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Hong Kong Corner




ARTS AND CULTURE

BIOGRAPHY

BUSINESS

CHINA

CHINESE CULTURE

ENVIRONMENT

FAMILY AND CHILDREN

FILM HISTORY

HISTORY

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS

SCIENCE

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WORLD AFFAIRS


ARTS AND CULTURE


DESIGN CITIES: BANGKOK

The blue sky and tropical beaches of Thailand offer a haven from the daily hustle and bustle. This leisurely and serene approach to life finds its way into Thai design. Only those who know how to appreciate life can design things that help the user enjoy life. Bangkok designers embrace nature in the way they live, and from there they find their creative ideas. A thriving tourist industry not only creates demand for high quality design for interior and furniture, it also opens a window to the West for designers to absorb their influence. While teeming with young design talents, the city also has a rich traditional culture. Applying superb craftsmanship of their grandfathers' and the readily available natural resources to contemporary design creates a chemistry that launches the young design brand of Bangkok. Its designers' pioneering use of material, organic and synthetic, has inspired the Material Connexion to establish its first Asian Material Library in Bangkok. This heralded its rise in the world of design.

Item no.: GU27560009
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: BARCELONA




Barcelonans live practically outdoors, which is normal for a south European city. Theirs is a lively, free and easy life style. The outdoor space in the city is like a common sitting room for all to enjoy. There are chairs on the street that are just as comfortable as those at home; and there are easily accessible parks and squares that are all connected. Who would want to go home when you can engage in so many social activities there? In designing these breathing spaces in the city in the 80s, the aim was to make it open to all. In recent years the government has created the new district, 22@, specifically for developing creative industries. Internationally renowned architects were brought in to design buildings to serve as landmarks to lend prestige to the area and the city. This brought in a different scene to the original one, which emphasizes an organic and harmonious approach to designing urban space.

Item no.: LT27560010
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: BERLIN




East and West Berlin was one city under two systems. With the unification of Germany in 1990, Berlin became its capital. The sense of history is still palpable in the city and its design mirrors its political change. The transparent dome of the Reichstag building, the clusters of consulates vying with each other for architectural magnificence, and the recently built museums and monuments proclaim to the world that Berlin is a new and open city. Its citizens enjoy a freedom that is not only political but spiritual. They also enjoy low rent and low cost of living. This particularly benefits the artists and designers who need space that is cheap and sizable in which to work. As an ideal creative base, it attracts talents from all over Europe. Berlin, after all, is the first city to be designated a City of Design by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.

Item no.: HN27560011
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: COPENHAGEN

Whatever your budget, it is likely that you will have a piece of Scandinavian furniture at home. Living in a country with long nights and short days, Danes spend most of their time indoors. Naturally home furnishings and design means a great deal to them. So it is not surprising that they also export quality and functional furniture. But when the weather turns fine and warm, they go cycling, walk their dogs, and make use of the well designed public facilities available outdoors such as seaside parks, waterfront swimming baths, or the transport system dedicated to encouraging traveling on bicycles. With citizens demanding high quality living, city planners working with the interest of the people in mind, no wonder the city's annual "Index: Award" which offers the highest cash award to design worldwide uses "Design to Improve Life" as the yardstick for measuring and commending design ideas that are best able to achieve this goal.

In Copenhagen, the people, the designers and the government work together to create a city that is widely recognized as the most livable city in the world.


Item no.: TV27560012
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: KYOTO




Old architecture or traditional crafts are not necessarily sticks in the mud. Kyoto designers who kept abreast of the times while staying close to their tradition are true heirs to its history and cultural heritage. They are convinced that traditional design and craftsmanship is valuable not only for its deep cultural root, but also for its enduring quality. Meticulously crafted Japanese lacquer artifacts and furniture have withstood the test of time; while the art of painting on kimono is artfully applied to the modern day jeans. The result is a seamless weaving together of two cultures. Trained in the architectural discipline of the west, a Kyoto's architect apprenticed under a traditional builder to look for inspiration from ancient Japanese construction techniques. Examples of such dialogues between the ancient and the modern can be seen everywhere in the city. It's determination to stay true to its cultural heritage while refining and developing its traditional skills has given the city's design the edge of being unique, allowing it to successfully eschewed the homogenizing effect of globalization.

Item no.: GN27560013
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: LONDON

These days what is on everyone's lip in London apart from the 2012 Olympiad? "Zero Carbon Living". Britain is the first country in the world to introduce a bill to control carbon emission. In London, property that advertises "zero carbon living" is already on the market. Who are the residents in these green design houses? Are they ascetic monks or are they 21st Century trendsetters? There are green designers so committed to the cause that they leave their practice to conduct green tours to introduce tourists to special stores that promote sustainability. Others design innovative table and web games, rallying everyone in the community to pool ground-breaking design ideas; to rethink the pattern of consumerism; and to promote common sense. Green creativity is fueling the momentum of design in London, calling every citizen to arms.

Item no.: MS27560014
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: SAO PAULO




Brazil - the country to host the 2016 Olympiad - a fast emerging economic force in the 21st Century. Sao Paulo is the richest and the most populated city in Brazil. In recent years it has played a significant role in design in South America. Its fashion, furniture, and architecture have brought to the international design arena the bold and passionate spirit of Latin America. However, behind the glamour and glitter there are the slums and the refuse mountains, and those who are eking out a living in them. Designers with a mission have come away from the glitz of the design industry to work with the underprivileged. They find ways for the community to recycle refuse into handicrafts, or introduce quality architectural design into slums to provide the poor with better homes. The role played by design has a special social significance in a city where the quality of living and the sense of esthetics are polarized.

Item no.: LV27560015
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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DESIGN CITIES: SHENZHEN




How young is Shenzhen? The average age of the workers in the creative industries is in the twenties. The government has been promoting "Building the City on Culture" for five years. It has been designated a City of Design by UNESCO for one year. What does youth have? Spontaneity and audacity, two qualities its young designers have plenty of. As an immigrant city, like Hong Kong in the early days, Shenzhen has attracted many creative young talents to take up roots there because they can see a future. The future is going international, making a name for oneself, becoming someone like Ou Ning, Hei Yi Yang, Bi Xue Feng, and many other top graphic designers in China. Urbanus, a Chinese architect firm, will be joined by Rem Koolhaas's OMA, a top international architect firm, in developing "Shenzhen Creative Center". Big projects and small ideas abound in this young vibrant city that is rearing to go.

Item no.: MA27560016
Format: DVD (Cantonese, With English Subtitles)
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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BIOGRAPHY


HONG KONG SCIENTISTS: CHAN CHING-CHUEN - THE QUEST FOR GREEN CARS

Chan Ching-chuen is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Honorary Professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). "China is expected to be a kingdom of electric vehicles!" said by Prof. Chan Ching-chuen, one of the founders of the World Electric Vehicles Association. Chan did not praise the Mainland electric automobile industry exaggeratedly. He dared to make such a wish just because he has foreseen the China market's demand for electric vehicles. China lacks petroleum and cannot reply solely on imported oil. Added to that, China has serious air pollution problem. To save energy and reduce carbon emission, a shift to electric vehicles is precisely the solution. Since early 1980s, Chan has taught at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the HKU and has had a strong bond with electric vehicles. He first used AC motors (an electric motor driven by alternating current) on electric cars. To replace DC motors (an electric motor powered from direct current) with AC motors since the latter ones are with simple structure and are more lightweight and reliable. Now electric vehicles worldwide have mostly used AC motors as their driving system. Apart from being an honorary professor in many institutes in Mainland, Chan is also a consultant for many automobile manufacturers. He has been teaching in various institutes on the mainland for 1/3 of every year, tirelessly sharing his experience in electric vehicle research to students and researchers, in hopes of leading the electric automobile industry in China to the road of industrialization.

Item no.: PR27560101
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG SCIENTISTS: KUNG HSIANG-FU - THE ORIGIN OF MEDICINE

Kung Hsiang-fu is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chair Professor of Virology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The phenomenon of life occurs because of all cells. Cells are composed of molecules. If we understand molecules, we can understand the phenomenon of life. Kung, who is a molecular biologist, has dedicated himself to fundamental researches for over 30 years. Although Kung does not work on frontline, his contribution to patients is no less than doctors. From 1971-1986, Kung had worked as a senior researcher/research fellow in the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. He and his team had applied molecular biological methods and successfully developed the antiviral drug Interferon. This drug could cure diseases caused by viral infection and has brought much hope to patients suffering from liver diseases. Since the 1980s, China has placed much emphasis on life sciences research. Many tertiary institutions in the Mainland are actively training talents in molecular biology. Kung thinks that China has much advantage in molecular biology since there are not many restrictions imposed on clinical trials in China. Scientists in America have been restricted by many regulations and that has directly affected the studies on embryonic stem cells. Kung left America in 1998 and has taught in Hong Kong since then. He hopes to use Hong Kong as a bridge so as to strengthen cooperation with the Mainland and contribute to the scientific research development of China.

Item no.: FE27560100
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG SCIENTISTS: NANCY IP - FIGHTING AGEING

Prof. Nancy Ip Yuk-yu is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chair Professor of the Division of Life Science Department of Biochemistry,now LS) of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Ip was only 45 years old and one of the youngest academicians when she was elected as the academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. Ip has been diligent since she was small. From primary 1 to the acquisition of a Ph.D. degree at the Harvard Medical School, Ip got scholarship every year. Prof. Ip's findings in neurobiology provide important clues for curing Alzheimer's disease. Her project of identification of the unexpected roles of two key molecules at the neuromuscular synapse received the second-class award of the 2003 State Natural Science Award (SNSA). Ip was awarded L'Oral-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science in 2004. This award was set up by UNESCO and L'Oral, one of the largest cosmetic companies in 1999. It would be given to 5 outstanding world-class women scientists in recognition of their contribution to scientific research and mainly focuses on the evaluation throughout their academic careers. Prof. Ip is the first Chinese scientist to get this prize in the life sciences category. This prize was the highest prize for women in science and was deemed the Nobel Prize for women. Ip also gathered dozens of scientists of Hong Kong and mainland China to work together. She has built up an Asia-Pacific biological analysis network and it has become an important platform for scientists in this field to exchange ideas.

Item no.: GC27560097
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG SCIENTISTS: SAMUEL SUN'S PADDY PROJECT

Prof. Samuel Sun Sai-ming is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chair Professor of the Department of Biology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is an Agrobiotechnology expert. Sun was born in Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province and his domicile of origin is Haikang County, Guangdong Province. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a doctorate degree of Plant Biochemistry in 1974. Sun had been the Chief Scientist of the U.S. ARCO Plant Cell Research Institute and is currently the Chair Professor of Biology at CUHK. He is the Director of the State Key Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology at CUHK and cooperates with Yuan Longping in Hunan to improve crop genes. In recent years, apart from focusing on raising paddy yield, Sun has studied how to increase the nutritional value and taste of rice by injecting other plants' genes into it, so that rice can grow in harsh conditions.

Item no.: AE27560099
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG SCIENTISTS: SO KWOK FAI - OPTIC NERVE REGENERATION

So Kwok-fai is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Head of the Department of Anatomy of the HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. So mainly studies the development, regeneration and protection of mammalian optic nerve system. In recent years, So has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and discovered that nano peptide has the hemostasis function. He has explored the plasticity/possibility of nano peptide in helping nerve regeneration. So has focused on studies of glaucoma in recent years. Earlier this year, So used the antibody therapy and strengthened the viability of retinal ganglion cells under different intraocular pressures, while they were facing disease attacks like glaucoma. So is a pioneer to study the regeneration of optic nerve. Early as 1985, he had proved that after the damage of retinal ganglion cell axons of an adult rat, changing the micro-environment can regenerate ganglion cell axons in the peripheral nerve. It has overthrown the argument that central optic neurons cannot be regenerated. Subsequent research has found that the transplantation of Schwann cells or Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor (CNTF) into vitreous humor can boost the regeneration of ganglion cells axon and it has inspired the researchers in the field of optic nerve regeneration. Apart from the studies of optic nerve, So has collaborated with experts in neuroscience like Dr. Wise Young and Dr. Ju Gong in order to promote the clinical trials of spinal cords. Breakthroughs in the treatment of spinal cord injury are expected to help the patients regain normal life. In the past twenty to thirty years, So has actively trained talents in neuroscience in mainland China, jointly cooperates with them to study the protection of nervous system and promotes the exchange of talents of these two places.

Item no.: SU27560098
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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ON HONG KONG (RETHINKING HONG KONG): CHAN KOON CHUNG

Chan Koon Chung is a writer. In publishing, his biggest achievement so far is City Magazine. Having spent many years in Beijing and Taipei and seen how Mainland China and Taiwan dealt with seemingly insurmountable difficulties, he is confident that Hong Kong will be able to move forward, despite the problems that have arisen since 1997. Listen to what he has to say in the second episode of ON HONG KONG.

Item no.: JC27560194
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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ON HONG KONG (RETHINKING HONG KONG): CHIP TSAO

It's been ten short years. 1997 was in fact a deadline for the British who left Hong Kong with their flag.

Chip Tsao, a columnist and a controversial commentator in Hong Kong, doubted very much on the 'Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong' before 1997, when Hong Kong was preparing her return to Mainland China.

If we draw a line on 1984 and ask ourselves: compared with 1984 as a Hong Kong citizen, are we now equally happy and confident? Are we still hopeful as before? If the answer to this question is a 'Yes', then you may say, we've had a successful decade since 1997.

It has now been ten years since the handover and Chip found a strange melancholy in the air. Since Hong Kong has changed from a British colony to a Special Administrative Region in China, people here are being told how dominant and important 'one country' should be, while 'two systems' is being played down. This affects people's impartial judgment and relinquishes some autonomy and freedom that which have been guaranteed for 50 years.

This episode captures some subtle changes of Hong Kong for its first ten years, through the eyes of Chip Tsao.


Item no.: CC27560195
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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ON HONG KONG (RETHINKING HONG KONG): LUNG YING TAI

Professor Lung is a celebrated essayist and cultural critic in Taiwan. After she stepped down from her 4-year term as the former first Cultural Commissioner of Taipei City in 2003, she came to Hong Kong teaching at the university. It had been 6 years since Hong Kong moved from a British colony to a special administrative region of China, Lung expects to witness a lot of changes in Hong Kong on its course of "decolonization". However, what she has found is the government machinery is still driven by the old colonial thinking and the development planning here is still singularly dominated by the so called "Central Value". The demolishment of the old Star Ferry Pier last year and the blunt decision to move the Queen's Pier are just two examples to illustrate the mentality of the government and the lack of cultural awareness of the community.

When Hong Kong is celebrating its 10th anniversary of returning to her motherland, it is a time to think about Hong Kong's future. Lung cares about the character and mentality of this city and she has very critical and enlightening comments to make.

Where should Hong Kong be heading for?' She offers her food for thought.


Item no.: JB27560196
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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ON HONG KONG (RETHINKING HONG KONG): PAUL YIP

Paul Yip is chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. China has undergone great changes in the past twenty years, he says, and people in Hong Kong fearful of communism should try to get to know the China of today. Mutual respect, tolerance and understanding, he stresses, will lead to joint success.

Item no.: HV27560197
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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ON HONG KONG (RETHINKING HONG KONG): THE 30S GROUP

The 30SGroup is an organization of young professionals whose common goal is to make Hong Kong a better place to live and China a better nation. They firmly believe the future is in the hands of the people, from whom real leaders will emerge. Meanwhile, they are exerting their considerable influence through study groups, publications, comments and participation in public affairs.

Item no.: AH27560198
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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ON HONG KONG (RETHINKING HONG KONG): TONY TSOI

Tony Tsoi is well-known in Hong Kong for his understanding in the financial industry. While not a few people think Shanghai will soon replace Hong Kong as a financial center, Tony insists there is little likelihood for that to happen, at least within his lifetime. What's more, he believes Hong Kong should look beyond Shanghai's challenge and make an effort to give London and New York a run for their money.

Item no.: TA27560199
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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UNDEFEATED, THE: ANOTHER WINDOW KWONG CHUN ON

When a child drops something he uses his small hand to pick it up, but Kwong Chun-on would use both hands to search randomly on the floor. He was then diagnosed with severe short-sightedness from birth. A prescription of 700 degree grew with him since childhood. When Chun-on reached secondary school he was further diagnosed with Glaucoma. Since then eye-sight was gradually taken away from him.

Bad eye-sight does not mean low ability. The pain of surgery and medications had not destroyed him, Chun-on maintained outstanding academic results to be able to obtain a degree in Business Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002. After graduation, like many others, he fell into the real world and became one of the unemployed.

There goes a saying when a window closes, another window will open. Chun-on cannot afford to waste time. Decided to know more about sight impairment, he ran off to learn dancing in a sight-impaired art group. He even started to create stories in the form of videos, dramas and radio broadcasts about the sight-impaired. He cannot read with his eyes, he therefore borrowed audio-books from help centre for the sight-impaired. Through voice-speaking software from the computer he could read even more than before. Chun-on loves to write, his first novel when the Forgotton Meets was published in 2005. He has now become a columnist at a newspaper with a career ahead of him.

Now 26, Chun-On still has a long way to go. Little might his achievement in writing be, his biggest accomplishment lies in the way he sees himself. In the 10th Annual Regeneration Heroes Award ceremony where Chun-on is named one of the heros, he writes in the booklet: the biggest hindrance is himself, if one doesn't accept himself as he is, but indulges in self-pity and degradation, he could only dwell in failures, he could never pull a new start. This should awaken each one of us: being self-assured without fear the golden rule to confront any difficulty in life.


Item no.: RH27560265
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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UNDEFEATED, THE: I AM HAPPY, YOU ARE HAPPY - TAM KING YU

Tam King-yu was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at 14. In the following 14 years taking pills and injections had become a habit. But what was hard to swallow were the discrimination and indifference along the way. Not knowing the key to communication she resided with loneliness. All that was to be contrasted with the present King-yu, who carries a smile on her face making friends wherever she goes. She was a trainee at the retail store of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. In the last few months she was promoted as a regular staff, running every errand of the store all by herself. She has never imagined that she can manage a job, through which she revives her confidence and heads towards rehabilitation.

King-yu likes to convey to others that a mentally rehabilitated person can be a truly happy person too. Each day she strives to be a better person through her persistence in life. Before, she had perceived her illness to be a curse, but slowly and gradually, she realized that illness can be a blessing too. She never thought her experience could be a support to other patients. Her wish is to have people knowing more about mental illnesses, and to respect and accept those who suffered from them.

For a moment, King-yu realizes she is not alone in this lonely war. Her parents and friends never leave her, but go through each day with her. There are ups and downs to life and one has to live up to it. She trusts that the illness is a blessing in disguise, from God she experiences love and learns to love, knowing very well that it is a life-long lesson.


Item no.: TK27560266
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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UNDEFEATED, THE: I'LL GET THE JOB DONE TOO! JESSICA TSANG

I will shift to a new job next month, to be an OL - office lady.

From a waitress in a caf to an official lady in Wanchai, Jessica is one of a kind. Staff in Garden View are all excited about Jessica ' s move, as if they were waging her goodbyes to enter a happy marriage. They even host a farewell party for her ... why? Ranging from chef to waitresses, staff in Garden View are all mentally impaired persons. The fact that they could leave the caf and work in the real society is a high recognition of their ability.

At 21, Jessica always wears a smile. Born with Down Syndrome Jessica nonetheless proved her ability with the many awards she gets. Her mental ability may be a bit behind ours, and she would mistakenly take an official assistant post to be an official lady. But she has all the passion in work that may be rare in others, she once said, Work is not a joke, I came to the caf to work!

When it comes to work one must be responsible, one must not be late to work!

The new boss at the office is happy with Jessica's serious attitude to work. She is friendly to the colleagues and blends into the culture well. The ability of the mentally impaired goes beyond everyone's imagination.

The mother school of Jessica, Hong Chi Pinehill School, specializes on providing pre-vocational trainings to the mentally impaired. Students receive trainings on beverage, bakery, laundry and hotel room service etc. For those graduated and worked in the hotel room service sector, their work abilities have been acknowledged by their superiors and fellow colleagues.

"In her work dairy Jessica marks the bits and pieces of her daily life, including the satisfactions from work. It is not hard to see the key to social integration lies in giving them a chance.


Item no.: KR27560267
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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UNDEFEATED, THE: THE SWORDSMAN WITH ONE ARM KO CHI KIN

While others may find it tough to paddle a canoe even with both arms, Ko Chi-kin paddled one from Hong Kong to Macau with the only left arm he has.

Losing his right arm in an accident at 12, Chi-kin's first reaction was 'I can never be a fireman!' His days after were not marked by grief, instead, self-confidence and persistence had unleashed his potentials beyond physical barriers. From 1977 to 1984, Chi-kin had been representing Hong Kong and bringing many medals back from International Athletes Competitions.

At childhood Chi-kin certainly feared of the sea. Having lost his right arm he suddenly started swimming. Being fearless he engaged himself in many outdoor activities, such as soccer, diving, archery, canoe and rock climbing etc. He took a 5000-kilometer bike expedition across the northern and western part of America in 1991, all by himself. In 1993 Chi-kin earned his rock climbing coach license. He was the first physically disabled person to have won the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, not to mention the 6 international athlete awards he acquired throughout the years. Knowing exactly how tough it is for the physical disabled to take part in sport, Chi-kin founded the Momentum Academy in 1993. There, disabled persons could receive trainings in outdoor activities, through which they realized their potentials and built their self-esteems.

Chi-kin's now happy family has come a long way. His wife, whom he married against all odds, has been the biggest support behind his achievements. Together they nurtured their son and daughter. Chi-kin is very much preoccupied with his activities during weekends, yet his pays every effort to spend time with his family. He would love to work behind the scene in the future when he finds someone to take his place.

We can feel that Chi-kin is an extraordinary coach, vitalizing his passion of life with his one arm.


Item no.: PH27560268
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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UNDEFEATED, THE: THE WONDER OF SILENCE THEATRE OF THE SILENCE

They created a new world through silence. Edward Chan, Edwin Chan and Keith Lee bear similar age and share the same dream within their silent world. It is this dream that drives them together on the theatre stage to explore life possibilities.

Before Theatre of the Silence was established in 2000, back in the 80's, the three members were the pioneers with hearing impairment to participate in theatrical art in Hong Kong. For them, learning and growing in techniques had been extremely difficult. But with their passion and endurance, language barriers were overcome and brought to a new horizon. They created an alternative aesthetic based on mime and physicality, wherein body movement and different theatrical languages were explored. Their performance does not only speak for the mute, it also raise resonance in the normal crowd. On an equal field with the crowd they share the fruits of happiness.

Besides local performance, Theatre of the Silence was often invited to share their experience and work with overseas theatre groups. They had become the cultural ambassadors of Hong Kong to have performed in many different parts of the world.

Theatre of the Silence has been elected as the Best Theatre with a Difference by the TIMEasia Magazine in 2005. Their performance won such acclaim that not only do they honor the hearing impaired, it is also the pride of all HK people.


Item no.: FT27560269
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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UNDEFEATED, THE: WHEELCHAIR WHIZ KID LAU YAN CHI

Born with muscular-dystrophy, Lau Yan-chi is not a pessimist full of blames. He seriously believes the physical barrier has led him to a very different life.

Being a HK representative in the Special Olympics, Yan-chi was a gold medalist in a game that uses the brain more than physical strength - Boccia. With his intelligence he finished university and becomes a social work trainee. In his electric-powered wheelchair he runs off to the community 'to serve the people', winning the trust of neighbours and fellow colleagues.

Death is looming over the heads of patients with muscular-dystrophy. Viewing photographs from his childhood, those happy faces had predeceased him one by one. Yan-chi knows his body would only deteriorate beyond treatment. He therefore treasures every second of life, giving his best to the society. He exemplifies the best of those who may be physically impaired yet whose heart is firing with desires to act.


Item no.: BD27560270
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: A NEW FRONTIER FOR THE ERHU

Karen han is a versatile erhu player who has put the traditional chinese two-stringed instrument onto the world's stage. In 1997, karen han became the first soloist of a chinese instrument in the hollywood bowl's then 75-year history. In 2001, karen han was featured in the world premiere performance of composer tan dun's " concerto for erhu and chamber orchestra " . Karen started playing the erhu at the age of 6. she was taught by her father. At age 10, she auditioned for the demanding central conservatory of music in Beijing, which only accepted two students on the erhu each year out of 160 applicants. In 1985, she was invited to join the best chinese young artists group which toured more than 15 cities in the u.s. enamored with the west, karen moved to los angeles in 1988. since her arrival, warner brothers, hollywood pictures and hbo have all employed her talents. Karen's playing has been heard on the soundtracks for " memoir of a geisha " , " the joyluck club " , " passion of the christ " , " mulan-ii " , " anna and the king " and " the last emperor " .karen has performed and recorded with modern jazz group, and also plays rock and pop. She tried very hard to develop repertoire from her instrument and to introduce the erhu to the western world.

Item no.: TD27560276
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: A TOUCHING VOICE-ZHANG LIPING

Zhang liping said , " the first time i heard traviata. I was a secondary school student. I did not know what was in the lyrics. I remember i was so touched by the music that I sat there and cried. " this early experience inspired zhang liping to be a soprano. Zhang acquired the basics of all her classical repertoire at the central conservatory of music in Beijing between 1985 and 1989. lzhang liping ' s covent garden debut as liu in turandot not only won her unanimous praise, but also made her the first chinese soprano to sing a title role at this prestigious opera house. She has performed in about 20 operas, her roles including mimi in "la boheme," micaela in "carmen," lucia in "lucia di lammermoor," marguerite in "faust" and gilda in "rigoletto."she now spends her time between performing in prestigious opera houses around the world and teaching in the central conservatory of music in Beijing.

Item no.: LS27560277
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: BALLERINA IN HER RED SHOES

Reviews the background of Faye Leung (Senior Principal Dancer, Hong Kong Ballet) who says she must practice ballet-dancing everyday. Shows her receiving treatment for stress fractures in her feet suffered during practice in May this year. Faye says having been trained in China she is accustomed to pain; she would suffer more by not being able to dance. Faye says a dancer should play the character when on stage, not to show off techniques. Shows her performing in "Suzie Wong". She says although she was injured again in August, it will not put a damper on her love of ballet.

Item no.: JH27560278
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: DANCING MIRROR

Li Hanzhong (Choreographer) tells how he changed from dancing traditional Chinese dances to modern dance. Shows a dance that he choreographed "One Table N Chairs" that transforms the singing in a Beijing opera into movements. But it was not well received in Beijing six years ago. Shows "The River All Red", a dance he choreographed based on Igor Stravinsky's music Le Sacre du Printemps. Recalls the days he learned dancing in the Army. Li now choreographs dances with his wife Ma Bo who shares how she balances her role as a mother and dancer.

Item no.: SR27560279
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: I PLAY, THEREFORE I AM

Qin Liwei (Cellist) explains why he chose to play cello. His parents who are also musicians have greatly inspired him. His father tells how he used to teach Qin at home. Qin won his first competition in Shanghai at age thirteen. The same year the family emigrated to Australia. Faced with a language problem, Qin spent his time practicing music. In 1995, Qin went to England to study under famous cellist Ralph Krishbaum in Manchester. He explains why he enjoys performing in Europe. Qin talks about his future plans to work in Shanghai and Singapore.

Item no.: WB27560280
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: ROAD TO GREAT CONCERT HALL OF THE WORLD

Colleen played the piano at the age of four. She was admitted to the Hong Kong academy of performing arts three years later. She excelled under the guidance of artist-in-residence eleanor wong and received a jockey club scholarship to enter the academy full time. Colleen's talent and hard work earned her fist class honour in her bachelor's degree in piano performance. She completed her professional diploma in 2003. She has since studied in germany under renowned concert pianist arie vardi at the hochschulef musik and theatre in hannover, germany. The school is a fitting ground for colleen, a performer who regards discipline and toughness as the key ingredients for musical or athletic success."I see so many people tiring in the middle of competition," Colleen says, recalling her trip to warsaw. "I feel that pianists or other musicians are like athletes. You need great physical effort, aw well as concentration to succeed.

Item no.: LB27560281
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: STRINGS BENEATH MY WINGS-MONGLA HUANG

Huang mengla was born in shanghai in 1980 and began studying violin at the age of 4. He was accepted by the shanghai conservatory at age 8. His rare talent was immediately recognized by the renowned violinist lina yu with whom he has studies since. In recent years, huang mengla has also been active in giving recitals in Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, of Japan; Genoa, Arenzeno, Bergamo of Italy; Shanghai and Beijing in China and Korea.

Item no.: PR27560282
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: THE JOY OF MUSIC-CHAN SA (PIANO)

" My heart sings because of beauty, " chen sa said. Chen sa is the most promising woman virtuoso pianist in China today. Her audience says her playing is as beautiful as singing. Chen sa ' s idea of a musical career is not about fame or fortune. To her, music is as pure as nature. Chen sa ' s childhood was not easy. For the pursuit of a musical education, she tasted the hardships and modesty of life. Thus, she learns how to express the souls of people and it helps make her a richer artist. To chen sa , life ' s experiences and feelings are her inspirations in music. And the joy of music comes from sharing these experiences with the audience. However, her career path is often times, one of solitude. To be a dedicated musician, she has sacrificed other things in life. But to chen sa, life is an art of balance, her passion in music also brings her the joy of life.

Item no.: PJ27560283
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: THE RISING STAR OF CHINESE MODERN DANCE

" The first time i tried modern dance, I experienced the kind of freedom i never felt in my heart, " said xing liang.xing liang began training as a traditional chinese dancer at the age of 12. A chance experience in modern dance led xing liang from traditional chinese dance to the path of modern dance. Xing is the winner of the gold award in the male solo class at the 6th paris international dance competition in 1994. Having won numerous awards nationally and internationally before, the 6th paris international dance competition made him realize the joy of dancing can be derived from dancing itself, but not from winning any award. Xing is currently the resident artist of ccdc. Recently xing has broadened his career as a choreographer.

Item no.: TC27560284
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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BUSINESS


SUPERTRADER: ADVERSITY TO OPPORTUNITY

Looks at the development of Hong Kong's industries after July 1, 1997. Ken Yeung (Managing Director, Silicone Zone (HK) Limited) comments on the importance of creating his own brand of products as an ODM (original design manufacturer). He shows the silicone kitchenware that his company manufactures. He says Hong Kong still remains his design and training centre while manufacturing is in China. Stanley Lau Chin-ho (Managing Director, Renley Watch Manufacturing Company Limited) tells how CEPA benefits Hong Kong watch manufacturers. Li Ning (Chairman, Li Ning Company Limited) says Hong Kong remains a suitable platform for Chinese companies to go worldwid.

Item no.: PN27560253
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUPERTRADER: ISLAND OF CHANGE

Looks at what Hong Kong's entrepreneurs, many of whom were refugees from China, survived the difficult United Nations Chinese embargo in the 1950's, riots in the 1960's and the oil crisis in the 1970's to make Hong Kong the world's leading exporter of plastic flowers, toys, jewelry and garments and a major shipping centre. Tung Chee-chen (Chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Limited), Chan Shui-kau (Chairman, Yangtzekiang Garment Manufacturing Company Limited), Yip Man (President, Hong Kong and Kowloon Plastic Products Merchants United Association Limited) and Tim Lam Leung (Chairman, Forward Winsome Industries Limited) share their respective experiences.

Item no.: RC27560254
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUPERTRADER: MADE FOR SUCCESS

Entrepreneurs say the high salary level in Hong Kong in the 1980's and a shortage of workers hindered the expansion of their factories. They share their experiences when they moved their factories into China after it opened up. They say the move allowed them to expand and become world leaders in their respective fields. Kenneth Fang Hung (Chairman, Fang Brothers Knitting Limited), Allen Lee Peng-fei (Local Deputy, National People's Congress), Wong Tit-shing (Chairman, Jetta Industries Company Limited), Allan Wong Chi-yun (Chairman, VTech Holdings Limited) and Tommy Leung Yung (Chairman, Peace Mark (Holdings) Limited) share their respective experiences.

Item no.: BN27560255
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUPERTRADER: SERVICES IS OUR STRENGTH

Entrepreneurs say although factories had moved north, the 1980-90's remained the most prosperous years economically for Hong Kong. It was normal for people to hold two or even three jobs then. Property transaction was a major business of the legal profession and transportation business of goods manufactured in China for shipment in Hong Kong was brisk. Ng Siu-pang (Law Firm Partner), Winson Tai Wing-sing, Grace Cho Yee-mui (President and Vice President, Chu Kong Optical Manufactory Limited) and Anthony Lau Siu-wing (Executive Chairman, BALtrans Holdings Limited) share their experiences and their views of the future role of Hong Kong's businesses in China.

Item no.: BE27560256
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUPERTRADER: THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Looks at how Hong Kong companies manage changes. Francis Kao Wai-ho (Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer, Imagi International Holdings Limited) explains why he changes the primary business of his company. His Computer Graphics Supervisor, Kith Ng, explains the advantage of producing animation in Hong Kong. Lee Wing-tak (Chief Executive Officer, Neonlite Electronic & Lighting (H.K.) Limited) shows his company's environmental-friendly production facility and products. Chan Kei-biu (Chairman and Managing Director, Surface Mount Technology (Holdings) Limited) shows his Changchun automotive parts factory. Christopher To Wing (Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre) says Hong Kong has become Asia's arbitration centre.

