Ian Young Comment, Blogs, News, World

Vancouver-area realtor Jason Liu says he just wanted to help the city’s wealthy Chinese investor migrants, and to help Canadians understand that “most of them are good guys”.

12 Feb 2016 - 2:32pm
Bernice Chan Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink

“NP” usually means “no problem”, but at The Peninsula Hong Kong, the abbreviation has a new meaning, “Naturally Peninsula”, signifying menu items that use ingredients ticking one or more of...

9 Feb 2016 - 12:00pm
Michael Cox Sport 9 Feb 2016

The Hong Kong racing season is a marathon, not a sprint, but as summer creeps up  along with the temperature – the pressure will also rise on trainers, jockeys and horses.

9 Feb 2016 - 11:18am
Andrew Hawkins 5 Feb 2016

In the midst of Asian Racing Conference debates and nasty falls to both Joao Moreira and Douglas Whyte, last weekend’s action almost slipped through the cracks, despite it being one of Hong Kong’s...

5 Feb 2016 - 12:10am
Ian Young Comment, Blogs, News, World 3 Feb 2016

Vancouver’s long-suffering affordable housing advocates could be forgiven for jubilation at the news this week that provincial authorities were finally studying the impact of foreign investment on...

3 Feb 2016 - 5:59am
Kenny Hodgart Comment, Blogs 2 Feb 2016

It is probable that if there was advantage to be had from the sun rising in the evening, the Chinese government would have it so.

2 Feb 2016 - 9:15am
Michael Cox Sport 1 Feb 2016

Someone at the Asian Racing Conference must have forgotten to send the memo: racing conferences are for navel-gazing and backslapping, not decision-making or actual action – and certainly not...

1 Feb 2016 - 9:51pm
Andrew Hawkins 30 Jan 2016

For the second consecutive week, The Griffin focuses on a foreign experience, this time at the world's premier multinational racing talkfest, the 36th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Mumbai. 

30 Jan 2016 - 6:02pm
Andrew Hawkins 23 Jan 2016

The Griffin had the honour of being in London for the Longines World's Best Racehorse Awards last Tuesday as American Pharoah was anointed the equine king of 2015 and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe...

23 Jan 2016 - 11:55pm
Ian Young Comment, Blogs, News, World 21 Jan 2016

Vancouver’s already red-hot real estate market has been targeted by “crowdfunding” firms, hoping to create syndicates of investors drawn from the city’s Chinese community to buy properties worth...

25 Jan 2016 - 1:20pm
James Porteous Sport, Soccer 18 Jan 2016

Last week, we were looking forward with bated breath to CY Leung’s policy address, that annual highlight of the Hong Kong calen

18 Jan 2016 - 12:42pm
Andrew Hawkins 14 Jan 2016

Next week, the curtain will come down on the racing world for 2015 once and for all with the world’s best horses and the world’s best races of the last year to be celebrated at a ceremony in...

14 Jan 2016 - 11:59pm
Michael Cox Sport 11 Jan 2016

Hong Kong's distinctive English horse names are a lot of fun and one of the most distinctive aspects of racing here, but most of us only know the half of it.

12 Jan 2016 - 12:05pm
Andrew Hawkins 9 Jan 2016

Of course, as the old saying goes, one misstep and “the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.”

10 Jan 2016 - 9:13am
Ian Young Comment, Blogs, News, World 6 Jan 2016

2015 was a big year for anyone with a stake in Vancouver’s unaffordability debate - which is pretty much everyone in the city, for better or worse, as well as a fair number of folk in Hong Kong...

11 Jan 2016 - 11:27am
Michael Cox Sport 5 Jan 2016

Where in the world is a seven per cent strike rate considered an outstanding effort?

