Stephen Shiu

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Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen
Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen 2011.jpg
Native name 蕭若元
Born (1949-07-22) 22 July 1949 (age 69)
British Hong Kong
Residence Hong Kong
Nationality China ( Hong Kong)
Alma mater University of Hong Kong
Occupation Media personality, businessperson, film producer, screenwriter, news presenter, pundit
Known for Hong Kong Reporter
memehk.com
Spouse(s) Lai-mei Hau
Children Ting-yat Shiu
Ting-yan Shiu
YoYo Shiu
Sound Sound Shiu


Stephen Shiu (Chinese: 蕭若元; pinyin: Xiāo Ruòyuán; Jyutping: siu1 joek6 jyun4, born 22 July 1949) is a Hong Kong-based media personality, businessperson, film producer, screenwriter, news presenter, and pundit. He founded Hong Kong Reporter in 2004, an internet radio station focused on live talk radio broadcasting. In 2013 he founded memehk.com, a multimedia news site, after Hong Kong Reporter was closed.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born to a middle-class family in Hong Kong, Shiu is the third of six children. His father Pak-yin Shiu was an overseas Chinese construction materials businessman. Shiu studied at St. Paul's College, Hong Kong and was classmates with Tsang Tak-sing, former Secretary for Home Affairs. He read History at the University of Hong Kong following his A-levels. He began studying for a master's degree in History but dropped out.

Career[edit]

In 1987, Shiu began collaborating with Wong Yuk-long in creating popular comics such as Zui Quan (醉拳) and Oriental Heroes (龍虎門), on which films Drunken Master and Dragon Tiger Gate were based, respectively.[2]

In 2003 Shiu acquired Rainbow International Ltd (彩虹國際) and changed its name to 變靚D控股 Ltd, a body slimming company.[3]

He founded Hong Kong Reporter (香港人網) in 2004. In recent years, it became a podium for radical ideas and helped garner support for political party People Power, including its protests and activities.[4]

Shiu is a screenwriter and film producer whose works include 1992 Hong Kong Film Awards winner To Be Number One. After the handover, Shiu was a co-host on a Metro Radio current affairs programme before starting up his own stations online.[4]

In 2013 Shiu announced that he is to launch a new radio station, weeks after having closed one of Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy radio stations.[4] Memehk.com was inaugurated shortly after.[5]

Political activism[edit]

Shiu is an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace group, a pro-democracy, civil rights advocacy group that organised the 2014 Hong Kong protests.[4]

In May 2012 he announced that he would close Hong Kong Reporter if People Power failed to win at least 3 seats in the city's Legislative Council. In an interview he stated that 'Hong Kong is in grave danger', and that the Council needed enough opposition voices to counter Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying.[6] At a People Power hustings in June 2012 he declared his candidacy for the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency.[7]

On 22 March 2013 he announced in his own radio programme that Hong Kong Reporter would cease production, citing his 'disappointment' in many of his former political allies and partners.[8] He made it clear that he has withdrawn support for People Power, and would not support any other political party from that day forth.[9] He founded the purportedly politically unaffiliated memehk.com as its replacement on 1 June 2013.[10]

On 24 November 2014, one day after delivering a speech to the crowd at the 2014 Hong Kong protests, Shiu's vehicle was forcibly stopped by two cars, causing damage to his vehicle. He was not injured as a result of the incident.[11] He believed the attack was in retaliation to his comments and news reports by his own outlet memehk.com, stating 'only criminal gangs are capable of [such acts]'.[12]

Controversy[edit]

In 2003 Shiu was alleged to have been involved in a pyramid scheme. The company he co-created was accused of selling electronic currency to its customers, who later discovered they were unable to purchase goods at market value with said currency.[13]

On 18 July 2011, Shiu announced his intention to acquire Hong Kong Golden Forum, a popular internet forum, and to merge it with Hong Kong Reporter.[14] This was met with vocal opposition from the forum's users,[15] some of whom created a number of parodies with profanities.[16][17]

