Reportage: Hong Kong’s Turkish March at 92nd National Day anniversary reception

On the occasion of the 92nd anniversary of the Turkish National Day, new Consul General Mr Korhan Kemik led the celebration in Hong Kong and called on Hongkongers to travel more to the country where – geographically speaking – East meets West.


 

The new Turkish Consul General Mr Korhan Kemik, who assumed his post in Hong Kong in September, led the celebration of the 92nd anniversary of the Turkish National Day in the Aberdeen Marina Club on October 29.

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The Turkish National Day – aka the Republic Day – commemorates a series of events when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Atatürk meaning “Father of the Turks”) announced the establishment of a republic Turkey on October 29, 1923.

“Today, Turkey stands to be proud of a secular and vibrant democracy, an active member of the Euro-Atlantic Community, and a free market economy – the 17th largest in the world.” Mr Kemik said when addressing guests from the diplomat and Turkish communities in Hong Kong.

Chief Secretary Ms Carrie Lam was the guest of honour. As usual the Chief Secretary was happy to share her must-do list for a trip to Turkey.

“For many of us here in Hong Kong, Turkey is an exotic place to go to. People may immediately think of your grand Islamic architecture, your apple teas and turkish delights, your carpets and handicrafts or perhaps the shopping experience at the colourful Grand Bazaar in Istanbul,” Ms Lam said. “The Consul General’s kind comments on Hong Kong and our fusion of East and West is of course also applicable to Turkey which spans the continents of Asia and Europe.”

Ms Lam, however, was one of those who had never visited Turkey as the Consul General called for more interactions between people from the two places – perhaps the elegant Chief Secretary would fancy a ride on the Oriental Express.

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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.