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Tuen Mun park scraps performance zones following mass protest against ‘dancing aunties’

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A park in Tuen Mun is to axe its self-entertainment zones after thousands took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the “dai mas” – women accused of disturbing the neighbourhood with singing and dancing.
'A park in Tuen Mun is to axe its self-entertainment zones after thousands took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the “dai mas” – women accused of disturbing the neighbourhood with singing and dancing.The Tuen Mun District Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to scrap the two areas of the park designated for performances.Later that day, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced that the zones will close in September.Thousands march towards Tuen Mun park to oppose “dai ma” and noise pollution.Photo: Stand News.However, there is a backlog of 139 approved applications for performances ahead of September.On Saturday, over 10,000 marched in opposition to the “dai mas ,” criticising the women – who are often middle-aged mainlanders – for causing nuisance to residents and park-goers.There were also allegations of “dai mas” dancing suggestively with their audience, which mainly consisted of older men, and receiving money in return.March organisers, the Tuen Mun Park Sanitation Concern Group, said that the self-entertainment zones had caused a disturbance in the neighbourhood for a decade.However, there was insufficient enforcement action from the LCSD, and the District Council did not take the issue seriously.Tuen Mun District Council meeting.Photo: Stand News. “The DAB and Federation of Trade Unions hold most of the seats and control the [District Council], but wasted 10 years of everyone’s time.It was not until the people took to the streets before, that they pretended to be part of the solution,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday, in reference to pro-Beijing political parties.The zones were not part of the park’s original layout, but were added in 2006 with the condition that loudspeakers would not be used.At the Tueday District Council meeting, the motion to cancel the zones was backed by all 25 councillors from both pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps.Many criticised the government for failing to regulate activities in Tuen Mun Park.Kong Fung-yi from the pro-democracy Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood said the park had become a “den of vice” due to the negligence of the LCSD and the police.The pro-Beijing New People Party’s Kam Man-fung said that the LCSD should cancel the zones as soon as possible, instead of waiting for an amendment to the Pleasure Grounds Regulation.A performance at Tuen Mun Park.Photo: Apple Daily.The LCSD previously said that it had received 342 complaints in relation to performances at Tuen Mun Park, of which 80 per cent were noise complaints.The rest involved indecent behaviour and people receiving monetary rewards.Police enforcement in question Some district councillors on Tuesday also questioned the role of the police, saying that there were complaints related to Tuen Mun Park that were left unaddressed.Deputy Commander of Tuen Mun District Ngan Yuen-yee said the police received complaints about “dai mas” on June 7, but the operation failed because of difficulties in collecting evidence.Complaints on June 9 could not be handled because many police officers ordinarily stationed in Tuen Mun were redeployed to deal with the large-scale demonstrations on the day, Ngan added.Protesters in Tuen Mun take to the streets on the evening of July 6.Photo: inmediahk.net.Ngan was also questioned about the police use of pepper spray on Saturday . At the time, demonstrators clashed with a man who was accused of assaulting marchers.The man was later escorted away by police to a taxi outside the nearby V City shopping mall, but a group of protesters chased after him and tried to stop the taxi from leaving.Police displayed a red warning flag and used pepper spray against demonstrators, which led some to chant slogans criticising the police for selective law enforcement.Ngan said police escorted the man away because there were fears about his safety, since he was surrounded by about 30 protesters.The use of pepper spray did not contravene regulations, she added.The police said they made no arrests on Saturday in relation to the Tuen Mun protests. . The post Tuen Mun park scraps performance zones following mass protest against ‘dancing aunties’ appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Holmes Chan .'

Video: ‘Donald Trump’ raises red flag in Hong Kong Cantonese opera

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By Yan Zhao A hundred flowers bloom, a hundred schools of thought contend: Donald J.Trump has a long-lost Chinese friend.Dressed in a black suit, an unmistakable blonde wig and an extra-long red tie, “Trump” is leading a Cantonese opera troupe
'By Yan ZhaoA hundred flowers bloom, a hundred schools of thought contend: Donald J.Trump has a long-lost Chinese friend.Dressed in a black suit, an unmistakable blonde wig and an extra-long red tie, “Trump” is leading a Cantonese opera troupe during a rehearsal in Hong Kong.In this absurdist drama dubbed Trump on Show, audiences watch a mish-mash of current and imagined events including the US president’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Actor Loong Koon-tin (right), dressed as US President Donald Trump, performs on stage during a rehearsal of a Cantonese opera called “Trump on Show”, in Hong Kong on April 11, 2019.In this absurd drama dubbed the “Trump on Show”, audiences will experience a fantastical mish-mash of current and historic events from the US President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a fictional meeting with late Chinese leader Mao Zedong.Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP.A 26-year-old Trump also looks for his twin brother “Chuan Pu,” a transliteration of his name in Chinese, during a fantastical trip to China alongside former American president Richard Nixon, who plays ping-pong with Mao Zedong.It begins with the current first family moving into the White House.Ivanka Trump finds Mao’s “Little Red Book” – a collection of the late communist leader’s quotes and ideology – full of her father’s handwritten notes, triggering a flashback to Nixon’s famous diplomatic tour of China in 1972.The sold-out show opened on Friday and runs for four days at the Sunbeam Theatre, Hong Kong’s famous Cantonese opera house.The centuries-old art form usually features ancient Chinese stories and legends, but the latest show gives the genre a modern twist.Narcissistic characters“Donald Trump is the most topical person in the world, while Cantonese opera is a forgotten and waning art form.If we can write about him in a play, it will definitely help attract people’s attention to the culture of Cantonese opera,” said Edward Li, the opera’s playwright.Embed from Getty Images He believes the tweeter-in-chief’s fame will rescue the traditional musical theatre.Li said Mao and Trump share similar traits, namely narcissism.“Seventy-two-year-old Mao Zedong started the Cultural Revolution.Seventy-two-year-old Donald Trump is also creating a US cultural revolution.What’s a cultural revolution?That’s when one person overturns all the political systems,” Li told AFP.The feng shui master-turned-playwright revealed he rewrote the script at least 10 times to keep it fresh.The US-China trade war and the controversial arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou were both worked into the plot.The story also pokes fun at the leaders — Trump orders take-out every day and drinks 12 bottles of Coke, while Kim knows how to make Swiss cheese fondue.Trump is played by Loong Koon-tin, who also handles the roles of Mao and Trump’s fictional Chinese twin brother.Embed from Getty ImagesBackstage, “Ivanka” helped her father with make-up and hairstyling.Within 15 minutes, “Mao” was transformed into “Trump.”“The division of different characters is a challenge.You have to let them (the audience) know who you’re playing when you appear on stage,” said Loong.Li released “Chairman Mao” three years ago, the first installation of his Mao trilogy.After Trump, the second play, he plans to conclude the series with a story about Mao and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.He said he has big ambitions for the Trump opera.“My future goal is to perform in front of Trump and have Trump applaud.”The Hong Kong Free Press #PressForFreedom 2019 Funding Drive seeks to raise HK$1.2m to support our non-profit newsroom and dedicated team of multi-media, multi-lingual reporters.HKFP is backed by readers, run by journalists and is immune to political and commercial pressure.This year’s critical fundraiser will provide us with the essential funds to continue our work into next year.. The post Video: ‘Donald Trump’ raises red flag in Hong Kong Cantonese opera appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP.Author: AFP.'