Louisville and Wisconsin-Arizona might have topped it. Then Kentucky-Michigan came along and blew everyones mind.

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$4.5M Settlement Reached For Iraq War Vet Injured In Occupy Oakland Protest

Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. OAKLAND (CBS SF) An Iraq War veteran who was critically wounded when he was hit in the head with a police projectile during a 2011 Occupy Oakland protest will receive a $4.5 million settlement from the city of Oakland, his attorneys announced Friday. Scott Olsen, 26, of Daly City suffered a partially shattered skull and permanent brain damage when a police officer struck him in the head with a lead-filled beanbag round during Occupy Oakland protests on Oct.

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And the Greatest Leader in the World Is

Business Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience on March 5, 2014 at St.

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News Pictures Of The Day: Wednesday 19th March 2014

Fox’s “GLEE” 100th Episode Celebration LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 18: Actress Lea Michele attends Fox’s ‘GLEE’ 100th Episode Celebration held at Chateau Marmont on March 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 18: Actress Lea Michele attends Fox’s ‘GLEE’ 100th Episode Celebration held at Chateau Marmont on March 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 18: Actress Lea Michele attends Fox’s ‘GLEE’ 100th Episode Celebration held at Chateau Marmont on March 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

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Pas Warns Israel Against Aggression

Details Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:00

Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar/Google ImagesPAS has warned the Israeli regime from taking any agressive action against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip currently hard pressed due to the sanction imposed to them by the regime and the Egyptian military government.

The party’s foreign bureau deputy chairman Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said any agressive action taken against the Palestinians would be met with serious repercussions from the party.

Contacted March 18, Kamarudin also condemned the Egyptian under the leadership of its military government General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi for shutting down tunnels that form the veins between the republic and Gaza Strip.

He said the General cooperation with the wishes of the Israeli regime had only put on more burden on the ordinary Palestinians who had to made do with energy cut and lack of construction materials.

Kamaruddin also expressed disappointment over the failure for the world powers especially the United States to provide a peaceful solution to restore the rights of the Palestinians.

He said efforts for a peaceful solution had yet to show any real progress while the situation for the ordinary Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Banks had deteriorated.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations (MAPIM) meanwhile, registers its strong condemnation on the recent Israeli warplanes that carried out raids on 29 targets in Gaza.

Its president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said the organisation is particularly concerned on the pronouncement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed to the Israels parliament that pledged to act “with great force” against those alleged as wanting to harm Israel, referring to the Mujahidin in Gaza.

Mohd Azmi said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman who had been reported announcing that Israel would have no choice but to reoccupy Gaza, should be alert to Israel’s record of aggressive occupation against Gaza.

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2014 NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for Season's Stretch Run

Use your (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Anyone claiming the NBA season is too long should take a good, hard look at the standings for both the Eastern and Western Conferences. If, as some say, the 82-game slog is fraught with too many meaningless contests and ho-hum stretches of uninspired play, how is it that we’ve reached the season’s final month with so much still undecided? Other than a handful of teams that already know their official playoff fates (the Miami Heat are in; the Los Angeles Lakers are out), most clubs’ postseason positioning is still very much up in the air.

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Its not just Rio catching the carnival spirit

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