Chinese Culture

Cultural evolution

Dennis Chan didn't really learn about Chinese culture until Hong Kong was handed back to China.

Monday, 21 November, 2011, 12:00am

Beijing looks to ancient sages

Beijing is seeking inspiration from religious teachings to help the nation through a 'crisis of social morality'.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Supreme Taiji can arrive on time

Horses which miss the start and horses drawn in the outside barrier are not usually a recipe for success at Happy Valley, but the chemistry of both of those factors might help Supreme Taiji upset the favourites in a tricky Hong Kong Squash 50th Anniversary Cup (1,000m) today.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hanging in the balance

Mrs Ho is 72 and her life has always been entwined with the little roadside stall that sells traditional weighing scales in Sham Shui Po.

She remembers the neighbourhood in the old days, with the bustling wet market and the fishermen hauling in fresh fish from the nearby harbour.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

It's Taiwan Calling

In the 1990s, Taiwan's music industry surpassed Hong Kong's to become the global engine of Chinese pop. But the last decade has seen a different trend: the mushrooming of Taiwanese independent music.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

To his own tune

Lin Hwai-min, the artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, needs a cigarette. The 64-year-old choreographer is on a one-day whirlwind visit to Hong Kong to promote his company's youth, educational and outreach arm, Cloud Gate 2, and after a couple of hours meeting with the press he is ready for a break.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

summer colours

Entrants in the Young Post Summer Colours arts competition did a great job once again this week. Jade Lam used contrast, comparing two pictures and making comparisons within the pictures themselves to express the different aspects - and colours - of summer. Samantha Borje used the symbolism of a gate to express her vision of an adventurous summer.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Museum probes claim of broken relics cover-up

Bosses at Beijing's Palace Museum are investigating claims of a cover-up over the breakage of four precious antiques.

Administrators said that an accident in which a researcher broke a rare porcelain plate on July 4 was the first breakage at the museum caused by human error.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

New great wall of China talent

Recent news reports of a new round of emigration from China since 2007 have sounded a warning to mainland employers and to government planners who were envisioning a large pool of highly educated and skilled local talent by 2020.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The Fat Years

The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung (translated by Michael Duke) Doubleday

When I finished Chan Koonchung's The Fat Years, the most talked about novel translated from the Chinese this year, I was divided: is this a magnum opus or an ambitious piece of fiction that flounders?

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Keeping faith

Cai Dishui was born in a village near Xiamen and, from the age of eight, a tumour developed on his face. It grew larger and larger, covered his left eye and made people turn away. He was so ashamed that he never went to school and did not leave the village.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sharing a cross-cultural bond

Terrence Pong

As a child, Minnesota-born Terrence Pong (below) was used to moving around the US, following his university professor father's academic path. But nothing prepared him for the multiculturalism of Hong Kong, when he relocated to the city with his family at the age of nine.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A bad day's shopping

Yesterday, Jade had a day off work. She spent the day doing her favourite activity. But it didn't quite go to plan. In the evening, Kate calls Jade for a chat. Listen to their conversation and answer the questions

1 Which of these activities would Jade choose if she had the choice?

a. visiting a mall

b. going to a sports centre

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Party animal

'This is the one day of the year when everyone wants to be Chinese,' grins Russell Jack, before leading his beloved imperial dragon, Sun Loong, into Bendigo's dappled sunlit streets for the annual Easter Festival parade.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Jade is sale highlight

The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction will feature pieces from private collections including those of John and Berthe Ford. Highlights include Chinese jade (lots 389-428), featuring an outstanding white jade hu vase, Qianlong, HK$800,000 to HK$1.2 million (lot 427), and a large white-jade finger citron (lot 389) from the mid-Qing dynasty, HK$80,000 to HK$120,000.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am