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Why the Hong Kong Museum of Art needs to revamp its set-up as much as its building

A badge advertising the pending closure of the Museum of Art for a revamp. Photos: Bruce Yan

Clad in pasty pink, insensitive to its superb location, and too small - the Museum of Art has long been needing a revamp. But an overhaul of its operations is just as vital.

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015, 12:37am 2 comments

Hong Kong early development centre uses fun to help kids learn

Fion Lui (left), founder of Protege, takes young Kyle Chan through a guided play session. Photo: Franke Tsang

Early childhood development centres have opened in Hong Kong to provide alternative learning opportunities. Demand is rising for more informal educational spaces that can help children build skills not taught in the classroom.

28 Jul 2015 - 12:21am

Why we should be encouraging everyone to read for pleasure

Some children need a good example to follow when it comes to reading.

Book clubs, and in particular parent/child clubs, are a way of connecting, bonding and broadening the reading diet.

27 Jul 2015 - 11:15pm

'Hong Kong is built on greed': leading Asian architect's harsh words for his former home

Look at Singapore, which has transformed its waterfront, especially in the Marina Bay area (below), says Gathy. "Hong Kong could have done that - developed the harbourfront area for biking, running and eating."

6 Jul 2015 - 10:21am

Birth breakthrough offers hope for girls needing chemotherapy

Birth breakthrough offers hope for girls needing chemotherapy

Young patients can have ovaries removed and frozen, then reimplanted so they can reproduce when they are grown up, say doctors after a successful case in Belgium.

27 Jul 2015 - 5:53pm

Two languages in class better than one, Hong Kong teachers say

Virginia Yip and Steven Mathews assist students at the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre at Chinese University. Photo: Franke Tsang

Having grown up in a bilingual environment in Hong Kong, Daphne Chu chose to be a teacher. A year ago, she joined Lam Tai Fai College in Sha Tin and has since relished her time brushing up students' English.

6 Jul 2015 - 6:14am

US high school student loses two science projects to rocket explosions

Julia Powell has twice watched her science projects vaporised due to rocket failure.

Julia Powell hasn't finished high school, but the 15-year-old is suddenly one of the world's leading experts in the difficulty of space flight. Powell has twice helped build science experiments to be sent to the International Space Station, and twice watched her projects get vaporised due to rocket failures.

6 Jul 2015 - 6:11am

Why Hongkongers need multifaceted training for a complex world

We need to be nimbler thinkers, but employers need to open their minds too.

An approach that exposes students to multiple disciplines, experiences and types of knowledge is needed more than ever. It could determine the success of start-ups.

6 Jul 2015 - 6:08am

Hong Kong comic Vivek Mahbubani uses multicultural identity to inspire kids

Vivek Mahbubani with students from Mrs Aw Boon Haw Secondary School. Photos: Janice Leung, Edmond So

For a stand-up comedian, Vivek Mahbubani has quite an odd schedule. Aside from the evening gigs at clubs and private functions, he also appears on stages from Tung Chung to Tin Shui Wai, sometimes getting up at the crack of dawn to make 7am shows for audiences made up of six-year-olds.

30 Jun 2015 - 6:52am

Four tips for stopping your pet becoming obese

A bulldog is weighed at DTLAvets in Los Angeles.Photo: Katie Falkenberg

We may think we are showing love for our four-legged friends by spoiling them with food and treats, but in fact we're doing them no favours.

30 Jun 2015 - 6:41am 4 comments

Zero Waste Week: can Hong Kong rise to the challenge?

Nissa Marion (left) and Lisa Christensen (right) at a beach cleanup.

Lisa Christensen and Nissa Marion want individuals, offices, businesses and schools to pledge to reduce the waste they generate between June 7 and 14.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18pm

Air con debate: does turning it up or down make it cooler?

Air con debate: does turning it up or down make it cooler?

If you want the room cooler, what do you say to the person holding the remote control?

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18pm 1 comment

Documenting courtship eases Vietnamese bride's entry to Canada

Harry Yung with his wife, Thu, and their baby, Jessica, in Vancouver. Photo: Petti Fong

Harry Yung wasn't looking for love when he posted an ad online for a tour guide in Vietnam, where he was heading on holiday. But when he felt a romantic connection with the woman who replied, the Canadian of Chinese-Vietnamese descent knew one thing: everything about their relationship had to be recorded.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18pm

How Asia is a hub for 'silent crime' of modern-day slavery

Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (second from left), founder of Manila-based Visayan Forum Foundation, will be a delegate at the first Trust Forum Asia, in Hong Kong, on June 17. Photos: Corbis; K.Y. Cheng; Bruce Yan

We talk to abolitionists who will be speaking at the inaugural Trust Forum Asia in Hong Kong this month, in the first of a two-part series on slavery.

11 Jun 2015 - 9:08am 1 comment

Topless in Hong Kong: ex-show girl Neva Shaw recalls 1960s nightlife

Topless in Hong Kong: ex-show girl Neva Shaw recalls 1960s nightlife

She danced up and down Nathan Road, dodged tear gas outside the Mandarin, performed for troops in Vietnam, and remembers when Russell Street was "nothing".  

6 Jun 2015 - 11:20pm 3 comments