5 Jan 2016 - 11:27am

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  • Unus Alladin is a veteran Hong Kong sports journalist, who has covered an array of major international sporting events, ranging from Formula One to the Olympic Games.
  • Anna is a business writer. During her 20-year Hong Kong career, she’s written everything from stock market reports and luxury goods sector analysis to speeches for the HKSAR Chief Executive and served as president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club for two years.
  • Susan Jung became the SCMP food and wine editor on Handover Day, 1997. Now the senior food and wine editor, she writes and edits columns for Post Magazine and 48 HOURS magazine. A trained pastry chef, she worked in restaurants in San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong. She is also the Academy Chair for the Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau region of the World's 50 Best Restaurants and Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.
  • Chris Oliver is a financial journalist based in Hong Kong.
  • Vivienne has been a cultural journalist and critic for over a decade and was named one of the world’s best young journalists and critics while representing Hong Kong at the 2004 inaugural Berlinale Talent Press at the Berlin International Film Festival. She has written extensively on culture and entertainment for publications locally and abroad and has covered major international events from film festivals to art fairs. Vivienne also covers Hong Kong and global cultural policy development and publishes a blog, Culture Shock, at www.viviennechow.com. She is the culture beat senior reporter at the South China Morning Post and can be followed on Twitter @VivienneChow.
  • Paul Kay is a Hong Kong-based journalist and media consultant, and the former editor of Time Out Hong Kong and Hong Kong Tatler. A lifelong football fanatic, he is making the pilgrimage to Brazil for the World Cup to offer a fan’s-eye view of the greatest show on Earth.
  • Born in Hong Kong, Jason is a globe-trotter who spent his entire adult life in Europe, the United States and Canada before settling back in his birthplace to rediscover his roots. He is a full-time lawyer and a freelance writer who raves and rants about Hong Kong and its people. Jason is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind and No City for Slow Men. Follow him on Twitter @jasonyng.
  • Ivan Zhai is the Social Media Editor at the South China Morning Post. Prior to his current position, Ivan spent 10 years working for the Guangzhou-based 21st Century World Herald and in the Post's Guangzhou bureau, covering Chinese politics, macroeconomics and online communities. In 2008, Ivan won an Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship. He shares his findings and thoughts on digital media, cognitive neuroscience and China on Twitter and Chinese microblogs as @ivanzhai.
  • Robby Nimmo, an award-winning advertising copywriter, has been writing for the South China Morning Post for 10 years. She writes the left-field rather than the on-field, social commentary rather than sporting commentary. She is also a regular contributor to the Rant column in the Sunday Post Magazine.
  • Jacqueline Tsang is editor of SCMP's Style Magazine.
  • After two decades of noshing in Hong Kong, Mischa Moselle likes to think he knows his way around a plate and a bottle. As his tailor knows, he’ll eat and drink anything but particular favourites are gutsy French and Thai food and well-made wine from anywhere.
  • Amy is a Chinese American journalist - a native New Yorker - and journalism educator currently living in Hong Kong. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37, and hopes to share her experiences and adventures with other women and increase awareness.
  • Christy Choi is a news reporter for the South China Morning Post covering science and technology. Before the SCMP, she worked for the Phnom Penh Post and Time, writing about sharks helping tame lionfish invasions, mealybug infestations, human trafficking and the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, among others. As a former contemporary arts curator, she has a soft spot for the arts, and while science is her beat at the Post, she won’t say no to a good yarn about pretty much anything under the sun. Reach her on Twitter @jchristychoi
  • Formerly a staff journalist at SCMP, Kenny Hodgart has lived in Hong Kong since 2011. He comes from Scotland, which remains part of the United Kingdom, but his views are almost exclusively his own. He suffers from status anxiety more than some but less than others.
  • Australian journalist Michael Cox had considerable experience as a writer and radio broadcaster in his homeland, covering thoroughbred and harness racing as well as other major sports, before making the move to the Post in 2011. Michael has adapted seamlessly to writing and reporting on Hong Kong racing and his blog, Happy Lucky Dragon Win, has become a popular feature of the Post’s online coverage.
  • The Beauty Blog offers an inside look at Hong Kong’s beauty scene, from the latest trends and must-have products to expert advice and treatment reviews. Author Tama Lung has been covering beauty and lifestyle topics for the SCMP’s Specialist Publications group since June 2011. Follow her on Instagram (http://instagram.com/tamalung) for more beauty buzz.
  • Doug Young has lived and worked in China for 15 years, much of that as a journalist for Reuters writing about Chinese companies. He currently lives in Shanghai where he teaches financial journalism at Fudan University. He writes daily on his blog, Young’s China Business Blog (www.youngchinabiz.com), commenting on the latest developments at Chinese companies listed in the US, China and Hong Kong. He is also author of a new book about the media in China, “The Party Line: How the Media Dictates Public Opinion in Modern China.”