Filmography[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • Long Arm of the Law II (1987)
  • The Truth (1988)
  • The Greatest Lover (1988)
  • Moon, Star, Sun (1988)
  • Long Arm of the Law III (1989)
  • The Iceman Cometh (1989)
  • The Truth - Final Episode (1989)
  • Sentenced to Hang (1989)
  • Underground Express (1990)
  • Sex and Zen (1991)
  • To Be Number One (1991)
  • It's Now or Never (1992)
  • King of Beggars (1992)
  • Sisters Outlaw (1992)
  • Royal Tramp II (1992)
  • Arrest the Restless (1992)
  • Invincible (1992)
  • Handsome Siblings (1992)
  • Royal Tramp (1992)
  • The Wrong Bedfellow (1993)
  • The Formula (1993)
  • The Secret File (1993)
  • Whores from the North (1993)
  • Manhunt Across the Border (1993)
  • Lord of East China Sea (1993)
  • Black Panther (1993)
  • Fight Back to School III (1993)
  • Flirting Scholar (1993)
  • The Sword of Many Lovers (1993)
  • Lord of East China Sea II (1993)
  • Hero of Hong Kong 1949 (1993)
  • 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (2011)
  • Sex and Zen II: 4D Sexecution (2012)

Writer[edit]

  • Rolls, Rolls, I Love You (1982)
  • Winner Takes All? (1984)
  • Midnight Girls (1986)
  • Spiritual Love (1987)
  • Rich and Famous (1987)
  • Tragic Hero (1987)
  • The Greatest Lover (1988)
  • Moon, Star, Sun (1988)
  • The Truth (1988)
  • Midnight Whispers (1988)
  • Long Arm of the Law III (1989)
  • The Iceman Cometh (1989)
  • The Truth - Final Episode (1989)
  • Sentenced to Hang (1989)
  • Underground Express (1990)
  • To Be Number One (1991)
  • It's Now or Never (1992)
  • Man of the Times (1993)
  • Lord of East China Sea (1993)
  • The Sword of Many Lovers (1993)
  • Lord of East China Sea II (1993)
  • Hero of Hong Kong 1949 (1993)
  • 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (2011)
  • Sex and Zen II: 4D Sexecution (2012)

Actor[edit]

  • On the Wrong Track (1983)

Executive Producer[edit]

  • Long Arm of the Law II (1987)
  • The Greatest Lover (1988)[18]

Personal life[edit]

He was in a relationship with Pamela Peck, Mei-lai Kok (sister of director Vincent Kok) and Deanie Ip.[19] Currently he is married to Lai-mei Hau, and they have a son and three daughters.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yau, Elaine (15 September 2014). "Internet radio takes off in the city". SCMP. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  2. ^ "龍虎天地轉載《壹週刊》82期封面故事". Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. ^ "蕭若慈腐朽變神奇". Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Cheung, Tony (10 April 2013). "He's back: the rapid return of 'Radio Stephen Shiu'". SCMP. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  5. ^ Yau, Elaine (15 September 2014). "Internet radio stations are taking off in Hong Kong". SCMP. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  6. ^ "【專訪蕭若元參選】「梁振英當選 香港危急存亡」 蕭若元參選 抗威權政府". AM730. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  7. ^ "人民力量決志大會 蕭若元段 Video 2012年6月24日". Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  8. ^ "老蕭:香港人網月底「執笠」". 蘋果日報. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. ^ "《香港人網》傳內訌月底停播". 東方日報. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  10. ^ Yau, Elaine (19 August 2014). "House News closed last month, but other independent sites still exist". SCMP. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  11. ^ "蕭若元北角遇襲 座駕被撞毀". 東方日報. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  12. ^ "蕭若元座駕被毀:與言論有關". 明報. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  13. ^ "現金券無得換 電子金幣搵笨 蕭若元". 壹週刊. 6 September 2001.
  14. ^ "Sina Weibo". Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  15. ^ "HK Golden Forum". Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Youtube". Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Youtube". Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Hong Kong Movie Database". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  19. ^ "蕭若元 爛仔交專家". 明報周刊. Retrieved 22 April 2015.[dead link]