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Beach cleanups are frequent weekend activities around the islands…organized by groups from Surfriders to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i. But in Hong Kong, beach cleanups have recently reached a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Summer months are the busiest time of the year for lifeguards—in Hawai‘i and across the country. Summer vacation and hot weather pack beaches and pools in many locations. But in one Asian city, the crowds of summer are bringing trouble when it comes to lifeguards. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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A massive security operation could not stifle all protests in Hong Kong this week, as an important Chinese official arrived. Zhang Dejiang is the chairman of China's legislature, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee and the most senior official to visit Hong Kong since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014. We have more, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

 Thousands of police officers manned barricades around the Convention Center, forcing small groups of demonstrators to official protest zones well out of the way.

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John Cooke / Flickr

Swimming and fishing are two activities that many residents and visitors appreciate around the islands. But in Hong Kong, a policy maker’s suggestion combining the two has led to an angry response.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hong Kong’s chief executive writes a blog…and from time to time uses it to informally float a few ideas.  His latest thoughts concern fishing, and swimming…at lunch time.  Leung Chung-ying suggested that the city mark out several fishing zones on the waterfront of Central—Hong Kong’s business district, along with a “swimming shed.”

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Klaus Nahr / Flickr

While rail is a project that remains in O‘ahu’s future - A different kind of train has a long history in Hong Kong.  And a recent proposal to phase out the city’s trams has sparked a strong reaction.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Connie Ma / Flickr

Rents for retail space on the island of O‘ahu rose to a record earlier this year.  Colliers International says commercial rents here have been rising for the past several years, a trend that’s expected to continue. Commercial rents have also risen in Hong Kong, but some luxury retailers are fighting back.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Pasu Au Yeung / Flickr

A major city in the Asia Pacific is struggling with recent headlines about crime. It’s a location that’s historically been considered safe, but over the last few weeks, cases have ranged from armed robbery to kidnapping. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Michael Coghlan / Flickr

Starting this July, consumers on O‘ahu will no longer receive plastic bags for their groceries, or most other purchases. A bag ban is already in force across other islands, and starting today, there are new restrictions on plastic bags in Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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What makes a city “livable” is a matter of opinion. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Honolulu is the most livable city in the United States. The website livability.com puts Honolulu at #58 in the country. On another list, Hong Kong has tumbled out of the world’s top ranks of livable cities. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Affordable housing is among the challenges Hawaii lawmakers are likely to face in the coming legislative session starting later this month. In some parts of Asia, an experiment of sorts is underway with extremely small apartments called “micro-units.”  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Earlier this week, authorities in Hong Kong cleared the last of the protest barricades from city streets. The demonstrations may be over for the time being, but they also produced some unexpected results. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A turning point is fast approaching for protestors in Hong Kong. Several of the organizers have asked demonstrators to give up and end their street blockades. But even the leadership of the protests is divided. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While many people in the United States and elsewhere remain focused on developments in Ferguson, Missouri, a different kind of protest continues on the other side of the world. Police and demonstrators have clashed in Hong Kong this week, and more than a 100 people have been arrested. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Protestors are still on the streets of Hong Kong today, nearly two months after they started demonstrations.  Authorities in Hong Kong are threatening to clear certain areas of the city, and now the US Congress is also getting involved.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been more than a month since students in Hong Kong organized a series of street protests that are still continuing. But where the demonstrations go from here remains an open question. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Demonstrations in Hong Kong continue today, now stretching into their fourth week. Government officials and student leaders met this week, but the distance between the two sides remains wide. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Protestors returned to the streets of Hong Kong in greater numbers late last week and over the weekend. City leaders called off a meeting that had been scheduled for Friday, but government officials around the region continued to talk about the demonstrations. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  In Hong Kong, demonstrators and government officials will hold formal talks this Friday. The discussions are aimed at bringing street protests to a peaceful close. But the issues behind the activism may take longer to resolve. HPR’s Bill dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As you’ve been hearing, the street protests are continuing in Hong Kong. But that doesn’t mean that the entire city has come to a standstill. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Thómas Tan

Street demonstrations are continuing in Hong Kong, with tens of thousands of people in the streets. While the protests continue, their size and scale have not been seen in the city for several decades. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / southbendvoice

Fall classes have been underway at the University of Hawai‘i for nearly a month. But in Hong Kong, thousands of students are boycotting classes. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains why in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A woman in Hong Kong was arrested this week on charges of torturing her Indonesian maid. The case has gotten wide publicity in Hong Kong—and underlines the conditions faced by thousands of household workers there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There was a notable death this week in Asia. Some media have called him the “Father of Hong Kong’s Film Industry.” But he also did much more in a colorful life that stretched over more than a century. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute..

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Flickr / yuen yan

 

   Christmas is two weeks away, which means there’s still a lot of time left in this holiday shopping season. But in Hong Kong, there’s a stuffed animal that’s so popular it’s already sold out. The appeal has less to do with kids and more to do with politics. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Thomas Fan

If you plan to take part in this year’s Honolulu Marathon, you’re probably well into your training. That race takes place 11 weeks from Sunday. And so far, organizers have not had to deal with a behavior that’s become an unusual racing issue in Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / malyousif

Among all the varieties of food that you can find in Hawaii, one item you’ll never find on the menu is shark fin soup. Hawaii was the first state to ban it—back in 2010. And now a leading economy in the Asia Pacific is taking a step in the same direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / michaelwilding

Next year will mark a century since they stopped horse racing in Kapiolani Park. But the sport that was a favorite of King David Kalakaua remains popular in Asia…along with the betting that goes with it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / sheilaz413

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said earlier this spring that he does not believe Oahu needs another landfill. The mayor hopes technological advances, including a new H-POWER plant will eliminate the need to add anything beyond the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. But in Hong Kong, waste is a very different story. And Bill Dorman has it in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Leung Ching Yau Alex

A dock strike in Hong Kong is stretching into its second month. It's a dramatic story that pits one of the world's richest men against hundreds of workers. HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

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