  • As film editor, Yvonne Teh oversees the film coverage in the South China Morning Post's 48 HOURS magazine, The Review and the Arts & Entertainment page. An avid film viewer for as long as she can remember, Yvonne has lived and worked in the UK, US, East Africa and Asia. An anthropology and art history double major, she possesses diverse media experience that includes programming film content for TV channels, curating museological exhibitions, and writing and editing for various publications.
  • Ian Young is the SCMP's former International Editor. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010 and is now the SCMP's Vancouver correspondent.
  • Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui
  • Ernest is a City desk news reporter at the South China Morning Post. Follow him on Twitter @ernestkao
  • James Porteous has been a sports journalist for more than 10 years, first in Scotland now in Hong Kong, and has covered football at every level from cup ties featuring amateur teams to the Champions League final. He will be manning SCMP Sport’s online coverage of World Cup 2014 and blogging throughout the tournament.
  • Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP
  • Nailene Chou Wiest (Zhou Nai-ling) is a journalist and writer. For much of her career, she plied the trade of financial journalism. In recent years, she combines teaching journalism and writing on business, news media, and international affairs issues.
  • Chris Luo is a Beijing native. He lived in Indiana, U.S. for four years before moving to Hong Kong to study journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University. He joined SCMP in 2012 as a website producer.
  • Since the Communist Party's new leader Xi Jinping announced a crackdown on corruption amongst officials in November 2012, a raft of suspected offenders have been sacked or suspended for alleged wrongdoing. Here, SCMP.com brings you a comprehensive guide to the latest officials under investigation.
  • HKEye is a compendium of worldwide coverage about our home city, Hong Kong, by the staff of SCMP.com. Contact us on Twitter @SCMP_News or via e-mail, onlinenews@scmp.com.
  • New Zealand broadcaster Jed Thian is recognised as the founder of alternative sports commentary worldwide through his online creation, the Alternative Rugby Commentary. Performing live around the world as well as regular appearances on the BBC, RTE in Ireland and Television New Zealand, demand for his unique take on rugby and world have grown massively since trading the radio for the internet.
  • SCMP health editor Jeanette Wang discovered the joy of trail running in 2011, when she moved from ultra-urbanised Singapore to the country park haven of Hong Kong. She's since neglected road running and triathlons in favour of the trails, and participates regularly in local races. Why? Because, as, John Muir said: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..."
  • P.Ramakrishnan has been a journalist and editor in Hong Kong for the past decade. He jump-started his career writing the Society column for South China Morning Post and went on to write about lifestyle, luxury and endless spools on the juggernaut that is Bollywood. Mostly he spends time worrying about the emergence of gout; "With rich, fatty foods and calorific canapes served on seemingly endless silver trays, I think it should be a primary concern for all those who circumnavigate champagne soirees in the 852." There is the gym and a sensible diet regiment... but then he looks at counsel like that with the disdain one reserves for those wearing a brown belt with black shoes.
  • Born and raised in Shanghai, Vicky Feng is a journalist and writer living in Hong Kong. She studied journalism at Baptist University and Chinese language and literature in Shanghai. A book lover, Vicky likes to find and write about all kinds of stories. Reach her on Twitter and Weibo @Vicky_Feng _
  • Born in the United States but now living in Hong Kong, Jeremy Blum is a half-American, half-Taiwanese writer. Prior to joining SCMP, he studied journalism at the University of Hong Kong and lived in Taiwan for two years. He has previously written on a wide variety of topics, including communist video games, Asian American start-ups and the history of dumpling restaurants in Taiwan. You can follow him on Twitter @blummer102
  • Award-winning writer Andrew Hawkins graduated from university in Australia with a communications degree, specialising in journalism, and has married that with his deep love of racing. His enthusiasm took him far and wide to see the sport at its best, from stud farms in Ireland to the iconic race meetings of the world, while he honed the skills as an online journalist and blogger he has brought to the Post. Andrew’s debut season in Hong Kong was notable for a shock first-up victory as the Post’s top tipster and his blog, The Griffin, has already garnered a dedicated audience. He was recently recognised for his stellar coverage of the 2015 Longines Hong Kong International Races.
  • A former Wales international and coach of the Welsh sevens side, as well as coach of the Hong Kong sevens and 15s sides, Dai has recently taken up an overarching position covering all things performance related in Hong Kong rugby. As the HKRFU’s new head of technical development and performance, Dai offers readers insight into the national team set up, while his international experience will see him address the state of the game at home and abroad.
  • Scion of one of Hong Kong’s premier rugby families, Lindsay and her brother Rowan are both Hong Kong national team members. One of the new full-time athletes at the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s rugby sevens programme, Lindsay brings a unique perspective on life as a premier rugby athlete and is an expert on the women’s game. A top-class player, Lindsay offers a new and interesting vantage point for followers of the local rugby scene.
  • A stalwart of the Hong Kong club rugby scene and the new director of clubs at the HKRFU, Patrick promises to drop the curtain on life at the coalface of club rugby in Hong Kong. His years of propping up the front row for Hong Kong Cricket Club, coupled with his New Zealand upbringing, gives Patrick a unique insight on the development of the game from a club and community perspective.
