🌊 Brownface backlash
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TV | An actress in Filipino brownface for a TV show? Yikes.
COVID-19 | Updates on new cases, deaths, and lockdowns.
Politics | John Lee submits nominations for the Chief Executive race.
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Media | Is it the end of Hong Kong’s largest journalist association?
Government | 470,000 applications for the latest Unemployment Scheme.
Protests | An activist gets a jail sentence for organising an unauthorised assembly. Teachers get disqualified over protest-related complaints.
A Juicy Juicy Secret | We know something about the brownface actor that you don’t 👀
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Filipino brownface in TVB program given… appraisal?
A TVB series called “Barrack O’Karma 2” (I don’t have the time nor energy to even ask about the name) cast a Canadian-Hongkonger who is not Filipina to play a Filipina domestic worker, and some people really thought this was an OK choice.
Considering the stark economic and social inequalities most ethnic minorities in HK face, especially foreign domestic workers, this is a bad move. They could have hired a Filipinx-identifying actor. There is no dearth of these in the HK film industry.
Also, really Franchesca? As someone who’s also from Canada, I know she knows better than this.
COVID in HK
New cases: 1,272
Deaths: 62 (8,948 total)
More COVID-19 news
Testing is required for those who have been to 40 specified places in the designated period (see Annex for details).
Overnight lockdowns have found 11 positive cases.
Children between the age of three and 11 will be able to book an appointment for a Sinovac booster today.
Free rapid tests will be provided to the elderly from 19 April (Tuesday) to 31 May.
Supermarket prices have risen 4.2% during the fifth wave.
Police handed out nearly $90 million in pandemic rule-breaking fines.
John Lee hands in Chief Executive election bid
Ex-chief secretary John Lee has sent in his nominations for May’s Chief Executive election. He has submitted his bid with the support of 786 members of 1,500-person Election Committee; applicants need only 188 nominations to be eligible to run.
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