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  1. Hard bargains

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... of steadily deteriorating relations, the all-out Japanese invasion of China began in July 1937. Following initial rapid advances, hostilities stalemated after the capital at Nanking (modern Nanjing) and other significant coastal port cities from Tsingtao south to Canton were captured. In the process, China's supply lines with the outside world were critically compromised. Hong Kong under ...

  2. From Riches to Rags

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Paul Fonoroff It's not easy being a middle child, especially when your eldest brother is the comic genius of his generation and younger brother a 'god' of pop music and top box-office draw. That Ricky Hui Koon-ying still managed to shine on ...

  3. Resolutions we'd all like to see

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay It's time to make the traditional resolution: give up those vodka tonics. As every new year dawns, we all go through the same charade. How long the resolution lasts is another thing. My record for futility, a few years ago, was just a co ...

  4. Parting shots

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... upset officials. They were published without fanfare in a newspaper in southern China, but were only widely seen when they were featured in a documentary last month. Yan says he supports ... officials in China do. They are the ones who should be shot.' On another website that carried the pictures, a poster writes: 'The law is not fair. On the news the other day, ...

  5. Witching hour

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... in Hangzhou, renamed itself China Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, Yang graduated with a degree in oil painting, but had begun experimenting with film and photography. 'I believe every road ... painting. 'If you look at film productions in the 1920s in China, although it was so long ago it really represented the modern world at the time,' he says when asked about his interest ...

  6. The quiz

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... A household name, which website celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 15, 2011? 13 Taking our cue from the acronym BRICS- (the emerging economies of) Brazil, Russia, India, China and South ... T______________ S______________ 14 Who plays Aung San Suu Kyi in the film The Lady? 15 Air China is the only airline permitted to feature what symbol in its livery? 16 Name the five major print ...

  7. Variations on a theme park

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Violet Law Here you can find China's largest public toilet- within faux Romanesque architecture, no less- next to an imitation of San Francisco's Lombard Street. A growling devil ... copy everything wholesale, say from Disneyland, we decided on this random, hodgepodge approach.' Indeed, the park could be seen as a metaphor for the contradictions of contemporary China ...

  8. Enter the dragon

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... The collection- inspired by the dragon, 'the most majestic symbol of power and fortune in China'- consists of a Citiz coffee machine (HK$3,888), a pair of cappuccino cup and saucers in red ...

  9. Globetrotting

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Louis XIV' exhibition, which highlights similarities between the monarchs of China and France in the 17th century. It explores the parallels between their lives and how they led development of Eastern and Western artistic trends. More than 83 artefacts from China and 74 sets of objects from France are on display. Washington If you're in Washington, it's the last chance ...

  10. Spoilt for choice

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... by the 10 programmes involving a dozen world premieres by emerging artists. These include new works commissioned from Asian composers by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for its Music About China VI ... while the latest developments in popular music from the mainland can be caught in 'China Folk Rock' (February 11-12). The jazz scene is represented by multi-Grammy Award winner ...




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