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Public Order and the WTO; Dai Pai Dong Culture; Creative November; Dr Emily Chan in Profile (25 Nov 2005)


This week legislator Miriam Lau asked for an adjournment debate on security and public order issues relating to the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization. It's expected that many groups will be coming to Hong Kong to make their feelings known. There are fears that we'll see replays of violent scenes at the recent APEC meeting in Pusan, or of clashes at earlier WTO meetings. Street-side dai pai dongs are Hong Kong's very own al fresco dining experiences, but in some areas licenses aren't being renewed as long-time owners die or quit the business. Legislator Tommy Cheung thinks the government should affirm their value as both a tourist attraction and a manifestation of local culture. This is, according to the government, Hong Kong's "Creative November". Not only is this week the "Business of Design Week", focusing on design, brand and innovation, there's also a three-day Innovation and Design Expo. But is Hong Kong actually really interested in developing true creativity and applying it to business? Last month Dr Emily Chan was named one of the year's Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the Junior Chamber International. Dr Chan studied at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard School of Public Health, and Hong Kong University. One of her areas of expertise is emergency medicine. In 1998 she began working on field relief work and needs assessment with the international humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres. Four years ago, at 27, she became the agency's youngest Hong Kong president. She talks to "The Pulse" about her humanitarian work.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 25, 2005
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