Chinese Culture

Eye candy and plastic timepieces at Nixon bash

Candy-coloured plastic watches seem to be hip again.

Wednesday, 18 May, 2011, 12:00am

Portraits in porcelain

Why is the best china not from China? With this question in mind, Shen Hen-rong, founder of the prestigious Taiwan porcelain brand 1300 Only Porcelain, began a six-year quest for an innovative and gorgeous china style.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Face up to it

'When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a facelift any day' Marty Bucella - Cartoonist

Face value

Your face is the front part of your head, but what is ...?

1 a face pack

a. a creamy substance that is put on the face, left to dry and then removed to make the face cleaner or younger looking

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The Dragon and the Foreign Devils

The Dragon and the Foreign Devils

by Harry Gelber

Bloomsbury, HK$160

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Chinese socialism's long and crooked road

In the 1980s, when I was working as a journalist in Beijing, many intellectuals would discuss the state of the nation as it was then, having emerged from the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and embarked on economic development. This is something the country should have done from the beginning.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

A sentimental journey

No Name, a talented Taiwanese singer-songwriter with a beautiful, melancholic voice, has released a new album, Finally 2.5, which will send you on an emotional roller-coaster.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Face of the future

With the unrest in Tibet and nearby provinces and the Beijing Olympics just around the corner, it seems almost inevitable that any conversation about China quickly turns to politics, especially in the west.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The laughing stock

Anyone for a poster for an Emperor brand pot cover to put a lid on scandal? Or perhaps an Edison Shot Me Too T-shirt? Intimate photos of actresses

and starlets taken from entertainer Edison Chen Koon-hei's laptop have not only titillated voyeurs on the internet, they've set off a spoofing boom in cyberspace.

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Calming spirits

You may have come across Tai Sui in television or radio programmes or magazine articles that deal with fung shui and astrological predictions. Essentially, Tai Sui refers to the celestial spirit that presides over the year. It is also known as the Grand Duke Jupiter, as it is believed to correspond to the 60-year cycle of Jupiter rotating around the sun.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Putting on the glitz: Chinoiserie

More local designers are tapping into their Chinese heritage to produce pieces that are decidedly modern while paying tribute to Chinese culture.

Jewellery design house Qeelin is known for its Chinese-inspired styles with a contemporary twist.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Music lovers tune in to the language beat

They struggle for play time on the local airwaves, and finding their gigs down a narrow alley in a darkened bar is a challenge only the most dedicated fans will rise too.

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Major Archaeological Discoveries of China in Recent Years

Relics from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty, including bronze objects, pottery, lacquerware and jade. Features a lacquered winged figure from the Warring States Period (475-221 BC, right). Daily, 10am-6pm (Sun until 7pm), closed Tue, HK Museum of History, 100 Chatham Rd South, TST, HK$10. Inquiries: 2724 9042. Ends Sept 24

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Searching for partners before the party is over

It's not always easy to do right by China. Should you choose the path of unthinking flattery, you will eventually lose self-respect. On the other hand, should you take the path of honest public comment, praising where praise is due but not pulling your punches when issues surface, you run the risk of incurring the wrath of Beijing.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Lessons of the past build a better future

Among all the top mainland intellectuals I have recently talked to, from the pro-western liberals to the nationalistic 'new left', there is one thing they have strikingly in common: they are now going back to their traditional cultural heritage to find inspiration for prescriptions for the country's future development, and that of the world at large.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Contract dispute for Canto-pop twins

Canto-pop twins Soler have to put 60 per cent of earnings into a court account pending the outcome of litigation between them and their manager. Dino and Giulio Acconci accused Hummingbird Music of signing them up to an unreasonable contract and seek freedom to seek engagements with third parties. Hummingbird argues Soler is in breach of its contract.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am