Chinese Culture

Minister's chat leaves students dumbfounded

Yeoh Eng-kiong is a man of high intelligence. This may be why the secretary for health, welfare and food couldn't help quizzing students when he visited a bakery training centre for the mentally handicapped in Tai Po this week.

Saturday, 22 May, 2004, 12:00am

game names

KAM PUI-FAN CHOSE Apple as her English name when she was in kindergarten. Now, the name is part of her identity. 'Everyone calls me Apple, even my mother and father,' says Kam, 24, a customer care manager at Fitness First's Quarry Bay gym. 'Some people don't like to be called by their Chinese names. They think they're not modern.

17 May 2004 - 12:00am

Artist in harmony with nature

In popular wuxia (sword and sorcery) tales, a hero travels around the world to demonstrate humanism and the noble spirit of the Chinese who use their weapon. In reality, there is such a man. But instead of a sword, he uses a paint brush and ink.

14 May 2004 - 12:00am

Eclectic moves

LIN HWAI-MIN, founder and artistic director of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, is conducting a photo shoot at his large dance studio on the outskirts of Taipei. A slight figure in an elegant black mandarin-style suit with Chinese slippers, he has given up his Saturday so a TV camera crew and I can follow him around for the day.

9 May 2004 - 12:00am

Record sales for jade at auction

Three pieces from the collection of Emperor Qianlong fetched record prices at a Sotheby's auction yesterday.

A shell-shaped Mughal white jade cup from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) of the Qing dynasty was sold for $9.24 million, setting an auction record for nephrite.

The white jade cup was given to Emperor Qianlong as a tribute from the Mughal court in India.

26 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

It's all in the face

Did you look in the mirror this morning? Did you have a long look at what you saw? You saw your face in the mirror, but did you know that you were also looking at your personality?

The shape of our face gives away a lot about us. It tells other people what sort of a person we are.

31 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Do you believe in ghosts?

Name: Adrian Wong Cheuk-fai

Age: 18

Top tunes: Fish Leong Chui Peng' latest hits

25 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Travel Leader looks prospect for future

Six trials were held at the city course yesterday where Derek Cruz's recent acquisition Travel Leader was noted down as a potential future winner following an impressive win in the opening heat over 1,700 metres.

21 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Gao Dongsheng

It is the dream of many artists to paint for a nation's leader. Gao Dongsheng has done it more than once. He has created works for Chinese leaders Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin, and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

But Gao's canvas is one of the most demanding imaginable: he paints the inside of tiny snuff bottles.

19 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Lui works wonders with King Of Field

The formidable combination of Francis Lui Kin-wai and Douglas Whyte struck at the Happy Valley trials yesterday, when new acquisition King Of Field was noted down as a potential winner following a sterling effort when cruising to victory in the fourth trial over 1,200 metres.

22 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Watching China

A feeling of nostalgia prevailed as a group of China experts attended a large-scale conference at Chinese University to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the University Services Centre for China Studies (USC) this month.

19 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Hospital Authority's bonus payout a bit rich

The times when employees, as a matter of routine, could expect to receive bumper bonuses to brighten their Christmas or Lunar New Year, largely disappeared during the years of our city's economic downturn.

17 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Astrology prediction


Hong Kong's economy

Au: Hong Kong will fare much better in 2004 than 2003. The tourism industry will perform well. The US dollar will be stronger and things will be looking up.

Hong Kong's economy

15 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

A streetsmart guide to China

The one-size-fits-all approach to doing business in the mainland can be a disaster in a country as diverse as Europe where laws and attitudes are changing rapidly

With China's economy booming, everyone wants a piece of the action. But, as many investors are finding out, not everyone comes out on top. In fact, many have virtually lost their shirts.

5 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Walking her own path

Beijing singer and songwriter Wang Rong is a rebel. Against her father's wishes she has become a pop singer and songwriter instead of an orchestra conductor.

With her thorough knowledge of music, she could have sailed through music school with honours, but instead she chose to study broadcasting.

21 Sep 2003 - 12:00am