Kinship and Descent

Bonding over backwards

Both of my daughters have now officially reached double digits, and it is still magic watching them interact.

Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am

Siblings support you, share your tears

A recent study showed sisters can be good for mental health. It suggested that having siblings of the same sex can protect teens from some of the unhappiness they may experience, and this was especially true for girls.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

It's mostly about relationships: how the points system works when it comes to securing a pupil's preferred school

Children who had links to a school were favoured over those with none in the first stage of allocations for primary school places yesterday.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

On the Rails

My high school economics teacher was particularly fond of wheeling out the following analogy when it came to innovation and herd mentality.

If someone goes to a football game and takes an orange box to stand on, that person has an advantage and gets a better view. But if everyone takes an orange box to stand on, then nobody has an edge.

28 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Veteran Wong gearing up for London 2012

Veteran Olympian Wong Kam-po has set his sights on the 2012 London Games.

Speculation was strong that the 35-year-old rider might retire after only managing a disappointing 15th place in the 40km points race in Beijing in August.

But at a promotional event yesterday, Wong, who has competed at the last four Olympics, said that he would continue with the sport.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Size and Whyte savour another big day

Douglas Whyte got his fill at the big end of town yesterday in winning the Champions & Chater for Peter Ho Leung, but the Durban Demon and John Size still managed to make a mark in tandem with a double.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

When family ties can strangle

Sociologists used to claim that the Chinese family was on the verge of being destroyed by modernisation. The younger generations, they said, would be financially self-sufficient and mentally independent - thus more likely to live apart from their parents and grandparents.

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Language point

'Polar bears will be consigned to history, something that our grandchildren can only read about in books.'

Members of a family are related in two ways: by blood (blood relations) and by marriage.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Young minds need cultural balance, says psychologist

The absence of Sasha in the Bratz line-up in Hong Kong is not something to be taken lightly, according to a psychologist.

Excluding other racial and cultural reference points could affect children's attitudes to other races and even to themselves, said Nicholas Banks, a British psychologist who specialises in racial issues.

12 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Momentum is building up

The best run at Sha Tin on Sunday, albeit in defeat, was from David Hayes' Momentum (race 82). He clearly should have won, and it is as simple as that.

9 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Entry system so unfair

FOR quite some time now, admission into primary schools (and possibly kindergartens) has had a points system.

This system favours those candidates who have a sibling studying (add 20 points) or who has studied (add 10 points) in the same school.

The point system also favours first-born children (add five points).

28 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Ghosts of Auschwitz hover over new science

The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science by Marek Kohn Jonathan Cape $306 SINCE the Cold War ended, a multitude of vicious tribal wars have sprung up throughout the world. The years of slaughter in Bosnia and Rwanda have given us a new term in the lexicon of human folly: ethnocentric nationalism.

27 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Under threat

UNDER the one-child policy in mainland China, the child born is deprived of brothers and sisters.

Subsequently, once an adult, his offspring will have no cousins, uncles or aunts. In other words two generations down, no one will have a relative except his parents.

It is inevitable, that because of this, family values will be drastically diminished.

14 May 1994 - 12:00am