the real problem for american media

While listening to a radio program earlier this week, someone called in to describe why a tweeting president was so fundamentally groundbreaking. He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “We can now bypass the media and hear directly from the president himself.” In a separate program, a woman explained that she can wake up in the morning and know what’s happening in the country by reading the president’s latest tweets on her phone.

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David Fung
institution fallout

It’s like working in a group - the lingering fear there’ll always be that one person who doesn’t contribute, and the impulse to just do it alone. We saw this with Brexit, now the US Election, and already there’s Calexit calling for Californian independence.

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David Fung
before fishballs become a snowball

Hong Kong has never been a stranger to protests and dissent. In fact, it’s the city’s modern form of politics. Time and time again, Hong Kongers have stressed that this is why they are different from mainland China. Their capitalistic values and western-style freedoms do not exist across the border.

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David Fung
news is commodity, not good

There has been debate around the world regarding the continued funding of public broadcasters and whether news should be left for the private sector. Critics of government-funded media worry that commercial broadcasters cannot compete on the scale of BBC and its likes, and that such funding acts as a subsidy for these organisations.

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David Fung
developing grit through intellectual curiosity

Grit is a personal characteristic that comes from intellectual curiosity. If educators and supporting adults foster intellectual curiosity among students, students can develop the grit necessary to become engaged and passionate in exploring and ultimately achieving success in their areas of interest.

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David Fung
values should outweigh business

When Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, Beijing gave the British government assurances that Hong Kong would retain its capitalist economy, rule of law, and Western standards of freedom. This concept of a “One Country, Two Systems” was enshrined in 1984’s Sino-British Joint Declaration.

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David Fung
women in 2014

When I walk into a bar and order a drink, I don’t think about whether my drink has been spiked. I don’t keep a vigilant eye on it either, because this is a privilege I have as a man – and it should not be a privilege.

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David Fung
to be young

To be young is to be excited about the ever-changing fashions, to stay up all night talking, and to think that time is air. We like to switch majors ten times, move in and out of relationships, and sleep in whenever possible. It is not conformity that drives us, but nonconformity.

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David Fung
shared stories

For most of us, the concept of a classroom probably isn’t a storage room filled with boxes of ramen, bags of rice stacked onto each other, and the stench of rusty, old furniture layered with dust. On the windowsill, a cockroach slowly makes its way across the dry, cracked paint. Eight students sitting on hard plastic benches surround a long, rectangular table, eyes centered on the teacher, ears open to new ideas, and hearts eager to learn. Above all, a wooden cross hangs on one side of the room, watching and guarding us.

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David Fung
beneath the veil

Oh, America, the land of the free
For the brave souls willing to chase their dreams
The asylum for people of regimes
The world’s paradigm for democracy

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David Fung
自由 ‧ 自困

幾個禮拜前,我去咗一位朋友嘅屋企。呢位朋友已認識了多年,而佢嘅客廳這麼多年來都擺放了兩個魚缸。嗰日,我坐在魚缸旁邊,細心欣賞主人的心血。我在想,啲魚日日夜夜都困在這細小的魚缸裹,它們是不是很痛苦呢?但是我又想,我們人類非常自由,想去邊就去邊,但我們快樂嗎?

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David Fung
the big d

The letter D. I love it, and I hate it. It is the first letter of my name, but also the first letter of an awful, nasty word–divorce. Divorce rips apart families, tears up happiness, and shatters childhood Disney fantasies. I was devastated. I thought no one else in the world could be in more distress than I was.

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David Fung