  • Having arrived in Hong Kong from Wales in 2010, Leigh is currently the HKRFU's national coach development manager and head coach of the Hong Kong Men’s XV. His breadth of experience gained from a lifetime of elite rugby coaching – including stints with Ebbw Vale, Newport, Dragons, Wales ‘A’ and Wales – enables Leigh to offer insight into the latest developments in coaching at the international level and discuss Hong Kong’s national team with authority.
  • Robbie joined the HKRFU in 2003 after 11 years with the Hong Kong Police Force and is currently the head of rugby operations. A driving force behind the game in Hong Kong, Robbie’s experience touches on nearly every aspect of local rugby from the senior and tertiary game, touch rugby, facilities and IT, to tournament operations and support services. As such, there isn’t much around the local scene in which Robbie hasn’t been involved, making him a real authority on the game in Hong Kong.
  • A rangy forward who represents Hong Kong at both 15s and sevens, Nick is originally from New Zealand. He has been playing competitively in Hong Kong since 2005 and has recently become one of Hong Kong’s full-time rugby athletes in the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s sevens programme.
  • Likely the most accomplished women’s player in the history of the game, New Zealander Anna is the new coach of the women’s sevens programme at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. After making her New Zealand Black Ferns debut in 1990, the fly-half enjoyed an almost unbroken run of international victories. She has played in four Women’s Rugby World Cup-winning sides and was never defeated in the New Zealand National Provincial Competition. She also played representative tennis and netball prior to taking up rugby – and has a law degree and a BA to boot.
  • Gareth is a former Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half whose job prior to assuming the head coach's role for the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s rugby sevens programme was as attacks/backs coach for Cardiff Blues RFC in Wales. He retired as a player in 2007, but not before earning a Blue for Oxford University’s rugby team and playing for Cardiff, Llanelli, Aberavon, Bristol and Pontypridd. Gareth has also worked as assistant coach with Wales Under-20s and as coach for the Wales sevens side.
  • Jamie is captain of the Hong Kong men’s sevens squad and a full-time athlete in the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s Elite Rugby Sevens programme. He is also a member of Hong Kong's 15s set-up and plays at scrum-half for Newedge Club in the Paul Y Premiership.
  • Tobi has been a referee for more than 10 years and has officiated at tournaments in Hong Kong and overseas, including the Hong Kong Sevens, Asian Five Nations, Asian Sevens Series and Asian Games. He has been on the ARFU A Panel referees list since 2008. When not blowing his whistle, Tobi works as a police officer, training probationary inspectors at the Hong Kong Police College.
  • Jeffrey Towson is Managing Partner of Towson Capital, advisory private equity firm. Jonathan Woetzel is a Director in McKinsey & Company’s Shanghai office, and the Director of the McKinsey Global Institute in Asia. They are Professors at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, and are the authors of The One Hour China Book, now available on amazon.com.
  • Jeffrey Towson is a Professor of Investment at Peking University Guanghua School of Management. He is the co-author of the #1 best-seller The One Hour China Book.
  • Jesse Appell is a former Fulbright fellow whose research and jokes on Chinese comedy and culture have been featured in The Economist, PBS, and TEDxBeijing as well as many other platforms. To learn more about Jesse’s comedy, visit www.laughbeijing.com; to contact him for information about bookings, show dates and anything Chinese comedy, e-mail Jaappell@gmail.com.
  • Reenita Malhotra Hora is a financial journalist based in Hong Kong. She is a presenter/producer for RTHK Radio 3's Money For Nothing, a live daily radio show about finance and investing and its award-inning storytelling show, Asian Threads. Reenita has contributed to the South China Morning Post, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, Asian Investor, Times of India and the Economic Times. She is the author of three non fiction books and a humorous fiction novel: Operation Mom - How I got my mother a life and a man. Reach her on Twitter @reenymal
  • Wong Sze Wai is a communications professional based in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.
  • Yonden Lhatoo is a Senior Editor at the South China Morning Post. He’s back to what he loves doing the most – writing – after working for nearly two decades as a television news anchor and editor.
  • China In 3 Minutes is your daily fix of the big news from China from the scmp.com team.
  • Allan Chiang is Hong Kong's Privacy Commissioner
  • For an inside look at Hong Kong's beauty scene, stay tuned to The Beauty Blog for the latest trends, products and treatments to pamper yourself with. Commissioning Editor Esther Ng has been covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle topics in the region for over a decade and has been with SCMP's Specialist Publications since 2014. Follow her on Instagram @est_ng
  • Tony Murray has lived in Hong Kong since 2010. He was formerly the managing editor of Gafencu Men magazine and spent a year as section editor of the China Daily in Beijing. He has been working as a journalist since 1987.
  • Candice is one of 12 members of the Hong Kong Jockey Club's social media team for the 2015 Longines Hong Kong International Races. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a passionate and well-respected guru of international racing. She can be followed on Twitter at @chare889.