Item no.: FE27560257
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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CHINA


CHINA NEW FACES

1: A Marginal Group
2: Marrying Into Her Family
3: The Mosuo In The Spotlight
4: Give Me Back The Natural Scenery
5: Returning Support To Rural Areas
6: Monks And The City
7: Sorrow Behind Redevelopment
8: Village Official As Blogger


Item no.: BB27560366
Format: 8 DVDs
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 1: A MARGINAL GROUP

Peasant workers have made silent contributions to the reform and opening-up of China, and have witnessed the transition and development of the history of modern China. Peasant workers return to their native land and there is a shortage of labour in Pearl River Delta, Guangdong. Such phenomenon has become an important issue. Having strived hard to make a living in urban areas, why these peasants decide to go home? The reasons behind are worthy of deep reflection.

This episode tells the true stories of two peasants who work in coastal cities and return to their homeland. The two cases illustrate the employment problems encountered by peasant workers and the changes experienced by this marginal group in the 30 years of economic reform in China.


Item no.: LT27560001
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 2: MARRYING INTO HER FAMILY

In a traditional marriage, a woman marries into the husband?s family, and her children take on the family name of their father. However, in some rich cities in Zhejiang Province, things are changing.

The one-child policy has left some families with only one daughter. Feeling the need to carry on their family lineage, women now look for men who are willing to marry into their families so that their children could take up the mother?s surname. Meanwhile, men from other provinces are finding it hard to make ends meet in the cities, not to mention supporting a family. Because of this, some men are willing to do what it takes for a better life. With supply and demand in place, matchmaking agencies dedicated to this type of marriage are a thriving business.

This could be a win-win situation, but are things always as good as they seem?


Item no.: VU27560003
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 3: THE MOSUO IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Sang Chu is a young Mosuo from Dazu Village at Lugu Lake Town, Yanyuan County, Sichuan. His family had been very poor until their family hostel, Gesang Garden, was launched in 2000.

The tide of reforms and opening-up in the new century has swept over the Mosuo at Lugu Lake. After some adventures, Gesang returned to his homeland before the National Day Golden Week in 2007. Like his fellow villagers, he was occupied with the business of his family hostel, making preparation for the Golden Week holiday. During the long holiday, crowds of tourists filled the quiet Lugu Lake with hustle and bustle.

The villagers were busied with touting for business and serving the tourists. Gesang's father expected his son would help the family to repay the low-interest loan soon. Gesang appeared to have devoted himself to the family business, but he was secretly seeking after the dream of becoming a superstar on television. He planned to leave again and look for opportunities despite objection of his family.


Item no.: HB27560007
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 4: GIVE ME BACK THE NATURAL SCENERY

Thirty years of reform and opening up brings to China as much prosperity as pollution resulted from industrial development. Industrial wastewater led to polluted river, allegedly the root cause of the drastic rise of cancer cases in Wuli Village. Wai Dongying, a barely educated villager, recorded the death cases one by one in her "Diary of Death".

Zhang Changjian, a bare-foot doctor in Xiping, Fujian, witnessed the rising number of cancer patients in his village. As the regional officials turn a blind eye to the crisis, Zhang joined forces with more than 1,700 fellow villagers suing the chemical factory in their neighbourhood. Winning the case, Zhang found himself becoming a marked man...

The plight of the two "cancer villages" reveals the harm to the Chinese people brought by water pollution. China should have by now realised the price to pay for over development and that "good" is more important than "fast".


Item no.: GZ27560002
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 5: RETURNING SUPPORT TO RURAL AREAS

A group of advertising professionals lost interest in food bought from urban markets as large amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers had been applied. To seek vanishing fine food, they traveled to rural areas and met the peasants. Under the surface of beautiful rural scenery, they witnessed the disparity between the urban rich and the rural poor resulting from 30 years of reforms and opening-up.

Ordinary picnics among a few friends during holidays have gradually become a movement of " Urban-Rural Interaction to Repay the Rural Areas " . Together with the peasants, these professionals make use of their creativity to work on farmland, pigpens, village houses and dining tables, and reflect on their vision of development and ideal lifestyle. They walk side by side with the peasants on the path of rural development, hoping that organic farming may bring higher income to peasants and healthier food to urban people.

Prosperous cities mark the achievements of 30 years of reforms and opening-up. However, such prosperity has been resulted from the continual support and sacrifices on the part of rural areas. Will the cities repay the rural areas in the future? Maybe it would happen in the next 30 years.


Item no.: CW27560005
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 6: MONKS AND THE CITY

At 5 o'clock every morning, when the inhabitants of Anyuan Road are still sleeping soundly, over 10 monk students in Jade Buddha Monastery, Shanghai commence their new day as do other monks in the monastery. After praying and taking their breakfasts, these monks get on the "school bus" that is waiting outside the refectory, and travel to the outside world to study in a university.

Indeed, the Jade Buddha Monastery has been promoting the philosophy of "Living Buddhism", i.e. performing secular works with a spirit of indifference. Guided by such philosophy, the leadership of the monastery has selected some monks to study foreign languages and MBA, and strive to bring innovations to Buddhism, including the life of the monks. The monks participate in and organize social activities actively, and do not resist to act in a commercial way.


Item no.: DC27560004
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 7: SORROW BEHIND REDEVELOPMENT

China is transforming with the construction of skyscrapers and modern architectures, which signify rapid economic development and the rise of a powerful nation. However, behind the scene of prosperity, many homes have been destroyed.

Zhang Wei used to reside in Xianyukou District, which belonged to a historical conservation district. Two years ago,the government demolished her home by force for reason of constructing new roads. It pushed Zhang Wei to the path of making appeals to higher authorities, and she determined to prove that the government had violated the Law on the Protection of Cultural Relics by carrying out illegal demolition. Unfortunately, the court delayed the trial deliberately and the police also hindered them from making appeals. It became a tough journey for her.

On 6th August 2008, two days prior to the opening of the Olympics, Zhang Wei was detained for 30 days on suspicion of undermining social order. The absence of an independent judiciary in China makes defending against illegal demolition more difficult.

There used to be over 300 households in Cuobuling Village, Qingdao. After illegal redevelopment carried out by the district government, only the household of Madam Yu remained. To persist in her defence, she had lived a life without water and electricity supply for over a year while expecting the court ruling at second instance. Being unable to seek help from the government, Yu Jian-li, one of the villagers, reported the crimes of corrupted officials on the internet. Consequently, he was convicted of defamation and sentenced to prison.

Although the Property Law has been promulgated for nearly a year, cases of incompliance with the law still exist. If the issue is not resolved, we will see more cases of illegal redevelopment in the future, pushing more people to the path of defending their rights.


Item no.: JG27560006
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA NEW FACES 8: VILLAGE OFFICIAL AS BLOGGER

"Don't think village heads are not cadres" was once a popular saying in Mainland China, meaning although the village head is a low ranking official, he is still a cadre and should not be overlooked.

Shen Yongqiang is the Secretary of the Communist Party Branch and Head of the Village Committee of Xiadongkuo Village in the outskirts of Beijing. Shen is no dimwit. In the summer of 2006, he started blogging to publicize his village, so as to attract investors to develop his ecology resort. It never occurred to Shen that his blog would record a hit rate of over 220,000 for the first two years. It even captured the attention of various media which then sent reporters to interview Shen.

However, Shen's putting village matters online has aroused concern and censorship from Town government. From Shen's happiness and trouble, we can see changes as well as rigidity of rural areas in China after reform and opening-up.


Item no.: BD27560008
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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CHINA STORIES II




In the last few decades, China has been experiencing tremendous changes in her economy, society and infrastructure. Her leaders dream about revival of the Chinese race: domestically, they want to lead nationals out of poverty towards a reasonable standard of living; internationally, they want to propel the realization of an economic corridor, via both land and sea, and draft a blueprint for a rising power. Leaders have dreams, but what do their subjects dream about?

Each episode of "China Stories" shows audience around in China by presenting them with the stories of some characters, as well as some images, in the hope that they may understand what the present-day Chinese think, do, and care about.

1. The vanishing shadow
2. The invisible citizens
3. The Rise of Online Celebrities in Mainland
4. Guangxi 1968
5. Building a Utopia
6. Speedy Home Coming
7. The last animal tamer
8. Blind Soccer
9. Human-Elephant Conflict
10. Invisible Wings



Item no.: BC27560367
Format: 10 DVDs
Duration: 300 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: BLIND SOCCER






Item no.: CL27560368
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: BUILDING A UTOPIA



Item no.: JE27560369
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: GUANGXI 1968






Item no.: BN27560370
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT






Item no.: WG27560371
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: INVISIBLE WINGS






Item no.: TG27560372
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: SPEEDY HOME COMING






Item no.: PC27560373
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: THE INVISIBLE CITIZENS






Item no.: PE27560374
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: THE LAST ANIMAL TAMER






Item no.: KY27560375
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: THE RISE OF ONLINE CELEBRITIES IN MAINLAND






Item no.: NT27560376
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CHINA STORIES II: THE VANISHING SHADOW




Does the rise of GDP reflect the rise of a great nation? Wang shao-sen, Sen, does not agree. Sen is a post 80's youth who owns a silk cloth company in Dalian. Two years ago, he watched a shadow play show held by E Wen-wu, an 80 years old Chinese shadow play show artist, in an old cinema. Sen was impressed by the show. He designed to prepare a nationwide shadow play tour for the old artists. However, he finds it is hard to renew people's interest on traditional culture even he gave up his own silk business and lost 20 thousand RMB to promote the shows.

Finally, he finds a way out with an unexpected channel-internet crowd-funding platform in China. What will happen when the traditional culture and the new media collide?


Item no.: PP27560377
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 1: CHINA'S DIPLOMACY - AN OVERVIEW

The episode presents an overview of major developments in China ' s foreign policies.

The episode examines major developments in China's foreign relations in the 60 years since its founding: one-sided support for the Soviet Union; participating in the Geneva Conference and the international community; proposing the Five Principles for Peaceful Co-existence at the Bandung Conference; export of revolution to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America; keeping a low profile after the June Fourth Incident; and developing partnership diplomacy with great powers and neighbours.


Item no.: BM27560324
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 2: BEIJING - MOSCOW (CHINA AND THE SOVIET UNION)

Sino-Soviet relations have been a roller coaster ride since New China's founding: from alliance in the 1950s, split in the 1960s, hostility in the 1970s, reconciliation in the 1980s to the Soviet Union's dissolution and China's emergence as a new global power in the 1990s. How have changes in Sino-Soviet relations influenced the development of the international community?

Item no.: GE27560323
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 3: FRIENDSHIP CEMENTED BY BLOOD (CHINA AND NORTH KOREA)

The Korean Peninsula, located in Northeast Asia, is China's gateway in the northeast, one of immense strategic importance.

In June 1950, the Korean War broke out. New China, despite the urgent need for domestic reconstruction, entered the war with great determination, for its own national security and also to support communist North Korea. China paid a huge price for the war but had North Korea's friendship in exchange. It was a friendship cemented by blood.

In the late 1970s, China implemented its reform and opening-up policy and began to drift away from North Korea ideologically. Then the building of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea in 1992 further damaged Sino-North Korean relations.

Today, as the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula intensifies, all eyes are on the peninsula, as well as China - whether its influence on North Korea will prevail.


Item no.: JY27560327
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 4: COMRADES AND BROTHERS (CHINA AND VIETNAM)

While China and Vietnam borders each other, their fates are intricately connected. Yet over the past 60 years, the two socialist powers have gone through good and bad times in their relations. This episode tells the ups and downs of Sino-Vietnamese relations, from a bond stronger than brotherhood, to a dramatic fallout and then hearty reconciliation.

Item no.: NY27560325
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 5: DISTANT RELATIVES, CLOSE NEIGHBOURS (CHINA AND INDONESIA)

China and Indonesia are only a sea apart, and Indonesia has the largest overseas Chinese population in the world, bringing the two countries even closer.

Indonesia built diplomatic relations with the PRC in 1950, and was among the first countries to recognise China's new political regime. In the mid 1950s, with Indonesia ' s help, China was able to attend the Bandung Conference and opened the door to foreign relations with Asian and African countries. Yet in the 1960s, as a new president took office in Indonesia, the country launched a series of anti-communism and anti-Chinese campaigns, which eventually resulted in the breaking up of diplomatic relations.

Sino-Indonesian relations were built in 1950s, severed in 1967 and re-established in the 1990s. In 60 years, the two countries have gone through a great deal to peaceful coexistence today.


Item no.: NF27560326
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 6: A LONG JOURNEY OF LOVE AND HATE (CHINA AND JAPAN)

Although Sino-Japanese diplomatic relationship was only re-established in 1972 after Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei's China visit, non-government contacts were frequent prior to normalization. Premier Zhou Enlai admonished the Japanese that 'past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future'. But Japan has never admitted to its invasion of China and the atrocities it had committed there. 1970-80 were Sino-Japanese relationship's honeymoon years. Japan's Official Development Assistance helped China build up its infrastructure. Reviews the ebb and flow in diplomatic relationships in ensuing years. Observes that Sino-Japanese relationship will remain like this in the future.

Item no.: ED27560321
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 7: WHEN THE DRAGON DANCES WITH THE ELEPHANT (CHINA AND INDIA)

Neighbouring countries China and India are both ancient Asian civilisations with vast territory and a large population. In 1962 the two countries went to war as a result of border conflicts, and in recent years India granting asylum to the Dalai Lama as well as the issue of Tibetan refugees have created tension in Sino-Indian relations. Yet Sino-Indian economic and trade relations have developed in spite of political disparities. India's advantage in software, combined with China's sufficiently developed infrastructure and hardware, is set to create mutual benefits for the two countries. As emerging BRIC countries, China and India have caused significant concern in western countries. While the two countries compete for power and influence in the international community, they are strategic partners in business and commerce. China and India, enemies and friends all at once, give their best performance on the stage of the world.

Item no.: ZL27560328
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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PRC - 60 YEARS OF NEIGHBOURING DIPLOMACY 8: A NEW LEAF (CHINA AND KAZAKHSTAN)

In the 1990s, global politics underwent a major reshuffle. As the Soviet Union dissolved and its 15 republics declared independence, China saw the addition of five emerging Central Asian countries along its borders. A new balance has to be found in international politics, and China is forming new relationships with its five new neighbours though new diplomatic thinking and strategies. Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union in December 1991 and China was among the first countries to recognise its independence. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country.

With rich natural resources, it borders Xinjiang and has become China's new partner in energy diplomacy. Kazakhstan is the most powerful country among the five countries of Central Asia. Located at the heart of Eurasia, Central Asia has become a major battlefield for the global competition for resources. In May 2004, China and Kazakhstan inked an agreement to build the China-Kazakhstan oil pipeline. This is China's first land pipeline for crude oil import; it reduces the country's reliance on its marine pipeline and hence the risks of importing oil from the Middle East and Africa.

Besides cooperating on energy projects, China and Kazakhstan are also partners in anti-terror efforts. In June 2001, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia founded the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, an anti-terror initiative to fight the forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism. 60 years after its founding, New China is directing its diplomatic efforts towards a brand new way of thinking.


Item no.: KK27560322
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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CHINESE CULTURE


CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL




The ancient capital - the historical centre of politics where dynasties unified the kingdom, or the city which demonstrated superiority in every aspect. Throughout Chinese history, there have been several ancient capitals of considerable scale, all of which exhibited the highest calibre of architecture, arts and culture, as well as standard of living, in their respective times. By traditional historiography, Luoyang, Xi'an, Nanjing and Beijing are the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, as defined by the length of time it took for a city to be established.

1. Dream of The Ancient Capitals
2. The Tale of Shu
3. Song Dynasty in Inheritance
4. Journey to the West
5. Clouds in Dali
6. The Pyramids of the Western Xia Empire
7. Castle on the Prairie
8. The Manchu Legacy


Item no.: CN27560378
Format: 8 DVDs
Duration: 200 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 1: DREAM OF THE ANCIENT CAPITALS




Luoyang is the earliest ancient capital in the history of Chinese civilisation. The large quantities of ritual vessels that have been unearthed during archaeological excavations conducted at the Erlitou site located in Yanshi, which is under the administration of Luoyang City, confirmed that it was the ancient capital of the Xia Dynasty 3,800 years ago. More recent studies reveal that both the Xia and Shang Dynasties established their capitals in Luoyang, causing it to be dubbed "The First Capital of China".

Xi'an was the capital of 13 different dynasties. With a total building time of over 1,000 years, it is the ancient capital with the longest construction period in Chinese history, as well as the one which has experienced the most dynasties.

Nanjing, often known by the titles of "Ancient Capital for Six Dynasties" and "Capital City for Ten Dynasties", was made the centre of the Chinese empire after Zhu Yuanzhang overthrew the Ming Dynasty.

Beijing became China's political centre when the Mongol Empire established its capital there. It remained as the kingdom's administrative, economic and cultural hub throughout the Ming and Qing Dyansties.

In this programme, we will examine past cultures by exploring the Four Great Ancient Capitals. Have their legacies survived into this day and age where the fa?ades of cities transform in the blink of an eye? And will their tales continue to be told? History is a mirror C it not only reflects the truth, but also sheds light on references from which people can learn.


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Duration: 25 minutes
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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 2: THE TALE OF SHU




The treasures of an undocumented legendary ancient empire hidden in the Sichuan Basin, comparable to the Terracotta Army, have been unearthed and restored to their former glory. Known as the State of Shu, it was already established on the Chengdu Plain over 4,000 years ago, before the Xia Dynasty came into existence in China. Chengdu became the centre of the kingdom, which was ruled by five dynasties before being conquered by the State of Qin.

Relics such as the paper-thin Golden Sun Bird, a mystical golden mask, over-the-top bronze masks, as well as the lofty and majestic bronze sacred tree, none of which have appeared in the Central Plain before, were crafted by the hands of the Shu people who lived more than 3,000 years ago. The artefacts not only give us a glimpse of their views on religion and the world, but also make us wonder how these people who dwelled in the Sichuan Basin conceived such notions to create the Shu culture, one which is distinct from Chinese civilisation.

The disappearance of the State of Shu did not bring the development of Chengdu to a halt. Using their wisdom, the Shu people built the Shu Roads which crossed mountains and connected the state with the Central Plain C a feat "as difficult as climbing to the heavens" in the words of the great poet, Li Bai. These roads have facilitated the exchange between the two regions for over 2,000 years, enabling Shu Brocade to flourish. Despite the passing of time, many seasoned craftsmen remain devoted to the creation of these delicate silk fabrics to this very day.

The legacies left behind by the ancient Shu civilisation are treasures for future generations. How are the people of modern Chengdu continuing to learn about their heritage?


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Duration: 25 minutes
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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 3: SONG DYNASTY IN INHERITANCE




The city of Kaifeng in Henan province is located at the centre of the cradle of Chinese civilisation and has more than 2,700 years of history. According to Chinese history, seven dynasties established their capitals here. In particular, during the Northern Song Dynasty, the capital of Kaifeng had a population of over one million and was the kingdom's economic, political and cultural hub of its time. With descendants calling it "a city whose affluence and beauty are unmatched by any other", it is currently one of the world's leading cities.

Historically, Kaifeng has been flooded numerous times by the Yellow River. Each time after the city was buried in loess, the following dynasty would build a new one on the original site, giving Kaifeng its unique wonder "The Stacked Cities". At present, a total of six cities are buried beneath Kaifeng, namely Daliang City founded by the State of Wei during the Warring States Period, Bianzhou City of the Tang Dynasty, Dongjing City of the Northern Song Dynasty, Bianjing City of the Jin Dynasty, and Kaifeng City of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Archaeologists have discovered that ever since the Tang Dynasty, the overall layout of each capital was roughly the same, resulting in the "gate stacked upon gate" and "road stacked upon road" phenomena.

Although these ancient capitals are buried underground, the wisdom and traditional culture of their inhabitants seeped into modern life long ago. Wang Suhua is the inheritor of Bian embroidery, an intangible cultural heritage of China. The craft became renowned throughout China as early as the Song Dynasty and is amongst one of the five famous styles of Chinese embroidery. Wang has dedicated a lifetime of effort to embroidery, collecting needlework items in different places, studying their craftsmanship, and passing on what she has learned to her apprentices, so that the legacy can be continued. Yin Guoquan is the fifth-generation owner of an old New Year Paintings (Nian Hua) shop in Kaifeng's Zhuxian Town who has devoted his life to the creation of festive images on woodblocks. His grandson, Yin Engan, has already mastered the craft's techniques passed down from his grandfather and become the seventh-generation successor despite being only 21 years old. Apart from New Year Paintings, the most important thing to Engan is his two daughters. He has one silent wish C that his daughters will take up his mantle in the future and enable the craft to flourish.

The Yellow River gave birth to the Chinese people, yet its own relentless waters obliterated Kaifeng on more than one occasion. The archaeological wonder of "The Stacked Cities" stands as testament to the civilisation's undying tenacity. Today, even though the affluent Dongjing City of the Northern Song Dynasty is no longer in sight, the wisdom and traditional culture it has left behind continue to live on quietly through the residents of Kaifeng.


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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 4: JOURNEY TO THE WEST




The annual rainfall in the Turpan region of Xinjiang is significantly below its evaporation rate, and the area near the Flaming Mountains are especially well-known for its aridness. Water from the Tian Shan mountain range flows gently between the sandy dunes and barren ridges, turning the desert into an oasis which drew people in and gave birth to civilisation. In the "Traditions of the Western Regions" chronicle of the Book of Han, it is recorded that more than 30 states had already established themselves throughout the Western Regions as early as the 2nd century BC, hence the saying "the 36 states of the Western Regions". Located at the heart of Eurasia, the Western Regions were an integral part of the Silk Road. Serving as a transit point for trade and cultural exchange between the East and the West, it was an exotic place full of danger and opportunity. Traces of two of the 36 states, namely the Nearer Jushi Kingdom and the State of Gaochang, can still be found in the Turpan region today.

The Nearer Jushi Kingdom was one of the major states in the Turpan region. Its captial, now known as the Jiaohe Ruins, is the largest, oldest, as well as best-preserved adobe city in the world. In 89 BC, the state was destroyed by the Han Dynasty, which placed Wu and Ji Colonels in the Western Regions and later developed the expanses of wasteland there for agricultural use. The capital was moved to the Gaochang Wall, a part of the Protectorate of the Western Regions, to watch over trade along the Silk Road, thereby gradually shifting the political and economic centre of the Turpan region from the city of Jiaohe to Gaochang.

Having stood as junctions where the exchange of ethnic history and culture took place for more than 2,000 years, the Jiaohe Ruins and Gaochang Ruins finally became UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in 2014. They are important locations for studying ancient China, as well as histories related to aspects such as transportation, war & religion. Buddhist temples, monastaries and pagodas occupy the most prominent positions of the cities. It is especially delightful to learn that the monastery at which the great monk of the Tang Dynasty, Xuanzang, spoke during his stay in Gaochang while on his "Jorney to the West" is still perfectly preserved to this very day.

Since ancient times, the culture of the Western Regions has emanated grandeur, excitement, fascination and charm. Upon setting foot in the old capital, can you imagine the freedom, diversity, openness, allure and grace of this historic state back in its day?


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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 5: CLOUDS IN DALI




The historical Dali Kingdom (937 C 1254 AD) was located in the peripheral area of what is now known as Yunnan Province of China. Its territory spanned outwards from Erhai Lake, roughly covering the current province of Yunnan, southwestern Sichuan and northern Myanmar. According to history, Duan Siping conquered the Nanzhao Dynasty in 937 AD and established the Dali Kingdom. Due to its worship of Buddha, Dali was also known as "The Kingdom of Incense", with many of its 22 emperors giving up the throne to become monks, illustrating the religion's profound influence on the empire.

In 1253 AD, the Kingdom of Dali succumbed to the forces of the Mongol Empire led by Kublai Khan. The present Dali Old Town was restored according to early Ming architecture, and is surrounded by a moat with a radius of 6km which is square in appearance, as well as by city walls which are 8m high and 7m thick. Erhai Gate, located on the east city wall, faces Erhai Lake, while Cheng'en Tower to the south watches over Dali City's busiest route and Cangshan Gate to the west sits at the foot of the mountain it is named after.

Although the Dali Kingdom is now long gone, Duan Liansu, a descendant of the Duan bloodline in his 70s, continues to watch over Duan Siping's former residence silently. He relives his ancestors' days of glory through compiling his family tree. Meanwhile, the fisherfolk living alongside Erhai Lake have carried on the thousand-year-old tradition of cormorant fishing.

Furthermore, a village named Nuo Deng, which sustained the kingdom's economy with its abundance of salt, was discovered to the west of Dali Old Town. Its ancient salt wells, passageways for salt transportation by horse, traditional salt production methods, and even residences from the Ming and Qing periods, have been preserved. The village is one of very few in western Yunnan which has been kept in its original state, and is steeped in the charm of the Dali legacy.


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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 6: THE PYRAMIDS OF THE WESTERN XIA EMPIRE




It is a customary practice for each Chinese dynasty to compile historical records of its predecessor, but nothing about the State of Western Xia is mentioned in the "Twenty-Four Histories" of China. There are claims that this is because Genghis Khan died during the invasion of the mighty empire, causing the Mongols to exact revenge by deliberately omitting its existence and only compiling the "History of Song", "History of Jin" and "History of Liao" after the establishment of the Yuan Dynasty. In any case, the lack of official historical records has led this feudal separatist regime, founded by the Dangxiang tribe (also known as the Tangut people), and which once stood alongside the Song, Liao, and Jin Dynasties for 200 years, to become a blur. At the same time, however, it has also given future generations infinite space to imagine its former beauty, as demonstrated in the creation of the fictional princess of Western Xia, Meng Gu, in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by novelist Jin Yong.

Today, upon seeing the magnificent Western Xia Imperial Tombs on the Yinchuan Plain, one cannot help but marvel at the fact that such sophisticated architectural aesthetics existed in this border country established by nomads. Meanwhile, the mysterious Tangut script seems to have foreshadowed the restoration of the empire's history C Li Fanwen, a Tangutologist now in his seventies, has spent one-third of his life compiling a a Tangut-Chinese dictionary, the golden key to unlocking the literary treasure trove left behind by this ancient state.


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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 7: CASTLE ON THE PRAIRIE




In 1798, after British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge read Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas his Pilgrimes by English author Samuel Purchas, he had a dream of one of the scenes from the book, prompting him to wake up and write Kubla Khan: Or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment. The poem depicts the heavenly city constructed during Kublai Khan's rule of China called Xanadu, a word which has since become synonymous with paradise on Earth. This utopia was Shangdu, the Yuan Dynasty capital built on a prairie.

The city is located in the present Plain Blue Banner administrative subdivision of Xilingol League in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. During the Yuan Dynasty, Khan established two capitals in order to reinforce his rule. His headquarters in Beijing became known as Dadu, while Kaiping, the city on a prairie which he built from scratch and where he began his reign, was renamed Shangdu. Every spring and autumn equinox, each emperor of the Yuan Dynasty would travel to Shangdu and manage political affairs from there. Sadly, this heart which pumped lifeblood into Eurasia only beat for a brief century. After the completion of its construction in 1256, Shangdu was destroyed by the Red Turban Army in 1358, bringing an end to the glorious Yuan Dynasty rule of the Mongol Empire.

In 2012, Shangdu was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, being deemed as the capital on a prairie which "witnessed the unique fusion of agrarian Han Chinese and nomadic Mongolian civilisations in northern Asia." The local Mongolian herders have preserved the characteristics of this cultural intersection to this very day, serving as the guardians of Xanadu, a city which has been passed down through the generations.


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CULTURAL HERITAGE - ANCIENT CAPITAL 8: THE MANCHU LEGACY




Cultural Heritage - Ancient Capital, with 8 episodes of documentary to explore different important capitals throughout the thousands of years in the Chinese history. These capitals, though all facing modernization nowadays, the marks of civilization glories can be traced, and the precious value of traditional spirit can still be found.

Nurhaci (also known as Kundulun Khan), who united various Jurchen tribes, moved his empire's capital from Dongjing in Liaoyang to Shengjing in Shenyang to advance his plans of conquering the Ming Dynasty. His grandson, the Shunzhi Emperor, succeeded in doing so in 1644 and became the foreign ruler of China. At the time, the total population of different Manchu tribes barely exceeded 400,000. So what gave them power over more than a billion Han Chinese?

The name "Manju" (Manzhou) was invented by Nurhaci's son, Hong Taiji. In order to give the nomads scattered throughout the empire a sense of belonging, he imparted this name to their ethnic group and installed the newly-created Manchu language as the official tongue. The emperor realised that he could only dominate the realm by combining the strengths of each tribe. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004, the Shenyang Imperial Palace (also known as Mukden Palace) combines the architectural characteristics of the Han, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan people, and is dubbed "The Exemplar of Chinese Palatial Architecture".

While the Manchu people embraced Han culture during its rule of China, their own customs were gradually being assimilated. Although they comprise China's third largest ethnic minority group with a population of over 10 million, Manchu culture is at the brink of extinction and waiting to be rescued.

At present, many devoted individuals are dedicating themselves to the preservation and passing down of Manchu culture. At Nurhaci's birthplace, Hetu'ala City (the current Xinbin Manchu Autonomous County of Liaoning Province), Manchurian primary schools have designed classes on Manchu language and culture for their students. Meanwhile, Mr. Guan Changsheng, the inheritor of the art of Manchurian paper-cutting, is recording the ethnic group's traditions using his craft. Despite ulabun, a storytelling entertainment which is performed in the Manchu language, being a lost art, Mr. Cha Shuyuan, who has been involved in its performance for almost 60 years, continues to hope that Manchu legends and folktales can be passed down through a mixture of singing and recital.

??????, the seventh-generation grandson of the Qianlong Emperor, is the current head of the Aisin Gioro clan. In July each year, he leads his family, tribe, and other Manchu descendants in paying respects to their ancestors at the Yongling Tombs, an ancestral burial ground, as a sign of ethnic unity and to uphold the traditional virtue of ancestor reverence.


Item no.: VN27560386
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Duration: 25 minutes
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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE




Cultural Heritage is a documentary program series that looks back at the history of human civilizations which have flourished along the rivers and mountainous landscapes in China. The civilizations can be traced back thousands of years ago. Their golden days have left their marks, but in face of modernization, they are being slowly washed away. The ten episodes of the series reveal how men manage to survive upon the gifts from the nature, a manifestation of the human wisdom. The series takes us to Shanxi, where people live in simple but solid cave houses that can last for centuries, to the terraced fields in Yunan where farmers plant and harvest on the steep slopes. Villages along Nujiang, the "angry river", conquered the surging waves crossing the river with the primitive but efficient cable system. The beauty of human living in harmony with nature remains us the importance of cherishing the precious resources that the Earth generally offers us.

1. Standing by the Yellow River
2. The Wonder of the Terraces
3. Meandering in the Terraces
4. Life on the Zipline in Nujiang
5. A New Passage Leading to Nowhere
6. The Fading Splendour
7. Handmade Junks
8. The Floating Village
9. The Joyous Mountain
10. The Boat Trackers


Item no.: VF27560387
Format: 10 DVDs
Duration: 300 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 01: STANDING BY THE YELLOW RIVER




The Yellow River is the birthplace of Chinese culture. It is 5464km in length, covering an area of 795 000 km squares. Since a long time ago, many groups have settled by the River, and various cultural patterns have been developed along this cradle of Chinese civilization. The 100 thousand Salars living in the Xunhua Salar Autonomy County located in the east of Qinghai Plateau is a living example. Their hamlets and trails are all blessed with the nourishment of the River.

The Yellow River is not tame. People in the past held that it was impossible to build a bridge over it. However, the Salars can cross the River with the help of a sheepskin raft, a traditional transport which can carry passengers and goods up to ten tons, depending on the size of the raft. The Salars play an instrument called Kouxuan. This hoof-shaped instrument, made of copper or silver, is only as big as a paper clip. Its tone is plaintive and delicate.

The tenth of the twelfth month in the Hijri calendar (Islamic calendar) marks Corban Festival, or Slaughtering Festival. This traditional Islamic festival is the most important festival for the Salars. As preparation, people have to clean their houses to show respect. On the festival day, adult Muslims have to wash themselves, light incense and dress properly, with men attending a Mosque service early in the morning. Families slaughter cattle, sheep or camels to make food; sweet, cakes, noodles etc. are also prepared and shared among friends and neighbours. As an immigrant group integrating themselves into Chinese culture along the Yellow River, the Salars are striving to preserve their own culture so that it will not disappear. To extend their once rich and colourful culture, they make all the endeavours to retain their identity and live with the River.


Item no.: FC27560329
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 02: THE WONDER OF THE TERRACES




Long standing traditional cultures can always inspire modern civilization. While only ten percent of the earth consists of flat land, sixty percent of it is water and thirty percent is mountains. Terraced field farming is actually a possible solution to food shortage.

More than 1200 years ago, the Hani, with the help of primitive tools, created the Terraces along the contour lines on the desolate Ailao Mountains in Yuanyang County. The collective endeavours of the nameless ancestors successfully turned the mountains into 170,000 acres of fields, providing nurture to more than 300,000 villagers today.

Water is essential to farming. Although there is no reservoir in the mountains, the cloud sea and the forest stand as the important water sources for the farming activities there. The Hani regard trees as their guardian gods. Trees can store water. People's respect for trees has in a way protected the water sources in the mountains. The Honghe River below the Ailao range has been supplying moisture to the Terraces for ages C water circulates around the mountains as it vapourizes at the bottom to form clouds and fogs at the top and cools down in the forest to become water droplets and finally streams. Water, together with animal manure as fertilizers, is then collected through canals to irrigate the farmland.


