I’m in Hong Kong on business, and have had the opportunity to participate in the activities related to the launch of the Creative Commons Hong Kong. Rebecca MacKinnon has done an excellent job, along with some other faculty members from Hong Kong University, in making this a very informative and interesting event. At the event, I met with Angus Lau, who is another twitterer, and has done a lot to keep the Internet a lively topic in the SAR. Most recently, Angus has been active in organizing the recent Open Web Asia event in Korea.
My takeaway from the Creative Commons Hong Kong event is that Hong Kong is in an excellent position to promote CC in Asia. It’s press is relatively open and free, and it really should be an excellent publishing center, especially for those connecting China and the west. In my opinion, it has not yet realized its full potential. Surprisingly, there are relatively few bridge people, who understand both the west and China as one would think. People fall into their own groups of Hong Kong people, who are interested in local gossip, westerners working for multinationals, and some Chinese from China. To a large extent, they don’t mix with each other as much as they could. This is unfortunate.
In spite of this, there are things I like about Hong Kong:
- Clean safe food
- Clean public toilets
- Real broadband of at least 200K up and down
- MOS Burger
The first three things, I’m sure you can understand.
But, what’s MOS Burger? Put simply, it’s a Japanese hamburger chain. Its hamburgers are delicious, and in true Japanese fashion, they have an eye to detail, taste and preparation which is better than McDonalds. It has stores in Hong Kong, but none in China.
If you are a computer nerd (if you read this blog regularly, you probably are more or less), then MOS burgers are to MacDonalds what Macintosh is to Windows. It’s just better, and it costs more. And I mean tastier, and sits more comfortable on your stomach after eating.
If you order a set meal, you can get a garden fresh salad as part of the C meal. (Maybe that’s why they don’t have the chain in China. Garden fresh salad in China? Ummm, I don’t know…) So, when I get to Hong Kong and after I have had my meetings, my job is to find out where the nearest MOS Burger outlet is.
BTW, if you don’t believe that it tastes better than MacDonald’s, I’d be happy to take you for a taste test.