History

Posing a colonial mystery

Photo: Paul Yeung

Novelist and philosopher Christopher New revisits his beloved Hong Kong for a period tale, writes Kate Whitehead

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 3:15pm

Book review: And Man Created God, by Selina O'Grady

Book review: And Man Created God, by Selina O'Grady

If you lived at the time of Jesus and were looking round for a basis for your spiritual life, you would have found plenty to choose from.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:24pm

Book lead: 'Helium' by Jaspreet Singh

Illustration: Brian Wang

New Delhi-born, Toronto-based author Jaspreet Singh's eagerly awaited second novel, Helium, is rather unusual, disturbingly beautiful and somewhat angry.

9 Jun 2013 - 3:43pm

Expedition may have found Amelia Earhart's plane off South Pacific island

Amelia Earhart. Photo: AP

Earhart and her navigator vanished on July 2, 1937, after they took off from Papua New Guinea in a twin-engined Electra headed for Howland Island. They were more than halfway through an unprecedented bid to circle the globe along the equator.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

David Akers-jones

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

GI liberators were big trouble in 1944 Normandy, says new book

US soldiers during the Allied landings in 1944. Photo: AP

Far removed from accounts of selfless derring-do, many US soldiers were viewed by the French as sex-obsessed thugs who had been promised an "erotic adventure" - a mission that was fulfilled, much to the chagrin of locals.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am 1 comment

Review: Journal of the Plague Year

Review: Journal of the Plague Year

Racism and colonial superiority form the core themes of this exhibition about Hong Kong's bouts of sickness and epidemic over the past century.

21 May 2013 - 12:02pm

Thirty years on, a young turk recalls historic trip

The 12-strong Young Professionals Delegation with then National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun (centre) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in May 1983. Photo: Allen Lee Peng-fei

When the 12 members of the "Young Professionals Delegation" met National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun in Beijing in May 1983, they could hardly imagine that the state leader's son, Xi Jinping, would eventually become paramount leader.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am

Discovery of US plane wreck sheds light on one of Hong Kong's darkest days

Bombs from the Avenger squadron rain down on Hong Kong.

It was January 16, 1945, a day that saw the heaviest American bombing of Japanese targets in Hong Kong. Between 9am and 5pm, 154 tonnes of bombs were dropped, and hundreds of thousands of machine gun rounds were fired.

19 May 2013 - 10:09am

Migrants' flawed champion

Migrants' flawed champion

Wong Chin Foo did not manage to hold on to his celebrity posthumously: most Chinese Americans would not recognise his name today.

24 May 2013 - 11:09am

Visiting Australian discovers Hong Kong's first police superintendent was ancestor

Hong Kong's first police superintendent, John Bruce.

When Mal Bruce came to Hong Kong from Perth, Australia, to trace his family's ancestry, he was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster he faced in a city he had never visited before.

5 May 2013 - 7:10am

US digital library set to launch as alternative to Google, Wikipedia

A US$7.2 million cheque written on August 1, 1868 when the United States purchased Alaska. The photograph will be part of the new "digital public library" set to launch this month. Photo: AFP/National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The new “digital public library” set to launch this month aims to provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online.

14 Apr 2013 - 12:38pm

CUHK law dean drawn into debate over remains of King Richard III

Steven Gallagher has written on legal questions surrounding exhumation before but admits the case involving King Richard III is unusual even for him. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Steven Gallagher, an assistant dean at Chinese University's faculty of law, said he was approached a few weeks ago by one of the groups involved in the tussle over the final resting place for the bones, which were uncovered in Leicester in September last year.

8 Apr 2013 - 8:25am

Book review: Merchant, Soldier, Sage, by David Priestland

David Priestland: "World on a course towards potential conflict."

In this concise but ambitious book, Oxford historian David Priestland sets himself the task of taking the long view of the financial crisis that afflicts the world today.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:42pm

China's economic model has its roots in the West

Michael Pettis

Is the China model today's great ideological threat to the West? Yes, but only because many Chinese know nothing about Western economic history and many Westerners suffer from self-induced amnesia about how they got rich.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:19am 1 comment

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