Starlet and Tycoon

I guess for most people the most eye-catching words in the headline of a recent SCMP news report would be the name Richard Li. If the sole purpose of the headline were to catch eyeballs, the name alone would be more than adequate. But the words that jumped at me are “starlet” and “tycoon”. One would not doubt that the oxymoronic use of these two words was meant to give stunning effect. To me, though, the deliberate juxtaposition of the two words seems to project a kind of mentality that the Hong Kong society has always had.

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