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Josiah Lau Ka Kit (Traditional Chinese: 劉家傑, Simplified Chinese: 刘家杰, Pinyin: Liu Jiajie, born in 1940 in Hong Kong with family roots in Shunde, Guangdong, China) is an English language teacher in Hong Kong who hosted "One Minute's English" on RTHK, an English-teaching TV programme of the 1990s. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong.

Before that, Lau worked as a news reporter in TVB. On 9 September 1976, the day Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong died in Beijing, Lau narrated a three-hour documentary about Mao. The TVB documentary was heavily criticised by Nationalists and by the local right-wing press for distorting historical fact to flatter the Communists.[1] The program was specifically criticised for attributing the Nanking massacre to the Nationalist Army.[2] Lau was suspended by the broadcaster. He then resigned to settle the disappointment, but the reason why he made the narration remains a mystery.

Lau emigrated to Canada before the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997.

The origin of his English name - Josiah [3]

This is a name given to him when he was baptised, and his father wanted him to use that name when he entered an English school. But it was mis-spelt as Joshia. But the true spelling is Joshua, which Lau pointed out is his son's name.

References

  1. ^ Alfred Li, [TVB apologises for Chinese script of Mao documentary], The Standard, 3 Oct 1976
  2. ^ Watt critical of Mao film translation, The Standard, 13 Oct 1976
  3. ^ One Minute's English Omnibus 30







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