Coffee with the CEO
A Trio of Market Traders Share their Stories
Over coffee in the sunlight atrium of Central Market, Chinachem CEO Donald Choi caught up with three of the building’s tenants to find out their impressions of this innovative retail venture that’s now in its second year of operation.Typical of the Market, everyone around the table had a different story to tell, and interesting business concepts to share.“We’re mixing coffee and busking,” explains Dickson Chan of The Busking Corner. “We want to help local buskers show off their talents. That’s why we’re combining coffee and music, to mix it all together to give people a different kind of experience.” But Chan and his partner are hoping for broader benefits from the spotlight they are shining on this often overlooked culture. In Hong Kong, buskers aren’t recognised by any legislation, so the pair are hoping to lobby government to extend protection and provide opportunity for musicians and entertainers keen to share their talents with the community.Learn more
Conservation Through Observation
When Hong Kong’s Central Market re-opened to an admiring public in 2021, it quietly completed a triangular form that was first described in 2009, by then the Secretary for Development, Carrie Lam. Now at each point of this triangle lies a recently revitalised historical landmark; Tai Kwun, PMQ, and now Central Market. Successfully upgraded as part of Lam’s 2009 ‘Conserving Central’ initiative, together they represent only the opening chapter of a much larger conservation story, according to Hong Kong Architecture Centre (HKAC) Director, Joe Lui.“ When we talk about the triangle, I keep emphasising, don’t just look at the three buildings, look at the lines that connect them. What lies between them is really important, and the three points are the catalyst. Like the centre of the centre.” Joe LuiHKAC has a long established track record, working since 2006 to establish a clear bridge between architecture and the city’s broader community. Pre-Covid, guided walks, talks and exhibitions wereLearn more
Explore Our Stories
The Comfort Zone of Sha Tin Kaifong
Studying at a secondary school in Lek Yuen Estate, Sha Tin, when I was young, I needed to walk past some malls on my way home. I have fond memories of hanging around there, in particular at Lucky Plaza where I bought second-hand comic books, video games, accessories and snacks nicknamed “plastic noodles” (pre-cooked noodles mixed with seasonings of your choice on the spot and sold in a small plastic bag). I am also forever grateful to the help offered by the sewing workshop whenever I had to submit Home Economics classwork. I like the shopping centre a whole lot. It is not only my playground during adolescence, but also my comfort zone. Hong Kong probably has the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world – around one per square mile. They are also amazingly diversified, ranging from community shopping malls that sell daily necessities to luxurious ones specialising in high-end products. While all malls are commercial by nature, some are more than that.
“No One is Left Behind”
“After school, I return home by bus.” Most of us won’t find it difficult to say this simple sentence, but it was once a mission-impossible for a young entrepreneur who now speaks six languages. Iain Lam, who recently finished his postgraduate degree at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), had been diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in his childhood. Studying in traditional primary and secondary schools made his learning journey painful and disastrous.