Chinese Culture

New Year legends in story-telling fest

Once upon a time, the God of Heaven organised a campaign to decide which 12 animals should make up the Chinese zodiac. Both the Dragon and the Rooster were selected, but the Rooster ranked lower than the Dragon because he had lent his horns to the cunning Dragon.

Sunday, 6 February, 2005, 12:00am

Star attraction

Canto-pop godfather Sam Hui Koon-kit must be enjoying his comeback run. CitySeen isn't just talking about his pair of sold-out concerts last year or his coming Lunar New Year extravaganza, but also how the 56-year-old legend manages to get pretty young female artists to share the stage with him.

25 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the First Person column in C2 yesterday, the ink painting artist's name should have been Leung Kui-ting, not Leung Kin-ting. His teacher's name was also spelt incorrectly as Lou Shou-kwan. It should have been Lui Shou-kwan. We regret the errors.

26 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Wanted: a safe home for China's historical relics

The recent theft of Chinese cultural relics from two eminent British museums is to be condemned. But this latest criminal trend is laced with a heavy dose of irony.

7 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Islam's uphill struggle in land of Confucius

Han Chinese show little eagerness to embrace the Koran

'Allahu akbar' (God is great) resonates several times from the archaic speaker system. Speaking in Arabic, the imam then proceeds to recite from the Koran, punctuating his sonorous speech with occasional lapses into Putonghua to explain to his congregation the importance of observing Ramadan.

23 Oct 2004 - 12:00am


On September 30, Leung Kui Kau Lutheran Primary School (am) in Sha Tin organised a ceremony to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (pictured right).

A team of Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and The Boys' Brigade marched into the school playground to raise the national flag while students, teachers and visitors sang the national anthem.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

A chance to smell the roses and listen to the birds

No more Sars, no more bird flu, and don't even mention CSSA. Yeoh Eng-kiong says he just wants to be an ordinary citizen after his 33 years of public service end next week.

27 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Passing Under Heaven

Passing Under Heaven

by Justin Hill

Abacus $160

Scholars consider the Tang dynasty (618-907) to have been China's 'Golden Age' of literature, a time when poets and writers were free to explore what they saw - the beautiful and the ugly. It was a time of competing philosophies, as Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism vied for control.

19 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Bouzouki bard wows Chinese team with Mandarin love-songs

The sweat pours down the face of Games' volunteer George Sapounidis as he serenades the rapt and incredulous Chinese audience at the athletes' village. How, wonder the Chinese media, is a long-haired gweilo able to sing with such flawless diction in Mandarin?

24 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Writing is on the wall for reading, survey shows

Today's rat race means people feel they can no longer relax with a good book

More Chinese people are distancing themselves from reading as busier lifestyles become more common in an increasingly digitalised world.

Books seem to be losing their appeal in one of the world's oldest civilisations, where reading has long been considered an admirable pastime.

21 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Quest for equality

News has filtered out to Hong Kong's gay and lesbian communities that the government is preparing to openly debate the rights of homosexuals - cause for quiet celebration within a minority community which feels the bite of public discrimination more than most.

27 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Different race, different face

The odd notion of 'face' is often thought of as typically Chinese; evidence of baffling Asian ways, as impenetrable as their languages. But actually, it is universal. Everybody has to learn how to give, take, gain and lose face according to their society's social interactive rules of the road.

3 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Racing the dragon

From east and west, young and old, competing or spectating, the Tuen Ng Festival dragon boat races on Tuesday will bring out a mass of humanity to enjoy a day of drumming, eating, drinking,

and celebration.

19 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Curbs on chicken imports eased

The daily shipment of live chickens from the mainland will be increased from the current 30,000 birds to 40,000, to meet demands during the Dragon Boat Festival, officials said.

But poultry traders said the increase would still not meet demand and feared the retail price would be pushed up.

17 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

The fast and the flirtatious

Speed dating may not be a new concept in Hong Kong, but much of the rest of the region is yet to discover this singles scene icebreaker. That will soon change if local company WhirlWindDate's expansion plan succeeds.

4 Jun 2004 - 12:00am