Chinese Culture

Yulin's dog meat festival deaf to critics

Cages of dogs are delivered to an unenviable fate at a market in Yulin - a long tradition in the city.

The annual festival involving savouring the delights of dog meat hotpot, lychees and strong liquor on the Summer Solstice is a cherished tradition among Yulin locals. Thousands of diners are expected to crowd food streets and enjoy the feast. Animal protection activists estimate more than 10,000 dogs are killed during the festival.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am 53 comments

China must make its mark on global language map on its own terms

Some Chinese words are untranslatable. Photo: Reuters

Most people believe that the secret to promoting Chinese culture is to have as many foreigners as possible studying the Chinese language. But there is a better way.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 4 comments

Time to restore China's mahjong glory

Time to restore China's mahjong glory

My fellow Chinese citizens, it brings me no pleasure to report to you this terrible news. A great calamity has befallen our nation. Our pride, our dignity, nay, the very integrity of our national soul is at stake.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am 5 comments

Book review: From the Dragon's Mouth, by Ana Fuentes

Ana Fuentes' book describes the vibrant kaleidoscope of modern China through the real stories of its people. Photo: AFP

We've all heard the expression "straight from the horse's mouth". Throw in a rather fiercer beast and the definition is borne out by From the Dragon's Mouth.

26 May 2013 - 5:19pm

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Associate professor Sylvia Kwok Lai Yuk-ching, of City University, said: "Chinese families have higher expectations of boys than girls. That's why boys may experience more stress from their parents to deliver better academic performances."

5 May 2013 - 5:03am

Beauty, value of ethnic cultures

Lee Mei-yin, Chinese culture promoter and Dunhuang art specialist, with her collection. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

In the 1980s, when Lee Mei-yin first saw an embroidered apron made by the Miao ethnic minority on the mainland, she was so mesmerised that she began collecting minorities' costumes

29 Apr 2013 - 9:38am

Outsider in search of the real China: Seong-hyon Lee

Sunny Seong-hyon Lee

Sunny Seong-hyon Lee, a 40-year-old South Korean who lives in Beijing, has a profound interest in exploring the complex nature of China. A Harvard University psychology graduate with a doctorate in communications from Tsinghua University, his research spans China's unique traditions and culture to the rising power of its social media and its relations with neighbours such as North Korea.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am 1 comment

Why playing safe is dangerous in today's economy

A woman shovels near sand sculptures of Confucius, centre, a famed thinker and philosopher in Chinese history, in Fujian province. Photo: AP

Browsing through my books during the holidays, I came across one on comparative Western and Chinese philosophy that had an old saying: "Every Chinese person is a Confucian when everything is going well; he is a Taoist when things are falling apart; and he is a Buddhist as he approaches death."

5 Jan 2013 - 2:37am

Dreamers choose 'meng' as their word of the year

The Chinese character meng, meaning dream, has been named "character of the year" on the mainland, putting poll organisers and much of the public on a collision course over how the word should be interpreted.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:37am

Style Check: when art and fashion collide

Peng Wei and Sergio Rossi collaborated on eight one-off works of art.

Partnering with Chinese artists seems to be a growing trend for international fashion labels - and no prizes for guessing why. All eyes are focused on the region as a producer as well as a consumer of creativity.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:05pm

Grey areas

East Meets West, Victoria Harbour, 1963.

The photographic work of Ho Fan is a stark reminder of old Hong Kong.

7 Oct 2012 - 12:08am

Tai Hang dragon dance marks colourful start to Chinese holiday

The dragon studded with incense makes its way through Tai Hang in the annual parade. Photo: David Wong

Thousands of people thronged in Tai Hang to watch the area's heritage-listed dragon dance, kicking off the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day celebrations. Paraded along the narrow streets by 300 dancing Tai Hang residents, the 61-metre fire dragon swung its head and tail to the cheering of crowds.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:53am

Avenue of Comic Stars opens in Kowloon Park with statues of characters

The world's first Avenue of Comic Stars opened in Kowloon Park yesterday, with fans having fun in the sun. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The world's first Avenue of Comic Stars (above left) opened in Kowloon Park yesterday, with fans having fun in the sun.

Tony Wong Yuk-long, president of the Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation, and Gregory So Kam-leung (right), the Secretary for Commercial and Economic Development, officiating at the ceremony.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Mooncakes of solid gold are a Shanghai sell-out

They are the hottest mooncakes this season, selling out across the mainland. And their secret ingredient? Pure gold.

But as traditional pastry versions are trumped by gold counterparts, some warn the trend is a ploy with the shiny cakes better for bribing officials.

27 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

Out shopping

Out shopping

16 Sep 2012 - 2:36am