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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 03: MEANDERING IN THE TERRACES




Over 1200 years ago, the ancestors of the Hanis, using only hoes, turned the adverse geographical area in the Ailao Mountains in Yuanyang, Yunnan, into a large piece of farmland. By doing so, they created an ecological system along the terraces and gave birth to a piece of art featured by picturesque natural scenery. A culture surrounding the terraces has been established.
The Hanis grow red rice without insecticides. Every year when they reap, it is a chance for clansmen to foster relationships with each other since they always help each other to harvest and transfer bags of grain from the bottom of the terraces to home. Rice growing is particularly hard work in this place. Although the mountains provide farmers with desirable fields, they also pose difficulties for them. Each step in the terraces is more than one metre high. Farmers cannot use a shoulder pole while climbing up and down the field. They always carry things on the back- bricks, crops or even children can be carried in a back basket. With loads of goods on the back, one cannot avoid bending one's head. Life on the farm has made the Hanis enduring and humble.

Traditional Hani architecture features couch grass roofs. However, since the new generation prefer modern buildings, this kind of structure, called mushroom houses, are disappearing. Li Jinsong is the eldest son of the family. To raise his family, he had gone to Shenzhen to work for 15 years and came back three years ago. He insists that the ancestral house should be preserved, regarding it as a representation of family links. Whenever there is a festival, family members gather there to have a feast, where they enjoy the red rice they grow.


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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 04: LIFE ON THE ZIPLINE IN NUJIANG




The Nujiang River originates from Jirepaige on the southern slope of the Tanggula Mountain Range. Its upper reach is called "Naqu" by Tibetans, which means the black river. It flows on to Qinatong in Gongshan County, Yunnan Province, where it is called the Nujiang River by the Chinese, and "Numigua" in the Nu language, which also means the black river. Lying between the 4000m high Bilou Mountain and the 5000m high Gaoligong Mountain, it is a 300m long valley with 40 odd degree slopes on both sides, where minority groups like the Lisus, the Nus, the Dulongs, the Bais and the Zangs settle. These peoples have developed farmlands, houses, churches and cable river crossings along the river, adapting their life to the adverse living conditions in this gorgeous valley.

There are no boats on the Nujiang River. Instead, people travel by overhead cable. In order to improve its people's life, the government of Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture is going to build a bridge across the river so that its people can reach the other side safely. The primitive cable crossings will soon become an activity for adventurous travellers only. In this programme, we are going to grasp the last chance to witness the exciting journey in which courageous villagers and their livestock glide across the surging waves to go to the market. The "cable doctor" will show us how he takes care of his patients and tell us more about the changes in village life. Two generations of blacksmiths making tailor-made metal hooks for the cable will also demonstrate how they make this important tool for everyone in the village.


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Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 05: A NEW PASSAGE LEADING TO NOWHERE




Up on a soaring escarpment of the magnificent Taihang Mountain Range, 1600m above sea level, stands a well-hidden village, Guoliang. Deep in the mountain, survival requires a willpower as strong as steel. The two passages on the escarpment have brought contrasting pictures to two generations of villagers.

Guoliang Village is located at 55km northwest of Huixian, Xinxiang city, Henan. Towards the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty, people were much exploited by landlords and bureaucrats. Their life was hard. Guoliang from Taihang decided to train his troops on the nestled cliff top and started an uprising. To commemorate him, the later generations named the village after him. Without abundant resources, villagers made everything with the stone bars from Taihang, such as stone bridges, stone houses, stone tables and stone beds. The "stone village" carries the beauty of ruggedness.
Villagers in the past went up and down the hill via the Sky Ladder. All daily necessities, from seasonings to livestock, were brought up the hill through this sole passage. The Sky Ladder was built in the Ming Dynasty and was expanded during the Qing's Daoguang Era. The zigzag road was carved directly on the side of the cliff. The narrowest bit is only 0.4m wide. Anyone falling off the road would be buried in the mountain. Life up the hill was difficult. Even going to school, seeing a doctor or marrying could pose much problem. Young people began to leave the village.


Item no.: CT27560333
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Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 06: THE FADING SPLENDOUR




On the bank of the lower Yellow River near Lin County, Shanxi Province, there used to be a prosperous commercial port crowded with merchants and their mules and horses. The port, featured by yaodongs, house caves, was once a principal strategic place for Shanxi businessmen. Since the River suddenly narrowed down from 500m wide to 100m, and sand as well as rocks thus accumulated, people called the place Qikou, which means the moraine mouth. Freighters of all sizes could not go on and had to unload in Qikou Town so that their goods could be transported by land. Merchant teams consisting of businessmen, camels, mules and horses would bring the goods to Taiyuan, Shanghai, Tianjin or even Beijing. Goods from the east would in turn be transported to the northwest by sea. Qikou Town became a commercial port towards the end of the Ming Dynasty. In the early years of the Republic China, there were 400-odd business establishments. It was as thriving as Shanghai and Beijing at that time. Goods like oil, salt, furs and herbs were among the commonest products. There were 30-odd companies selling sesame oil alone. As described in a folk song, "Oil can be seen everywhere in Qikou. It could flood the town in three days." However, when there is a crest, there has to be a trough. This is the cycle of history. After the 1950s, since railroads and highways were opened up, and the Yellow River flooded a lot, the town became desolate. The bells on camels and horses cannot be heard anymore. But the descendants of Shanxi businessmen are still safeguarding the River.

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 07: HANDMADE JUNKS




International academic circles generally agree that historical events like the Sea Goddess Mazu in Fujian in the Song Dynasty, the junk building technology and Zheng He's voyage have all proven that Fujian is the cradle of maritime civilization.

The traditional junk building technology in Qihou Village in Zhangwan Town, Ningde City, Fujian, has been passed on for more than 650 years. The more than 40 builders all belong to the Liu family. They pass on their skills only to males, but not to females. They are masters and apprentices, fathers and sons, uncles and nephews.

According to the history of the Lius in Qihou Village in Zhangwan Town, the ancestor Liu Dimei left Minnan for Ningde by sea in order to escape from wars in the Ming Dynasty. After he had settled down, he began to make junks. His skills have been passed on for 26 generations. The watertight bulkhead technology of Chinese Fuchuan Junks originated in the Tang Dynasty. It is one of the greatest technologies in maritime history. The cabins inside the junk are independent and the hull is waterproof. Even if it runs against a rock by accident, only the affected cabin will be damaged and the junk will not sink. The design maximizes the safety of passengers and has been regarded as a state-level intangible cultural heritage item. It was inscribed in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2010.


Item no.: NK27560335
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 08: THE FLOATING VILLAGE




Fujian people live by the sea. Xiapu and Ningde in Fujian share the same latitude with Okinawa in Japan. The mild weather favours agriculture and fishery. On Sandu'ao Bay, there are hectares of fish farms. Together they make a floating town in the sea.

Located southeast of Ningde city, Sandu'ao is the gate to Fujian east. It is made up of five islets and one peninsula. Its shape is like an urn and its water is calm. It stands as a world renowned natural harbour and the only living natural spawning area of the yellow croaker in the world. The great harvest made people call the place the home of yellow croakers. The fish has been produced through artificial breeding since 1988. Other seafood like abalones have also been raised recently.

The inner sea area of Sandu'ao reaches 700 square kilometres. It houses 120,000 net cages and more than 12,000 people. Protected by the mountains at their back, the fish farms form a self-contained community, with supermarkets, shipyards, gas stations and a police station.

The day there starts with hawker boats touring around selling fresh food to different families. Children go to school by boats. While repairmen are busy with their work, a new house with three bedrooms and a living room is being installed in a fish farm. In the evening, fish farmers feed their fish. The little town passes each day in an orderly way.

The sea is mysterious and prolific. Life in the sea goes up and down like the tides. Fish farmers regard the sea as their farmland. They have to sow and nurture their crops before they harvest. People living by the sea shall always follow the rhythm of nature.


Item no.: WN27560336
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Duration: 30 minutes
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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 09: THE JOYOUS MOUNTAIN




Along the banks of Nujiang River stand many Christian churches, which were built after western missionaries arrived in the 19th century. The Lisu people did not have a written language. To facilitate preaching the gospel to local people, British missionary James O. Fraser invented an alphabetic language for them, and the Bible they use now is written in that set of language. Christianity soon became the commonest religion among the group. Their four-part unaccompanied chorales sung in the Lisu language have become very famous as well.

Up on the hill in Fugong, children attend Sunday school and sing to God in Laomudeng Christ Church. Their voices dance around Biluo Snow Mountain and Nujiang River, turning the nearby area into a heavenly place. Every Christmas, people gather in a designated village to celebrate the festival. They sing and pray in a local church, and enjoy the food they have prepared together excitedly.

The Christians in Nujiang do not smoke or drink. When the missionaries saw that local people brewed wine with grains even when they did not have enough food, they made it a rule that Christians in Nujiang should not drink to help them solve food shortage problems and improve their health. But some people hold that villagers became Christians because they did not have money to drink.

To refrain from drinking is a big challenge Christianity poses to minority groups. But in Nujiang, Christians enjoy their religious life faithfully.


Item no.: HL27560337
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - HUMAN LANDSCAPE 10: THE BOAT TRACKERS




Rivers are capricious and unpredictable. At times, it is turbulent. At others, it is calm. Human beings have to overcome rivers and, at the same time, rely on rivers. In Shennongxi Stream, Badong County in Yangtze Gorges region, boat trackers have been struggling in adverse environments like shallows and cataracts with their flesh and blood for a long time.

Boat trackers are boatmen who tow boats with goods on the river. In the mountains in Badong Shennongxi live the Tu people. When there were no roads for vehicles, daily necessities were delivered to the mountains by water. Since Shennongxi Stream was narrow and crooked, and its water surged a lot, boats in were often towed by boat trackers so that they could continue their upstream journey, and this tradition has a history of more than a thousand years. Since the development of modern roads and the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in 2009 have raised the water level of the nearby area, the shallows have become rivers and boat trackers are not necessary anymore. In order to protect the tradition, villagers in Badong have formed a boat tracker team of one hundred odd members, but instead of delivering goods, they have changed their job nature to focus on tourism. When boat trackers sing out loud while they work, they would forget the fatigue and hardship of their life. It is in this way how people continue to safeguard the Yangtze river in this a new era.


Item no.: GP27560338
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD




"Wherever railway is accessible, there is civilization." Railway can bring about resources, manpower and culture. It opens routes to prosperity.

The ten episodes of this travel and cultural documentary take audience to The China Railway Museum to look at all sorts of trains, from the oldest to the newest high speed rail. They include the northmost Nenlin Railway, the southmost Yuehai Railway; the high speed railway and trains in Taiwan; the world's highest railway, Qingzang Railway and the Xinjiang Railway. The program reveals the vast resources and intangible cultural heritage for us to learn about our historic development.

1. Rail and Track
2. The North End
3. The West Region
4. The Vast Inner Mongolia
5. The World's Highest railway
6. The Peart on the Roof of The World
7. The Southern Sea
8. Words of the Wood
9. Dwelling in the Hills and Waters
10. In Love Wit Dunhuang


Item no.: PA27560388
Format: 10 DVDs
Duration: 300 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 01: RAIL AND TRACK




'Where there is railway, there is civilization.' Railway can bring about resources, manpower and culture. It can bring about prosperity.

China is a huge country which has a length of 5500km and a width of 5200km. On this 9,600,000 sq km of land, it was the British who started building railway C they built a half mile long railway in front of Xuanwu Gate in Beijing in 1865. Now, more than a century later, China has developed the 350 km/h Wuguang Railway from steam engines. Its railway system has covered a total length of about 80,000km, bringing forth numerous stations to the huge territory. The modernization of a country calls for the development of high speed railway. International definitions regard trains with a speed of more than 200km/h as high speed trains. In the next three years, China is going to develop high speed rail travelling across major municipals, provinces and cities with a budgeted project cost of 1300 billion yuan. By 2020, over 16,000 km of railways will be handling trains of over 200km/h. It is going to surpass countries with well developed railway system for decades, such as Japan, France and Germany.

China's railway network is as complicated as the veins of a leaf, sending people and goods to different places unceasingly. In remote and desolate areas, railway not only provides logistics services, it also influences the life of the locals, bringing people even from one country to another. A railway track may look simple, but it brings life to barren land, sends warmth to the chill and shines light for the poor. It spreads culture and gathers people. Culture in China takes diverse forms across space; its people live their life in various ways, and it is railway which can bring us to the ends of the land to understand and experience different culture.

In this episode, we are going to visit China Railway Museum to take a look at the oldest trains and the newest high speed rail. Our young presenters, Rannes Man, Tiffany Lee, Kay Ho, Leanne Ho and Anjaylia Chan will introduce more railway lines to us, including the northernmost railway, Nenlin Railway, the southernmost railway, Yuehai Railway, the high speed railway and trains in Taiwan, the railway with a 8.5cm difference in track widths, Ji'er Railway, the world's highest railway, Qingzang Railway and the Xinjiang Railway.


Item no.: YC27560293
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 02: THE NORTH END




A 20-hour ride from the northern metropolis Qiqihaer takes ones to 900km away, the northernmost railway station in China, Mohe. Mohe has a latitude of 53 degrees. It is located in Heilongjiang south, at the border of China and Russia. The "Arctic Village"there is the only place in China where the northern lights can be seen. It is also the coldest place in the country. Although Mohe county offers such a rare natural sight, it is, like other border areas, a desolate place. Only three trains come from Qiqihaer every day C apart from the locals, some passengers come to try their luck to see if they can see the northern lights. How do the people live in the ice and snow there? Before the planes reached there several years ago, they all depended on the railway.

At the north end of the country, while the borderland shivers in the snow, its people strive hard to live their life. Their amazing and unique culture is not beaten by time. They deserve our praise and respect.

Intangible cultural heritage items: the Lurigele dance of the Daur in Daxinganling and Heilongjiang Nenjiang, which is the "living fossil"of the singing and dancing of the hunters in the northern area; the birch bark boat and the sierranju of the Oroqen people.


Item no.: PT27560294
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 03: THE WEST REGION




Some people say that only Xinjiang can help one understand how big China is. Xinjiang is in northwest China. It takes up one sixth of the country's land area. The region is ethnically diverse C it is the home to 47 races, including the Uyghur, the Han, the Tajik, the Kazak, the Hui, the Mongolian and the Manchu, but it is the Uyghur who dominate. The different cultures and customs of all these races have made Xinjiang an exotic place. The railway in Xinjiang can now run from Xinjiang west to Urumqi and finally to other cities in China. In this episode, we are going to make Urumqi our starting point and reach the westernmost city in China, Tashkurgan.

Tiffany Lee takes a 24 hour ride from Urumqi to the westernmost railway station in China, Kashi. Kashi was called Shule in the past. Its written history can be dated back to more than 2000 years ago. The city is located in southwest Xinjiang, standing as an important stop of the silk road. Apart from the culture and relics of the Uyghur, one can also see the local dance there, Dolan muqam, a primitive muqam style which has not been commercialised. Although this trip has covered only southwest Xinjiang, we have already met the Han, the Uyghur and the Tajik and have a grasp of the diversity of the region. One can imagine how vast the place is.


Item no.: FH27560298
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 04: THE VAST INNER MONGOLIA




We often associate Inner Mongolia with the ever shining sun on the vast plain and galloping horses on the hill. But the fact is that they are not to be seen in winter, since the temperature can reach as low as minus 40 degrees at that time. In this trip we are going to look for the culture in Inner Mongolia. What kind of culture would be nurtured on this vast piece of land?

The train from Hohhot to Erenhot takes the crew 10 hours. Erenhot is China's only port to Mongolia and East Europe. It is just next to Mongolia, with a distance like the gap between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Trains arriving at this station have to change their wheels. When the weather is cold, the port seems more desert, which reminds us of the post stations in the past. The Post Station Museum not only shows us the history behind these stations, it also helps us understand the ideas behind them C the establishment of post stations is not unlike the development of the Internet nowadays. In Xilinhot in the east, we can see Mongolians practising wrestling in a local vocational school. They enjoy the game and do not care about the result. This is typical Mongolian C they are a generous race.

When the temperature in Alukeerqinqi in Chifeng drops and the snow begins to fall, men become part of Nature. During these days, Mongolians share what they have with each other.


Item no.: BA27560297
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 05: THE WORLD'S HIGHEST RAILWAY




Located on the Tibetan Plateau, southwest China, Tibet has an area of 122,000 sq km. It stands 4000m above sea level, and therefore is regarded as the ridge of the roof of the world. In early 20th century, Dr Sun Yat Sen proposed to build a railway to Lasa. But the dream to have a railway to Tibet was not realized until a century later, when the Qingzang Railway commenced service in 2006. The railway is the world's highest and longest railway built on a plateau. 965 km of the total route is built 4000m above sea level, with the peak located at Tanggula Mountain, 5072m above sea level. The Qingzang Railway is the world's longest plateau railway which runs through a permafrost area. In this episode, we are going to take the railway to Tibet to understand its culture.

The Qingzang Railway begins in Qinghai Province, where Qinghai Lake is located. The water has existed since more than 200 million years ago, and has become an inland lake due to vigourous orogeny. In the past thirty years, the change of environment has brought about a decrease in the surface area of the lake. Its annual average loss equals the size of West Lake in Hangzhou. If we do not start preserving it, it can only live in our memory in the future.

After Ge'ermu Station, the train has to climb Tanggula Mountain, 5000m above sea level. Since ordinary engines cannot provide enough power in such an alpine and anoxic region, they have to be replaced with an American engine NJ2, which is a 4000hp engine installed with electronic diesel injection system designed to work under such adverse conditions.

Having passed Tanggula Mountain, the train soon reaches Naqu, 4500m above sea level. Naqu is one of the highest towns in China. It is regarded as the ridge of the ridge of the world. In Biru County, Naqu, there is a unique sky burial site, the Skeleton Wall, in Damuer Temple. In most sky burial practices, none of the body parts should be preserved; the whole body was offered to vultures. But Damuer Temple began to keep the skull since about 130 years ago to build a skeleton wall. While the reasons behind the practice are unknown, a sky burial master once commented that using skulls to build could remind the living that no matter who we were, after we died, we were nothing.

Visiting Lasa for pilgrimage is the dream of many Tibetan people. Some of them perform kneeling prostrations every two or three steps while they go - this can take them several months or several years to reach Lasa. In the next episode, our presenter Rannes Man is going to visit the sacred land of Tibet, Lasa, to look for the treasure there.


Item no.: HB27560299
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 06: THE PEARL ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD




The ride on the Qingzang Railway from Naqu to Lasa takes four hours. Lasa city has a population of 500,000. It has been the political, economic, cultural and religious hub of Tibet for a long time. Early in the 7th century, Songtsan Gampo united Tibet and founded the Turpan regime. Lasa was then made the capital.

Tibetan tangka was listed as a national intangible cultural item in 2006. Although there is no record about its origin, it is known that it was very popular in the 7th century, during the Songtsan Gampo's regime. Tangka refers to religious paintings depicting fairy tales and Buddhist statues, and the New Mian Tang School is the most influential tangka stream after the 15th century. The 69-year old Tanbaramdan is the most famous tangka painter of the New Mian Tang School. His family have been court painters for four generations. His grandfather even painted for the 13th Dalai Lama. In order to pass on the art, Tanbaramdan runs his own art school in Lasa and teaches tangka for free. We are going to meet the successor to learn more about his life.

Tibetan opera was listed as a UNESCO world heritage item in 2009. The Juemulong Tibetan opera is the most profound, most influential and most popular form among all kinds of Tibetan opera. It was listed as a national intangible cultural item in 2006. Tibetan opera originated from a ceremonial dance of Tibetan Buddhism in the 7th century. It has absorbed elements from folk dance before becoming today's Tibetan opera. Many actors put of colourful masks during the performance, and different colours represent different characters. The 74-year old Tseten Dorje is the successor of Juemulong Tibetan opera at the state level. He who started learning the art at a young age was the only artist in the world who can perform the eight great classical Tibetan operas.

The Potala Palace is situated at the end of the Qingzang Railway. It was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Located 3700m above sea level, it is the highest and most intact building complex in the world. This "Pearl on the Roof of the World", as it is often called, seems to have merged into the environment. It consists of 13 floors, having a height of 117m. It is immersed with the solemnity and beauty of Tibetan Buddhism. Potala is a Sanskrit pronunciation, meaning the residence of the Goddess of mercy. It was a luxurious palace built in the 7th century by Songtsan Gampo of the Turpan regime to marry Princess Wencheng. The tomb of the Fifth Dalai Lama inside one of the shrines is 12.6m tall. It is made of gold of 3721kg. It is coated with gold and inlaid with thousands of precious stones. The sandalwood Guanyin statue in the Hall of the Goddess of Mercy, i.e. Guanyin, is another valuable item in the Palace. It is believed to be made of natural wood and to have come from India by itself. We are going to visit the Potala Palace to understand more about the history, architecture, religion and culture of Tibet.

We often say culture influences man. But in Tibet, religion influences culture.


Item no.: KW27560295
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 07: THE SOUTHERN SEA




Hainan is located at the South China Sea, with a coastline of 1580m and an area of 35,400 sq km. It is the southernmost part of China. Since the place has no winter at all, it is regarded as "Hawaii of the East." The Yuehai Railway commenced service in December 2004, bringing Hainan into China's railway network. The country's first trans-sea railway comprises two railways and a train ferry, running from Zhanjiang to Hai'an in Guangdong, across Qiongzhou Strait and finally along Hainan west to Sanya. It has a total distance of 1157km, bringing passengers to the southernmost part of the country.

Sanya is situated in the southern part of Hainan, the end of the country. It used to be a place where condemned officers were sent to C and they felt like being exiled to the remotest corner of the earth. But the ancestors of the Li gave up their life as boatmen when they reached this beautiful island and settled themselves in Hainan. To look at the island from the sea, Hainan is a paradise, but to look out from the land, it is the end of the earth.

Echa Village has a history of about 1000 years. This living museum of the Li is the largest, oldest and the best preserved village of the ethnic minority in Hainan. There one can see boat-shaped houses and old women with traditional facial tattoos. Knowing that Echa is going to be relocated two or three months later, people from different places have come to this old village to celebrate Shanlan Festival (New Year of Li) and have the last reunion dinner. The bustle and hustle is going to be part of the history.


Item no.: JD27560296
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 08: WORDS OF THE WOOD




The Taiwan High Speed Rail offers beautiful scenery. Riding on the train, one just feels like reading albums extensively. The railway commenced service in 2007. It could travel from north to south of Taiwan in 96 minutes, standing as a fast western corridor in the territory. The Southern Link Line of the Taiwan Railways commenced service in 1992. It travels through mountains and along the Pacific Ocean. Passengers can enjoy the vast and primitive scenery of nature on the journey. The Alishan Forest Railway rises from an elevation of only 30 meters above sea level to a height of 2274 meters. It will reach 100 years old in 2012. Unfortunately, several sections of the railway were damaged by typhoon Morakot in August 2009. Now, only Sacred Tree Line and Zhushan Line are running. The three generations of railways have witnessed the passage of time. They, like all the culture, are striving hard to innovate and survive.

In this episode, we are going to listen to the words of the wood. The railways shall show us how wood is turned into puppets to perform glove puppetry, how driftwood records the history of indigenous tribes, and how sacred trees in Alishan symbolize the conservation of forests. The artists we visit not only preserve their culture, they also pass it on so that the future generations can go on pursuing virtues for a better tomorrow. Culture and tradition are always connected to life, as they always originate from nature.


Item no.: VB27560300
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 09: DWELLING IN THE HILLS AND WATERS




Spring is time for rebirth. The hills and waters in Guangxi is particularly picturesque in this season. This famous tourist destination is noted for its natural beauty. People living in the hills have developed unique wisdom to facilitate their daily life. Dong people live in Sanjiang County in Liuzhou north. They are believed to be descended from the ancient Yue people and have a history of more than 2500 years. The Dong often live in the foot of the hills, near rivers. Their settlement is characterised by the Wind and Rain Bridges. Although the bridge may look simple and plain, it is like a guardian at the estuary, providing shelter for the villagers.

The Dong can construct buildings in a delicate way. They are so clever that they can build without using a single nail. "The construction technique of Dong Minority's wooden structure building" is listed as a state-level intangible cultural heritage item. Its successor Mr Yang Siyu can build with a "Carpenter's rod" and several bamboo slips marked with the Dong's architectural symbols representing the measurements of different parts. The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge was built in 1916. This great structure was built by Mr Yang's grandfather. The grandson regards it as his own bridge. Whenever he finds any damage, he would go up and repair it himself.

Dong people are very united and hospitable. They often serve their guests with 100 Banquet, where each family offers a character dish and everyone eats together at the front of the drum tower. On the fifth day of the second month in the lunar calendar every year, a large scale temple fair is held in the Sanwang Palace in Liangkou Township. Each village should send a representative to invite the three Kings to visit the villages with the procession to expel devils and bring them peace. Dong's festive activities can help unite people of the tribe and pass on history and culture.

Liuzhou is an industrial city. Some of the factories have set up small scale railway system for freight transportation. In Zhayan Station, we can find a humble steam locomotive manufactured in 1975 transporting chemicals for a company every day. However, the environmental policies in Liuzhou are going to get rid of these nostalgic trains soon.

Located in Guangxi south, Dongxing houses China's only marine ethnic group, the Jing. The Jing's single string instrument has a history of 400 years. Its successor Mr Su Chunfa can show his passion with one single string: when he plays in front of the sea, one shall be absorbed by the simplicity and expressiveness of his music. He often plays by the sea so that the fellow seamen can identify the way home.

Guangxi is a good place with great people. Though the men living in the hills and sea do not share the same culture, they have the same good and honest nature.


Item no.: DP27560291
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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CULTURAL HERITAGE - THE RAILROAD 10: IN LOVE WITH DUNHUANG




Dun" means "grandness" and "huang", "prosperity". This "grand and prosperous city" Dunhuang has a history of more than a thousand years. It is a major juncture on the Silk Road, facilitating the economic and cultural exchanges between the east and the west and the rise of the great Han Dynasty. Dunhuang's beauty is charming and fascinating. The Dunhuang Railway runs southwest from Liugou Station of the Lanxin Railway on the Gobi Desert, passing the "world's wind warehouse" Guazhou, where strong wind blows all year round, to Dunhuang. The line suffers from a lack of water and electricity supply. It can only depend on Guazhou and Dunhuang for such needs. Looking back, we could imagine that the adverse natural environment must have posed much difficulty for the construction project of the railway several years ago.

The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang are also known as the Caves of Thousand Buddhas. The discovery of the Caves is regarded as the most valuable cultural encounter in the 20th century. Considered as the "Louvre in the East", the Mogao Caves, first built in the Former Qin in the 4th century, are featured by delicate wall paintings and statues. The complex comprises 735 cells, wall paintings with a total area of 45,000 sq m and 2,415 coloured statues, standing as the world's largest and most profound collection of Buddhist fine art. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The noctilucent cup in Jiuquan, Gansu Province is a luxurious jade cup for wine. In this episode, we are going to visit Mr Huang Yuesu, the state-level successor of this intangible cultural heritage item. We shall also watch the Quzi opera in Dunhuang, which is a folk opera popular in five provinces and municipalities in the Northwest of China. The art originated from the popular music in the Ming and Qing Dynasties and took shape with additional local features in the late Qing. We will also visit the state-level successor of this intangible cultural heritage, Mr Xiao Dejin.

The Silk Road was once a principal path transmitting the cultures from the east to the west and vice versa. Despite that it has already slipped away from the course of history, it has left a lot of historical and cultural relics for us to explore. Although history passes, cultural heritage lasts.


Item no.: TS27560292
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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ENVIRONMENT


HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: BUG'S STORY

Fang Hong-jian (Amateur Nature Photographer) tells how he became interested in photographing insects and shows how he locates different types of insects. He says he only captures insects on film and does not disturb the living environment of the insects. Although he has not taken science subjects in high school, he gains his knowledge on insects by studying reference books. Explains why insects have not become extinct. Shows the different categories of insects. He says he plans to build a databank and create a website of all insects found in Hong Kong to share with others.

Item no.: FG27560096
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: FLOWER IN WATER

Choyce Choi Li-si (Ocean Researcher) shares what made her decide to study the ocean. Explains how corals grow and multiply and what coral reefs provide for sea creatures. Distinguishes some of the 84 different types of coral found in Hong Kong waters. Shows the corals found in the Ping Chau Marine Park. Choi says geographically, Hong Kong is located on the northern fringe of the coral growing zone and is not too suitable for corals, protection of coral is therefore that much more an important task.

Item no.: JL27560091
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: HONG KONG'S FROGS CALLING

Michael Lau Wai-neng (Senior Manager, China Programme, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden) recalls the successful relocation of the endangered Romer's Tree Frog from Chek Lap Kok to seven different locations. He explains why Hong Kong is suitable for the breeding of this type of frog. Lau tells how his teacher Father Anthony Bogadek, with his collection of rare specimens in the school's basement, aroused his interest in amphibians. He also co-authored the book on Hong Kong's amphibians and reptiles with Lau, a project started by John Romer, after whom the tree frog was named.

Item no.: HB27560089
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: MYSTERY OF BATS

Bats are important to the ecosystem. They prey on night-flying insects thus controlling their populations and function as pollen or seed dispersers. They are also valuable indicators of environmental changes. 25 species of bats can be found in Hong Kong. Gary Ades (Senior Manager, Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden) and Shek Chung-tong (Conservation Officer (Biodiversity), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department) show different species of bats including Rufous Horseshoe Bat, Leschenault's Rousette, Greater Bent-winged Bat, Ricket's Big-footed Bat, Chinese Myotis, Brown Noctule and Lesser Bamboo Bat, a new specie. Shows how they study the habits of bats.

Item no.: GJ27560090
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: OF ME AND TREES

Lawrence Kam-chiu Chau (Senior Manager, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden) shows the Buddhist Pines found wild in Hong Kong. He blames the decimation of these slow-growing trees to unlawful cutting. Ken Kwok-yin So (Arboriculturist, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden) shows how he checks the physical condition of trees to determine the extent of pruning or complete removable. Billy Chi-hang Hau (Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong) laments that village feng shui forests are cut to make way for development. Shows how hill fires kill indigenous trees allowing foreign species like paper-bark trees to takeover.

Item no.: JB27560093
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: THE FLYING COLOURS

Au Wai-kai (Treasurer, Hong Kong Lepidopterists' Society (HKLS)) tells how he became interested in butterflies and shows the butterflies he raises at home. Au takes pictures of the metamorphosis of a butterfly from an egg and posts them on the Internet to share with others. Shows HKLS members collecting and marking butterflies that pass through Hong Kong on their way to Hainan for the winter. Lee Ping-chung (Chairman, HKLS) says butterflies are resilient creatures but if the environment deteriorates to a point that they cannot survive, humans will not be able to survive either.

Item no.: VH27560095
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: THE ORCHIDAMANIAC

Gloria Siu Lai-ping (Senior Conservation Officer, Flora Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden) tells how she became interested in conservation of plants. Shows some orchid species which are distinctly unique to Hong Kong. She explains how she negotiates with the government on the conservation of orchids in the wild and shows the natural environments that are suitable for some types of orchid. She blames the sprayed concrete on slope maintenance projects kill many wild orchids and is furious at people for their unscrupulous digging of wild orchids. Shows the work she does to conserve orchids.

Item no.: BF27560094
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HONG KONG GEOGRAPHIC: THE SNAKE CATCHER SPOKE

Tang Wing-sze (Ecological Surveyor, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department) and a reptile enthusiast talk about their experiences in finding snake. Shows them locating and catching a smaller rat-snake, a red-necked keel-back and other snakes. Tang says there are 51 different species of snakes in Hong Kong of which 14 are venomous. Distinguishes the features of the venomous bamboo snake and the bigger non-venomous green snake. David Willot (Snake Catcher) demonstrates how to handle a python. Shows parts of a 'branding iron head viper' discovered in Hong Kong and a live rare Southern China viper.

Item no.: VF27560092
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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MY HONG KONG: CULTURAL HERITAGE

Shows what can represent Hong Kong's cultural heritage. Liu Tik-sang (Associate Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) says cultural heritage can be broadly defined, for example Tai O's Dragon Boat Parade, Cheung Chau's Bun Festival, Tai Hang's Fire Dragon Dance and the Hungry Ghost Festival. Fashion Designer William Tang Tat-chi shows Ping Shan's poon choi and historic buildings. Raymond Fung Wing-kee (Adjunct Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) shows his students the European-flavoured Chancery Lane, humanity-filled old shops in Central, historic buildings like the Lui Seng Chun and Hong Kong's Chinese ink paintings.

Item no.: PD27560191
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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MY HONG KONG: EVERYONE HAS A FACE OF HIS OWN IN THE CITY



Item no.: NU27560192
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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MY HONG KONG: TOWARDS GREENER LIVING

A green living advocate says it is a trend for people nowadays to return to the simple life that was once lived, one that gives them satisfaction of the mind. An ecological tour guide says the healthy life he now leads gives him back his health and a feeling of rebirth. Students of a Gaia school describe what is special about the school's curriculum. An organic farmer explains why he starts his farm and how it enriches his life. Shows a social enterprise that gathers and sorts unsold vegetables from wet markets and makes them into meals for the needy.

Item no.: GT27560193
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY I: CHALLENGES FROM THE NATURE

We have over 200 islands in Hong Kong. Our long and meandering coastline has nurtured rich biodiversity here. Animals living on our coastline exhaust their dexterity and strength to meet the challenges from nature.

The cycle of low and high tides has a great effect on the marine life of rocky shores and beaches. Besides, seasonal changes make survival an even tougher task: winters are cold and dry while summers are hot and wet, with occasional typhoon attacks. The rough seas and heavy rainfall that typhoons bring about put marine life at an even greater risk.

