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  1. The big cell: reality TV zooms in on Bangkok Hilton

    Posted Jan 31st 2005, 12:00am by Jason Gagliardi

    ... Live webcasts from Thailand's notorious jail will focus on death row inmates' last days, writes Jason Gagliardi Bored with reality television about Paris Hilton? Then perhaps you're ready for the Bangkok Hilton. At least, that seems to have been the logic behind a bizarre reality show dreamed up by Thailand's Corrections Department. Perhaps buoyed by the success ...

  2. Marital reality wins over dreams

    Posted Jan 01st 2007, 12:00am by Kitty Poon

    ... Mainland women appear to be returning to their own traditions, as suggested by the soaring popularity of New Age for Marriage, a new television soap depicting young married life in Beijing. ... world. Outside of TV scripts, the divorce rate has soared in recent years. From just 4.7 per cent of marriages in the 1980s, about 10 per cent of today's newlyweds end their marriages within ...

  3. Signature dish

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Susan Jung susan.jung@scmp.com A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about things that irritate me when I eat out. It's time to turn the tables (so to speak) and examine the behaviour that diners inflict on hard-working restaurant staff. I worked as a wa ...

  4. When the spice is right

    Posted May 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... ideas challenged and to be shocked, largely as a result of hugely popular reality shows, which have pushed the limits of what is acceptable,' says social commentator Satish Jacob. Boyfriends 'set up' their girlfriends to see if they are cheating on them in a reality show called Emotional Atyachar (based on the US show Cheaters); people misbehave with abandon on Big ...

  5. Calls for government to cut wealth gap ignore reality

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Most Hongkongers see the city's wealth gap as a serious problem and believe the government is doing little to tackle it, according to a Chinese University survey. SCMP, December 2 But how can government tack ...

  6. Perceptions differ from reality in assessments of corruption

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that some countries- Italy, Brazil- are less corrupt than their reputations imply, while others- Hong Kong and Singapore- may look clean on the surface but in reality are much filthier underneath. ... loudly on the anti-corruption drum and comes out as the cleanest country of all in the Corruption Perceptions' Index, in reality corruption in the city state is more common than its ...

  7. Reality tests the ideal of openness

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... animosity. This phenomenon in Hong Kong underscores the harsh reality that promoting multiculturalism - the acceptance, appreciation and assimilation of multiple cultures in any given society ...

  8. Face up to the realities of non-Chinese in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Bernard Chan Some commentators say the recent scare about hundreds of thousands of Filipinos possibly being granted right of abode in Hong Kong displayed underlying racism in our society. Others say it came down to local fear of competition for scarce res ...

  9. Time for developers to accept new reality

    Posted Aug 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... say they are familiar with the hegemony notion, and 78 per cent think it is a reality. The younger and more educated, the likelier they are to believe in the undue and unhealthy dominance ...

  10. Grim realities of the Korean success story

    Posted Jun 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raises sobering questions about South Korea's economic achievement. In contrast to normally glowing assessments, the OECD warns bluntly that Korea is confrontin ...




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