Hong Kong Update

I just got an e-mail from my friend Katherine, whom I met up with in Hong Kong on Friday:

katherineYou should definitely come back to HK and we’ll eat some real food. There is this place i was thinking of taking you for dim sum, and yesterday afternoon this hit man carried out a killing right in the restaurant! How crazy is that? Who carries out hits in HK??? in the middle of the afternoon in a dim sum restaurant??? Now we have to go. My mother is going to freak when she hears about this, we’re always eating dim sum there.

Crazy Hong Kong.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. And you thought that getting food poisoning in a restaurant was bad! Sounds like lead ‘poisoning’ is worse.

  2. Was it ÖÜÈó·¢£¿ That would have been awesome.

  3. Hah, this reminds me of the yesteryears of Macao, when triad violence was so prominent, that a public official actually declared that people had nothing to fear because the gang members in Macao were ruthless killers that did not miss.

  4. sounds like a scene from a terantino movie….

  5. Da Xiangchang Says: February 22, 2005 at 1:21 pm

    I guess some guy saw the beginning of “Year of the Dragon” a bit too often. 🙁

  6. Katherine must’ve read the news report that had mistakenly reported as fact, not fiction, of the latest John Woo filming on location at the local dim sum restaurant.

  7. This is the link that Katherine gave me:


    The details in the article differ a bit from what she wrote.

  8. Scary thought, with the earlier killing in HK, where they report that they caught the guy some time later in Hunan province: what confidence will there be that this is, in fact, the murderer?

  9. Compared to US, Hong Kong is a pretty safe place to visit or live. Violent gang movies gave Hong Kong a bad rap.

  10. moral of the story:
    always tip the waiter

  11. moral of the story:
    always tip the waiter
    no kidding

  12. Da Xiangchang Says: February 28, 2005 at 2:42 am

    I’ve always felt incredibly safe in China, walking around cities at 1 o’clock in the morning and having no problems. You used to be able to do that in America too–like back in the 1950s!–but lax crime laws have completely given the night to the criminals. 🙁 In an earlier topic, we were talking about cultural influences. I wish America would adopt some Chinese crime laws, then it’ll be safe again to walk at night again.

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