Hong Kong is located within the northern margins of the tropics. We have a rich diversity of crabs here, with over 300 recorded species. In various intertidal zones, you can easily find over 50 species of crabs. The 3rd episode of "sea world odyssey" will take you on a journey to the shores to explore the survival tactics of fiddler crabs, barnacles, mussels, mudskippers and much more.


Item no.: GP27560230
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY I: SEASONAL SEAS

The warm currents in spring awake the underwater world by announcing the start of the mating season. When summer approaches, sea creatures are busy finding their partners for reproduction.

In Hong Kong, major spawning sessions occur around the full moon between May and July. Under the bright moonlight, coral polyps spawn collectively on the same night, making the underwater world look like a charming snowy night.

While sea creatures gradually mature in autumn, their colours and forms could be very different from their juvenile stages.

In the winter, while trees wither on land, thick layers of seaweeds turn the blue ocean into a green forest. Low water temperatures encourage the growth of seaweeds. The thriving seaweeds provide a mobile home for many sea creatures. Among them are fragile young lives which are born in the summer. Seaweeds provide them with shelter and food for their survival.


Item no.: CS27560231
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY I: THE CORAL VILLAGE

In recent years, people of Hong Kong have become more concerned with the environment. Those who are pessimistic worry that the urban sprawl has already caused irreversible damage to our natural habitats, both on land and underwater. But optimists can still find extensive parts of our waters in good condition. Our amazing marine habitat tells us how mankind and nature can actually co-exist in harmony.do you know:we don't have coral reefs in Hong Kong, but out of the total of over 800 coral species in the world, 1/10 of them can be found in Hong Kong. The coral communities have attracted over 300 species of coral fishes to live in Hong Kong.the fish diversity recorded here matches that of the caribbean, where the most extensive coral reefs are found in the world.in this episode, we will take a close look at the coral habitats and the interesting behaviour of their inhabitants.

Item no.: NN27560232
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY I: THE CORALS

In the sea world, the sun is the key to life. Hard corals like to build their settlements in shallow waters where there is sufficient sunlight. On the other hand, soft corals live in relatively deeper water.the second episode of "sea world odyssey" will bring the audience to observe the two coral groups at a close range. Some of them rely on photosynthesis to produce food, while others feeds on planktons. Corals provide shelter for other marine creatures like fish, shrimps and crabs, where they can feed and reproduce. This is how a balanced ecosystem can sustain itself. Inside the coral village, survival of the fittest does notsimply mean to compete, but also to form partnerships that enhance successful reproduction.we will also visit tsim chau. Located off tai long wan at sai kung, this is where a large turf of sea anemones can be found underwater. We will also meet the mimic octopus in Hong Kong waters for the very first time. Be careful though, the deadly blue ring octopus is around the corner too.

Item no.: SN27560233
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY I: WHO GONNA LOVE ME

Human activities have caused a variety of damage to our ocean. For example, the rubbish left behind by eco-tour visitors; ghost nets abandoned by trawlers; the invasion of foreign sea creatures due to religious release. These factors have all caused adverse impacts on our marine environment. Recently, a massive ghost net of one kilometre in length was found between sharp island and ngau mei chau in new territories east. The agriculture, fisheries and conservation department estimates that up to 1,100 tonnes of sea creatures become entangled by ghost nets every year.

On the seabed, divers can easily find rubbish that comes from the land. The rubbish ranges from plastic bags, water bottles to even washing machines, tires, and cars. These foreign objects not only destroy the corals, but also damage the habitats of many sea creatures.

Horseshoe crabs are among the most acutely endangered species in Hong Kong.there are altogether four species of horseshoe crabs worldwide. Hong Kong once recorded three of them, but only two have remained since the 1980s. Even the population of horseshoe crabs in the wild has dropped by 90% in recent years.

In this episode, we will explore ways and what we can do to protect our ocean.


Item no.: PU27560234
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY II: GYPSIES IN THE OCEAN

When we speak of marine creatures, we tend to be attracted by corals and tropical fish that are colourful and eye-catching. However, there is a kind of simple and ordinary marine life that appeared earlier than the dinosaurs and has survived for 650 million years. It is the colourless jellyfish.

Jellyfish possess soft tentacles that move elegantly under the water. But these tentacles have poisonous nematocysts. The production team of "Sea World Odyssey" has travelled to the Jellyfish Lake of Palau, one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World, to explore the special and almost non-poisonous jellyfish there.


Item no.: MS27560235
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY II: LIFE AND DEATH OF SEA TURTLES

From the moment of their birth, Green Turtles struggle to survive in the natural environment on their own. After they mature, they are also threatened by hunting and poaching. In this episode, we will witness how the AFCD staff saves a green turtle. We will also visit the Wetland Park to see how baby turtles hatch. Then we will reveal the mystery of the world-renowned turtle tomb in Sipadan.

Item no.: WS27560236
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY II: RETURN OF SEA TURTLES

Several decades ago, Green Turtles came ashore on a number of beaches in Hong Kong, including Tung O and Ha Mei Wan on Lamma Island, as well as Tong Fuk Miu Wan and Tai Long Wan on Lantau Island. Nowadays, as a result of rapid urbanization, Green Turtles only lay eggs on Sham Wan, Lamma Island.

In the summer of 2008, "Hong Kong 2", the Green Turtle that had left Hong Kong for five years, returned to Sham Wan to lay eggs. Even slight disturbances would scare a nesting turtle away. The crew of Sea World had to shoot the scene carefully. In this episode, we will witness the precious moments when a Green Turtle lay eggs in Hong Kong, and the return of hatchlings to the ocean.


Item no.: ZG27560237
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY II: TINY MARINE LIFE

A large area of the seabed of Hong Kong is flat and muddy. These "soft bottoms" look dull and lifeless. But if you look carefully, you will find many surprising little marine creatures.

Unlike their distant relatives on land, bristle worms, sea slugs, and sea snails take on special forms under the sea. Skeleton shrimps are just a little bit bigger than a fingernail. They have also developed their own way of survival in the waters of Hong Kong. Indeed, "soft bottoms" are full of vitality.

In this episode, the crew of Sea World Odyssey goes abroad to Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, which is also known as "Tiny Undersea Museum", to show you the wide variety of tiny creatures on the "soft bottoms."


Item no.: PC27560238
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY II: UNDERWATER GARDEN

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has established several marine parks in Hong Kong for over a decade. Their efforts have proved effective. The native fishermen who have lived in Yan Chau Tong Marine Park for three generations witness the growing amount of catch. The coral communities at Hoi Ha Wan have become a popular "underwater garden."

In this episode, we will make a tour of some local underwater gardens and go abroad to Apo Island of the Philippines. The marine conservation program carried out on Apo Island is very effective. It has increased the income of local fishermen and given life to the underwater world, making the island the most popular dive site in the Philippines.


Item no.: MA27560239
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY III: AN UNDERWATER JOURNAL

Despite the absence of a coral reef in Hong Kong, one-tenth of the some 800 coral species known to exist can be found in local waters, and they are playing host to over 300 species of fishes.

In the eastern waters of Hong Kong, there exists an expansive mass of sea anemone, taking up a space as huge as tow baseball fields. Even foreign scuba divers are astounded to find such a haven for the clown fish! Sea World Odyssey is a documentary featuring enthralling shoots on the sea life in Hong Kong. Filmed by a group of photographers in local waters in nearly six years' time, there shots are priceless records of the colorful sea world of Hong Kong, calling for reflections on the protection of the natural treasure of the city. Decorated with fantastic animations, editing, music and narration, Sea World Odyssey series are absolutely a valuable documentary on the local marine life.


Item no.: LP27560361
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY III: ART IN THE OCEAN

Despite the absence of a coral reef in Hong Kong, one-tenth of the some 800 coral species known to exist can be found in local waters, and they are playing host to over 300 species of fishes.

In the eastern waters of Hong Kong, there exists an expansive mass of sea anemone, taking up a space as huge as tow baseball fields. Even foreign scuba divers are astounded to find such a haven for the clown fish! Sea World Odyssey is a documentary featuring enthralling shoots on the sea life in Hong Kong. Filmed by a group of photographers in local waters in nearly six years' time, there shots are priceless records of the colorful sea world of Hong Kong, calling for reflections on the protection of the natural treasure of the city. Decorated with fantastic animations, editing, music and narration, Sea World Odyssey series are absolutely a valuable documentary on the local marine life.


Item no.: ZC27560362
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY III: PARADISE ABOUT TO BE LOST

Despite the absence of a coral reef in Hong Kong, one-tenth of the some 800 coral species known to exist can be found in local waters, and they are playing host to over 300 species of fishes.

In the eastern waters of Hong Kong, there exists an expansive mass of sea anemone, taking up a space as huge as tow baseball fields. Even foreign scuba divers are astounded to find such a haven for the clown fish! Sea World Odyssey is a documentary featuring enthralling shoots on the sea life in Hong Kong. Filmed by a group of photographers in local waters in nearly six years' time, there shots are priceless records of the colorful sea world of Hong Kong, calling for reflections on the protection of the natural treasure of the city. Decorated with fantastic animations, editing, music and narration, Sea World Odyssey series are absolutely a valuable documentary on the local marine life.


Item no.: TE27560363
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY III: REINFORCING NATURE'S REEFS

Despite the absence of a coral reef in Hong Kong, one-tenth of the some 800 coral species known to exist can be found in local waters, and they are playing host to over 300 species of fishes.

In the eastern waters of Hong Kong, there exists an expansive mass of sea anemone, taking up a space as huge as tow baseball fields. Even foreign scuba divers are astounded to find such a haven for the clown fish! Sea World Odyssey is a documentary featuring enthralling shoots on the sea life in Hong Kong. Filmed by a group of photographers in local waters in nearly six years' time, there shots are priceless records of the colorful sea world of Hong Kong, calling for reflections on the protection of the natural treasure of the city. Decorated with fantastic animations, editing, music and narration, Sea World Odyssey series are absolutely a valuable documentary on the local marine life.


Item no.: AL27560364
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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SEA WORLD ODYSSEY III: TO SWIM WITH HUMPBACKS

Despite the absence of a coral reef in Hong Kong, one-tenth of the some 800 coral species known to exist can be found in local waters, and they are playing host to over 300 species of fishes.

In the eastern waters of Hong Kong, there exists an expansive mass of sea anemone, taking up a space as huge as tow baseball fields. Even foreign scuba divers are astounded to find such a haven for the clown fish! Sea World Odyssey is a documentary featuring enthralling shoots on the sea life in Hong Kong. Filmed by a group of photographers in local waters in nearly six years' time, there shots are priceless records of the colorful sea world of Hong Kong, calling for reflections on the protection of the natural treasure of the city. Decorated with fantastic animations, editing, music and narration, Sea World Odyssey series are absolutely a valuable documentary on the local marine life.


Item no.: DP27560365
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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TREE STORIES: FUNG SHUI WOODS

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: MS27560258
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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TREE STORIES: HEALING GARDEN

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: GK27560259
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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TREE STORIES: LEARNING ARBORICULTURE

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: TR27560260
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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TREE STORIES: PEOPLE TREE OF SADDLE HILL

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: HC27560261
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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TREE STORIES: TO FALL OR NOT TO FALL

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: PN27560262
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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TREE STORIES: TREE EDUCATION

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: WH27560263
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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TREE STORIES: TREE PLANTER'S STORY

Tree stories is a documentary series that, setting off from men's passion towards trees, examines how we treat trees in this commercial world and explores how to treat trees properly. Each episode begins with a brief prelude, showcasing interesting tree species that can be easily spot around the city. The series seeks to understand which types of trees are planted in cities.

Item no.: ZZ27560264
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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FAMILY AND CHILDREN


PARENTS' MOTTOES: A CHILD'S LAST WORDS

"Suffering from this disease, we should cherish every one, cherish life and the days that follow, because I don't know when I'm going to leave the world and leave Mom and Dad" said Yeung Hiu-dan, forever 13 years old.

The young siblings Yeung Tak Chun and Yeung Hiu Dan both suffered from Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) Type VI. Last year they were donated free medicines for one year from pharmaceuticals to help extend their life. Unfortunately in early 2009, the younger sister Hiu Dan died before the medicines arrived, while the elder brother Tak Chun's health condition deteriorated day after day and lost his vision as a result of the disease. Though having lost her beloved daughter and grief at heart, Mrs Yeung takes care of Tak Chun's daily life as usual, and still feels her daughter by her side.

At 17, Tak Chun is no more than one metre tall, and requires wheelchair for locomotion. However, he is cheerful, voluble, well-liked by friends, and is the most important source of strength to Mrs. Yeung whose friends believe that the two babies with MPS were in fact sent from God because of their kind heart.


Item no.: VP27560206
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: A LEGACY OF LOVE

Connie is a successful and hardworking administrator-turned-entrepreneur who has had breast cancer since 2003. She recalls the painful chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments she received and expresses her determination to fight the deadly disease. Her mother talks about her daily research into the best medicinal soup and treatment for Connie's illness. Connie's husband and two young sons share their feelings towards Connie's bout with cancer. While Connie bravely confronts the challenges brought about by the terminal disease, she also helps other hospitalized patients by visiting them and actively sharing her experience at public seminars.

Item no.: NC27560207
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: A SECOND CHANCE TO YOUR HEART

Fourteen years of age, Carla is lively, energetic, and loves sports. People might not realize that she caused a big headache for her parents when she was young. Starting from primary school years, her parents received frequent complaints from Carla's teachers: not obeying the rules, stubborn, failing to hand in homework, and has problems getting along with classmates. Conditions failed to improve after numerous attempts to give her guidance. Feeling helpless, her parents resorted to scolding and sometimes beating to discipline her, and their relationship worsened as a result. In Primary Five, Carla was diagnosed as having "attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder", and this explained all for her past behavior. Carla then began to receive medical treatment while her parents also re-examined the way they taught and disciplined her.

As Carla grows up, the influence of the disease on her has become less obvious. However, it takes time to build up good relationship, particularly when the daughter begins to grow into adolescence. Communication is a big challenge to the parents. Life-long learning is required to play the role as good parents.


Item no.: FZ27560208
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: DEATH IS AWAITING

The parents of baby girl, Chung Wing-kei, recall how they discovered that she has the rare Pompe's Disease and why they have decided to raise her like a normal child. A doctor explains what causes Pompe Disease, how it is diagnosed, what is the available treatment and the life expectancy of babies with this disease. As Wing-kei's medicine is expensive, shows her parents participating in a Hong Kong Mucopolysaccharidoses and Rare Genetic Diseases Mutual Aid Group demonstration to fight for government drug subsidies

Item no.: BT27560209
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: DO YOU LOVE ME, MOM?

It is the wish of almost all parents for their children to become successful in future. When children cannot memorize new vocabulary after repeated revisions, their parents will soon lose patience, and scolding and beating follow inevitably. This was what happened to Mrs. Lam when Kei Luen entered primary one, with the child crying over the studies every day, while parent-child relationship was strained. It was not until Kei Luen had undergone evaluation that Mrs Lam realized her son had serious dyslexia. From initial denial to acceptance of the fact, she went through a lot of struggles. At last, the Lam couple realized parent-child relationship was most important, and decided to support their son through the ordeal. They have changed their mindset - they no longer attach importance to academic achievements, but teach their son to differentiate right from wrong instead. They have also learnt to appreciate their son's slight improvements. Knowing Kei Luen is a sports lover, his parents accompany him to go fishing and cycling, and enable him to develop his potentials and build up confidence. As Kei Luen's two younger brothers grow up, Mrs. Lam begins to realize the elder one might have the same problem as Kei Luen. Though still awaiting evaluation, with her experience over Kei Luen, Mrs. Lam hopes that all her sons can grow up without tears over studies.

Item no.: LT27560210
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: HEART OF A DADDY

Policeman Chan Ka-fai is a father of three daughters. He explains his parenting philosophy and responsibilities and his role as his family's protector. He shows video recording of his daughters while they were growing up and says he treasures every meal he has were growing up and says he treasures every meal he has of his wife who takes care of their daughters' academic work and family activities. His wife and daughters tell what kind of husband and father Chan is.

Item no.: JJ27560211
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: I REALLY LOVE YOU

When Elaine first held her new born son Pok-fai in her arms, she discovered a white spot in the pupil of his eye. It was a mother's intuition that prompted her to demand a medical check which revealed her son had congenital cataract.

"I gave birth to him and should accept him even though he is born with a defect." Elaine did not blame God or accuse others. All she wanted was to bring up her son wholeheartedly. When he was small, Pok-fai was a frequent visitor to the hospital. Elaine was very concerned about her son's condition and even proposed to donate her eyes to her son, but was declined by the doctor.

"All things in their being are good for something" C this is what Elaine had always taught her son over the years, and it had become Pok-fai's motto. Whenever he came across setbacks, he would think about his mother's words as encouragement to move ahead. As Pok-fai gradually grew up, Elaine arranged all sorts of activities for him, and even let him travel overseas, hoping he could broaden his horizon. The Ebenezer School for the Visaully Impaired where Pok-fai studied only provides courses up to Form Three. At Pok-fai's request, Elaine tried hard to look for a school that provides integrated education for him to continue his studies. Finally, Pok-fai got what he desired.

A mother is willing to sacrifice everything for her son, because she derives happiness from her son's happiness.


Item no.: HJ27560212
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: IS THAT MY FAULT?

Both Chan Wing-hei and Cheung-wai Lung are youngsters affected by Asperger's disorder, which is a high-functioning autism - meaning the sufferers have normal IQ or IQ higher than that of an average person, but have difficulties in communication and social interaction. Sufferers of autism and Asperger may develop an intense interest in a hobby such as bus routes, maps etc. In their daily lives, they would feel exceptionally disturbed and worried about things unknown and unpredictable to them.

As the sufferers' mothers, both Mrs Chan and Mrs Cheung had some bitter experiences. In a world of detached bystanders, the two mothers have to seek out new avenues on their own for the well-being of their children.

Parents are forever worrying about the children as long as they live.


Item no.: MH27560213
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: LADY MENG'S THREE MOVES

Compares the different approaches parents take towards their children's education. The parents of a Tuen Mun family move their home, after years of planning, to a much smaller flat in Kowloon so that their son can be enrolled in their targeted primary school. A mother says she became a baptized Christian so that her children can enroll in a targeted co-educational Christian secondary school. Another mother, who is not interested in enrolling her son in a traditional school, enrolls him instead in one that encourages children to learn and play in a free, flexible and green environment.

Item no.: TM27560214
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: LOY HO

Profile Ho Loy who was convicted of criminal damage while she was fighting to preserve the Star Ferry pier. Shows her continued efforts to fight for the preservation of heritage architecture including the Queen's Pier and the Wan Chai market. She tells how she, a single mother, raises her young daughter Riva. She expresses her parenting philosophy and criticizes Hong Kong parents for being over-protective, stifling their childrens free thinking and independent decision-making. She allows Riva to discover and experience problems in life and to learn from her own mistakes through which she develops her character, personality and personal style.

Item no.: PN27560215
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: MY BIG BABY

Shows how the parenting role is reversed when the parents grow old. Shows how Chan Siu-kuen, a single woman, juggles her time between taking care of her 86-year-old Alzheimer mother and her father of the same age who has respiratory problem while maintaining a full-time job. She plans her parents' activities like a mother does for her children. Shows the support she receives from a daycare for the elderly that looks after her mother during the day and the information and emotional support provided by the Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease Association.

Item no.: BN27560216
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: NO WALL TOO HIGH

Our brain started working the day we were born, and since that it has been working all the time, which seems so natural to us. However, for unknown factors, some children would lose part of their mental ability, which poses certain hindrance to their grow-up process. Without proper care and attention, these mentally retarded children would not have the ability to look after themselves, to communicate or learn, and their home and social life will be adversely affected. Life would be even harder for them when they have grown up. This episode will look at two cases, through which it is hoped that parents and the audience would know how to accept and take care of mentally retarded children.

Case 1: The main personage in the story Lin Suet Ching (Ching Ching) is only 8 years old. She acquired the Down's syndrome when she was born. Children with Down's syndrome tend to have lower cognitive abilities than others of the same age, but through persistent learning, they can also grow up happily. Ching Ching's parents found it hard to accept when they first knew about her disorder. But they soon overcame the perplexity and made all-out efforts to take care of their daughter. They let her participate in various outdoor activities, including skating, group tour, in the hope that Ching Ching could live every day of the life happily.

Case 2: The main personage of this case is Tang Sin Yee, now aged 16. People may not be aware she is mentally retarded from her outward appearance. Sin Yee acquired the problem since childhood. Since her family had to work, she has all along been taken care of by her grandma. With a strong sense of rhythm, Sin Yee's potential was soon discovered by her teacher, who allowed her to become the drummer of the School band. According to Sin Yee, the care shown by both her grandma and her school has given her confidence to integrate into the society and learn to take care of herself. "Thanks to grandma, and thanks to my school", says Sin Yee.


Item no.: GN27560217
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: PASSING THE TORCH

Shows the difficulties of single parenthood. Lam Suk-yee shares how emotionally and physically taxing it is to raise her son after her husband died of lung cancer several months ago. Lam admires her husband's perseverance in completing his university degree while he was sick and doing the research to find an appropriate primary school for their son. Describes her son's psychological and behavioural changes after her husband died. With the support of her family, Lam hopes to raise her son to be as persistent as his father. She also shares the life lesson she learned from her husband's death.

Item no.: GF27560218
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: TEARCHERS AS PARENTS

Shows the care Wong and other teachers give to a teenager who has been hospitalized and ill for three years. The girl feels that what they are doing is just like parents caring for their children. With the teachers help, the teenager managed to complete The Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. Wong has been teaching for over a decade and has a four-year-old daughter whom she takes care of after work. Her former students still socialize with her after they graduated.

Item no.: YT27560219
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: THE SEED OF LOVE

Ma Ho Fung is an 11-year-old primary five student. At six months' old, he was evaluated as moderately hearing-impaired in a pediatric audition test. The news had dealt a serious blow to his parents who found it difficult to accept the fact. Another more serious blow was that putting on hearing aid would not help much to improve his hearing ability. Finally, Ho Fung underwent an artificial cochlea implant operation, after which Ho Fung's parents had to take special note of external influence which might cause harm to him, such as static electricity, humidity and impact to the head. After undergoing hearing and language training in special school, Ho Fung was able to study with normal hearing students in ordinary primary school. He has the same interest as other primary students, and studies at the same level as students of his age.

Item no.: VS27560220
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: THE SILENT SHOWER

A baby boy born to the family was diagnosed as suffering from serious hearing impairment. What should the parents do?

Ben Ho is now 16, a Form IV student. In a Taekwon-Do Black Belt Invitation Tournament held in April, he has won the championship in the Juvenile Category. In the tournament, the audience was enchanted by Lim Ching's Taekwon-Do skills, his punching and kicking speed and the way he performed the patterns. Nobody noticed this youngster was suffering from hearing impairment. Ben Ho started wearing hearing aid and receiving hearing and language trainings in special school at the age of three, but studied with mainstream students in mainstream school in primary one. He has been wearing short hair which exposes his hearing aid since he was small, as his parents started early in teaching him how to accept the reality that he has hearing impairment. They taught Lim Ching to accept himself first so that others would accept him. Lim Ching is a natural born athlete who developed a zeal for Taekwondo sports at the age of seven after his first contact with it. Seeing that Taekwondo can help Lim Ching gain confidence, his parents have always been very supportive of his training.

Parents with disabled children have to make greater efforts, work harder and pay more attention to their children. Proper encouragements must be given to help them accept their impediments and face squarely their limitations, and most important of all, parents should help their children develop their strengths, broaden their horizons and let them develop in a caring and supportive environment.


Item no.: PF27560221
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: WAITING. AWAKENING

Shows the difficulties Har-nui a 40-year-old divorced mother has in bringing up two teenagers. Modeling after her own parents' parenting style, she applied corporal punishment on her two children while they were growing up. Her 17-year-old daughter became rebellious, befriended the wrong crowd, started taking drugs, ran away from home and eventually was charged with a criminal offense. A social worker explains different methods which Har-nui can try to improve the communication with her children. She worries a lot about her daughter but she allows her time to improve and correct her undesirable behaviour.

Item no.: TH27560222
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: WITH YOU ALL THE WAY

What parents like most is to see their children grow up day after day. However the parents of 14 years' old Hin Kwong and 11 years' old Hin Chi might not think the same, as both their sons suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder which impairs their movement ability and poses threats to their life as they age. When normal parents are busy bringing their children to extracurricular activities, Hin Kwong and Hin Chi's parents carry their two sons with movement difficulties to attend classes, medical appointments and physiotherapy. They accompany their sons all the time and enjoy the happy moments together. No doubt they are worried and sad, but walking hand in hand with their sons to face the future life together, is a good fortune not every parent is blessed to enjoy. With the whole family in unison against all odds, they see a bright road ahead.

Item no.: WE27560223
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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PARENTS' MOTTOES: WORDS DON'T COME EASY

Many people think that the ability to speak just comes naturally. Parents might not be aware of the problem with children who cannot speak properly in early childhood. They treat it as commonplace and only realize the problem when their children still cannot articulate clearly as they grow older.

In fact, language disorder is a common developmental barrier among children. Usual problems include delayed language development, unclear articulation, fluency disorder and voice disorder. Given early speech therapy, most children would show marked improvement in articulation and some would even resume normal in half or one year.

Mrs. To claims to be one who loves talking, however her sons have language disorder. To Ming-chung, seven years of age, is a primary two student. He could only utter monosyllables such as "Ma" and "Pa" when he was two, in unclear articulation. His parents did not realize he had language problem, and thought that he would improve as time went by. However, a year had passed, Ming-chung still made no improvement when he was three. It was at this time that his parents began to notice a problem existed. After evaluation, Ming-chung was diagnosed as having delayed language development, and had problems such as in-coordination of big and small muscles.

Though speaking does not come easy for Ming-chung, he is most willing to express himself. With his parents' tender care, and professional speech therapist's guidance and training, Ming-chung has shown obvious improvement. Team life in school and daily participation in various kinds of activities has enhanced Ming-chung's language expression. Ming-chun, younger brother of Ming-chung, is now five. Growing up with Ming-chung, Ming-chun has a bit of his brother's problem in speech. Fortunately, initial examination revealed that his articulation was only a little unclear, with relatively slighter problem than Ming-chung. Mrs. To believes that with more attention, Ming-chun's problem could improve easily. As parents, their biggest wish is that the two brothers could communicate independently with other people, speak fluently and have their own social life when they grow up.


Item no.: MC27560224
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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FILM HISTORY


CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 1 & 2: DREAM FACTORY REVISITED




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

These two episodes are an overview of the milestones Hong Kong film history. The Hong Kong film industry started from the mainland China filmmakers moved south to Hong Kong during the Sino-Japanese War and Civil War.


Item no.: KB27560340
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 3: SONG AND DANCE THROUGH THE CENTURY




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

This episode mainly gives an overview of the various genres of Chinese musicals: Cantonese operas, Putonghua musical and Huangmei diao opera.


Item no.: WY27560341
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 4: A TALE OF TWO TONGUES




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

Hong Kong and the Mainland have close ties in every aspect, this episode studies the rise and fall of Cantonese and Putonghua films; the difference in production quality of each and the leftist and rightist films of these genres.


Item no.: KC27560342
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 5: HEROES HAVE MANY FACES




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

Every society needs heroes and so does Hong Kong especially in the movies. Regardless of the genre, martial arts movies, nationalistic movies, triad movies, all have heroes and heroines.


Item no.: JD27560343
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 6: THE WORLD OF COMEDY




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

Comedy is an everlasting genre in Hong Kong. It depicts the struggling of grassroots people in the 50s to the rhapsody of the working class in the 70s as illustrated by the Hui Brothers.


Item no.: HU27560344
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 7: THE RISE AND FALL OF LOCAL CULTURE




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

From 1978 to 2003, the local movies have been renamed from Cantonese movies to Hong Kong movies which witnesses the rise and fall of local culture. This episode highlights the emergence of the local culture in movies.


Item no.: NT27560345
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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CENTURY OF LIGHT & SHADOW, A - EPISODE 8: FILMMAKERS WITHOUT FRONTIERS




"A century of Light & Shadow" is an eight one-hour documentary series of 100 years of Hong Kong films.

The Hong Kong films were influenced by various cultural factors C in the early days, the Mainland, the local culture in the 50s. Nowdays movie making in Hong Kong is an international business with talents and financing from Japan, Korea, US, Europe, mainland China etc. With the fusion of these international elements there is an impact and influence on the style of Hong Kong films. Can it be consider a gain or loss?


Item no.: PH27560346
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2005

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OUTSIDERS, THE: MEETING THE EAST IN THE WEST

Tansy Law, who was born into a Hong Kong family practising Chinese medicine for generations, got married to frank, a german diplomat, and lived a nomadic life in the last decade.following her husband to Beijing, tokyo and berlin, tansy has been practising chinese medicine while learning and incorporating different chinese medicine skills from local masters. The balkan peninsular is the powder keg of europe. Sarajevo, the capital of the federation of bosnia and herzegovina, suffered from civil war and cruel ethnic cleansing from 1992 to 1995. serbia and bosnia finally reached an armistice under the supervision of the european union and the united nations. A year ago, tansy came to sarajevo with her husband. Tansy continues to practise chinese medicine, which is unexpectedly well received by europeans. During this time she has treated two to three hundred patients. They are from different ethnic groups and speak different languages. Not only were they cured of their bodily illnesses, through all sorts of chinese medicine therapies, their war-torn minds were also healed by tansy.

Item no.: CU27560200
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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OUTSIDERS, THE: MY DAYS AS A PRC CIVIL SERVANT

Hong Kong born ingrid Wing-sai Tang has long been fascinated by China. When she worked as a reporter, she travelled frequently to mainland China and came across many enchanting people and things. She has now taken up the post of deputy director of xuhui district tourism administrative bureau in shanghai,and has become a true civil servant in mainland China.ingrid has a small wish: to change the thinking patterns of those around her. She wishes to exert herself in order toinfluence those around her so that even when she leaves one day,the bureau can still operate with the new ideas she has brought in.in a totally different system and culture, ingrid, with critical eyes from her journalist training, underwent a painful integration with mainland civil servants in shanghai. After putting herself in her colleagues' place, ingrid finally realises that their way of working and thinking has its own reasons, and the key to co-operation is tolerance and understanding.ingrid advises anyone planning to settle down in mainland China to be prepared psychologically.one should not gothere with an arrogant attitude and mentality that Hong Kong is superior, or else one will end up in a miserablesituation. However, if you let go of your own set of values and become like everyone else, you may find yourself moving backwards. It is a delicate situation in which one needs to strike a balance carefully.

Item no.: WW27560201
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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OUTSIDERS, THE: NEAR, YET FAR

Chung Wai Man, the author of "snow wolf lake", the original novel that was made into a phenomenal musical in Hong Kong using the same name, passed his childhood in macau. He came to Hong Kong at the age of eleven, and ever since then, chung has been drinking the water of Hong Kong and carrying in his veins the values of Hong Kong's people.in 2002, he decided to leave Hong Kong and move back to macau because of a batch of cats driven to death due to the government's negligence. When his anger eventually subsided, he looked back at Hong Kong and actually found, in this small island, some laudable virtues. How true it is that we sometimes cannot see too clearly when things are too close. From a distance, however, we might be able to find a different perspective to help us better understand any situation.

Item no.: KG27560202
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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OUTSIDERS, THE: ONE DAUNTLESS YOUTH

A naughty Kong Kong teenager dreamed of becoming an expert in water resources management and making his mark where water resources were the most abundant in the world. He chose to return to China and grow with this newly established republic, although he had a foreboding that things would go awry.and it did. Forty-four years had already passed. Being an intellectual with a Hong Kong background, coupled with his guileless and artless character, Shum shun was victimised in successive waves of political movements. After enduring all these hardships, he finally found the golden days of his life at fifty, when he became the director of the guangxi hydraulic design institute, despite his flat refusal to join the communist party.now at 72, Shum Shun has all sorts of medicine, except the one called the " regret potion " . He believes that man should go forward and should not regret anything once a choice has been made; similarly, if he had been less adamant and dauntless, there would not have been so many irreparable losses in his life. No single person should be blamed for the disaster brought by the cultural revolution. It was the result of feudalism over thousands of years that fuelled personal worship and a theocratic society. The lesson we have learned from these ten traumatic years is that democracy should be developed step by step. This should be done in order to avoid the building up of anarchism.

Item no.: PP27560203
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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OUTSIDERS, THE: THE ONCE HAPPY ISLES

In April 2006, riots broke out in the solomon islands. Shops in Chinatown were looted and set ablaze, and the lives of local chinese people were severely threatened. This sudden turmoil made a lot of Hong Kong people realise that the small and remote south pacific nation is actually home to a number of immigrants from Hong Kong, and szeto kit-wah is one of them.kit-wah moved to the solomon islands in the 70's to get married. Her husband is a second generation local chinese there. Kit-wah remembers the solomon islands as a beautiful paradise of a simple life and people living in the past."if you are hardworking, you'll surely be rewarded." kit-wah said it was a desirable place to start business.kit-wah now sighs that in recent times the chinese people and the locals have not been getting along well, especially when some of the chinese do not respect the locals at all. In the newspapers, there are often news stories about corruption scandals involving chinese immigrants, leading the locals to have unfavourable impressions of the chinese.how does kit-wah feel staying in the solomon islands today? How does kit-wah and her husband, as well as other chinese immigrants, rebuild their homes? Can they restore the source of happiness once found in "happy isles"?

