A growing number of youngsters aspire to be social media influencers for fame and fortune. But experts warn about a narcissitic trend that can be devastating for youths. Wang Yuke reports from Hong Kong. If Hong Kong's big-time fortune tellers can strike gold by amassing a huge following over time, there's a group of young go-getters trying to take a leaf out of their book — social media influencers. But the luck and instinct that may guarantee one's success in any field of endeavor simply don't fall from the sky. It could be a make-it-or-break-it move. Kenson, 10, is nothing short of a toy influencer in Hong Kong despite his tender age. "I often come across strangers recognizing me on the street. They would leap at me, excitedly shout out my name and ask for selfies," says Kenson shyly. "I was happy about it but it, somehow, set me on edge." While many young YouTubers wallow in stardom and the glee of being lionized, being a household name is not on Kenson's priority list. … [Read more...] about Wallowing in stardom or a minefield?
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The Bay Area is primed to add 'global culture destination' to its resume, and the region's leaders are plowing ahead to achieve the goal by 2035. Zhou Mo reports from Shenzhen. The once-buzzing hives of culture and leisure in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area have been silenced by the coronavirus, its sweeping attacks gutting museums, galleries, theaters, hotels and restaurants of the visitors who are vital to the life cycle of this reciprocal ecosystem. Without question, the situation is dire. But there is good news. The pandemic will be defeated and when it is, the stage will be set to put in motion a wide-ranging plan that will unleash the region’s potential and see it become a world-class tourism destination, an exchange hub for culture of the East and the West, and Hong Kong strengthened as an international cultural metropolis and tourism hub. The Culture and Tourism Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, released on Dec 30, lays … [Read more...] about A culture of success
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