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Spyglass: A Closer Look at Hong Kong

Spyglass: A Closer Look at Hong Kong

By Harbour Times
Taking a closer look at Hong Kong matters, because Hong Kong matters.

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COVID-19 & the year alcohol prohibition almost happened | Hong Kong 2020 Rewind
Good riddance to 2020! In this end/beginning of the year episode, we bid farewell to 2020 and revisit some of the most defining moments in Hong Kong over the past year. Our first participant in the segment "Why Hong Kong Matters" is Phil Rosen, who tells us why there's nothing quite like Hong Kong. To have your answer featured in a future episode of Spyglass, let us know why HK Matters to you on our social media or email Shout outs in this episode go to the German, Polish, and Irish Consulate Generals and Harbour TImes Editor-in-Chief Andrew Work. Subscribe to our weekly political briefing: Check out Phil Rosen's book, Everywhere But Home: Life Overseas as Told by a Travel Blogger. Listen to us talk about ghosts and murder: Listen to our interview about COVID-19 with Mr David Costello, the Consul General of Ireland to HK and Macau: Follow Harbour Times: Facebook -   Instagram -   Twitter -   YouTube -   LinkedIn -
January 1, 2021
Optimistic about climate change in 2020? It's more likely than you think.
If you need a reason to be optimistic about the future of climate change, you've come to the right place.  Vince Siu, founder of SUSTAINHK, joins podcast host Jasmine Lee to talk about the state of sustainability in Hong Kong. What's holding back Hongkongers and the government from prioritising climate change? What are the startups that are changing the green game? And why is Vince still optimistic in 2020? Listen to find out.   UPDATE: Since the original recording of this interview, Hong Kong announced it would commit to going carbon neutral by 2050. Great news, but this is just the start of the hard work the city will have to put in to meet that goal. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: Become a patron: Follow Harbour Times: Facebook -  Instagram -  Twitter -  YouTube -  LinkedIn -
November 30, 2020
The Real American Psycho & The Bridge of Many Ghosts | Hong Kong Horrors
In the spirit of the Halloween season, this episode of Spyglass takes a closer look at two chilling stories that took place in Hong Kong. The first is about a man whose GPS takes him on a mysterious detour while biking through a wooded area known for its supernatural activity. The second covers a murder case that begins on Halloween night when the police arrive at the apartment of a wealthy banker to find a dead body, a bloodied knife, and a large suitcase on the balcony. Trigger warning for explicit details of graphic violence, sexual assault, and drug use. Timestamps: 2:50 Haunted Hong Kong 28:49 The Real American Psycho Please give support to the following NGOs supporting sex-workers: Midnight Blue - Zi Teng - Other Spyglass episodes mentioned in this ep: The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Ruminations on German Reunification 30 Years Later Shrouded in Conspiracy: The 831 Police Raid Follow Harbour Times: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - YouTube - LinkedIn -
October 24, 2020
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Ruminations on German Reunification 30 Years Later
“It is very important never to stop believing in the impossible.”  In this special episode of Spyglass, Harbour Times celebrates Germany’s 30th Reunification by paying a visit to Consul-General of Germany to Hong Kong and Macau, Herr Dieter Lamle.  CEO and Publisher of Harbour Times, Andrew Work alongside HT’s Cyril Ma interviews Herr Lamle on his experiences having served in Rwanda right before the civil war; Germany’s new ‘Indo-Asia-Pacific Strategy’; refugees and migration, and his personal reflections on what unification means to him.  And currywurst. Support Harbour Times on Patreon! Follow Harbour Times on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
October 3, 2020
Claiming Identity: Hongkongers on the US Census
"This – our identity – matters to us and it should matter to everybody because your identity is yours. You are here to claim your own identity." This month’s episode of Spyglass takes a closer look at We the Hongkongers, an organisation working to get Hong Kongers recognise on the US census. HT‘s Jasmine Lee speaks with Frances Hui, founder of the organisation, to learn more about the personal and political significance of claiming your identity. You can find We the Hongkongers on:  Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube. Follow Harbour Times on: Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube
September 30, 2020
Shrouded in Conspiracy: The 831 Police Raid
The night of August 31 last year began as a day of unlawful anti-extradition law protests in Hong Kong. Although the city had seen violent clashes between protesters and police officers before, no one expected what would happen that night on the platform of Prince Edward MTR Station. Join podcast host, Jasmine Lee, to revisit what happened that night and the event's aftermath. Cédric Alviani, Bureau Director of Reporters Without Borders East Asia, comes onto the show to discuss the ramifications of Hong Kong's new National Security Law and how it will affect the future of protest-related reporting. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn. Sources and references list. This episode is also available on YouTube.
August 30, 2020
Filtering out COVID-19 at the Irish Consulate
Consul-General David Costello imagines a bright post-coronavirus future with business breakfasts, virus-free air, and Hong Kongers visiting the oldest whiskey distillery in the world on the Irish coast.  The Spyglass series premiere wraps up the Harbour Times exclusive series, Diplomacy in the Time of COVID-19, where Consul-Generals share the tactics they've taken to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. You can also read a transcript of interview highlights from this episode at this link. For early access to ad-free versions of the podcast, please support Harbour Times on Patreon. You can follow Harbour Times on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Credits: Special thanks to David Costello and the Consulate General of Ireland for their participation in the podcast premiere, as well as to Cyril Ma for conducting the interview. This show is written, edited, and produced by Jasmine Lee. Podcast art illustrated by Nianna Zheng.
July 15, 2020
Welcome to Spyglass: A Closer Look at Political Hong Kong
Harbour Times editor and podcast host Jasmine Lee takes a closer look at political Hong Kong. From the Black Lives Matter movement to asylum seekers, Spyglass takes a deeper look at fascinating issues that haven't received as much attention in the city's saturated media sphere. Follow Harbour Times on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. For early access to new episodes, please support the podcast on Patreon. Thank you to Nianna Zheng for the podcast art. You can see more of her work on her website.
July 1, 2020