Item no.: FT27560204
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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OUTSIDERS, THE: THE STORY OF TAIPEI STORY HOUSE

In Taipei, a ninety-two-year-old building caught the attention of Hong Kong-born Chen Kok-choo when she emigrated to taiwan thirty-one years ago. Not that it had an intriguing past or did it house any important figures in history, but out of her deep and fond childhood memories of Hong Kong, chen has been holding this one and only english style building in taiwan dearly in her heart for decades.four years ago, chen spent thirty million taiwan dollars out of her own pocket to adopt this historic site and turned it into the taipei story house. Chen has since embarked on an experimental journey of promoting the revival of historic monuments by using non-government resources. The story of the Taipei story house not only demonstrates to Hong Kong viewers the policy of historic site reuse in taiwan and its actual implementation, but perhaps it also brings us inspiration on how we can deal with our own historic monuments.

Item no.: HR27560205
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUCCESS STORIES: CHU THE CHUN

Abstract artist Chu's renown has long spread across the European art world. During his young years in 1957, he won a silver prize at a spectacular event "Paris Spring Salon". Forty years later, at the end of 1997, he was elected lifetime Fellow of the French Institute of Arts, and became the first Chinese who got this award. He is honored the French Art Academician of France, which is the up most glory in the French Cultural and Art Academy, with a top mission to suggest for government affairs in Culture and Art to assist the related policies to be formulated. As in year 2006, he was awarded a Prize for outstanding people by European Union.

Some said Chu's paintings took in the western style. But by taking a closer look, it was actually filled with oriental release. He has laid a solid foundation in calligraphy and thus is apt at making his unique character expressions appear from his inexact paintings as well as perfecting them through color, composition and painting methods. It renders a certain kind of permeability rarely touched on ordinary oil paintings.


Item no.: WV27560240
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: DAVID HO DA-I

Dr. David Ho is an internationally acclaimed AIDS researcher who has devoted himself for over 20 years to the study of finding the cure to the deadly disease. Championing the use of "Cocktail Therapy" that inhibits the virus effectively during primary infection and reduces AIDS mortality rate, he was chosen by Time magazine as "Man of the Year" in 1996 for his pioneering work.

Item no.: TY27560241
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: JU MING

He was born a country boy tending sheep and cows in the wild fields and mountains of Miaoli County. He was once a traditional wood sculptor. His dexterity has brought him square meals and stable income. He has lost his business and left penniless, yet he rose like a phoenix from the ashes. He had numerous apprentices, yet he was willing to be one. He has drifted alone in New York working hard without boasting, seeing the world with a placid heart. Yet he animates Taichi, transforms it into graphical and graceful vigour. He transforms the world's joy and tears into simple and lively form and structure. He has only finished primary education but has been a college lecturer. His perpetual love is his native town but his works have trodden onto the world's cities. He is a skinny guy, yet he is also a master of sculpture.

Item no.: TA27560242
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUCCESS STORIES: KAN YUET WAI

In the past, we could only resign ourselves to the suffering caused by hereditary diseases. It is Kan who demonstrated that such pains can be avoided. Because of him, millions of thalassaemia families begin to see hopes, the secrets of over a thousand diseases have been unveiled, and the enormous Genome Project could take shape.

Born into an affluent family, and with a father who was a founder of the Bank of East Asia, Kan gave up a comfortable life to pursue his research career. In the 1970s, he discovered that thalassaemia was linked to genetic deficiencies. He was also the first to develop prenatal diagnosis using amniotic fluid for birth screening, which won him the name of " Father of Genetic Diagnosis " . The discovery made by Kan has freed many families from the suffering of diseases. His method of diagnosis has been widely adopted ever since.

Kan ' s later discovery of DNA polymorphism made it possible for scientists to trace practically every hereditary disease. It also gave birth to modern forensic medicine and the development of the Human Genome Project. He likens himself to " A Slow Boat from China " , inching towards eventual success. His life has proved to us that an ordinary man, if he is focused, can still succeed.


Item no.: BE27560243
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUCCESS STORIES: LI KA SHING

A tiny place such as Hong Kong is notably the headquarter of the company which controls 11% of the world's container throughput ten years ago(1998); and this company, headed by Mr. Li Ka-shing, was the Fortune 100 companies ten years ago..

Apart from managing Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Li's focus has however always been the Shantou University, near his hometown of Chaozhou. He strives to lead the University to become one of China's best and modern institute to help develop more talent.

Lee has never taken part in any interviews except Success Stories. In this documentary, we witness Hong Kong's post-war social and economic changes through the eyes of Li. The documentary reveals Li's passion for China, for education and his ideology about wealth.


Item no.: NA27560244
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: LOUIS CHA

One Yang Finger, Divine Toad Stance, Nine Yin True Classic, the creator of these astounding martial arts moves C Louis Cha, is actually a frail scholar from an academic family. Louis Cha took Chinese around the world by storm through his martial arts novels and political comments. His legendary life does not pale in comparison with the major characters he created. He left the turmoil of China in 1948 and came to a strange land Hong Kong to find his place. He is an influential political figure, he once held the reins at <>, an influential Chinese newspaper and he is a well-known master of martial arts novels. He suddenly withdrew from his duties and retreated from public life in 1991. In his carefree retirement, he talks about his life now and then.

Item no.: NW27560245
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: PAI HSEING YUNG

Pak Suet Sin studied under many famous masters of Chinese opera from a young age and has immersed herself in this traditional art all her life. Due to her determination and persistence, the operas that she and her partners performed are all exceptional classics that can withstand the passage of time. Although she retired from the stage and withdrew from the screen more than thirty years ago, she is still closely associated with "Yam Pak" and "Sin Fung Ming" all these years and has established a legendary status in Hong Kong's Chinese opera history. Pak Suet Sin received an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Hong Kong in March 2004. This was a commendation for her spectacular achievement in her Chinese opera career and her contribution in nurturing young performers.

Item no.: EZ27560246
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: PAK SUET SIN

Pak Suet Sin studied under many famous masters of Chinese opera from a young age and has immersed herself in this traditional art all her life. Due to her determination and persistence, the operas that she and her partners performed are all exceptional classics that can withstand the passage of time. Although she retired from the stage and withdrew from the screen more than thirty years ago, she is still closely associated with "Yam Pak" and "Sin Fung Ming" all these years and has established a legendary status in Hong Kong's Chinese opera history. Pak Suet Sin received an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Hong Kong in March 2004. This was a commendation for her spectacular achievement in her Chinese opera career and her contribution in nurturing young performers.

Item no.: HC27560247
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUCCESS STORIES: SAMUEL TING

In 1967, Samuel Ting became the Nobel Prize Winner in Physics for his discovery of the J particles. He was aged 40 just then. The discovery of J particles rocked the whole science field at that time. Samuel Ting had described the difficulties in looking for the J particles. According to him, it was as hard as to find out one single colored droplet out of 10 billions of droplets falling in every second in a city of heavy pouring. He just did so.

Item no.: RH27560248
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: TSUI CHEE

Professor Lap-chee Tsui is an internationally renowned geneticist and the human gene research authority. He received international acclaim in 1989 when he identified the defective gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis, which is a major breakthrough in human genetics. He has made significant contributions to the mapping and annotation of Human chromosome 7 and identification of many other disease-bearing genes. Professor Tsui has received numerous awards and honors over the years. The University of Toronto has named him one of ten "Giants of Biomedical Science" in 2006.

Item no.: PZ27560249
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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SUCCESS STORIES: TSUI LAP CHI

Professor Lap-chee Tsui is an internationally renowned geneticist and the human gene research authority. He received international acclaim in 1989 when he identified the defective gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis, which is a major breakthrough in human genetics. He has made significant contributions to the mapping and annotation of Human chromosome 7 and identification of many other disease-bearing genes. Professor Tsui has received numerous awards and honors over the years. The University of Toronto has named him one of ten "Giants of Biomedical Science" in 2006.

Item no.: DV27560250
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: YANG XIANG-ZHONG

Professor Xiang zhong Yang was a leading American biotechnology scientist, and stem cell research advocate. In 1999 he was credited with creating the first cloned farm animal in the United States C a cow called "Amy"

Item no.: VT27560251
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SUCCESS STORIES: YU YING SHIH

Cultural thinker YU Ying Shih cut in the Chinese Culture from a historical perspective. He deploys knowledge in order to deconstruct problems related to China. He belongs to a rare group of historical scholars who has the mastery over different dynasties and also well verse in the Western History. In the past half century, he had all along put his thinking cap on Chinese culture for composing books to expound doctrines.

He holds that winning the prize is not merely a personal honor but more importantly, it is the recognition to all Chinese intellectuals, in particular, to positively admit that Chinese as a language with her international status in academic writings. Most of Yu's books are published in Chinese, whose works are not only appreciated as largely the academic contributions. It has, on the one hand, exerted influence over the trends of thoughts of democracy in Taiwan, and on the other as an eye-opening research method generally recognized by the scholars of Chinese Humanities that will have applied in the Mainland academy.


Item no.: AN27560252
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HISTORY


HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE

Combining the use of television footage and computer animation techniques, coupled with historic landmarks and architecture, the documentary series " The History of Hong Kong " , was produced through a " reconstructive " approach to visually recompile many significant historic moments. Riding on the backdrop of Hong Kong people ' s unique sentiment and perspectives, the history from the time of the British takeover in 1841 up to the World War II were highlighted in the programme.

To present a comprehensive view in analyzing the stated historical period, the programme had invited many knowledgeable historians for interviews, together with making use of various priceless historical materials. All have contributed to give dimensions and life to the respective historic segments on screen. Through the television medium ' s power to inspire, the programme invites the audience to witness how Hong Kong, being situated amidst Eastern and Western cultures and political forces, has fought itself forward gallantly for more than a century to recast its destiny.


Item no.: EA27560389
Format: 9 DVDs
Duration: 270 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 1. GET BEHIND THE SCENES

To make it more interesting for the audience, we specifically produce this special episode on the production process. Besides showing how the production team discovered worthwhile topics, we will go through the production process and unveil the special features of the programme. Among the most interesting is how the programme used computer technology to reorganise historical events and revive historic landmarks, which allows the audience to witnessing the occurrence of history together is this visual journey.

Item no.: EN27560040
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 2. HONG KONG IN 1911 REVOLUTION

Examines the role Hong Kong played in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty. Lee Kam-keung (Professor, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University) describes what Sun Yat-sen said in his 1923 speech at the University of Hong Kong, where Furen Wenshe (later Xingzhong Hui) was located, explains why photographer Umeya Shokichi supported Sun and shows historical buildings in Ha Pak Nai, Yuen Long, where revolutionaries used to hide. Joseph Ting Sun-pao (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) explains why Hong Kong is an ideal location for development of Chinese revolutionary thinking and support of Sun's uprisings.

Item no.: NA27560041
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 3. DAYS OF BEING LIBERAL

Shows the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) building. Constructed in 1918, the building has been the venue for many speeches by well-known Chinese scholars, including Lu Xun. Joseph Ting Sun-pao (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) explains why this and the Confucius Hall, built in 1935, were popular venues for cultural activities. Show the Tat Tak College in Tun Mun. Lau Chi-pang (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Lingnan University) explains why its building and its style of education is worth preserving. Graduates of New Asia College reminisce the founding days of the school.

Item no.: HC27560038
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 4. TO SOUTH THEY DESCEND

Examines the role Hong Kong played in the preservation of traditional Chinese learning. Presents the Hok Hoi Library, established by Lai Chi-hsi (who later established the Chinese Department of the University of Hong Kong) and other Qing Dynasty Hanlin Academicians, was Hong Kong's first public library and base for traditional Chinese learning. Describes the objective of the library. Au Chi-kin (Senior Lecturer and Assistant Programme Director, Hong Kong Community College, Hong Kong Polytechnic University) explains how donations by rich local Chinese merchants helped preserve traditional Chinese education and the conditions that allowed this culture to continue in Hong Kong.

Item no.: AS27560043
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 5. DIASPORA BLUES

Shows some Tung Wah Coffin Home historical records that depict the role Hong Kong played in the overseas Chinese community. Yip Hon-ming (Professor, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) says the Home is a transit depot for Chinese labourers who died overseas and reflects the yearning of these labourers to return to their homeland. Travels to North America to locations where these labourers lived and worked and visits the Chinese clan associations there. Explains the objectives of these associations. Describes how overseas Chinese sent money through Hong Kong for construction of fortified towers in Siyi, Guangdong.

Item no.: HC27560039
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 6. CHINESE MERCHANTS AND CHARITY WORK

Reviews the history of several charitable organizations founded by the Chinese business community in the 1880's and 1890's. Chinese' mistrust of western medicine gave rise to the founding of Tung Wah Hospital in 1870. Po Leung Kuk was established in 1878 to rescue kidnapped women and children. Kwong Wah Hospital was founded in 1911 to promote western medicine. The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon (commonly known as Lok Sin Tong) registered as a charity organization in 1880 to provide local Chinese free medical consultation, medicines and burial services. Shows a few traditional rituals some of these organizations still practise today.

Item no.: LN27560037
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 7. TRADING NORTH AND SOUTH

In the 1800's, Hong Kong's Chinese merchants were mainly in the entreport trade. Their companies, the Nam Pak Hongs, congregated in Sheung Wan on Bonham Strand West (also called Nam Pak Hong Street). Lee Fuen (Chairman, Nam Pak Hong Association) talks about the businesses back then. Representatives of Kin Tye Lung in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok talk about how this family business grew over the years. They say trust among the family members and business partners was the key to the company success. Looks at the business philosophies of some traditional Chinese trading companies.

Item no.: TU27560044
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 8. ANTI-MUI TSAI MOVEMENT

Examines the controversy over the traditional Chinese customs of keeping "mui tsai" (maids). In the late 19th Century, kidnapping was rampant and because "mui tsai" were not paid and had no freedom, they were considered as slaves by westerners though to the Chinese it sometimes was an act of charity to take in a poor girl as "mui tsai". Reviews the battle between the prominent local Chinese community that supports keeping "mui tsai" and the westerners and Christians who opposed it that eventually led to the intervention by the British Parliament and the 1923 legislation to ban the practice.

Item no.: RR27560036
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: 9. THE FALL OF HONG KONG

Reviews the history of the battle for Hong Kong that lasted from 8th to 25th December, 1941 when Governor Mark Aitchison Young surrendered to the Japanese. Explains the plans to defend Hong Kong, including construction of the Gin Drinkers' Line, and why Hong Kong residents were confident in the defensive capabilities of the British forces. Describes how the British planned to continue its rule over Hong Kong and prevented the Chiang Kai-shek government from accepting the Japanese surrender in Hong Kong at the end of World War II. Examines why Britain changed its policy towards Hong Kong after the war

Item no.: EU27560042
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II




"The History of Hong Kong" was broadcasted in December 2008 and became an immediate hit among the audience. Following the path and model established by the first series for further development, it is hoped that the "The History of Hong Kong II" will supplement the first series to illustrate Hong Kong's history in a comprehensive manner.

Major historical events will continue to be the focus in the new series. The historical landmarks past and present will be depicted with the aid of computer technology to re-form all those segments in history. Accordingly, the audience may obtain a better understanding in the city's history and develop feelings towards historical events, as well as having a stronger sense of identification towards both Hong Kong and mainland China.


Item no.: EZ27560390
Format: 10 DVDs
Duration: 300 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 01. BEHIND THE SCENE

Major historical events will continue to be the focus in the series. The historical landmarks past and present will be depicted with the aid of computer technology to re-form all those segments in history. Accordingly, the audience may obtain a better understanding in the city's history and develop feelings towards historical events, as well as having a stronger sense of identification towards both Hong Kong and mainland China.

Item no.: YD27560302
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 02. THE BIRTH OF HONG KONG

Shows the waterfall at Waterfall Bay that first gave the British the idea to claim Hong Kong as a base for trading with China in the 19th Century. Joseph Ting Sun-pao (Visiting Professor, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) says Hong Kong used to be the British entreport for opium. Reviews the history of how Hong Kong was ceded to Britain, where the British soldiers landed on Hong Kong Island, the city plan for Victoria and the layout of Government Hill. Presents some early colonial buildings and explains how the British ruled Hong Kong in those days.

Item no.: YA27560309
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 03. IN BETWEEN THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY

The Kowloon Walled-city was built in 1847 by the Qing Government using money donated by officers and gentlemen of Guangdong. Explains why the Qing Government wanted this city built and why it wanted to station soldiers there. Shows the original plan of the walled-city kept in Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen Library. Shows also remnants of the Longjin Bridge and how it relates to the walled-city. Explains why, after signing "The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory", the British occupied the walled-city which later became a lawless place. Explains also why Sung Wong Toi is a historically significant monument.

Item no.: ZG27560304
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 04. SCHOLARS IN THE WAR

Many mainland writers came to Hong Kong during the 1930s to escape the Japanese invasion. They included Ye Lingfeng, Dai Wangshu, Xiao Hong and Zhang Ailing. Ye, a member of Jiuwan Dailys editorial board, dedicated his life to researching on the historical places and people of Hong Kong. Dai, a poet, was imprisoned by the Japanese in Victoria Prison. Xiao published several outstanding books but died after the fall of Hong Kong. Zhang studies at the University of Hong Kong and returned to Shanghai after the Japanese occupied Hong Kong. She came back on and off to live and write.

Item no.: WJ27560308
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 05. A CENTURY OF BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT

Hong Kong is rich in the granite resources. Granite is not as precious gold or as rare as diamonds. But if without granite, the Pearl of the Orient will not be built in one day.

Item no.: BY27560301
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 06. PIONEERS OF WESTERN KNOWLEDGE

In 2008, U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama shouted "Change", it seemed to have introduced a new atmosphere. Actually the proposed change is nothing new and in fact, there are numerous times of changes along the Chinese history. The content of changes is fresh like what happened to the Hong Kong in a hundred years ago when someone suggested deploying the Western ideas in the social and political reform of China, which was considered a fresh novel idea.

Item no.: ED27560306
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 07. MARINERS ON STRIKE

Strike movement has a long history in Hong Kong as early as back in the 19th century. However, where a strike organized by trade unions, workers were required to leave Hong Kong and that had paralyzed the business sector in Hong Kong. Finally, the employers had compromised with British and Hong Kong Government, of such a large-scale industrial movement, we referred it to the first "Seamen Strike" in January 1922.

Item no.: WC27560305
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 08. DAYS OF TIU KENG LENG

Tiu Keng Leng was called the "hanging Ridge" before. Fifty years ago it was a desolate and isolated place. But no one in Hong Kong did not know this place, because a group of refugees in the National Government has been living in here for decades, so making Tiu Keng Leng a good option to "fill the gap" in the history of Hong Kong.

Item no.: KC27560303
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 09. THE FOREIGN COMMUNITIES IN THE EARLY DAYS

In a foreign land, even one has to face a very different environment, most of uswould prefer to maintain the original lifestyle, such as that the Chinese like to establish "Chinatown" small communities all over the world. After the opening up of Hong Kong, different nationalities, races of foreigners came to this Chinese village to establish their own small circle.

Item no.: GG27560310
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: II - 10. PREACHING AND EDUCATION

At the time of opening up of the place, Hong Kong and China, as elsewhere, had only the traditional run of private schools, they allowed students to take up the imperial examinations. Missionaries came to Hong Kong to establish a religious base and shepherding their believers, they thus set up schools in here and introduced of this mode of education in the West to lay the foundation of modern education in Hong Kong.

Item no.: RL27560307
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III

Besides historical documents and artifacts, buildings are also tangible evidence of history. Heritage conservation has aroused concerns in recent years, and at the same time it has stirred controversy of whether "conservation and economic development are opposing forces". In the special episode of the third season of "Hong Kong History Series", Dr. LEE Ho-yin, director of the Architectural Conservation Programmes of the Department of Architecture in the University of Hong Kong, will be invited to explain how the conservation of historical buildings improves the quality of people and brings economic benefits to society.

1. Making of the Series
2. Defence of Hong Kong
3. Public Governance and Medicare in Hong Kong
4. Press Industry in Hong Kong
5. Hong Kong's Maritime Industry and the World
6. The Foundation for the Rule of Law in Hong Kong
7. Evolution of Modes of Transport
8. Development of Public Housing in Hong Kong
9. Chinese Merchants and Town Building in HK


Item no.: JW27560391
Format: 9 DVDs
Duration: 225 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 1. MAKING OF THE SERIES




The product of a painstaking process, this season of "Hong Kong History Series" explores the past from the perspective of public livelihood. Its topics range from the early press industry and shipping to the development of domestic healthcare, legal system, public transport, housing, relationship between Chinese merchants and regional development, all the way up to the defence of Hong Kong during WWII.

Item no.: PF27560392
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 2. DEFENCE OF HONG KONG




On the morning of 8 December 1941, Japanese troops started bombing Kai Tak Airport, marking the start of the 18-day "Battle of Hong Kong". Hong Kong lost the battle and went through the Japanese Occupation. A bitter experience as it was, the Japanese Occupation became a watershed in the British rule in Hong Kong, paving the way for a new situation in post-war Hong Kong.

Item no.: RY27560393
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 3. PUBLIC GOVERNANCE AND MEDICARE IN HONG KONG




When the city of Hong Kong was just established, the public environment was deplorable. At first, the death toll among the British army was high as healthcare services were only provided by floating clinics. Although there were Hospital of the Medical Missionary Society and Seaman's Hospital in 1843, but they mainly served the westerners. In 1848, the Government Civic Hospital, the first government hospital was established. However, as the Chinese had little faith in western medicine, combined with high medical fees and communication problem, only a few Chinese sought medical consultation. Most Chinese treated their illnesses with Chinese medicine methods.

Item no.: WF27560394
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 4. PRESS INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG




Because of her peculiar political environment, Hong Kong enjoys the freedom of speech and press (very much owing itself to the West) as well as the close ties with China. Moreover, she is found at a superb geographical location which is conducive to communication with both the East and the West. During the British rule, as Hong Kong was beyond the Qing court's jurisdiction, the colony became an important base of the earliest Chinese revolutionaries and their activities.

Item no.: SN27560395
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 5. HONG KONG'S MARITIME INDUSTRY AND THE WORLD




In Hong Kong, vessels come and go. In the past hundred years or so, Hong Kong has put on a million faces, having evolved from a small fishing village into a prosperous entrepot, and then into the current state as a global financial centre. Throughout the growth of the local economy, shipping has grown along as well. Once the major economic backbone of Hong Kong, the shipping industry has adjusted itself time and again to adapt to the ever-changing world. Today, shipping in Hong Kong is no more as prosperous as it was, and yet the harbour that has nurtured Hong Kong over a century is still dazzling and thriving.

Item no.: NV27560396
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 6. THE FOUNDATION FOR THE RULE OF LAW IN HONG KONG




The rule of law is one of the most important cornerstones of Hong Kong. But by whom and when was it put into the social system in Hong Kong?

It probably began when the British people occupied the Hong Kong Island.


Item no.: CH27560397
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 7. EVOLUTION OF MODES OF TRANSPORT




Urban development leads to transport innovation, and transport improvement in turn accelerates urban expansion. There is a strong tie between a city and its transport. In just more than a century, Hong Kong has quickly transformed itself from a small fishing village to an international city. Transport has also been evolving continuously to cope with the changing society, and it plays an important role in urban development.

Item no.: SJ27560398
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 8. DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING IN HONG KONG




In 1953, the most destructive fire in the history of Hong Kong hit the squatter area in Shek Kip Mei and left nearly 50 000 homeless. Subsequently, the Government built a large number of temporary accommodations for the victims. Many people think that this marked the beginning of Hong Kong public housing development, but is it really like that?

Item no.: MN27560399
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HISTORY OF HONG KONG, THE: III - 9. CHINESE MERCHANTS AND TOWN BUILDING IN HK




Hong Kong has gone through reclamations for 170 odd years. Since the establishment of the City of Victoria in early Hong Kong, Chinese merchants have been playing an important contributive role in land and new city development.

Item no.: JE27560400
Format: DVD
Duration: 25 minutes
Copyright: 2016

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: BOXER INDEMNITY AND OVERSEAS STUDIES

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: MV27560311
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: MILITARY TRAINING IN EUROPE

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: JV27560312
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: OVERSEAS EDUCATION AND THE NEW CULTURE MOVEMENT

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: AK27560313
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: OVERSEAS EDUCATION FOR HK STUDENTS

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: VP27560314
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: OVERSEAS STUDY IN SOVIET UNION

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: RD27560315
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: PAINTING AND OVERSEAS EDUCATION

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: NU27560316
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: STUDY AND WORK IN FRANCE

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: VE27560317
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: THE FERVOUR OF STUDYING IN JAPAN

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: TN27560318
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: WOMEN STUDING ABOARD

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: KL27560319
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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HUNDRED YEARS OF OVERSEAS STUDIES, A: YUNG WING AND STUDENTS STUDYING IN USA

A documentary about the Chinese students' studies in the USA, Japan, Russia and Europe over the past one hundred years and the entailing political and cultural development in China.

Item no.: LM27560320
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2006

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MUSIC


MUSIC AND BEYOND: COLOUR OF TIME



Item no.: DL27560184
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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MUSIC AND BEYOND: NOTES ON THERAPY



Item no.: WV27560185
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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MUSIC AND BEYOND: ON THE PATH TO A MUSICAL JOURNEY



Item no.: PY27560186
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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MUSIC AND BEYOND: SONGS OF THE DIVINE



Item no.: GN27560188
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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MUSIC AND BEYOND: THE FOUR SEASONS



Item no.: AA27560189
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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MUSIC AND BEYOND: TIME FOR MUSIC



Item no.: PH27560190
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS


HONG KONG CONNECTION: 30 YEARS OF REFORM (1)

This topic was divided in 2 programs. When Deng Xiaoping launched China's drive towards economic reform 30 years ago, the people of the country felt liberated. Indeed, the economy has improved by leaps and bounds ever since. Politically, however, the People's Republic of China has remained unchanged.

Item no.: HW27560063
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: 30 YEARS OF REFORM (2)

This topic was divided in 2 programs. When Deng Xiaoping launched China's drive towards economic reform 30 years ago, the people of the country felt liberated. Indeed, the economy has improved by leaps and bounds ever since. Politically, however, the People's Republic of China has remained unchanged.

Item no.: VC27560064
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: ADOLESCENTS IN NEED

Explores the problems that unskilled unemployed teenage school dropouts face. While some choose to indulge themselves in temporary happiness, others become recluses because they are afraid to confront life's challenges or even to meet people. Shows how one of them at age 22, with the help of an evening school principal, social and community workers, finally realizes the need to work and further his education to upgrade his qualification. Shows how he and a co-worker, as peer counselors, help other teenage dropouts. Points out the importance of having a life goal to avoid living aimlessly.

Item no.: CC27560045
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: BEHIND THE GREAT FIREWALL

Shows three Mainland website hosts' commitment to uncover government corruption and collusion with businesses or discuss controversial topics untouched by traditional media. Zhou Shuguang, a former Ningxiang, Hunan vegetable seller became a famous Citizen Reporter after uncovering on his website a land dispute in Chongqing. Lin Jiashu introduces "Podcasting" () to China in his website "flypig.org" through which he expresses his discontent with regular radio broadcasts. Zhang Wei attempts to protect old Beijing through his website "oldbeijing.com". Explains Chinese government's cyber censoring tool "Great Firewall of China (GFW)" which is used covertly to search and screen out "undesirable" Internet information.

Item no.: PL27560046
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: CALLING IT A DAY

In June 2008, to prevent further avian flu outbreaks, the government adopted a policy of daily slaughtering of unsold chickens and encourages chicken retailers to surrender their licenses. Two chicken retailers in their 70's and 80's and Wong Wai-chuen (Chairman, Hong Kong Poultry Wholesalers and Retailers Association) who has been negotiating with the government to keep the poultry industry tell why they decide with reluctance to surrender their licenses. Their customers express their displeasure in not having the choice of buying fresh chickens due to these stores' closure. A remaining poultry retailer tells the difficulty in continuing his operation.

Item no.: LY27560065
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: CHOOSING TO BE HAPPY IN LIFE

Lam Chiu-ying (Director of Hong Kong Observatory) who recently underwent brain surgery laments the increasingly materialistic society of Hong Kong and urges people to value their lives, families and friends. He advises people to be hopeful as their problems will be solved eventually. Features daipaidong owner, Lee Chung-hing, who provides free congee breakfast to the elderly. He tells the joy of sharing and commends his long-term employees for their support. He recalls how a former employee inspired him to persevere during a seemingly hopeless financial crisis. While some old folks appreciate his philanthropy, others are critical of his good intention.

Item no.: TA27560066
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: DEFENDING JUSTICE IN CHINA (1)

The typical lawyer in China has been the subject of much ridicule in Hong Kong. The common impression is that, as a defence lawyer, he or she simply goes through the motions in court and does nothing more than ask for mitigation. Well, things are changing. There are lawyers in China who, despite daunting obstacles confronting them, are determined to bring about changes in the country's legal system.

Item no.: RD27560048
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: DEFENDING JUSTICE IN CHINA (2)

Above the court, there is a body that controls it. The Party is above the law. The legal system was never designed with independence of the Judiciary in mind. These are what China's leading lawyers are saying about their legal system. They are severe criticisms, indeed. Is there hope for improvement?

Item no.: EJ27560047
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: DESTRUCTION OR RECONSTRUCTION?

Examines the conflict between urban redevelopment and preservation. Reviews attempts the H15 Concern Group made to preserve buildings in Lee Tung Street including "A flat for a flat, a shop for a shop" settlement proposal and the "Dumbbell Proposal" that met all Urban Renewal Authority's (URA) requirements and balanced all parties' interests. But URA rejected them. Kenneth To Lap-kee (Professional Planner) explains why residents continue to fight even after compensation is received. Chan Wai-kwan (Former Town Planning Board Member) questions government's insistence in bulldozing the H15 redevelopment area. An academic blames it on a systemic problem relating to land ownership.

Item no.: LC27560049
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: DOWN BUT NOT OUT

The credit squeeze resulting from the financial tsunami is literally squeezing the life out of many of the 290,000 medium and small businesses in Hong Kong. Struggling with a liquidity problem, some businesses have indeed gone bust. But a good number of them are doggedly determined to fight for survival. They are down but not out.

Item no.: NB27560067
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: FOR A DEMOCRATIC TOMORROW

The 3-month public consultation on the Democratic Development Green Paper is almost over but the response is not overwhelming. Reviews Pastor Chu Yiu-min's fight for democracy since 1984 and shows his current active participation in organizing the Democrats' Primary Election. Reflects different views on the Green Paper. Discusses two university public polling results which show that 50-60% of the respondents support universal suffrage in 2012. However, one university's data reveals that the same pool of people would accept a 2017 universal suffrage if China so wishes. Explains and critiques the deeper meaning of this findings which reflects China's political intervention.

Item no.: HP27560050
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: HANG ON IN THERE, IVY!

Ivy Zhang Wei, a new immigrant from China and a rising star in Hong Kong's gymnastics field, was paralyzed from the waist down from a spinal injury sustained during training. Zhang's parents criticize the Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China, under which Zhang was training, is not shouldering its responsibility as they expect a national athletic team would in China. Philip Mak Shun-pong (Former President, Hong Kong Chamber of Insurance Intermediaries) explains the difficulties athletes face in obtaining insurance in Hong Kong Professional soccer organization and players point out the problems with athletes having no insurance coverage for sports injuries.

Item no.: TN27560068
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Discusses the challenges Hong Kong's Chap Lap Kok International Airport is experiencing from neighbouring airports and how it plans to counter the competitions. Stanley Hui Hon-chung (Chief Executive Officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong) describes the constant upgrades to the Airport in the past 10 years. A Principal Official talks about Hong Kong's attempt to partner with Shenzhen Airport to better coordinate domestic and international flights in order to meet competition from Guanzhou. Discusses the different views on building a third runway versus establishing cooperation with Pearl River Delta airports to solve air congestion problems and increase passenger and cargo flow.

Item no.: WC27560069
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: IS MILK GOOD?

Statistics show Hong Kong's milk consumption has increased 6 times over the past 20 years. Yet research by Cornell University Emeritus Professor, T. Collin Campbell, shows casein in milk increases the chance of getting cancer in human. He says drinking more milk increases the chance of prostate cancer. But plant proteins from green vegetables and soybeans do not have similar effect. Advises people not to blindly follow a western diet. Shows children who, unknowing to their parents, are allergic to milk. Shows also a study which reveals that there is no correlation between milk consumption and bone fractures.

Item no.: CF27560070
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: KIDS OF THE NIGHT

Young people explain why they like to loiter in the streets throughout the night. Shows an outreach social worker who tries to understand these youngsters, some as young as 7. Also shows one youth centre which is open and offers dancing classes throughout the night to youngsters who do not want to go home. Points out the importance for parents to care for their children, listen to their needs especially when they are going through different phases of their lives, like entering secondary school, that requires adjustment. Notes the negative effect of parents constantly nagging their children.

Item no.: HR27560071
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: LANDSLIDES

Hong Kong has a hilly terrain with a substantial portion of urban development located near or on the hillsides. Coupled with torrential summer rainfall, landslide is a long-term problem. Andrew Malone (Honorary Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong) says it is the government's responsibility to prevent or limit damage from landslips. Wong Hok-ning (Deputy Head, Geotechnical Engineering Office (Planning & Standards)) explains why landslides never cease. Chau Kam-tim (Associate Head, Faculty of Construction and Land Use, Hong Kong Polytechnic University) explains the impact of urban development on natural hillsides and man-made slopes.

