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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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French economy & Presidential elections-On the Edge with Max Keiser-04-20-2012 – Video



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In this edition of the show Max interviews Gonzalo Lira from LiraSPG.com. He talks about the primary economic issues for France on the eve of the presidentia.

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Max Keiser guests on the show talking about economics. Recorded from RT HD, Sputnik With George Galloway, 29 March 2014.

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Who Pays for Bilderberg Questions For Corbett #006 – Video



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The war against work, wealth and prosperity

The Congressional Budget Offices recent analysis of the Affordable Care Act concludes that it will result in the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers leaving the work force to preserve their taxpayer-financed subsidies for health insurance.

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Following St. Louis addition, Leafs take on Rangers on TSN

Podcasts TSN 1050: Macko & Cauz – Martin Biron: Mar 6 Long time NHL goaltender and now an TSN Hockey Analyst, Martin Biron joins Macko & Cauz to recap the trade deadline and chat St. Louis-Callahan.

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Conspiracy.Theory.with.Jesse.Ventura.Post Show.S02E01.WebRip.XviD BiLDeRBeRG.avi.avi – Video



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Posta Show – Jesse Ventura (angol) Jesse Ventura decides to speak out on recent events such as the secretive meetings of the Bilderberg group. The governer h…

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This week Katie Pilbeam takes the show on the road to St. Petersburg for the annual G20 Summit. There, she tracks down Christine Lagarde and grills the head …

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Japan’s economy & global economic crisis On the Edge with Max Keiser 03 16 2012 – Video



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In this edition of the show Max interviews Chris Martenson from chrismartenson.com. He talks about the ways Japan could be the next black swan in face of the…

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Arthur Chus dangerous game of Jeopardy!

Arthur Chu was sitting in the green room with other Jeopardy! contestants.

It was November and inside Sony Pictures Studios, just outside of Los Angeles, an orientation meeting was underway. The dozen or so people assembled in the room just before 8 a.m. had broached the inner sanctum of televisions brainiest franchise. They had moved from the online test to the written test, the screen test, the interview, a mock game and, finally, had been summoned from the waiting pool.

Getting on Jeopardy! is the game show equivalent of joining the Bilderberg Group. Many try, few do. But for Chu, who first applied four years ago, this was no time to blink or exhale, not with a head full of bubbling strategy.

Most of us think of Jeopardy! as a trivia game. From world geography to U.S. presidents, science to literature, its what you know that matters. But with only a month to prepare, Chu decided to think of Jeopardy! in a different way: its how you play the game that matters. That simple decision would soon make him one of the most polarizing players in the shows 30-year history.

During the meeting, show handlers gave the jittery charges a pep talk. They encouraged the players to cycle through each category, from top to bottom. This traditional style simplifies life for production staff, the writers, host Alex Trebek and, most important, the 25 million viewers at home who watch the syndicated show each week.

Then the handlers said a few past contestants had jumped around the big blue board. While bouncing was not ideal, they added almost with an invisible sneer, it was also not against the rules. It was acceptable. They even named names.

Sitting there, Chu didnt say anything. He didnt have to. He probably knew more about the history of bouncing than any other contestant in the room. He had spent hours analyzing the strategy, dissecting the games of Jeopardy! superstars, including David Madden, who went on a 19-game winning streak in 2005; Roger Craig, who in 2010 set the one-day record with a $77,000 win; and Chuck Forrest, the 1986 Tournament of Champions winner and pioneer of jumping around the board, which is why enthusiasts call it the Forrest Bounce.

Chu was ready to jump. What he wasnt ready for was the blowback.

I was expecting a bit of a negative reaction when I did it, says Chu, who returns to the show on Monday to defend as the four-day champion with $102,800. I just didnt expect that there would be this much attention paid to the negative reaction, that it would become a story in and of itself. I dont know why that happened.

When his first match aired on Jan. 28 the regular season was on hiatus over the past three weeks for tournament play Chu inadvertently set off radioactive blasts in living rooms across North America. The mushroom clouds drifted over social media as users flocked to Twitter to rail against his disheveled mien (looks like he was hit by a car), his perceived inhumanity (despicable human being), his fashion sense (fix your tie you bum), his body (looks like he just ate a pizza in bed), his clicker etiquette (hes acting like hes on ecstasy pushing the buzzer a mile a minute), and his skull grooming (he stole Kim Jong-uns haircut).

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