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Daai Tou Laam    - by Tom Legg



          Daai Tou Laam means "big tummy" in Cantonese. The blogger might be referring to his own physical appearance. This American expat has a passion for politics of all types and locales. In his blog, among other things, he mostly writes about Chinese politics and the goings-on at his neighbourhood of Peng Chau (a relatively undeveloped island).

        The blogger, Tom Legg, is a self-appointed reporter and commentator on politics in general, of China and Hong Kong in particular, his entries range from local island politics to the ills of the Chinese central government; to the ineptness of HK politicians; to current issues on the front page. His comments on China and HK's political scenes are pretty much in line with his set of people's dismissive views — no great refreshing insights there. He sees the glass as half-empty, not half-full.

        The reviewer says, it is too much of the same thing; this blog is rather trite and lifeless. He suggests that Mr. Legg try to make some Chinese friends — both male and female — and get some up-to-date, first-hand information and knowledge of China and Hong Kong directly from the people he writes about. For him, learning Chinese will help.

        Mr. Legg shows little genuine respect to the people he devotes much of his time critiquing. Going through this blog, it is plain to the reviewer that the blogger misses many key elements of the issues he voices his opinions on, simply because he doesn't understand the language, and is over confident on his own interpretations, or relies on others (sometimes one-sided news sources in English) to translate the information from Chinese to English for him. It is difficult to understand a people's politics and culture well when you do not understand their native tongue.

        By no means is Mr. Legg unique. With some variations, the HK expats' blogging world is littered with political or semi-political blogs like this one. Mr. Legg not only physically lives on an island, but politically and socially he lives on an island with people of his like-mind as well.



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