Item no.: YB27560072
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: LESSONS FROM DUBAI

Examines what makes Dubai thrive. Hong Kong jeweller, architect, accountant and property developer discuss the opportunities in Dubai. They praise its government for having foresight in developing the country, that it looks for new ideas and adapts quickly in response to modern changes, and also its people, many of whom are from overseas, for their progressive "can do" attitude. Being a free port and imposing no profit tax help businesses thrive too. Suggests Hong Kong to learn from Dubai in being imaginative, innovative and tolerant in attracting the best people to work together.

Item no.: WB27560073
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: MAKING MONEY ON BEHALF OF POOR

Carol Chyau and Marie So are two well-educated young ladies with exceptional philanthropic ideas. They have ventured to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in China to help improve life for the people of the Zang Minority by setting up what they call a social enterprise, making and marketing both produce and products that come from the yak.

Item no.: GH27560074
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: MOTHERS IN A PANIC

Mothers the world over were shocked when news broke that the chemical melamine was found in milk powder produced in China and infants and children had developed kidney stones as a result of consuming it. Mothers in Hong Kong, in particular, were panic-stricken, rushing to clinics with their children for medical testing and trying to replace the tainted milk they have been buying.

Item no.: NB27560075
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: ON HOSTING THE OLYMPICS

Young residents tell what it is like living under tight police, media and international scrutiny in Beijing during the Olympic Games. They say China being a novice in the Olympics is unsure of itself and is very concerned about presenting its best to the world. A Beijing native rock-and-roll musician says instead of a festive and gay atmosphere, many activities have been curtailed and the city has become boring. Control still exists over the internet regarding criticism against the government and the Beijing Olympics. People are leery of the media. Nevertheless, people feel proud of China for hosting the Olympics.

Item no.: HF27560076
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: PERFECT FORMULA

Despite the introduction of a marketing code by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1981 to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes, Hong Kong allows the industry to regulate itself. Looks at the Philippines where Filipino mothers are misled by doctors who have received benefits from powdered-milk manufacturers into feeding their babies only breastmilk substitutes. The weak Philippines government is also forced to withdraw from a lawsuit under the WHO code against American powdered-milk manufacturers. Examines the situation in Hong Kong where the government's push for breastfeeding is unsuccessful because of powdered-milk manufacturer's advertisements.

Item no.: TN27560052
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: PRICE FOR DEMOCRACY

A new president for Taiwan will be elected on the 22nd of March this year. Will the Democratic Progressive Party remain in power? Or will the Kuomintang regain control of government? When Chen Shui-bian was elected President eight years ago, we witnessed the first turnover of power from one party to another in Taiwan's history. Is the second turnover in the making?

Item no.: NR27560053
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: SCHOOL IN JEOPARDY

The problem with low student enrolment resulting from low birth rate is extending from primary to secondary schools with Band 3 schools being the hardest hit. Reviews the historical trend in student enrolment over the past few decades. School principals criticize that school closure is an inappropriate reaction to the demographic change and that the government should instead seize the opportunity to adopt small-class teaching. Shows how some schools take advantage of a drop in student enrolment by starting to provide special services such as teaching students with special needs. Also shows some schools that are recruiting across the border.

Item no.: JC27560077
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: SCRAPING BY UNDER INFLATION

A Form 3 student, Sing-lung comes from a six- member Comprehensive Social Security Assistance- dependent (CSSA) family. Shows how he shops frugally for his groceries and collects paper and aluminium cans in exchange for money. His teacher notes that he participates in all free extra-curricular activities. His father says despite their financial difficulties, he buys new runners for Sing-lung's running contest and contributes towards fees for his mainland exchange tour. Sing-lung helps organize children to protest against inflation and poverty and also cleans house and runs errands for the aged. He hopes the government will increase the CSSA and Old Age Allowance.

Item no.: GN27560054
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: SO CLOSE, SO DIFFERENT

Discusses the requirements if the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre's proposal to merge Hong Kong and Shenzhen into a world-class cosmopolitan city were to be adopted. Identifies the advantages of this proposal. Points out the differences including social, cultural, educational, medical and political between the two cities that need to be resolved. Also discusses the proposal to allow 2 million indigenous Shenzhen residents to freely cross the border to Hong Kong. Stresses the importance that both sides must remain open and receptive in order to realize such harmonious development jointly.

Item no.: SH27560055
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: STARVE THE MONSTERS!

Stanley Chiang Tandon Lal (alias Chiang Chi-wai), convenor of a boycott action against oil companies, criticizes the petroleum retail price has not reflected the sharp fall in world oil price. Billy Mak Sui-choi (Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Decision Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University) says the boycott proves to be effective and so does introduction of competitors, PetroChina Company Limited and Sinopec Corporation, in bringing down prices at the pumps in Hong Kong. A former senior oil company executive explains why there is little room for price reduction. Chiang encourages people to unite to fight for reasonable oil prices.

Item no.: HU27560078
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THANK YOU, ROWENA

"Looks at how an elderly couple get along with their foreign domestic helper. Yu Hon-kei is bedridden with a rare neuro-degenerative disease but still has an alert mind. His wife of more than 30 years can no longer take care of him but he refuses to go to a nursing home. So the old couple has to rely on hired help. Mrs. Yu tells how difficult it is to find good domestic helpers. Shows Rowena, their current helper taking care of Mr. Yu. Mrs. Yu and Rowena share their experience of adjusting to each other as employer and employee.

Item no.: VC27560079
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE BIG CHILL

During the financial crisis, many small and medium enterprises (SME) feel helpless. A semi-precious stone products manufacturer and a metal and plastic products manufacturer in Dongguan identify the causes of many SME's business failures. They explain why the current economic downturn hits them harder than during the Asian financial crisis and SARS and they are forced to lay off staff. Points out that the SME rescue measures by the government and banks are insufficient and inappropriate. They urge banks to adopt a win-win approach by relaxing their credit and loan policies. A factory worker talks about his worries about unemployment.

Item no.: VB27560080
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE FINAL DAYS

Documents the last days of a terminal cancer patient, Chan Heung-sui, under the care of Doris Tse Man-wah (Chief, Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Unit, Caritas Hospital) in the Palliative Care Ward. Chan expresses a dying patient's needs. Tse explains the importance of controlling patients' physical symptoms and maintaining their peace of mind. She advises family members to spend the last moments saying goodbye to the dying loved one instead of worrying about resuscitating him/her. She says she is not trying to beautify death but to help people to confront pain. Shows how Chan's eventual death affects her daughter.

Item no.: YH27560081
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE FIRST WAVE OF THE TSUNAMI

Lehman Brothers, one of the largest investment banks in the United States, has filed for bankruptcy. Tens of thousands of investors in Hong Kong have all their savings in one fell swoop. Even now, they don't seem to have any clear idea what they invested their money in.

Item no.: NE27560082
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE INLAND PUSH

Looks at how the Central Government's decision to develop Northwest China, encourage relocating coastal industries inland, enforce security deposit requirement on export processing with supplied materials and introduce the new Labour Contract Law affect the 80,000 Hong Kong industrialists in the Pearl River Delta. These and a shortage of factory workers force industrialists, who have helped develop the area, to relocate or face closure. Follows a Hong Kong businessman as he travels to Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi to look for the ideal site to relocate his factory from Dongguan. He explains his bitterness of being forced to relocate inland.

Item no.: SL27560056
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE LESSON OF 1966 & 1967

Reviews the events and socioeconomic condition that gave rise to the 1967 riots. Shows how a labour dispute turned into political unrest after the intervention of the local Communists and Hong Kong police. Discusses the roles China and then Hong Kong Governor, David Trench, played before and after the riot. Points out the similarity of Hong Kong's socioeconomic condition 40 years ago and today, 10 years after the Handover. Warns that as people's discontentment mounts and the government continues to ignore people's pleas and does nothing about the widening rich-poor gap, history could repeat itself and riots could occur again.

Item no.: HE27560057
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE MANDATORY PROVIDENT FUND SCHEMES

In the year 2000, the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes came into effect. The Government's goal was to help the 2.5 million people in gainful employment to attain financial security when they retire. Seven years on, the Schemes has already been widely critiqued.

Item no.: GH27560058
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE MAVERICKS IN MACAU

Profiles Antonio Ng Kuok-cheong, directly-elected Macau Legislative Assembly Member and Founding Chairman of pro-democratic political party, New Democratic Macau Association. He explains why he is active in the Macau democracy movement even though he is a minority in the Assembly and faces many obstacles. The publisher of Macau Labour Biweekly which has recently ceased publication criticizes Macau's media for rarely advocating for the grassroots and shares his worries about Article 23 legislation. Agnes Lam Iok-fong (Programme Coordinator, Bachelor of Journalism and Public Communication, University of Macau) says she takes a middle-of-the-road stand in promoting reform.

Item no.: BA27560083
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE OLDEST PROFESSION

Sex workers are fighting for a law amendment to de-criminalize prostitution. Explores their backgrounds, mentalities and feelings. Several sex workers tell why they use the "one prostitute per apartment" arrangement and describe the discrimination and police harassments they and their families face. Moyreen Tilbrook (Chairperson, Action for Reach Out) traces the founding of her organization and explains its role in public education, advocacy and research to ensure sex workers can enjoy respect, equal treatment and access to all legal and health rights. She says it is extremely unfair that the society punishes the sex service-providers but not their customers.

Item no.: GP27560084
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE PERFECT FORMULA

Despite the introduction of a marketing code by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1981 to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes, Hong Kong allows the industry to regulate itself. Looks at the Philippines where Filipino mothers are misled by doctors who have received benefits from powdered-milk manufacturers into feeding their babies only breastmilk substitutes. The weak Philippines government is also forced to withdraw from a lawsuit under the WHO code against American powdered-milk manufacturers. Examines the situation in Hong Kong where the government's push for breastfeeding is unsuccessful because of powdered- milk manufacturer's advertisements.

Item no.: WH27560085
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: THE VEHICULAR UPSURGE

Five years after China's ascension to the World Trade Organization, examines the development in China's automobile industry and how this has affected the national auto manufacturers. There are over 30 Sino-foreign automobile manufacturers in China and competition is keen. An auto industry critic says competition helps the growth of the industry and that the government should not protect or interfere with the industry. He says there is a social cost involved in promoting the industry, which is endless traffic jams, and this is aggravating the rapid urbanization in China. Looks at the development of China's Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd.

Item no.: ND27560059
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: TOUGH TIMES

Economically, these are very, very tough times indeed, not just for Hong Kong, but for the entire world. This week, we're going to have a look at some small businesses in Hong Kong's food sector. In dire straits, some of them have called it a day, but many of them are depending on their perseverance and ingenuity to survive.

Item no.: LH27560086
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: TUNG PING CHAU, MY HOME

Several old women who used to live on Tung Ping Chau moved away with their families forty years ago and are presently living in nursing homes. They long to return to the small island where they were born and grew up on. However, due to their age, their families have refrained from taking them there. The director of the nursing home where a few of them stay explains why she is so determined to fulfill the old women's dream. Shows her pre-scouting the route and also accompanying the old women to revisit Tung Ping Chau.

Item no.: FN27560060
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: UNITY IS STRENGTH

Rebar fixers who staged a record-breaking 36-day strike in August explain why they established a new union (FIFY) which is independent from their former representative, Bar-bending Workers' Union (BWU), a subsidiary of the Federation of Trade Unions. BWU representative defends its non-confrontational negotiation style during the strike. Examines the reason for the reduction in construction job opportunities and falling workers' salaries. Criticizes the government for siding with the business sector at the workers' expense. Observes that booming Macau has provided temporary relief to Hong Kong's job shortage problem. Points out workers' need for re-training to cope with the restructured construction projects.

Item no.: AM27560061
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: WALLED IN

Examines the escalating urban heat island effect created by screen-like skyscrapers. Shows a primary school's effort to fight for a 4-5 metre green belt between it and a planned building construction next door. Architect Corrin Chan Chui-yi explains why property developers build highrises disregarding effect on airflow and prevailing wind. Environmental organization Green Sense criticizes the current government's short-sightedness in protecting developers'interest at the public's expense. Shows the repeated failed attempts people made to stop the construction of screen-like skyscrapers. Chan suggests the implementation of an all-encompassing city planning procedure that considers environmental protection, regulations, economy and road construction.

Item no.: RY27560062
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: WHY DID THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS COLLAPSE? (1)

Looks at what parents of the students who lost their lives in the mega May 12 Sichuan earthquake want to accomplish most. Shows them collecting evidence of the shoddily-built schools. They say since months have passed after the provincial and central governments pledged to investigate into the matter with no results, they are going to take their requests directly to Premier Wen Jiabao. Parents tell how the local government is pressuring them to give up the idea and trying to silence them. Looks at how volunteers from other parts of the country help to make their voices heard.

Item no.: HS27560087
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG CONNECTION: WHY DID THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS COLLAPSE? (2)

Chau Kam-tim (Professor, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University) shows evidence of the poor design and shoddy construction of the schools which collapsed in the May 12 Sichuan earthquake. Johnny Leung Kin-wah (Chief Executive, Sowers Action) explains why the schools his organization built in the earthquake-affected areas remain intact with only minimal damage. Examines the possible cause of the shoddily-built schools and why even after the central government raised the construction standards for schools, disaster still happens. Shows what Hong Kong architects and engineers are doing to help the reconstruction of earthquake-stricken Sichuan.

Item no.: TT27560088
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SCIENCE


SCIENCE MOVER (SCIENCE PARK): I THINK THEREFORE I AM

Explains how the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corportation (HKSTP) Incubation Programme works. Shows three successful companies under the programme: the TeleEye Holding Limited, a company that makes the equipment that can transmit surveillance pictures over the Internet; GoGoNut Company Limited, an animation company; and Ondo Creation Limited, a company that creates innovative packaging for condoms.

Item no.: YN27560225
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SCIENCE MOVER (SCIENCE PARK): LIFE SCIENCE

Looks at how the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP) supports research and development of biotechnology companies. Chang Hsiu-kang (Chairman, HealthBaby Biotech (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd.) tells how he started his cord blood bank in Taiwan and why he chose HKSTP to set up his Hong Kong subsidiary. Explains how cord blood is collected and what it can be used for. Shawn Leung (Chief Executive Officer, SinoMab Bioscience Limited) explains the benefits of using biotechnology to make drugs, the advantages of setting up shop in HKSTP and why the closeness to China helps the development of his company.

Item no.: VL27560226
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SCIENCE MOVER (SCIENCE PARK): NEW BEGINNERS

Looks at how the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP) help young entrepreneurs start up companies. Alan Lam (Chief Technical Officer, Sengital Limited) says finding potential buyers for his motion-sensing remote-control device is most difficult. Jason Hong Ying-fai and Picco Chu Hoi-chung, Directors of Zensis Limited say start-ups lack business experience. Describes what assistance HKSTP can offer to these start-ups. Explains what 'angel investors' are. Samson Tam Wai-ho (Chairman, Group Sense (International) Limited), as an angel investor, says funding is a problem for start-ups. A funding recipient tells how Tam's company helped him.

Item no.: AF27560227
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SCIENCE MOVER (SCIENCE PARK): TAKING DREAMS HOME

Lin Chi-hung (President and Chief Executive Officer, Altai Technologies Limited) explains the benefits of mobile broadband. He says it is easy to find quality technical people with international perspective in Hong Kong. Shows him in Malaysia where his equipment has allowed rural residents access to information and knowledge. Suen Wai-mo (Chief Executive Officer, Cluster Technology Limited) explains why he set up his company in Hong Kong and how he expects to help improve the computing efficiency of companies with his company's technology. Founders of Hong Kong RFID Limited show some products their company has developed for jewellers and sushi restaurants.

Item no.: BR27560228
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SCIENCE MOVER (SCIENCE PARK): THE PARK OF DREAMS

Describes the objectives of the Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP). A HKSP engineer explains the design concept behind the Park's Phase II development, shows the energy-saving features of its buildings, how they are insulated from vibration, how the advanced refuge handling system works and what the interactive multi-media intercom system offers. Chuck Cheng Cheuk-wing (President and Chief Executive Officer, Appotech Limited) tells why he returns from the United States to start his integrated circuit design business here and how facilities at the HKSP and availability of related research companies in the same complex help him and his staff in their work

Item no.: SS27560229
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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SOCIOLOGY


GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): 375 DAYS AFTER

A man who used to busy himself in his work and cared little about his wife and daughter felt remorseful after his wife was diagnosed with a terminal case of cancer with only one year to live. He started looking after his wife and even held her hands for the first time. After his wife died, he suffered from depression and became a drunkard. But with the help of his daughter, he started to learn to confront death with optimism and tried to live happily.

Item no.: ZA27560024
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): BEYOND SUNSET

Energetic 71-year-old Tom, former factory worker, started taking courses on a variety of topics since he retired in order to catch up with lost learning opportunities. Shows his busy learning schedule from dawn till dusk and then working as a waiter at an Italian restaurant in the evening. He applies what he learned and regularly volunteers his haircutting skills at nursing homes. Also shows cheerful and optimistic 85-year-old Chan Kau who not only takes care of her 93-year-old stroke patient husband but also volunteers at a community centre and helps other elderly in her neighbourhood.

Item no.: HC27560025
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): BRAVO! OLD FOLKS!

Shows a group of seniors, mostly former farm workers, participating in the annual Changhua County Sports Meet Senior Section in Changhua County, Taiwan. Profiles several of these elderly people in their 80's and 90's who demonstrate their self-sufficiency, independence, industriousness, optimism and contentment in their daily living and compete with tenacity as marathon runners and in other sports. Also shows how they support each other through a self-help group they organize.

Item no.: WA27560026
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): DAUGHTER OF THE SEA

Looks at what makes the women of Jeju-do the longest living in South Korea. A 69-year-old woman diver who still dives with her students to catch octopus and collect sea urchins says working gives her health. Shows the shrine where women divers pray for health and abundant catch before they head out to sea. Demonstrates the songs women divers sing which do not carry a tune. Shows a grandmother in Mara-do, South Korea's southernmost island, who still dives with her daughter and niece. A 53-year-old grandmother says simple life and hard work makes people healthy and happy.

Item no.: YZ27560027
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): DREAM RIDERS

Shows 5 retirees and members of the Hongyan Cyling Team who travel 190 kilometres from Urumuqi to Turpan. They say being close to nature and keeping fit through cycling, camping, dancing and singing help them stay healthy, happy and young. They also say cycling across the open space of Xinjiang broadens their minds and their horizon. They share how they help each other in the Team, and together with perseverance and courage, they realize their dream of strengthening their bodies so that they would not be a burden to their family and their country.

Item no.: DS27560028
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): NO SOLO TOURS

Three 61-year-old retirees, Ho Chee-kong, Chan Hing-fat and Chow Shu-ching formed the Hong Kong Emerald Hiking Team in 2003 and have been hiking with people with common interest. Ho conducts research, designs and coordinates the trips. He also serves as photographer during the trips. Chan is responsible for all the meals while Chow who has recovered from cancer in 1996 is in charge of the finances. They tell why they volunteer their time and effort to organize their Team's hiking trips. Shows them hiking, sightseeing and camping in Sichuan's Wolong, Four Girls Mountain and Danba.

Item no.: YN27560029
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): NON-OLD RIDERS

Twenty seniors some aged 80 or above, share the individual dream they wish to realize by travelling 1,000 kilometres on motorcycles around Taiwan in 13 days. One wants to show people who discriminate against the aged that seniors are still healthy and capable. A 72-year-old woman tells how she learned to ride a motorcycle at age 60 and why she and her pastor husband cycle around to visit the lonely elderly. Her husband shares the closeness they enjoy riding on a motorcycle together. An 80-year-old tells the romantic love story in memory of his late wife that prompted him to take the trip.

Item no.: KE27560030
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): THE CONSCIENTIOUS ELDERLY WORKERS

Shows how three elderly Hokkaido Japanese painstakingly preserve their cultural and natural heritage. At Kushiro, "Grandma Crane" shares the joy and hard work in protecting and feeding the near extinct red-crowned cranes on her front lawn. Ryoji Takahashi, whose father donated the land to build the Japanese Crane Natural Park (Tanchozuru (Crane) National Park has been raising cranes for the past 30 years. He can communicate with this rare species. Also shows Inoue Kazuo, who learned how to repair the local landmark, Sapporo Clock Tower, under his father's tough tutelage, passes on his skills to his successor.

Item no.: TA27560031
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GOLDEN AGE V (RERUN OF 2007): UPS AND DOWNS

Shows how two 62-year-old men help others to face death with dignity and understanding. Yip Chiu-wing, a licensed electrician explains why he decided to help the elderly and the weak after he retired. Shows him and other volunteers visiting the sick and making funeral arrangement for the dead so that lonely seniors can die with dignity. Vincent Tse Kin-chuen is a retired oncologist whose wife died of cancer. After he retires at 55, he started conducting seminars in the "Death Denial Society" of Hong Kong, helping people to understand and accept death.

Item no.: LC27560032
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HEALTH CARE ACROSS BORDERS: PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AUSTRALIA

Countries around the world have different health care systems. They are such as individual medical savings accounts and private health insurance to cover the costs and tax-financed free health services. In a way, the systems of Hong Kong and australia are very similar and both belong to the latter. What sets australia apart, is that it confines doctors to drug prescription other than dispensing and offers rebates on premiums to encourage residents to take out private health insurance.the australian health care system is called medicare, which was re-introduced in 1984. it is jointly funded by the commonwealth and the states and territory governments for the purpose of providing affordable and quality health care to all australians. The finance is mainly from medicare levy and other taxes. The states and territory governments also manage the operation.under the medicare scheme, australians can receive free medical treatment from general practitioners and public hospitals, or they can be admitted to public or private hospitals as private patients at their own cost and choose their own doctors.in order to encourage high-income earners to take out private health insurance, the government offers a 30% rebate to those who do so. If the annual income is above aud50,000 for a single and without private health insurance, he/she needs to pay an additional 1% of taxable income as medicare levy surcharge. Patients in australia have to buy the prescribed medicines at registered pharmacies. Under the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, patients are required to make a co-payment for the medicines listed. For those medicines that are not listed, they have to pay out-of-pocket. If an individual or the family ' s co-payment on drugs reaches the safety net threshold, then the patient can purchase the drugs subsidized by the government at a concessionary rate or even free-of-charge.soon, the Hong Kong government is going to experiment a similar public and private health care complementary system in tin shui wai. The government will purchase health care services from private clinics and refer chronically ill patients to receive treatment there. Patients will only need to pay the same fee as in general outpatient clinics. We ' ll soon find out whether this complementary system is feasible in Hong Kong

Item no.: YK27560033
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HEALTH CARE ACROSS BORDERS: SAVING FOR THE FUTURE-SINGAPORE

After its independence in 1965, singapore retained a tax-financed health care system, which was inherited from the british colonial era. In the 1970's, health care expenditure had been escalating, and thus the singaporean government began to launch health care reform. In 1984, singapore forewent the old system and established the medical savings account system. It becomes the only country in the world which completely implements the medical savings account system. The singaporean government promotes individual responsibility towards healthy living and medical expenses. This philosophy is reflected by the medisave account, a medical savings account under the central provident fund (cpf). Both employers and employees are required to make monthly contribution to the cpf. Part of the contribution is credited to a sub-account, the medisave account. Savings in the medisave account are confined for paying hospitalization fees and health insurance premiums for oneself or his immediate family members. Singaporeans can withdraw funds from their medisave accounts when they retire. However, they are required to retain a minimum amount of savings for covering their health care expenditure after retirement. The " 3m " framework of medisave, medishield and medifund ensures singaporeans to have equal access to health care services. Under this system, the singaporean government subsidizes 20% of the health care funding. The remaining amount is shouldered by private funding, such as health benefits provided by employers. In 2000, the singaporean government set up two public corporations - the national healthcare group and the singapore health services, which are responsible for allocating the funding from ministry of health to public hospitals. These two corporations also run 18 polyclinics which provide public health care services. As the polyclinics are non-profit making, the government subsidizes 50% of consultation and drug fees.Hong Kong is moving towards a new era of health care reform. Both singapore and Hong Kong are asian cities sharing similar social features. Whether or not the singaporean medical savings account system, which stresses individual responsibility, is feasible in Hong Kong, further discussion is needed.

Item no.: YB27560034
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HEALTH CARE ACROSS BORDERS: THEY ARE ALL INSURED-SWITZERLAND




Situated in central europe, switzerland is a federal republic with the tradition of economic liberalism. On the financing of the health care system, there is also a long involvement of private health insurance market. It dated back to 1911 when the first health insurance act was passed.facing a rapid growth in the health care expenditure and supply-demand imbalance in the market, after repeated debates, the swiss adopted a new health insurance act in the mid-90's. The act requires all residents and those who live in switzerland for more than 3 months to have compulsory health insurance which covers all basic health care services.with the new act, switzerland maintains a close relationship between the health care system and the private insurance market. The federal government only plays roles in legislation, monitoring and essential support, whereas the cantonal governments are responsible for the provision and the actual operation of public health care services. However, the degree of government involvement and intervention has been controversial. Private insurance companies are prohibited to decline any individual to be insured, even if one is an elderly or is ill. Moreover, premium of the same insurance company must be flat-rated and non-profit making in nature. The swiss government regards this as a reflection of the society's solidarity with which switzerland exists. However, there are diverse views that such a practice only leads to unfairness, as regardless of the frequency of using health care services, all have to pay similar amount of premiums.the coverage of the basic compulsory health insurance is another controversial issue. In principle, those health services, which are medically effective and necessary for the health and prevention of disease of the population, should be covered. However, some swiss consider the coverage is too broad and thus increases the premiums, so they cannot agree with it.to enhance the efficiency and to prevent the abuse of health care services, policies such as the deductible are adopted in switzerland. The swiss are required to pay an annual deductible and part of the remaining health care fees, approximately 10%, when receiving health care services. Insurance companies only pay the rest.even though there are measures for preventing the abuse of services and thus reducing the costs, the swiss still face pricey health care expenditure. To relieve the burden of the lower class, the government provides a safety net measure. The upper limit of the population's payment on premium is about 8% of their income, over which there will be subsidies from the government. Compared with other countries, the efficient swiss health care system indeed blends the concepts of market competition together with government regulation.

Item no.: VB27560035
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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HONG KONG STORIES 2007: FASHION FOR RAG DOLLS

The garment industry was once Hong Kong's life force, sustaining many families. As the economy grew, the garment industry gradually phased out. Fewer young people in this generation know how to sew. This episode follows a young woman (Prudence Mak) who had a close relationship with her seamster mother since childhood. Now, she puts what she saw into practice, stitch by stitch, perpetuating the spirit of the Hong Kong garment industry.

Item no.: ED27560102
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG STORIES 2007: FLOWER GRANNY

Many people from our previous generation came from mainland China to settle in Hong Kong. This story is about a granny who raised her children by herself, and is still living an independent life. She runs an overnight flower stall and collects paper boxes, passing her days with no complaints. Compared with the younger generation, the previous generation seems more tenacious and stronger in willpower.

Item no.: TC27560103
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG STORIES 2007: ONE DAY FROM HONG KONG

Hong Kong is an international city. Have you ever wondered how foreigners among us felt about this place? If we listened carefully to the foreigners from different countries living in Hong Kong, how would they recall their first impression of the local people and culture? How varied would the views of foreigners from different nationalities be?

Item no.: ZC27560104
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG STORIES 2007: RED-WHITE-BLUE - THE SPIRIT OF HONG KONG

Traces the history of the "Red White and Blue" (RWB) plastic bags and how these bags reflect the characters of the Hong Kong people. Advertising director and artist, Stanley Wong Ping-pui (alias "Another Mountain Man"), says his series of artistic creation using RWB materials reflects the industry and tenacity of the Hong Kong people. The son of the person who introduced the RWB material to Hong Kong says the material reflects Hong Kong people who can bear hardship without complaint. The man who first made bags using the material says the material is versatile like the quick-witted Hong Kong people.

Item no.: JS27560105
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG STORIES 2007: THE DAWN OF THE HOMELESS

Although there's a gap between the rich and poor in Hong Kong, a group of homeless men at the bottom of the society formed a football team with the help of a social worker and represented Hong Kong in the Homeless World Cup in Africa.Through football, these men have regained confidence and a positive attitude towards life.

Item no.: HG27560106
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: A FISHERMAN'S STORY

Executive Producer: Albert Cheung
Producer: Frank Mak, Boy Leung

The Leung's family has been fishermen for three generations. Initially, the family set sail for Maldives and Australia to catch fish. But now LEUNG Fook-yu finds himself too old for a long trip. He continues his navigation in local waters instead. He can still remember that weather was easy to foretell in the past and unpredictable nowadays. And he recalls that it was easier to catch fish previously than now. After the handover, more and more Mainland boats crossed the border for fishes in Hong Kong waters. The illegal intruders threatened the survivals of local fishermen. What's more, it damaged the corals on seabed. A few years ago, Leung and other fishermen formed an organisation for the conservation of marine life. They have urged the government to establish a protection zone on the sea and distributed educational materials on the conservation of seabed to fishermen.


Item no.: PC27560107
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: BAMBOO

Hong Kong people are certainly familiar with bamboo scaffolding. From major construction sites to stages for god revering Chinese opera, advertising signs and building maintenance work, the scaffold industry has made immense contribution to Hong Kong ' s development. Bamboo scaffolding has a long history in China: it is believed that Youchao Tribe (the Nesters) built tree houses with bamboo as early as 5,000 years ago. In recent years, however, iron frames and screws are used to build scaffolding in Mainland China instead of bamboo poles and bamboo skin.

Yet in Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding continues to be used in construction for its versatility, abundance, convenience, neatness and cost-effectiveness. Doesn ' t this remind you of the spirit of Hong Kong people?


Item no.: HZ27560108
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: BARBECUE MEAT

'Roasts, roasts, give me a big piece of char siu. Wow! Chicken and other meat in soy sauce taste good too ' Every person in Hong Kong has probably tried Hong Kong style roasts. Can ' t think of anything you fancy for lunch? Have char siu (barbecued pork) and roast chicken with rice. At festivals when people make offerings to the gods, roast pork, roast goose and chicken are always seen on the dining table. Most of us grew up with Hong Kong style roasts, a type of food that truly represents Hong Kong.

Hong Kong style roast shops had existed when the city first opened for trade. At the time most people lived in Central and the area had an exceptionally large number of roast shops. Most of the shops were situated near Middle Bazaar (present-day Central Market) so that raw ingredients could be conveniently purchased. A typical roast shop in those days would occupy an entire building: the shop was on the ground floor, the workshop on the first floor and the kitchen or staff common on the third floor. The rooftop would be used for drying meat under the sun. As society evolves, land in Central has become incredibly expensive and roast shops, in different types and styles, are now found all over Hong Kong.


Item no.: LJ27560109
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: BITTER BUT HEALING

Executive Producer: Albert Cheung
Producer: Frank Fung, Boy Leung

Some time ago, parents did not take their children to a doctor to cure their sore throat, acnes or ulcers. Instead, they would urge them to get a bowl of niansi wei (literally means '24 flavours') at a herbal teashop in the neighbourhood. The tea, as one of the many different types of the so-called 'cooling teas' made with plants, was supposed to remove excessive 'internal heat' from the body, thus alleviating people's 'burning' discomforts. Most of the time, the teas could do the trick and make people feel better. When people drank the teas, they usually also tucked in some sweetly snacks to suppress the bitter taste brought by the drinks. These snacks, such as haw flakes, preserved apricots and dried fruits, were also children's favourite refreshments of the time. Eat some of them and you are reminded of the past.

Herbal tea was one form of treatments in traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, people in China have been using plants for medical purpose. As millions of Chinese people were being traded as labourers into different places around the world, the use of Chinese medicine was spread beyond national borders. Nowadays, in many countries, Chinese medicine shops are easily recognisable symbols that introduce foreigners to this alternative form of therapies. Many of these establishments are run by a family over generations. The owner and shopkeepers take meals together at the same table as co-workers and friends. This form of close relationship, uncommon in contemporary world, is deeply rooted in Chinese culture.

In addition, traditional Chinese medicine shops usually give stress to accountability and integrity in the production of medicines. This is also characteristic of traditional Confucian value.

In this episode, a Chinese medicine practitioner, a university lecturer, an owner of a century-old medicine shop and a culture critic talk about the history and development of traditional Chinese medicine and the 'cooling tea'.


Item no.: PH27560110
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: CONDIMENT WITH A TRADITION

Founded during Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the Kowloon Soy Ltd was originally a branch of Mei Chun, an exporter. Following the ban on exports to Europe and the United States, Kowloon Soy started to produce soy sauces at its plant in Yuen Long for domestic market. At first, its business was good, as people used to season rice with soy sauce during war times. However, with the resumption of manufacturing after the war, most companies began to roll out soy sauce in mass quantity by machinery. The method of production that Kowloon Soy used, which took three months for the soy sauce to develop fully, was uncompetitive. Unexpectedly, the recent arrays of discoveries of counterfeit products on the Mainland plus the growing acceptance of organic food have helped Kowloon Soy's business to flourish again.

Item no.: JJ27560111
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: FLOWING WATER RUSHING WIND

Hong Kong boasts a heritage of fengshui stories: Bank of China tower is a sabre that has damaged the fengshui of the Government House of Hong Kong; the exterior of Exchange Square resembles a copper coin, thus the building is the heart of Hong Kong ' s financial industry; Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is the city ' s ' sacred turtle ' , where all important ceremonies are held

Architect Michael Chiang, who received western education, has a profound knowledge of fengshui and Chinese metaphysics. to him, fengshui is traditional Chinese statistics rather than unfounded superstition. It is unfortunate that many Hong Kong people think of fengshui as a form of money-growing ' magic ' and are not at all aware of the sophistication of this traditional cultural product.


