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  1. News - Hong Kong

    When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 02:28pm by Hedy Bok, Xenia Chan

    ... Xenia Chan and Hedy Bok Professional letter writers were once a common sight on Hong Kong’s streets, but today only a few survive. In the latest episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, we talk to Pun Tse-ching about the dying art Pun Tse-ching, 73, performs a role which is dying out in Hong Kong. He is a professional Chinese letter writer. As is that case with so many other ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 05:27pm by Xenia Chan, Hedy Bok

    ... temperatures can hasten the process of fermentation, making it easier for baked goods to turn sour in hot weather. As the founder of Tim Ho Wan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular dim sum restaurants, ... of the southern Chinese cuisine is a source of pride for many Hong Kongers, but also an expression of their unique cultural identity. Mak says going to “dim sum” remains an important ritual for people. ...

  3. News - Hong Kong

    No cutting corners: The artistry of the ancient qipao tailor

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 05:07pm by Xenia Chan, Hedy Bok

    ... Xenia Chan and Hedy Bok In this second episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a third generation tailor tells us the history of qipao, and why the art of Chinese tailoring has a special place in his heart. At 63, Kan Hong-wing admits he's one of the youngest- and the last- qipao tailors in Hong Kong. The owner of Mei Wah Fashion, Kan is one of a dwindling number of tailors ...

  4. News - Hong Kong

    Talking to the dead: the art of making Taoist paper effigies

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 02:02pm by Xenia Chan, Hedy Bok

    ... Xenia Chan and Hedy Bok In the third episode of our Uniquely Hong Kong series, a design graduate tells of his decision to take up his father’s craft of making Taoist paper effigies used to communicate with the dead Few young people in Hong Kong today opt to pursue careers in traditional crafts – particularly those in which it is hard to make money. But 32-year-old Au-yeung Ping-chi ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Confessions of a 'hit-woman'

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 03:16pm by Xenia Chan, Hedy Bok

    ... Xenia Chan and Hedy Bok Practice of 'villain-hitting' is a scam, admits 78-year-old who's making a living from the ritual In part one of our series on Hong Kong ... traditional Hong Kong rituals like Tin Hau worship and spirit-channeling are declining “villain-hitting” is thriving. “Da siu yan” or “hitting away petty little people” derives from folk religion ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's unique situation shapes our language skills

    Posted Nov 09th 2013, 03:25am

    ... the skills demanded by the job market. Given Hong Kong's unique situation, there is an ideal that we should all master English, Cantonese and Putonghua. That is a challenge for the vast majority ... SCMP Editorial Market forces and languages Knowledge of English and Putonghua does not automatically land you a good job in Hong Kong. But not knowing them inevitably bars you from ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hongkongers may be unique, but we're not better than others

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by Alice Wu

    ... Alice Wu Alice Wu says while a new dictionary entry befits our unique identity, Hong Kong is not so special that we can disregard the rules of civility No exception So, the words ... here, but also for the countless Hong Kong natives who have emigrated. The very existence of these words proves the need for differentiation. This differentiation- most notably, perhaps, from ...

  8. News - China - POLITICS

    Former premier Zhu Rongji lifts lid on talks with CY Leung

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 12:00am by Zhang Hong, STEPHEN CHEN

    ... of Leung Chun-ying, now Hong Kong's chief executive, on the core reform issues of land ownership and housing. Leung, then a young surveyor at British real estate firm Jones Lang Wootton, is the only Hong Kong politician mentioned in the book, but it is an indication of his close ties with the mainland. Zhu (pictured) has kept a low profile since he retired a decade ago and avoided ...

  9. News - Hong Kong

    Taking a bite out of two worlds

    Posted Nov 09th 2013, 04:37am by Susan Jung

    ... tea at many restaurants in the city, particularly those in hotels. However, you can also have a uniquely Hong Kong type of tea: lai cha, or milk tea, is consumed by diners sitting under ... Susan Jung susan.jung@scmp.com Hong Kong was doing fusion food way before it was fashionable. The result is pork chop on spaghetti and milk tea... and a cuisine that's all our own ...

  10. News - China

    Asset or liability? Beijing's decision on whistle-blower could seal Snowden's fate

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng and Zhang Hong

    ... national security, mainland observers say. But it will be handled in a low-profile manner to avoid upsetting the Sino-US relationship and being seen as meddling in Hong Kong affairs. Snowden's revelation, that the US government had been hacking into Hong Kong and mainland networks for years, had put Beijing in an awkward position, observers said. On the one hand, it hoped to extract ...




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