• Short Summary

    IN THE MIDDLE OF HONG KONG'S SKYSCRAPER COMMERCIAL DISTRICT LIES ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE AND EXCLUSIVE VACANT LOTS IN THE WORLD: THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB.

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    IN THE MIDDLE OF HONG KONG'S SKYSCRAPER COMMERCIAL DISTRICT LIES ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE AND EXCLUSIVE VACANT LOTS IN THE WORLD: THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB. FOR 115 YEARS THIS LITTLE PIECE OF GREEN HAS REMAINED A SYMBOL OF ENGLAND - A CLUB FOR ENGLISH GENTLEMEN. NOW THE CLUB IS THE CENTRE OF A DISPUTE. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHINESE COMMUNITY RECENTLY APPEARED BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL AND ATTACKED THE CLUB AS A RELIC OF COLONIAL DISCRIMINATION LEFT OVER FROM QUEEN VICTORIA'S TIME. THE CHINESE ARE DEMANDING THAT THE FENCE COMES DOWN AND THE GROUNDS BE THROWN OPEN TO EVERYONE AS A PUBLIC PARK.

    IN RECENT YEARS A HANDFULL OF CHINESE HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE CLUB BUT CRITICS SAY THESE ARE JUST TOKEN CHINESE TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THE CLUB IS INTEGRATED. BUT THE CLUB ACTS SLOWLY IN THESE MATTERS - IT TOOK THEM 93 YEARS TO ADMIT WOMEN TO THE CLUBHOUSE.

    THE CLUB ARGUES THAT IF THE GROUND WERE TURNED INTO A PUBLIC PARK THE GRASS WOULD SOON BE RUINED AND BE UNFIT FOR PLAY. IT ALSO POINTS OUT THAT IT ALREADY ALLOWS THE GROUNDS TO BE USED FOR CALISTHENICS ON SATURDAY MORNINGS AND ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS IT ALLOWS UNDER-PRIVILEGED YOUNGSTERS TO ROMP ON THE FIELD. EACH GUY FAWKS DAY IT INVITES SOME 2,000 CHILDREN TO WATCH THE ANNUAL FIREWORK DISPLAY.

    THE CRICKET CLUB DISPUTE MAY SEEM TRIVIAL, BUT IT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE ANTI-BRITISH SENTIMENT FELT BY THE CHINESE IN HONG KONG.

    THE CLUB HAS FOUR YEAR'S LEASE LEFT TO RUN AT A RENT OF ONLY A FEW POUNDS A YEAR PAYABLE TO THE OWNER, QUEEN ELIZABETH. THE MEMBERS HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT THE CLUB WILL SURVIVE, BUT THEY OCCASIONALLY POINT TO A LONG SHADOW THAT FALLS ACROSS THE GROUND IN THE EVENING - IT'S THE SHADOW OF THE NEARBY BANK OF CHINA BUILDING WHERE THERE IS A COMMUNIST HEADQUARTERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2GDNT8GE77GPPCDSQI55Q2N0A
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GDNT8GE77GPPCDSQI55Q2N0A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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