In Hong Kong, fengshui is seen as a tool for moneymaking, and fengshui consultant is an exceptionally well-paid job. This is especially true for a number of high-profile fengshui experts, who are often featured in the media in recent years and have huge fan following. Peter So has been in the industry for decades and born witness to the peaks and troughs of Hong Kong ' s economy. According to him, traditional Chinese metaphysics does not include ways to forecast economic development but his clients always ask him to make projections for the stock market and the economy so that they can make money.


Item no.: DF27560112
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: FORGET NOT POND-FISHING IN HONG KONG

Looks at the fish-farming business in Hong Kong. A fishpond owner explains why he raises different fishes together in the same pond. He recalls the heydays of fish farming and explains why it no longer attracts young people. A fishmonger shows how fish price is decided in the market. Shows how mullet fries are caught from the sea and adjusted to live in fresh water ponds. A fish-farmer says his fish are now raised in China and grown fish are shipped to ponds in Hong Kong for final stage of rearing. Shows also raising giant grouper in land-based ponds.

Item no.: WN27560113
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: GOODBYE HANDMADE SHOES

Interview a cobbler who make-to-order shoes for customers. He says in shoe-making, workmanship is more important than techniques. He says he learned his trade in Shanghai and that after coming to Hong Kong in 1950, he made bundles hand-making shoes. He laments that no one wants to enter the trade now. Shows some tools that he made himself and how they are used. Shows the steps in making a shoe and what makes a good pair of shoes. A Hong Kong shoe manufacturer who runs seven shoe factories in China tells how he helped his father started his business.

Item no.: VF27560114
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: IN LOVE WITH ICE CREAM

'Can I have one Large Cup, twin ice lollies, one ice papaya and pineapple, please? ' This brings back long-lost memories from your childhood, doesn ' t it? The ice cream cart, with its large blue parasol, has seen many people through their childhood. Even without the music, people of all ages would be drawn towards it.

We did not have convenient stores or supermarkets in the 1960s and 70s and the best place to get a Large Cup (of ice cream) is the ice cream cart. Every kid in every neighbourhood would look forward to the van coming partly because the uncle driving it was always nice and kind. He would not care how many items you bought, even if business was only a dollar or so. Generations of ice cream cart drivers have been passionate about their work and have built a special bond with their customers. The job does not only bring them money, but also a touch of humanity C something Hong Kong society today quite desperately needs.


Item no.: BD27560115
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: KEEP ON RUNNING

This is a Hong Kong story about horses.

Among animals, horses make the most significant contribution to Hong Kong society. Horseracing has created over 20,000 jobs for Hong Kong and brings the government betting tax revenue of close to 10 billion dollars a year. When Deng Xiaoping said horse racing would continue after Hong Kong ' s return to China, the significance of horses to Hong Kong was doubly reinforced.

Every year in Hong Kong over 300 horses retire from racing. If these horses are to survive retirement, they must learn to adapt and change.

Upon retirement, Fairy King Prawn was ' employed ' by Hong Kong Jockey Club as ambassador. El Prado Star, forced to retire at the age of five due to poor performance, became a lead horse, while eight-time champion Super Combed is now an athlete horse


Item no.: WH27560116
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: LADIES OF SWEET DUMPLINGS - QUEEN OF TONGYUEN

YIP Siu-woon had been a hawker selling sweet soup on the street. As a single parent, she fed her three daughters with the business. In 1998, she stopped working as a hawker after 20 years' in the business and left Hong Kong with her family. But she returned to the city two years later to help her debt-ridden youngest daughter Ah Win. They opened a shop selling desserts. Previously Ah Win did not have any job experience, but now she usually works 18 hours a day. After paying off her debt, she wants to finance her son's university study in the United States. Like many busy parents in Hong Kong, Ah Win finds little time to stay with her daughter Kei Kei. Sometimes the girl has to visit the dessert shop in order to meet her mother. Yip, Ah Win and Kei Kei have witnessed changes in Hong Kong over the past decades.

Item no.: NF27560117
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: LOCAL FOREIGNER IN HONG KONG

Mr. Smith could speak local Cantonese. He came to Hong Kong in eighties and witnessed the hand-over of Hong Kong for over 20 years. He had run trading business with self production factory in Mainland China, He had enjoyed the old good days of " business comes with holding a plate " . Also because doing business at the north he realized the Chinese location in business doing. Mr. Smith is the one amongst the foreigners who rarely could obtain " buddy ' s price " .

If someone says, the advantage of Hong Konger is changing swiftly, then Mr. Smith is perhaps more " Hong Konger " than many Hong Kongers. He had also married a Hong Konger ' s wife, However, two of them that one from east and one from west appears to be wrongly positioned, wife full mouth of English and husband conversant with full Cantonese.

Home at Kwun tong, company also at Kwun tong, he knows well about the " Kai Fong " culture and market atmosphere at Kwun tong. Today Kwun tong has changed and Hong Kong industries had been dying for a long time. Mr. Smith has also changed to help foreign merchants entering China market and provide consultant services. Returning to U.S.A.? He says no, Because he deeply knows his advantages are at Hong Kong, at the Chinese communities. As what he says in here, he likes " fishes meet waters " .


Item no.: DJ27560118
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: MAH-JONG LIFE

Mah-jong, with almost a thousand years of history, is hailed as one of China ' s national essences. When Hong Kong people play mah-jong, they not only chitchat over the MJ table and bond with one another, but also mah-jong helps increase thinking ability and improve memory. According to academic research in Hong Kong, mah-jong is beneficial to easing the symptoms of Alzheimer ' s disease. Yet mah-jong itself is a very addictive sport and overindulgence in gambling over it can cost us our own well being, family and entire fortune.

In this Hong Kong story, we speak with mah-jong historians, the champion of an international mah-jong tournament and lovers of the sport to investigate the relationship between mah-jong and Hong Kong people.


Item no.: WW27560119
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: MY OLD FRIEND

Century-old Hong Kong Tramways operates the world ' s only double-decker tram fleet.

On a superficial level, every tram is in itself a piece of antique, an artefact running through the streets of Hong Kong Island. It also symbolises a certain collective memory of the island ' s residents. The tram tracks have not changed one bit over the past 100 years, but the urban scenes surrounding them have.

When a tram reaches its terminal, the driver hops on at the other end, changes the sign and makes a brand new start. All of a sudden, the end becomes the beginning. Doesn ' t this remind you of the perseverance and stamina of Hong Kong people?


Item no.: JD27560120
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: MY SCHOOL UNIFORM

School uniforms exemplify the mission in education of ' equal treatment for all ' , and they are an important symbol of school tradition. Yet as we enter a new millennium, this particular mission in education has evolved into a focus on nurturing the confidence and unique styles of individual students.

Different schools may have different views on school uniforms, but they all hope the school uniform can help remind students that while they let their true colours shine, they are at the same time a part of the school community. The same principle applies when they join the larger society upon leaving school.


Item no.: KC27560121
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: MY WEDDING BANQUET

Looks at how Chinese-style wedding traditions are maintained by the New Territories' walled-villages and the fishing community in Tai O. A Chinese-style wedding garment tailor shows the different styles and materials used now as compared to the old days. Looks at the food served and how work is shared in a walled-village wedding banquet. Shows the traditional ceremonies followed in one such wedding. Maria Tam Siu-mi (Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) explains what traditional weddings mean to the walled-village community. Shows a re-enactment of a traditional fisherman's wedding. Young people express their views towards traditional weddings.

Item no.: MA27560122
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: OUR OLD MARKET STREET

'Outdoor Bazaar' is, in essence, rhetoric to glorify Hong Kong ' s ' street markets ' .
Life was tough in Hong Kong the 1950s and 60s, and street vending provided a way for grassroots citizens to earn an honest living and provide for their families. Over time, this evolved into a unique ecological environment C the street market.

In Central Market, the city ' s oldest, stories of Hong Kongers have been passed down from generation to generation. Ordinary as they are, the stories are uniquely Hong Kong.


Item no.: ST27560123
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: PEOPLE OF SHANGHAI STREET

For photographer Simon Go, Shanghai Street is a spot of human compassion, at which there are many old shops that have been running for generations. They have experienced transitions in time. In two of Go's pictures, a team of brothers were making mirror frames and a master ran a Chinese medicine shop, assisted by his disciples. This is a relationship that is unusual in the city that forms part of Hong Kong story.

Item no.: PF27560124
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: PIECE BY PIECE

Interviews master paper-tied funerary object makers who tell how and why they entered the trade and how their kind of business was conducted in the old days. Shows a collection of old designs. One master who joined the vocation in the 70's says those were busy years for the trade but business started to decline in the 80's. Shows a big God of the Ghost figurine that he made for a religious ceremony. An academic shows how the funerary objects bring worldly consumerism to the underworld. Two young masters show paper-tied objects that they have designed and made.

Item no.: CN27560125
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: RICE

A rice store owner explains why he sells rice by the catty instead of packaged rice. Lee Kwong-lam (President, Hong Kong Kowloon Vermicelli and Noodles Manufacturing Industry Merchants General Association) explains from where Hong Kong imports its rice and how much reserve the government keeps in its warehouse. He says people eat less rice nowadays and selling rice is a sunset business. Old folks say there was famine during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and the worse hit were the fishermen. Another rice merchant explains why people like eating old rice with new rice and how it is cooked.

Item no.: HJ27560126
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: SIX BROTHER'S TEA CAF

A group formed by six brothers of a clan took over the operation of a 37-year-old caf in an estate. The new business promised quiet life for the men. Suddenly the authority announces its plan to demolish the whole estate. The plan means that the eatery that has been running over three decades will disappear forever, and the six men are going to lose their jobs. The place has been a place where residents of the old estate chatted and made friends. It is part of the collective memory shared by many.

Item no.: PM27560127
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: THE HAWKERS

Looks at the contributions of hawker to Hong Kong's economy. Ip Iam-chong (Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University) explains why there are so many hawkers in the 70's. Shows a warehouse where hawkers lease lockers for storing their carts and merchandise. Tung Choi Street was the first hawker district in Hong Kong. Hawkers talk about how difficult it was hawking in the old days. The government started to ban hawkers and took back their licences in the 1980's. Some who moved into stores in markets says business has dropped. Shows a successful hawker who made his name selling dried lemon.

Item no.: RD27560128
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: THE INVISIBLE PEOPLE

Mohamed Alli Din was born in 1930 in Hong Kong. While people can easily tell his foreign origin (Indian and Malaysian) by his appearance, they will be amazed by his familiarity with things in Hong Kong. Din is conversant in Cantonese. He has experienced all major events that took place in Hong Kong over the past decades, including the Japanese Occupation lasting three years and eight months, Typhoon Wanda, the communist revolts in 1967, the stock market crash in 1973 Like that of most people in Hong Kong, his childhood was marked by poverty. He had a few years of schooling. However, the hardworking man managed to get a job at the Water Supplies Department and his living condition has improved gradually since then. His is a typical Hong Kong story.

Fermi was a Mainland-born Chinese. She was brought to Hong Kong when she was a child. After her graduation in 1995, she began working as a social worker. When Fermi discovered that many Southeast Asians in Hong Kong, like Din, could not get sufficient schooling, she could not help but ask 'Does Hong Kong have nine-year free education? Aren't the Southeast Asians people of Hong Kong?' It was this sense of justice that encouraged Fermi to establish Hong Kong Unison in 2001 to help Southeast Asians integrate into mainstream community.


Item no.: HH27560129
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: THE MEMORIES OF HUNG KUEN

Hung Kuen Grandmaster, Chiu Chi-ling, explains why he takes his pupils to pay their respects to Great Grandmaster Wong Fei-hung. Chiu says his father was a disciple of Lam Sai-wing, Wong's pupil, who taught kungfu in Hong Kong in the 1920's. Chiu says kungfu was popular during the 1960's-70's particularly after Bruce Lee became famous. Lam Jou, Lam's nephew explains why people in his father's generation learn kungfu. His son, Lam Janfai, says many Cantonese opera actors were his father's pupils. Chow Wing-tak who is a disciple of Mok Gui-lan, Wong's wife, tells how he learned kungfu.

Item no.: LP27560130
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: THE MOST LOVING RED BLOCK

Angel WONG owns a coffee shop. When she was a pupil, she had poor relationships with her mother and her school, for her performance was poor. Then she was admitted to Maryknoll Convent School, an elite secondary school, where, despite of the initial despises from classmates, she experienced changes in her characters and her life. In retrospect, Angel described herself as a piece of white paper before entering the school. Seven years of school life gave her a likeable character, a good habit and an interest in acting. It was on the stage that she learnt to express herself and to cope with others. 'Leaving a primary school as a loser, I regained my self-esteem in Maryknoll,' she says.

Item no.: EY27560131
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2009: THE REFLUX OF DONGGANG CUISINE

Looks at the rise and fall of the Hakka (Dongjiang) cuisine in Hong Kong. Sidney Cheung Chin-hung (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) explains why Hakka cuisine is so popular with factory workers in the 60's and 70's. A restaurateur who used to run a restaurant in Shekkipmei Estate where Hakka people congregate explains why Hakka restaurateurs love to hire clansmen from their village to work in their restaurants. He says the high cholesterol Hakka food is the downfall of the cuisine. Shows a modern Hakka restaurant in Central that serves healthy Hakka cuisine.

Item no.: CR27560132
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2009

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: A PLACE OF ZEN

A Zen student who made use of his valuable holidays to come to Lantau Island for retreat told me, in the following few days it is like joining a tour, someone will arrange the daily itinerary and programme, prepare the three meals for you. You can enjoy a relaxing and happy holiday".

Item no.: KC27560133
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: ANOTHER FACE OF FILIPINOS

Filipinos maids, or 'helpers', are members of many Hong Kong families. There are over 120,000 Filipino maids in Hong Kong, accounting for the majority of foreign domestic helpers. They encounter language barrier despite the fact that they have lived in Hong Kong for over 10 years. Many of them also become homesick when they first arrive in Hong Kong. There are also a number of Filipino music artists in Hong Kong. Many of them settle here but have quitted their music career because of intense competition and gloomy economy. For instance, some of them opened fast food restaurants to serve their fellow countrymen. The Filipino generations that were born and grew up in Hong Kong also suffer discrimination. However, they believe self-confidence may help them to get along with the local people in harmony.

Item no.: YU27560135
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: DANCING WITH THE LION

As a little kid growing up in the villages of Tuen Mun, CHAN Ka-fai was already a fan of Chinese lion dance: his captivated legs just followed the pounding drumbeats, and his sight focused on the dancing dragons and lions. At the beginning he self-learned the lion dance art with his friends, using card-boxes as a substitute of lion heads. Later on, he came under the tutelage of the renowned Master HA Tak-kin; during that time he had taught dragon and lion Dance classes for secondary and primary students, and it was in this way he came to encounter youngsters from various backgrounds. In 2000, he formed his own dragon and lion dance team, teaching the art to youngsters in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai for free. Anyone willing to learn is welcomed to his class, it is his aim to get a better understanding of these youngsters, so that he can bring them onto the right track and keep them from fooling around with rogues. Master CHAN has just reached his 30s, and at his age most would be battling ahead for their careers and families, trying to make more money for a comfortable, early retirement; yet he is now spending tons of time on all these un-related youngsters, making not a penny himself and sometimes even drawing on his own pocket to bring these kids to overseas tournaments. So why is he willing to contribute in such a selfless manner?

Item no.: ZD27560139
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: FOOTSTEPS ON THE HILL

For decades, the Hong Kong football powerhouse South China has groomed one legend after another for the sport; among these is the 65-year-old WONG Man-wai, the once-fabled maestro known as 'Whiz-kid Wai'. In 1959, the then-16-year-old Wong debuted for the First Division team Happy Valley and won acclaims outright. He joined South China in 1967 and kicked off the golden years of his football career, before retiring to the coaching seat in 1979. Since 1984, he has been many times the head coach and an assistant coach for South China, and is currently the club's junior team coach. Battle-tested over the years, WONG has learnt lessons of life from football and he is now teaching these lessons to the next generation. Strolling along Caroline Hill Road, Wong tells us all those changes throughout the years, chronicling the intertwined growth of Hong Kong and its football world with everyone.

Item no.: WH27560140
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: GURKHAS, THE FORGOTTEN HEROES

What comes up to your mind when talking about the Nepalese of Hong Kong? Security guards? Or the problem of language barrier? For me, heroes! Many young Nepali soldiers were buried in the Gurkha Cemetery in the New Territories. The legendary Gurkhas had fought on the frontline for the British army for 200 years. They participated in the two World Wars, and were assigned to station at the border of Hong Kong, sacrificing their lives to curb the flood of illegal immigrants and maintain the peace of Hong Kong. They also cooperated with the police to stem the 1967 riots. Apart from defence, they also participated in rescues and acted on emergencies in times of typhoons, landslides and other natural disasters.

Item no.: HJ27560143
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: HEADMISTRESS DO-IT-ALL

At 43, the harvest period of her life time, LUI Lee-hung chooses to start from scratch and holds concurrently the posts of headmistress, teacher, school bus driver and janitor of Yuen Kong Kindergarten (a kindergarten in a Yuen Long village with only six students), earning a salary of 4500 dollars. 'I just want to help these kids', LUI emphasized that the initial motive of her decision was pure, never expecting the job would allow her better understanding about the plight of the underprivileged. LUI taught in several renowned schools in the past, and it is the first time she encounters a lack of resources in the organization she serves. LUI laments with a smile that she has been given the cold shoulder many times as a result. However, it goes beyond her expectation that praises are earned while 'getting the job done'. 'Hurdles can always be overcome in the end', with faith, LUI (now everybody calls her the 'headmistress') faces up to the difficulties ahead.

Item no.: LA27560144
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: INDIAN IMPRESSION

In the early 20th century, Hong Kong and India were both British colonies. As a result, many Indians came to Hong Kong for business and trading. They have multiplied to the second and third generations. Among those who were born of a local Indian family, some can speak fluent Cantonese and love this city very much. Ah V (Vivek Ashok Mabubanni) is one of them. He likes to perform stand-up comedy in Cantonese, and joked about the discrimination faced by the Indians in Hong Kong.

Item no.: RY27560145
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: INTER ISLANDS

When we open the map of Hong Kong, from North to South,just a fine waterline to the west of Hong Kong Island.We can find the outlying islands like Peng Chau, Mui Wo, Chi Ma Wan and Cheung Chau etc ... Originally, there is no relationship between these four places,but since 6th November, 1938 when the Inter Islands started to operate till now it has established a forever bondage between these islands.

Item no.: CW27560146
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: KOREANS, WHO STAY

Visits some Korean shops on Kimberly Street, or Korean Street. A pickled-vegetable shop owner tells the history of Korean Street. She says although Hongkongers accept Korean culture, they do not understand Korean customs. Shanghai-born Korean woman who has lived in Hong Kong for 30 years talks about her childhood in Shanghai, the horror during the Cultural Revolution, why her father urged her to be proficient in Chinese and why she established the Korean Women's Association of Hong Kong. Shows a Korean restaurateur who calls himself a Hongkonger and a Korean entrepreneur who wants to succeed in Hong Kong.

Item no.: BT27560147
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: LEAVING VIETNAM

Examines how Vietnamese refugees were treated in Hong Kong during different periods in the 1970's and 80's. Early Vietnamese immigrants were rich. They came to avoid being drafted into the army. Refugees who came after the fall of Saigon lived in open camps. They were free to move about and work outside the camps. Those who came after Hong Kong became the Port of First Asylum were kept in closed camps where their movements were restricted. Former refugees talk about their experience. Looks at how Vietnamese refugees are doing now and how they feel about Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Item no.: JU27560149
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: MY HOMETOWN, CHEUNG CHAU

Cheung Chau is the most densely populated outlying island in Hong Kong. It has a population of about 30000.What kinds of colour, sound and scent can be found in their old home?

Item no.: GB27560152
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: RESTRICTED ISLANDS

A lot of Hong Kong people like to spend their holidays on outlying islands,However, not every island welcomes casual visitors,some islands require a permit for access.Shek Kwu Chau and Hei Ling Chau are two typical examples.

Item no.: FB27560157
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: SAIL OF COMPASSION

Hong Kong is originally a fishing port. In the 50's, the prior Department of Health sent the medical staff to provide general medical services to the islanders. The Hong Kong Jockey Club donated the clinical ferry named 'Chi Hong' in 1958 and 'Chi Wan' in 1959. Navigated by the officers of the Marine Department, this mobile team was formed by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, captain and sailors. They followed the schedules and provided services to every outlying island afar. The fishermen both men and women came to see the doctor by sampan. Until 1988, the Hong Kong Jockey Club donated the second generation of 'Chi Hong' and 'Chi Wan' with the design like a mini clinic. However, with the modernization and better public transports, together with the aging of the population, the number of patients has reduced from its peak of over 26,000 people in 1966 to 2,000 people. In 2008, both 'Chi Hong' and 'Chi Wan' were official resigned after its 20 years' of service and leased as commercial ferry to continue its service.

Item no.: NS27560158
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: SAWADIKUP, HELLO!

Shows a corner of Kowloon City where Thai customs are kept and Thai festivals celebrated. A Thai domestic helper who took courses in Thailand on fruit-carving and other art forms now teaches her fellow Thai workers in Hong Kong free of charge. A woman, who came as a bride in the 1970's, tells how she overcame her adjustment problems. A Thai recalls learning his culinary skills in a Kowloon Walled-City restaurant. He later opened the first Thai restaurant in Kowloon City and started a trend. A Chinese-Thai says Thais are friendly and contended and love to share happiness with others.

Item no.: PR27560159
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (ITALIANS IN HONG KONG)

Reviews the history of Roman Catholics in Hong Kong which began in 1841. In 1950-60, the Catholic Church helped Chinese refugees by providing them with milk powder, biscuits and education. Father Franco Mella explains why he was disappointed when he first arrived in Hong Kong and how he started helping the grassroots fight for their rights. Massimo Sfriso, came to Hong Kong in 1989, shares how he met his Chinese wife and started his Italian grocery and restaurant. Elia Astorino, an exchange student with a Tsuen Wan School in 2001 explains why he has returned to start his entertainment career.

Item no.: MW27560160
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: SHALOM (JEWS IN HONG KONG)

Presents the Ohel Leah Synagogue, a Grade 1 historical building built in 1902 by the opium trading Jews from Baghdad, the Sassoon brothers in commemoration of their mother. The rabbi of this Orthodox congregation explains why they wear the kippah and shows where the torah scrolls are kept in the synagogue. Identifies some prominent Hong Kong Jews like the Belilios, the 13th Governor Nathan and the Kadoories. Michael Kadoorie compares similarities between Chinese and Jewish cultures. Describes the background to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Explains what kosher means and some rules about food that Orthodox Jews follow.

Item no.: SH27560162
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: SHEPHERD IN THE DARK

Still remember the underworld pastor played by 'Uncle' Spencer LAM in the 'Young and Dangerous' movie series? As you think it is just something created for a movie plot, we do have such a pastor -- with all the blood and tears and a lifetime's adventures of a real man -- and he is now standing at the auditorium of a church in To Kwa Wan. Pastor MOK Shu-kin is this commonly known 'Odd Pastor': having acquainted with brutes who called themselves 'Living Satans', he organized a religious assembly known as 'Victory Worship' which offer solace to the souls of all these underworld dwellers. So, how does this 'Pastor Odd' -- a self-proclaimed round-the-clock convenient store -- steer his boat in the underworld?

Item no.: JS27560163
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: SIMPLE LIFE IN PENG CHAU

Peng Chau's total area is less than 1 sq km.Its highest hill, Finger Hill, is only 100m in height. You may not be able to see amazing scenery here, but if you look carefully, you will find many interesting stories.

Item no.: EA27560164
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: TAP MUN IMPRESSION PART 1

The Tap Mun people are leading a very difficult life, a family of 20 relies on a fishing net, whenever there is typhoon and they cannot go out fishing, they have to 'live on their savings', or even have to borrow rice and food for survival. During the early 60's, the fishing boats were very worn-out; some overseas charity organizations had helped set up the fisherman village for the fishermen.

Item no.: WU27560166
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: TAP MUN IMPRESSION PART 2

Taipingqingjiao activity is performed once every ten years, till now it has been organized for twenty-one times, for those who lived in Tap Mun, this can arouse their feelings for their hometown. The Tin Hau Temple with over 200 years of history, after renovation and opening ceremony, the quiet Tap Mun became populous again. All the traditions and rituals are kept with the memories of the old villagers: offerings, names posting, fasting or vegan diet and street parade etc... to express their gratitudes to the Gods and Goddesses, it is considered as the largest collective memory of Tap Mun.

Item no.: EA27560167
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: THE COMING OF INDONESIAN CHINESE

In this episode, Vivek (Ah V) met an Indonesian Chinese community. He joined their gatherings, sang and danced with them, and had heart-to-heart sharing with them, trying to understand the life of these overseas Chinese who had lived in Hong Kong for over 30 years. It's estimated that there are over 100,000 Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong. In 1950's and 1960's, as a result of anti-Chinese pogroms in Indonesia, they returned to China to acquire education. During the period of Cultural Revolution in 1970's, many of them applied for entry to Hong Kong on the grounds of visiting family. However, as they had to declare that they would never return when they left Indonesia, they could only stay in Hong Kong and start from scratch after leaving China.

Item no.: AR27560169
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: THE FLOATING TRIBES

Mariculture raft was the first home and settlement place for the fishermen. Although simple and primitive, this raft had once provided a substantial and steady livelihood to the fishermen.These rafts are like paddy fields on water, and fisheries are like plantings, every grain is difficult. Fisheries were prosperous for over 10 years till 1997. During its peak, this tiny bay had over thousand tons of captures per year, it was liked the fresh seafood warehouse for Hong Kong. In recent years, the water was polluted, the price of fish fry and fish food are more and more expensive, together with the competition from the cheap fish market in China; the rafts could no longer support the whole family. The young generations moved on shore, and the family members have no choice but to strive for their living in separate ways.

Item no.: JW27560170
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: THE GUARDIAN OF PENG CHAU

Sannie Chan Lit-fong was grown up in Peng Chau, she studied primary school and high school in this small island, and went to England for university study in the 80s. In 1989, she decided to return to Hong Kong because she discovered she missed and loved Peng Chau very much. When she back in Peng Chau, she and her friends founded 'Green Peng Chau Association', aim to preserve the natural resources in Peng Chau, turn the island into an eco-tourism site and promote eco-tourism on the small island. Sannie realized the history, the culture and the environment of Peng Chau are highly valuable and therefore she searched to the root of Peng Chau and then taught Peng Chau citizens how to protect the island. Sannie tried her very best to preserve this island because she believes Peng Chau is a place where she belongs.

Item no.: FY27560171
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: THE YOUNG LAMMA ISLANDERS

What in Lamma Island that attracts people to stay here for so long? Very relaxing and carefree, it brings calmness and quietness to your mind and soul.You will discover more from the programme that neighbourhood care or the interpersonal relationship in Lamma Island are what the city people are lacking.

Item no.: EN27560172
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2010: WAN CHAI BLUES

Sau-ping has moved to Aberdeen for almost 10 years; yet those who know her would tell you that she is actually a Wan Chai native. She spends several days in Wan Chai every week. Sau-ping would also tell you that she traces her roots back to Stone Nullah Lane; all those memories about her life as she grew up can be found in this short, slightly ascending alley. Another thing Sau-ping would tell you is that she 'was born twice' in Stone Nullah Lane's St James' Settlement centre: the first time she was 'born' as an infant in the former district hospital at the same spot, and the other marked her transformation through taking part in St James' Settlement's community effort. In the past, when she came across hardships in life she just said 'Never mind'; but now it is always 'Fight it out for sure'. At times, the 'it' may refers to businesses that refuse to open up public spaces, and at other times 'it' may be any government authority refusing access to anyone. In her words, Wan Chai is one big gold mine that everyone wants a share, and she feels for the natives' ordeal as a result of redevelopment. After all, she had been there decades ago and it cost her the chance for further education. Sau-ping has her own views regarding conservation, as well as a clear concept about community economy. She is no high-flyer in the education system, yet she shares the stage with senior officials in forums. 'It's all up to you to say professional or not,' said Sau-ping, dignified in a way.

Item no.: DD27560174
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: A RAY OF HOPE

Miss NG has been an animal-lover since childhood. Now an adult, she is sickened by the plight of the many cats and dogs abandoned on the street. As a result, she seeks out those abandoned cats and dogs, as well as those stranded and unattended in car dumps, to undergo sterilisation in clinics such that there will be fewer stray cats and dogs. She is also an active participant in those pet adoption days organised by non-profit making bodies, with the hope that charitable enthusiasts may adopt those abandoned cats and dogs and bring them a new life.

Item no.: TK27560134
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: CITY BLACK KITES

Every winter, Black Kites flock to Hong Kong from the north. They congregate in Magazine Gap and on Sai Kung's Yeung Chau. A Hong Kong Bird Watching Society representative explains why they choose to winter here and how constructions affect their numbers. Shows Black Kites searching for food in landfill sites. Ken Ching See-ho (Director, Eco Education and Resources Centre) says this reflects the adaptive capability of these predators. He says Hong Kong is a rare place where the birds congregate and the government should promote this as an eco-tourism attraction. Shows a Black Kite Festival in Sai Kung.

Item no.: TR27560136
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: COWS FOR HIRE

Water buffaloes were introduced to Hong Kong farms from China in the 1960-70. But after the decline of agriculture the buffaloes were left to roam free in the countryside. Katherine Leung Kar-sin (Assistant Reserve Officer, Mai Po Nature Reserve WWF Hong Kong) explains how the two buffaloes kept at Mai Po help improve the wet land habitat for birds. Ho Loy (Chairman, Lantau Buffalo and Cattle Association) says the buffaloes contribute much to the fertility of the land. A Produce Green Organic Farm advisor shows the structure of a plough and how to drive buffaloes to plough the farm.

Item no.: LK27560137
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: DANCE WITH THE BUTTERFLIES

Primary school teacher Ng Hoi-wah who started an ecology programme at his school six years ago explains why he chose butterflies as a class topic. He gives his students caterpillars to rear at home, ask them to name their caterpillars and keep daily record of the progress of their growth. Students share what they have learned about butterflies and about setbacks in life. Ng says he grew to like butterflies through his photography and has learned more about them since teaching his class. Shows him taking his students on a fieldtrip to survey how development affects butterflies' natural habitat.

Item no.: AZ27560138
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: GARDEN OF MEMORIES

Reviews the history of Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens which started in 1871 as a botanical garden where over 1,000 plants species were planted. In 1975 animal and bird species were introduced and since then, 11 species of primates including the Buff-cheeked Gibbons, Bornean Orangutans, Ring-tailed Lemur and 400 birds including the critically endangered Bali Starling have been raised in the Garden. Shows how these animals and birds are cared for. Many Hongkongers visit the Garden, a place which holds a place is in their collective memories, including those of retired government official Joseph Wong Wing-ping and artist Yim Yee-king.

Item no.: VE27560141
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: GOLDEN DAYS OF FISH FARMING

The Grey Mullet used to be a well-known New Territories produce. A fish farmer says grey mullet production used to be substantial but cheap competition from mainland China has decimated the industry. Describes the traditional way grey mullet fries were caught and raised, how the ponds were managed and why this method attracted migrating birds. Shows the operation of one of three World Wild Life Fund organic grey mullet farming projects in Mai Po and explains why not more fish farmers join the project. With the questionable quality of Chinese produce, New Territories grey mullets are enjoying a comeback.

Item no.: PC27560142
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: LABYRINTH IN THE AIR

Hong Kong's network of elevated pedestrian walkways is the most extensive system in the world. Architect Kinoshita James Hajime recalls how the network got started. An academic says the network merges multi-level public open spaces into one. Linked to this walkway system is the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System, the world's longest escalator. Residents talk about the new businesses that this system brings to the area and they praise the convenience the system offers. A media worker says the escalator gives her ideas for her books. Architecture students share how to improve the looks of the escalator system.

Item no.: HF27560148
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: LOOKING BACK AT OUR SNUG HOMES

Architect and Former Director of Housing, Donald Liao Poon-huai, says he started designing government housing estates in 1960 and Ma Tau Wai Estate was his first. He recalls keeping the trees on the site to provide a pleasant environment for the residents. He also brought the concept of squares into his design and provided good ventilation and open space to each floor. Of the projects he designed, the Wah Fu Estate was his favourite. He explains how he designed the buildings so that every unit can enjoy an ocean view, planted many trees while maintaining the site's natural landscape.

Item no.: KC27560150
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: MONGREL

Despite having the health advantage of a mixed genetic base, being smart and possess the capability to understand humans, mongrels are not well-liked in Hong Kong. Looks at what a group of mongrel owners do to change people's bias views and raise the status of their dogs. Shows an owner who used his mongrels as models and won awards for his photos. Another owner entered her dog in a skills competition and won third prize. Shows a training class for mongrels. The owners say they want their dogs well-behaved to show people that mongrels are as good as pure-breds.

Item no.: LT27560151
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: MY OLD PALS

Despite having the health advantage of a mixed genetic base, being smart and possess the capability to understand humans, mongrels are not well-liked in Hong Kong. Looks at what a group of mongrel owners do to change people's bias views and raise the status of their dogs. Shows an owner who used his mongrels as models and won awards for his photos. Another owner entered her dog in a skills competition and won third prize. Shows a training class for mongrels. The owners say they want their dogs well-behaved to show people that mongrels are as good as pure-breds.

