Southchina Morning Post
Memory starsblaze a trail to encourage Asians to set records
An 11-year-old and his tutor walked slowly past 500 English words on a board in an attempt to set memory records yesterday.
Clement Lo Kwan-tai, 11, and his tutor, Miki Lee Yuk-kuen, hoped to memorise as many words as possible.
The English words were written on cards, carried a Chinese translation and were posted in random order on a board.
Shoppers in Ma On Shan Plaza looked on as Clement managed to memorise 109 words in one hour, while Ms Lee memorised
491 in 2-1/2 hours.
Another participant, 19-year-old student Li Kam-fung, winner of the best international competitor title in the 2007 Australian sequence
of 100 letters. Memory Championships, attempted to memorise the English alphabet repeated in a random
Mr Li took five minutes and 54 seconds.
Their records will be included in the Asian Memory Record, modelled on Guinness World Records, and launched by the Hong Kong
Memory Study Association yesterday. These memory records are in three age groups:juniors aged 11 or below, youth aged
from 12 to 17 and adults aged 18 and above.
It's like the Guinness World Records, every Asian can introduce a new category or try to break a record, said Ms Lee, who is also
chairwoman of the association.
Ms Lee said memory contests were common in Europe and America, but not so in Asia and the association wanted to change that,
so the group would provide a platform for Asians to compare their memory skills with others on its website.
We learn to improve if people break each other's records, she said.
Mr Li and Clement encouraged other Asians to break their records. I am ready to be challenged, said Clement, who was confident
that he would keep improving his skills and set new records.
Asians who want to declare their record must provide evidence of how it was set with a report, video and photos.
The record should be set in front of at least three witnesses.
Ms Lee said the association would announce the details on their website today.
The association hopes to organise contests this year with other competitors in Asia, including from Japan and India.