Ethnic Groups in Asia

Swede revenge in the England camp, now for Donetsk

This was no way to run a tight ship on a passage to the edge of Europe. I am sure the great course plotters, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan among them, were not obsessively results-driven like this Euro 2012 explorer.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

People of the deer

In the far north of Russia lives a clan of reindeer herders called the Nenets. Their home is the Siberian tundra - a cold, windy landscape where trees cannot grow. The Nenets have a nomadic lifestyle, moving their vast herds of animals over thousands of kilometres.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chainsaw massacre

Sea views are all well and good but what's wrong with seeing green? Trees, bushes and shrubbery are part of Mother Nature's rich tapestry, too.

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Han, minorities urged to work towards unity

President Hu Jintao called for Han Chinese and ethnic minorities in the country to work together on the eve of the 60th anniversary celebration, state media reported.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

History-maker Part 1: Attila 'The Hun'

Quick Facts

Attila, King of the Huns

Famous for: An empire covering 4million sq km

Born: 406AD, Pannonia (modern Hungary)

Died: 453AD, Jazberin (modern Hungary)

Married: how many wives he had is unknown, but Attila had at least three sons: Ellac, Dengizich, and Ernakh

2 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Residents hail To Kwa Wan redevelopment; garages worried

Residents of To Kwa Wan welcome the district's latest Urban Renewal Authority scheme but operators of vehicle repair and parts shops are worried about the impact on their businesses.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Film studies: Minority report

With her starring role in Clint Eastwood's latest film, Gran Torino, Ahney Her has achieved much more than she ever thought she could as a 16-year-old. The teenager from Lansing, Michigan, has been performing publicly since she was a child, but making her screen debut in what has become one of the biggest hits of Eastwood's career was beyond her wildest dreams.

12 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

The Vagrants

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li HarperCollins HK$202

Hailed as 'jaw-droppingly grim', this novel lives up to its billing. True, the style is low key ? la Anton Chekhov or sinophile English novelist Justin Hill, but the plot brings to mind a movie such as Saw or Hostel.

1 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Also showing: Sandrine Pinna

Some celebrate good news with a big bash at a trendy nightspot; others treat themselves to an exotic holiday. But when the news broke that Sandrine Pinna was nominated for best actress at this year's Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan for her performance as an emotionally confused high school student in Miao Miao, her friends celebrated by baking her cookies.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Russian ensemble brings folk traditions to life

To most of us, Russia is a cold, grey, mysterious place. Yet within this vast territory, to the northeast of Moscow, there is a region with a cultural coherence created by those who lived there in the middle ages.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Hard work and cold welcome migrants to Russia

If 10,000 Kalmyks from China move to Russia, they will be part of a growing wave of Chinese moving to the former Soviet region since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am


The recent interest in modular furniture - sectional seating units that can be moved around - has produced a surprising trend: the ottoman. The fabric-covered, foam-based structure is finding renewed favour among interior designers, retailers and trend-savvy homeowners, who embrace its practicality.

11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Four trucks set on fire

Four fish delivery trucks found on fire outside a wholesale fish stall in Ching Tai Street, Lau Fau Shan, are believed to have been set ablaze. Firemen have been unable to establish the cause of the fire. The stall owner, 57, told investigators he had not had an argument with anyone.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

On song, out of steppes

Beijing's jazz scene seems to work much like its politics. Zhang Fan, dean of the Midi School of Music and organiser of the school's annual rock festival, explains how he and a group of musicians organised this weekend's Midi Jazz Festival: 'We put together a committee.'

12 May 2005 - 12:00am

Kazakhstan approves free-trade border zone

China and Kazakhstan are to establish a free-trade zone on their border - the latest example of Beijing's efforts to strengthen economic and political ties with oil-rich Central Asia.

27 Feb 2004 - 12:00am