Item no.: RZ27560153
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: OLD DAYS, HOMELAND

The historic four-storied Chinese-style tenement buildings are unique in Hong Kong but many of them have been demolished. An academic presents the row of pre-World War II buildings on Mallory Street and on Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai. Another academic recalls that many tenement buildings were built in Wanchai where Chinese used to congregate. An old Shanghai Street resident explains why he wants to remain in the tenement building earmarked for redevelopment. Shows how old tenement flats can be remodeled into a place for cultural events. Points out the importance of preserving our history and culture.

Item no.: RM27560154
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: ONE-STOP LIVING WITH SHOPPING MALL

Today, shopping malls in Hong Kong have unnoticeably merged into everyone's life. They have also evolved from simply shopping location to one-stop shopping and entertainment destination. Developing to a high height, clever uses of escalator, and strategies of linking a complex footfall, all these contribute to the architectural features of Hong Kong shopping malls. Such features, at the same time, reflect the rapid pace of life in Hong Kong. The people of Hong Kong and the development of modern shopping malls are mutual influential to each other.

Item no.: GE27560155
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: PARROTS

Shows the wild yellow-crested cockatoos in Hong Kong. Cheung Ho-fai (Chairman, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society) says this group which numbers over 200 is significant as their number has been decimated in their native Indonesia where forests are being destroyed. A bird watcher tells why these pet birds live in the wild in Hong Kong. Shows the damage these birds bring to some trees. While the yellow-crested cockatoos congregate around Hong Kong Park, Alexandrine parakeets and rose-ringed parakeets gather in Kowloon Park. Explains how to differentiate these parakeets. A cockatoo owner explains how to raise them properly.

Item no.: FU27560156
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: SERVANT OF ALL

CHAN Chi-wing, known as 'Chief' by many, is your ultimate volunteer - chairman of Southern District Volunteer Group, Fire Safety Ambassador, Occupational Health Ambassador, blah-blah-blah. 'I always tell others to become volunteers - volunteers have angel's halo on their heads!' As he finished this line he broke into laughter, patting his own bald head. 'Chief' had been a volunteer of his home building's resident association for years; but when he was invited to join the volunteer training programme of 'Caring Estates in the Southern District', his reaction was 'What's the matter? Still more training?' In the end, his mindset regarding voluntary services ascended to another level after that: 'You have to meet others' needs while providing services. you have to unearth the potential of aid recipient and bring them back into the community - but not under the image of an aid recipient. They will know that they can contribute to the community.' These days, the 'building head' and 'floor head' system has been adopted in Yue Kwong Estate's Ching Hoi House - where 'Chief' is living; now everyone is a great helper of one another. 'One evening we were told at 8 p.m. that water supply would be suspended by 10 p.m.; I notified the floor heads immediately. At once we heard everybody running up and down the stairs to deal with the situation.' Those footsteps along the stairs remind us that 'All serving me, me serving all' is not merely a slogan in those gone-by Cantonese films. Still, where there are gains there are losses: 'Chief' reckons that he has less free time now, but he believes his deeds are laying the ground for his descendents' well-being.

Item no.: YH27560161
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: SISTERS IN THE TRADE

Every time we speak of 'volunteers', the imagery sprung up in our mind will be places like charities, elderly centres, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, etc. However, Angela - our heroine of this episode - is a volunteer of a different sort: the places she frequents with are the likes of karaokes, night clubs, pubs, brothels, massage centres, and so forth. The reason is simple: Angela is not your average volunteer, but an extraordinary one who specifically provides assistance for sex workers. Sex workers are a bunch normally rejected and discriminated by the community; so how does Angela help this underprivileged group under the wary eyes of others? How does she make her effort work in that kind of decadent environment?

Item no.: TA27560165
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: TERMITE STORY

Examines the living habitat of termites and what they feed on. A termite specialist explains why termites invade even concrete high-rises. Shows investigators looking for termites in a Sai Kung old church. Explains why it is difficult to locate the main termite nest. Describes the social structure of the termites and how they spread. Eric Cheng Shing-kwong (Senior Lecturer, Division of Building Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong) says understanding how termites affect building and how to prevent their infestation is important to building science. Shows research on termites being conducted at Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University.

Item no.: HE27560168
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: THIS IS OUR VILLAGE?

Cha Kwo Ling Village, a nearly-forgotten squatter area, is now the habitat of some 3,000 residents. In the 1950s and 60s there had been over 10,000 living here, but several major fires over the years have destroyed the homes of many and forcing those residents away. LO Chan-sheung, a native born in the village, formed a fire prevention team with other villagers in the 1980s. While many team members have left already, this 58-year-old man is still going strong in this capacity to protect his home. Apart from fire, flood was another thing that plagued the villagers. Mrs. LAM, a volunteer who has lived in the village for over 30 years, said that the village would become flooded after just a few hours of rain. In the 1990s, aided by The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council's Cha Kwo Ling Centre, the villagers organised the Cha Kwo Ling Residents Concern Group - and Mrs. LAM is one of the most active members. After years of hard work, a good number of the village's problems such as flooding, transport and lighting have been resolved. By now the concern group is still doing its best for the village, having activities such as home-visits to the solitary elderly. In the meantime, the village hygiene issue remains as the concern group's focus. These days there are many new immigrants living in the village, but most are not going to stay here for long - to many, hot squatters without toilets are not nice homes after all. But for the long-time natives here, this is their paradise - though their children have grown up and they can move to some better places for a comfortable life, the helpful, caring neighbourhood is just too precious to be given up. In the end, this very place is their real home.

Item no.: PC27560173
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HONG KONG STORIES 2011: WILD ANIMAL RESCUE

Hong Kong has over 40 different types of wild animals but as the growth of the city encroaches on their habitats, many face the danger of city structures like fences, water catchment channels and glass claddings on buildings. Shows how officers of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) save injured wild animals. Tony Ho Tse-tong (Chief Superintendent, Inspectorate Team, SPCA(HK)) says on average 4-5 rescue missions are made daily. Some injured animals are sent to the Kadoorie Farm's Wild Animal Rescue Centre. Shows a veterinarian inspecting an injured civet cat and shows other animals under the Centre's care.

Item no.: WC27560175
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: A FAMILY OF FRUGALITY

Mr. and Mrs. Ma retired over 10 years ago in their 30's and live frugally. Mr. Ma, a former chef, takes care of all the repairs and renovation work at home, grows vegetables on the rooftop and cooks healthy meals for his family. Mrs. Ma only buys items on sale or discount. Their daughter swims in the afternoon to get one extra hour of swim for the same admission fee. Their son prefers playing computer games at home to spending money. Their weekly spending is $9,365, half of which is spent on rewarding the children for their good academic performance.

Item no.: HA27560176
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: DRIFTING FAMILY

Amnuay and his family moved from rural Khon Kaen in Northern Thailand to Bangkok to open up a mobile coffee business. He has a 17-year-old daughter Guang and a 7-year-old son Milk. Shows the daily routine of Amnuay and his wife. They buy their supplies on a daily basis so that they have a better control on their spending. Guang studies Accounting after she finishes Junior High and she performs the household chores and looks after Milk. The whole family live frugally to save money but donates generously to the monks and temples.

Item no.: CR27560177
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Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: FAMILY OF SMART CONSUMERS

Follows a Hong Kong family of four for one week and observes their spending patterns and shopping philosophies. Shows them shopping at a supermarket on Discount Day and have a buffet lunch (first in three years) to celebrate Father's Day, birthdays of Mrs. Lee and daughter Ah-Sze's boyfriend. They also replace their 16-year-old air-conditioner. Ah-Sze brings a box lunch to school whenever she is low on money. Mr. Lee explains how the whole family learned to live frugally after his business failed in 1997 and owed millions.

Item no.: KE27560178
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: FAMILY OF TREASURE HUNT

Mr. Wang, a Beijing civil servant, and his wife, a primary school teacher, have no saving habit and can afford to indulge in their only daughter. Shows Mrs. Wang purchasing a pair of shoes for her daughter on the internet, takes her and the mother-in-law out for fast food, shopping, play arcade games, take piano lesson and boating in a park. Wang also takes the whole family fishing. Shows Wang enjoys his weekly free time with his friends while Mrs. Wang busies herself as a full-time homemaker in the summer.

Item no.: BB27560179
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: FMILY OF GREEN HOME

Shows how Ah-san and her "green" family save money through recycling. Her two children play with home-made toys and make paper using recycled materials. Being environmentally conscious, they cycle or take the bus whenever possible. Shows them helping Ah-san's mother, a hobby-farmer, harvest her produce. Ah-san explains why she grows organic vegetables with her children. She purchases preservative-free foods and organic vegetables from a "cooperative purchasing" outlet. She also promotes environmental preservation on the radio and brings her own containers and bags when she shops.

Item no.: LH27560180
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: JAPANOPHILE FAMILY

29-year-old Ah-B is an office lady who lives with her truck driver husband, an 8-year-old son and a dog. With two incomes and no retirement savings plan except contributions to life insurance and the mandatory provident fund, her family spends freely. She never cooks at home and buys mostly drinks and snacks from the grocery store. She spends generously on her son's dance, piano and Japanese classes and the family's frequent trips to Japan. She also lavishes grooming, diet and toys on her dog.

Item no.: BG27560181
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: NAKAJIMA FAMILY

Nakashima, a middle class and his wife operate a guesthouse in Minakami-onsen Hot Spring, Gumma Perfecture, Japan. He lives with his parents and two children. Shows Nakashima and his family's weekly shopping expedition in town. They explain their money-saving shopping philosophy. Although the income from his guesthouse business is unstable, Nakashima never hesitates to spend money on his children. He hopes Japan's economy will soon improve so that he can do more business. He says just having sufficient money for the family to live on and for his children's education is good enough.

Item no.: LD27560182
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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HOUSE OF CONSUMERS, A: THE PENNY-WISE FAMILY

Johnson and Joyce have a 6-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. They live frugally, compare prices and look for bargains when shopping for their daily necessities. What they save from shopping, they spend generously on their son's education and extra-curricular activities including piano, violin, dancing, English, Mathematics, Putonghua, swimming, skating and trampoline classes, science interest class and children's choir. Johnson and Joyce are trying to make up for missed learning opportunities during their childhood in their son while preparing him for Primary 1 admission by collecting certificates like many Hong Kong parents do.

Item no.: NV27560183
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2010

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ROOTS OLD AND NEW, STORIES OF CHINESE EMIGRANTS

Some said: "Wherever there is seawater, there are Chinese." Chinese has a long history of emigration, some for business, some for making a living, some for political reasons, at each dynasty with different background. Their decision to stay in a foreign land and their heart-wrenching stories are closely linked to the Chinese history.

Item no.: GE27560051
Format: 5 DVDs
Duration: 300 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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SPORTS


GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: "M" MARK EVENT

Annually various major sports events are held in Hong Kong. The organization of these events depends on co-operation among the government, business sector and sports associations. Without any of them, none of these events can be held in Hong Kong. Indeed, judging from the resources required, it is obvious that the hosting of these events cannot be materialized without commercial sponsorship. This is especially true for some international events, each costing millions of dollars for the prizes and the provision of accommodation for foreign players. Since 2004, major sports events committee of home affairs bureau has launched the 'm' mark event status and support packages. Until the end of 2006, seven events have signed up. At the same time, the scheme aims to sustain business participation in the hosting of major sports events. This episode uses the organization of Hong Kong squash open 2006 and the first Hong Kong beach festival to illustrate the involvement of the government, business sector and sports clubs in these activities and their achievements.

Item no.: FF27560017
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: ACTIVE SCHOOLYARD

Most children are fond of physical activities. This vibrancy usually lasts until primary five or six, when difference in character caused by environmental and individual factors starts to appear. Beginning from elementary exercise in lower primary school years, teachers may make use of creative teaching instruments or curricula to make physical education classes more interesting to pupils and give them a sense of accomplishment in taking the classes. External resources may also be deployed to open up the provision of alternative sport activities. In recent years, some sport associations have made efforts to tighten their ties with schools. As such, a variety of less common sports activities, such as jogging, rugby football and trampolining are now available in physical education classes. This episode explores introductory and training classes organized by archery and judo associations to see how they help students make sports part of their lives.

Item no.: VL27560018
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: AN OVERVIEW OF SPORTS CULTURE

Hong Kong athletes did extremely well in asian games 2006 in Doha, with record-breaking achievements in many areas. While people believe that Hong Kong's sport development has reached international level, at the same time, a survey on the physical fitness of people in the city reveals that few people in Hong Kong are interested in any form of workouts at all, and not too many of them do bother with the development of sport culture in the city. So, what more can be said about sport development in the city?This episode of glamour of sports features interviews with local athletes, sports associations, business organizations, teachers and media workers to collect different views on the condition of sports development in Hong Kong, the constraint it is facing and ways to improve the situation.

Item no.: ZB27560019
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: MOVING THE SOCIETY TOWARD EXERCISING

Physical exercise provides enormous health benefits. In a bid to promote fitness citywide, a far-reaching and sustainable sport culture should be developed. Citizens of different age bands should be encouraged to take part in physical activities, which is not only good for both physical and psychological health, but also conducive to unity of the community. Aunt Yuen, now 80, has joined a weekly exercise programme designed for the elderly. Affected by yuen's determination, her friends have become aware of the importance of building fitness by doing physical exercise. Meanwhile, yuet-ling, a 12-year-old girl, aspires to represent her school with her partner chong-hei in a dancing competition. During her training, she has acquired interpersonal skills and realized the importance of sportsmanship.besides their participation in citywide sports activities, local associations of basketball, handball and soccer also organize regional competitions for residents of different ages. Outstanding players will be invited to join youth team that may represent Hong Kong in international tournaments. These types of regional sports activities can help enhance unity among residents. For example, cohesiveness among people from tai po is shown during the tai po football club's appearance in a division a football match.there is no age limit for doing exercise. Even for the aged people, if they will, they can still do some exercise. And Tai-Chi, supposedly for the aged, is equally suitable for children.

Item no.: PA27560020
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: ON THE RACE TRACK

When an athlete represents his country or city to take part in an international event abroad, he or she has to adapt themselves to an ever changing environment. Ho Kim-Fai, the now retired rowing guru who won Hong Kong's first gold medal for the sport at east asian games 1993, recalls that she has accumulated valuable experience, either winning or losing, during her participation in numerous matches.it was ten years since cheung wai-leung snatched four gold medals for wheelchair fencing for himself and the Hong Kong team of which he was a member in the atlanta paralympic 1996. over the decade following the historical success, many elite athletes have left the team, while performance of rivals from China was picking up. Nevertheless, coach Zheng Zhao-Kang is still ambitious. He is preparing the team for the far east and south pacific games for the disabled, to be held in malaysia. Chan Yiu-Hoi has led Hong Kong's swimmers for 12 years. Now he still organizes night-and-day training schedules for swimmers, who are competing with their international counterparts over a margin of a few seconds. In december 2006, the team took part in the doha asian games. One of its members, rosanna sze, has joined the team for six years. Her dream is to play in the forthcoming Beijing Olympic 2008.

Item no.: ZM27560021
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: OUR GLORIOUS YEARS

Despite of its cosmopolitan image, Hong Kong has always been regarded as a sport desert. However, back in 1950s, athletes from Hong Kong were serious contenders in global sport arena.in the heydays of football in 1950s in Hong Kong, there were many outstanding football players, notably ko po-keung. The south China vs kowloon motor bus co. Final was still one of the most fabulous matches in local football development. The Hong Kong team also took part in the first modica cup and won the champion. Over the past few decades, new progress has been made in the city's sports circle. Among winners in the asian games, olympiads and commonwealth games in the 1980s and 1990s were badminton player amy chan and bowling player catherine che. Indeed, in the late 1950s, before ping-pong was a national pastime in China, athletes from Hong Kong were frontrunners in this area. Home-grown world-class player tang hung-po teamed up with late rong guo-tuan and secured global championship. While life as an athlete is short, most sportspeople have to endure struggles and hardship during their rises and falls. This episode shows footages of achievements by athletes from Hong Kong. Although performances of local athletes are not impressive in general, it is not a hyperbole when lee lai-shan, the city's first olympic gold medallist in atlanta 1996, to proclaim that 'athletes from Hong Kong are not rubbish.'

Item no.: ED27560022
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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GLAMOUR OF SPORTS: REASONS FOR EXERCISE

Most people in Hong Kong are well informed of the benefits of physical exercise, but few of them have ever thought of doing some daily. According to dr julian chang, hon medical advisor of sports federation and olympic committee of Hong Kong, China, lack of exercise can cause certain illnesses. This episode talks about the benefit of physical exercise and the correct way to do it.a research conducted by the Hong Kong polytechnic university finds that old people who practice tai chi are less susceptible to falling. Ben wong, a tai chi trainer who has been practicing it for over 30 years, believes that the traditional chinese exercise programme can strengthen muscles of the legs, enabling one to walk with steady steps. After a discussion on physical benefits of exercise for the elderly, the episode proceeds with an interview with wong tsan, the spokesperson of a fencing school, who talks about how the sport can help children improve hand-eye coordination. Of course, one needs to know the correct way to do exercise in order to get the benefits from it. To that end, this episode also features a session on injury prevention.

Item no.: WK27560023
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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KUNG FU QUEST I - EPISODE 1: WING CHUN CHUAN




Documentary of Entertainment, Chinese Culture and History

Five Kung Fu fanatics, filled with curiosities and queries about the legends and theory of the five Kung Fu schools, travel from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world in search of the grand masters of each Kung Fu style to learn the fineness of each school of martial art. Along the journey they meet up with other martial art followers from various countries and in each episode, they engage in an ultimate big fight to bring out stories about Kung Fu, its history and culture. The five one-hour episodes cover five styles of martial art: Wing Chun Chuan, Hunag Chuan, Shaolin Chuan, Wudan Chuan and Taichi Chuan.

Wing Chun Chuan - is the origin of Bruce Lee's martial art foundation. Known for its fast and focus fighting style. Wing Chun is the Kung Fu taught to many policemen and special army.


Item no.: NF27560347
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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KUNG FU QUEST I - EPISODE 2: HUNG CHUAN




Documentary of Entertainment, Chinese Culture and History

Five Kung Fu fanatics, filled with curiosities and queries about the legends and theory of the five Kung Fu schools, travel from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world in search of the grand masters of each Kung Fu style to learn the fineness of each school of martial art. Along the journey they meet up with other martial art followers from various countries and in each episode, they engage in an ultimate big fight to bring out stories about Kung Fu, its history and culture. The five one-hour episodes cover five styles of martial art: Wing Chun Chuan, Hunag Chuan, Shaolin Chuan, Wudan Chuan and Taichi Chuan.

Hung Chuan - said to have originated from Shaolin or from the Hung Gangs. From Hung Chuan, we can witness the history of the Hong Kong Fight clubs.


Item no.: JA27560348
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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KUNG FU QUEST I - EPISODE 3: SHAOLIN CHUAN




Documentary of Entertainment, Chinese Culture and History

Five Kung Fu fanatics, filled with curiosities and queries about the legends and theory of the five Kung Fu schools, travel from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world in search of the grand masters of each Kung Fu style to learn the fineness of each school of martial art. Along the journey they meet up with other martial art followers from various countries and in each episode, they engage in an ultimate big fight to bring out stories about Kung Fu, its history and culture. The five one-hour episodes cover five styles of martial art: Wing Chun Chuan, Hunag Chuan, Shaolin Chuan, Wudan Chuan and Taichi Chuan.

Shaolin Chuan - the leading Kung Fu school is the amalgamation of all Kung Fu styles of thousands of years past.


Item no.: DW27560349
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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KUNG FU QUEST I - EPISODE 4: WUDANG CHUAN




Documentary of Entertainment, Chinese Culture and History

Five Kung Fu fanatics, filled with curiosities and queries about the legends and theory of the five Kung Fu schools, travel from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world in search of the grand masters of each Kung Fu style to learn the fineness of each school of martial art. Along the journey they meet up with other martial art followers from various countries and in each episode, they engage in an ultimate big fight to bring out stories about Kung Fu, its history and culture. The five one-hour episodes cover five styles of martial art: Wing Chun Chuan, Hunag Chuan, Shaolin Chuan, Wudan Chuan and Taichi Chuan.

Wudan Chuan - enjoys the same fame and stature like Shaolin. Wudang originates from the Hubei Wudang mountain area which is also one of the origins of Taoism.


Item no.: MU27560350
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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KUNG FU QUEST I - EPISODE 5: TAICHI CHUAN




Documentary of Entertainment, Chinese Culture and History

Five Kung Fu fanatics, filled with curiosities and queries about the legends and theory of the five Kung Fu schools, travel from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world in search of the grand masters of each Kung Fu style to learn the fineness of each school of martial art. Along the journey they meet up with other martial art followers from various countries and in each episode, they engage in an ultimate big fight to bring out stories about Kung Fu, its history and culture. The five one-hour episodes cover five styles of martial art: Wing Chun Chuan, Hunag Chuan, Shaolin Chuan, Wudan Chuan and Taichi Chuan.

Taichi Chuan - has become the contemporary exercise fro the health conscious. However, there are many styles of Taichi and it is also linked to Taoism which can reveal the rich Chinese culture and history.


Item no.: LS27560351
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2011

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KUNG FU QUEST II - EPISODE 1: THE ORIGIN OF XING YI QUAN




From Xin Yi Quan to Xing Yi Quan and then to Yi Quan, there had gone through various transformations over the years. The deviation between the ancient and the modern boxing styles and the lfie-long pursuit of the martial art learners had boosted the development betweetn the being taught and the ones who teach. The connections were inter-related. Philip Ng and Jerry Yenung had visited fore and back Shanxi, Hebei, Hong Kong; in the meantime they had visited the gurus of Tai's Xin Yi Quan, Sung's Xing Yin Quan and Hong Kong's Yi Quan masters to personally seek the history of the "past martial ground".

Item no.: HG27560352
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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KUNG FU QUEST II - EPISODE 2: THREE TYPES OF MARTIAL SKILLS




The martial artists Li Ka, Man Siu Kei and Yim Siu Keung will set food on the Silingol prairie and catch up the Damu and the Boke candidates - the "Unbeatable in 6 years" - to learn about the insiders' wisdom of the three martial skills. After they have learnt the skills and engaged in the training, they found that actually it's not easy to knock out the Mongolian guys.

Item no.: HG27560353
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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KUNG FU QUEST II - EPISODE 3: THE AWE-INSPIRING BAJIQUAN




In this episode, we have invited Jozev and Byron to travel to Cangzhou, Hebei and Taiwan in person to learning the skills of boxing and spears. They will interview a number of masters of the BajiQuan, including Liu Yunqiao's direct apprentices. By tracing the origin, we are able to feel about the martial style of our previous generation and t experience the power of Aliquant along the shores.

Item no.: HN27560354
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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KUNG FU QUEST II - EPISODE 4: NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN PRAYING MANTIS




Li Kar will lead Law Ho Ming and Chan Chi Chung to enter the world of the Northern and Southern Praying Mantis boxing, and to vigorously experience their outer and inner beauty. Chan will learn the martial skills in Hong Kong whereas Lee and Law will set foot in the origin of Northern Praying Mantis boxing in Shandong to exploring the Qi Lu martial arts culture. They will also search along various schools to pore over the differences between branches of the Northern and the Southern Praying Mantis boxing to see why this type of boxing could blend and adapt the many others.

Item no.: GF27560355
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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KUNG FU QUEST II - EPISODE 5: WHITE CRANE BOXING




In this episode, we've invited Stephen Au and Hon Cheuk-kin, with Karate black belt, as well as Chinese martial artists Law Chung-ho and Law Chung-kit to visit Fujian, Taiwan and Okinawa. They will make their way along those places to sense the streaming of the White Crane Boxing as well as the soft and tough techniques in Karate, which helps to reflect the philosophy behind the boxing arts in regards to the Chinese and the Japanese genres.

Item no.: HP27560356
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2012

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KUNG FU QUEST III - EPISODE 1




In modern days, there are only dozens of martial arts lineage and a handful of dedicated grandmasters left.

However, martial arts that can strike a chord with the general public are numbered. Thus, this series take a different approach by examining the martial arts of China's frontiers to compare and reflect on the deeper level and real combat of Chinese martial arts. The essence of Thai, Indian, Korean and Japanese martial arts act as a mirror for us to contemplate the philosophy of Chinese Kung Fu. culture and history.


Item no.: PC27560357
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2013

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KUNG FU QUEST III - EPISODE 2




In modern days, there are only dozens of martial arts lineage and a handful of dedicated grandmasters left.

However, martial arts that can strike a chord with the general public are numbered. Thus, this series take a different approach by examining the martial arts of China's frontiers to compare and reflect on the deeper level and real combat of Chinese martial arts. The essence of Thai, Indian, Korean and Japanese martial arts act as a mirror for us to contemplate the philosophy of Chinese Kung Fu. culture and history.


Item no.: VK27560358
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2013

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KUNG FU QUEST III - EPISODE 3




In modern days, there are only dozens of martial arts lineage and a handful of dedicated grandmasters left.

However, martial arts that can strike a chord with the general public are numbered. Thus, this series take a different approach by examining the martial arts of China's frontiers to compare and reflect on the deeper level and real combat of Chinese martial arts. The essence of Thai, Indian, Korean and Japanese martial arts act as a mirror for us to contemplate the philosophy of Chinese Kung Fu. culture and history.


Item no.: NW27560359
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2013

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KUNG FU QUEST III - EPISODE 4




In modern days, there are only dozens of martial arts lineage and a handful of dedicated grandmasters left.

However, martial arts that can strike a chord with the general public are numbered. Thus, this series take a different approach by examining the martial arts of China's frontiers to compare and reflect on the deeper level and real combat of Chinese martial arts. The essence of Thai, Indian, Korean and Japanese martial arts act as a mirror for us to contemplate the philosophy of Chinese Kung Fu. culture and history.


Item no.: PM27560360
Format: DVD
Duration: 60 minutes
Copyright: 2013

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TRAVEL


YOUTH TRAVELOGUE: AARON FROM HONDURAS

Aaron is a cultural exchange student from honduras. In Hong Kong, he is guest of a family in a public housing estate. He is getting along famously with other children and his schoolmates, but he does have very interesting observations on people in general in Hong Kong.

Item no.: DC27560285
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH TRAVELOGUE: FROM PUBLIC HOUSING IN HK TO HOUSING ESTATES IN FRANCE-MICHELLE'S ARCHITECTURAL PILGRIMAGE

Michelle grew up as a typical young rebel in a public housing estate in Hong Kong. Surprising her parents and perhaps even herself, she snapped out of her delinquent ways and became an architect, and an unusually sensitive one at that.

When michelle, who is about to get married, visits a single-parent family in france, many thoughts pop up in her head.


Item no.: TV27560286
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH TRAVELOGUE: KA YEE'S CULTURAL VISIT TO LONDON

Picture to yourself a child growing up in a public housing estate. You probably won't see an antique viola that playing a poetic classic, nor a huge classical painting, let alone a pure white sculpture that draws the limelight. Fine art seems to have nothing to do with public housing in Hong Kong. But for those who grow up there, is there really no hope for them to get closer to art and culture?

Art and culture lover ka yee, who grew up in ho man tin estate, has never declared herself as a cultural worker. Is that out of humility, or perhaps her low self-esteem arising from her childhood spent in public housing? Not even ka yee herself can tell. Now, ka yee has the chance to travel to london. She hopes to find out about the culture of the public housing there. As a capital of culture, has london nurtured a kind of culture that carries self-respect? Do the youngsters who live in public housing there have the chance to develop a career in art and culture?

The answer is in the affirmative, but the way they do it goes beyond imagination.it turns out that artists there are also social workers, community video producers, music video producers, and community artists.


Item no.: RJ27560287
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH TRAVELOGUE: SINGAPORE - CHRISTINE'S DREAM VOYAGE

Dreams of owning a house; dreams of living better; dreams of... In the end, dreams do come true. Christine set off with the common and practical dreams of a public-estate youngster on her journey to a country, singapore, where 90% of the population have achieved their homeownership dreams.

Two decades of living in a public estate and a youngster's once-blurred - or lack of -requirements towards living - christine once strived to persuade her parents to respond to the government's home ownership scheme and raise loans to purchase the 330-square-feet, 40-years-old house which she grew up in. However, her cool-headed parents simply said, "not until we have spare cash to spend".

Traveling abroad for the first time in her life, christine was shocked at singapore's incredible living environment - public houses with duplex designs, areas of living and dining rooms equivalent to that of her whole flat, grass areas in the courtyard several times the size of the cement floor, etc.

To have a house of one's own is not only a basic requirement, but something that is very important. It turns out that people from other countries can actually live in this way!


Item no.: TR27560288
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH TRAVELOGUE: TERRY'S ACCOUNT OF FAVELAS, FOOTBALL AND BRAZIL

Growing up and having lived for twenty years in kwai shing west estate, terry remembers most poignantly the scenes of choosing sides in football games by rock-paper-scissors. Good football players were always picked first, leaving "the rubbish" behind. Terry was once part of "the rubbish". Such humiliating experiences have taught him to strive to stand up.

Terry wants to find a place that resonates with the call of his heart. The place is brazil. Terry said: "poor kids there play football, and it can even change their lives. The destination in my dreams is brazil."

In brazil there are no public estates. 20% of the population in rio de janeiro live in over 500 favelas (slums). Favelas are the grass-root communities, just like public estates in Hong Kong. Terry visited the largest slum in south america, favela rocinha, where 200,000 people live. Standing on the footbridge to rocinha, you can see small houses scattering all over the hills. From under his feet, terry feels an unceasing movement of life in a strong and forceful pulse, which amazes and touches him deeply.


Item no.: BV27560289
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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YOUTH TRAVELOGUE: VISITING JAPAN IS ANDY YEUNG'S FIRST TASTE OF TRAVELING

Andy yeung is not only a brilliant scaffolding builder but also a passionate lyricist. Growing up in public housing estate is one of andy's works, in which he expresses how he feels towards the days he lived in a public housing estate. The song also serves as a collective recollection of a generation, born in the 70's, who spent their childhoods in these housing estates in Hong Kong.

Filled with passion towards the housing estate where he was brought up, andy boarded the plane and started the first trip of his life aboard.

Public housing in Japan is pleasant, quiet, well equipped, and therefore admirable, yet it is not andy's cup of tea. Although some might consider the public housing estates in Hong Kong messy and noisy, andy really misses the lively atmosphere and richness in energy.

After a long and winding jr journey, andy finally arrives at furukawa of hida in the central part of Japan. He goes along the driveways where all the traditional wooden houses stand beside them, and reaches setogawa canal. Andy notices that the beauty there does not only come from its traditional architecture, but also from the residents' love towards furukawa, a place that they strive to preserve the best they can.

Back home, cheung sha wan estate, the public housing estate where andy was brought up, has turned into a golf practice centre. Standing in front of it, what comes to his mind?


Item no.: WA27560290
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2007

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WORLD AFFAIRS


URBAN VISIONS: HAPPILY POOR IN CHILE

Compares poor people's lives in Chile with those in Hong Kong. Although the rich-poor gap in both places are just as wide, Chile has since 2000 successfully implemented government subsidy plans such as "Chile Solidario System" and self-renewal saving schemes to help the poor become self-sufficient. Chilean poor people are happy and optimistic compared to Hong Kong's poor. Many rich or professional Chileans volunteer to provide education and manual labour training to the poorest. Chileans who work 40 hours a week, compared to Hongkongers' 55-60 hours, prefer earning less to sacrificing their quality of life.

Item no.: PD27560271
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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URBAN VISIONS: HAPPY ELDERLY PEOPLE IN JAPAN

Both Hong Kong and Japan face the problem of an ageing population. The proportion of elderly people in Japan is higher than Hong Kong. However, the elderly in Japan seem to be more able to enjoy life. What is their secret? The key is a general respect for the elderly in Japanese society. Can this experience of Japan inspire Hong Kong in any way?

Item no.: EF27560272
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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URBAN VISIONS: SINGLE PARENTS IN NEW ZEALAND

Compares the lives, government subsidy, community and family support, social status, societal prejudice, self-esteem and future prospects of divorced and/or single parents in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Observes that with society's understanding and acceptance, it is much easier for single parents to raise children with self-respect. Shows the receptive attitude towards single parents in New Zealand and the types of education, technical training and active welfare available to them. More importantly, raising children full-time is considered a kind of workforce in New Zealand so single parents on welfare who take care of their children are not being discriminated.

Item no.: PD27560273
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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URBAN VISIONS: VENETIAN MERCHANT

Both patrizia and jason have to inherit a family business, but in two different places: venice and Hong Kong.

Both of these cities share a similar background C they both started off as humble fishing ports that eventually thrived with prosperity, but at the very end, both cities had to face the challenges of economic decline. Although they are far apart, how these cities should position themselves as a new era dawns is a similar challenge that they both face.

This documentary tells the stories of how merchants have undergone and continue to undergo economic restructuring in both places. Can each city learn from the experiences of the other?


Item no.: PH27560274
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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URBAN VISIONS: YOUTHS IN NORWEGIAN WOODS

Both matts and ann narrowly escaped death as they were saved after attempting suicide at the lowest points in their lives. Their stories tell us about the confusion and feelings of loss among youngsters in rich places like norway and Hong Kong.
The world health organization estimates that the number of people who die of suicide would rise to 1.53 million by 2020. the fact that the suicide age is getting younger is a worrying sign.

Apart from suicide itself, how to help those with family members who have died of suicide is also an important issue that still lacks proper attention. In norway, the government has implemented a lot of policies to tackle the problem. A social norm has been established, that everyone in society should be ready to offer help to people with suicidal thoughts as urgent as they would offer first aid. The situation is improving.

What can Hong Kong learn from the experience of norway in terms of reducing youth suicide?


Item no.: FH27560275
Format: DVD
Duration: 30 minutes
Copyright: 2008

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