Abe training jet photo sparks outrage in South Korean media

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses in a T-4 military training plane on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military trainer jet on their front pages yesterday, saying it was a reminder of Japan's colonial-era atrocities.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 2:58am 1 comment

Colonialism and cricket from Chanel

Looks from Chanel's 2013/14 Cruise collection. Photo: Reuters

"Low key" is how Chanel's 2013/14 Cruise collection show in Singapore is being described. But what isn't low key are the runway looks, as Karl Lagerfeld took us back to Coco Chanel's 1913.

13 May 2013 - 10:18am

Macau political group calls for 'colonial' pillbox's demolition

The Association of Political Science and Law of Macau placed a newspaper advert last Friday claiming the pillbox - a coastal defence facility built in the 1930s - was "a symbol of colonial power and colonialism". The association is believed to be related to a group of alumni of China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:33am

Colonial attitude towards education

I refer to the letter from Amanda Chapman, chairperson of the Native English Speaking Teachers' Association (Nesta) ("Why ESF cannot adopt local system", November 7).

Given that she represents Nesta, this may give the impression that most native-English-speaking teachers (NETs) support her views.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am 12 comments

Champions of HK autonomy should embrace full colonial history

Members of the Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement prepare a banner emblazoned with their adopted lion and dragon emblem, before a protest on national education. Photo: SCMP

The Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement claims that displays of the Hong Kong British flag are not a call for a return to colonialism but, rather, "the defence of the lion and dragon and the blending of the East and West". Opponents say the flag belongs in a museum. Yet, the use of the flag as an icon of Hong Kong cannot be removed from our history of colonialism.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:43pm 7 comments

No time wasted in calling out US envoy's 'showmanship'

Since the US senate confirmed his appointment in July, Ambassador Gary Locke has risen to become America's top star in China.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Trade and treaty

Treaty ports and concessions - the very names evoke some long-ago, far-away historical epoch. Yet these places are much nearer to us, in both time and place, than many of us imagine. Canton - alias modern, bustling Guangzhou - is the closest early treaty port to Hong Kong.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Plug loophole that leads to ever bigger buildings

After political reform, what is Hong Kong's biggest problem? Many would say land and housing. I would agree, after hearing people's views on building design recently.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Africa brings interesting questions

The Fifa World Cup is not the only event being celebrated in Africa in 2010. This year marks the 50th anniversary of independence for 17 countries in West and equatorial Africa. Of these, 14 were French colonies.

Hong Kong also experienced colonial rule, but will these anniversaries compete with the festival of football for our attention? Maybe they should.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

HK Museum of Art takes you back in time

Ah, Canton. The word evokes a sumptuous realm of oriental exotica. The city will be called Guangzhou again one day, but right now we're still in the 18th and 19th centuries - it's the heyday of Europeans' colonial adventurism and blatant Latinising of foreign place names.

But time is pressing and we'd better get moving.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Any plan for more open space is a good idea

Hong Kong's major developers have our interests at heart. At least the Real Estate Developers Association tells us so. Simply making developers provide environmental features in buildings, as the government is proposing to do, is 'too simplistic', it says. The real solution, the association says, is to sell less urban land for development and instead create more open spaces.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Reconstruction of a bygone era

Only a short distance from the Cotai Strip, with its casinos, luxury hotels and kilometres of arcades of designer label boutiques which have come to symbolise 21st century Macau, is a lovingly reconstructed reminder of a time when this former Portuguese enclave lived life at a more leisurely pace.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Chinese in Algeria find shoe on the other foot

On the evening of August 3, a shop owner in Algiers objected to a Chinese trader parking outside his shop. After the two traded blows, the Chinese man fetched 50 of his compatriots, leading to a brawl in which five Chinese shops were looted, sacks of rice were emptied on to the street and dozens of people were injured.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong, the post-colonial poster child?

Hong Kong is one of the few decolonised places in the world where talk of Western imperialism does not automatically inflame the kind of passions it does in many developing countries. One reason is that the British undoubtedly left us - and it may be politically inconvenient to say so - better off than we would have been, left to our own devices.

27 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1914

16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am