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LIFE

LIFE

SCMP's Life section takes a broad view of culture and covers issues including the environment, community affairs and human interest stories. Mondays are dedicated to Fashion, Health and Education. Tuesdays focus on Fitness and Wellbeing, Arts and Entertainment, and Family. Fridays cover Food and Wine, Technology and Design and Luxury.  

Book review: The End of Copycat China, by Shaun Rein

Fake iPhones on sale in Shanghai typify China's copycat prowess, but a forecast wave of innovation could change that image. Photo: Reuters

Shaun Rein is irrepressible. Hot on the heels of the relentless boosterism of The End of Cheap China, he's back with the promise of yet another paradigm shift that will shake the world.

Sunday, 30 November, 2014, 4:13pm 1 comment

Book review: China's Japan Policy: Adjusting to New Challenges, by Joseph Cheng Yu-shek

Book review: China's Japan Policy: Adjusting to New Challenges, by Joseph Cheng Yu-shek

When Shinzo Abe met Xi Jinping in Beijing earlier this month, the pictures told a thousand words: the Japanese prime minister was looking at Xi from an angle as the Chinese president shuffled forward with a pout.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Book review: Men, by Laura Kipnis

Book review: Men, by Laura Kipnis

The subject under her magnifying glass might be men, but Laura Kipnis' exuberant new book is just as interested in women, and in all the ridiculous ways that both sexes keep misunderstanding each other.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:40pm

Book review: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Book review: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

In their list of the 100 best books of the year, announced two weeks ago, Amazon's editors expressed the hope that awarding the top slot to Celeste Ng's debut novel will help it become "the blockbuster it deserves to be" - hints that saleability and marketing may be at least as important as literary quality.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Book review: JFK: Superman comes to the Supermarket, by Norman Mailer

Book review: JFK: Superman comes to the Supermarket, by Norman Mailer

First, I must confess to two prejudices: I am not overly fond of Norman Mailer and I strongly dislike John F. Kennedy.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Palestinian dancer seeks change through ballet

Shireen Ziyadeh in her ballet school.Photo: AFP

Dancer Shireen Ziyadeh wants to use pirouettes and plies to change the place where she grew up, training aspiring ballerinas to show that "something beautiful comes from Palestine".

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

A Sturtevant retrospective raises questions about the nature of her art

Elastic Tango (2010), a nine-channel video installation. Photos: The Washington Post

A retrospective raises intriguing questions about artist's replica work, writes Philip Kennicott.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Machi Tawara sings praises of the simple poetry form she helped revive

Machi Tawara sings praises of the simple poetry form she helped revive

Machi Tawara is credited with almost single-handedly reviving the tanka form of poetry for a contemporary Japanese, and increasingly global, audience. Tanka emerged in the latter half of the eighth century as a shorter form of poetry, but eventually became the dominant style. The poems consist of five units in the pattern five-seven-five-seven-seven.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

DVD review: Black Coal, Thin Ice, directed by Diao Yinan

DVD review: Black Coal, Thin Ice, directed by Diao Yinan

Muhammed Ali's story has been told on screen many times, but in I Am Ali, director Clare Lewins tries to paint a very human picture of a man who - as he so famously put it - "shook up the world".

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Rewind album: Jailbreak, by Thin Lizzy (1976)

Rewind album: Jailbreak, by Thin Lizzy  (1976)

Of all the hairy hard-rock bands that dominated the pre-disco, pre-punk airwaves of the mid-1970s, perhaps none were as influential, or produced music that has stood the test of time so well, as Thin Lizzy.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Album of the week: Seeds, by TV On The Radio

Album of the week: Seeds, by TV On The Radio

TV on the Radio's fifth studio album has only a trickle of the haunting, stunning beauty that made their third work, Dear Science, among the best of the decade.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Rewind book: Midnight Express, by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer (1977)

Rewind book: Midnight Express, by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer (1977)

Billy Hayes lived out one of the worst nightmares of anyone on the 1970s hippie trail: during a random drug search at Istanbul's airport, he was picked up for smuggling hashish and jailed for four years in Turkey.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Video game review: Assassin's Creed: Unity, by Ubisoft

Video game review: Assassin's Creed: Unity, by Ubisoft

I adored last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The game wasn't so much part of the franchise as an amazing open-world pirate adventure released under its banner. Building on the series' free-running historical gameplay, it gave players broad access to the wide Caribbean seas, transforming an often limited experience into Grand Theft Auto with scallywags and scoundrels.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

CD reviews: One Direction; Andy Stott; Various Artists

CD reviews: One Direction; Andy Stott; Various Artists

A confession: before the release of Four, I could not have named a single One Direction song. It’s one cultural phenomenon that simply passed me by (Simon Cowell created them? Harry Styles is one?). So I’m not in a great position to comment on One Direction’s emotional and musical maturation over the course of their career.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm

Rewind, film: Prison on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam (1987)

Rewind, film: Prison on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam (1987)

Prison on Fire opens with a shot of Victoria Harbour: a brief glimpse of water, open sky and towering buildings. By the next scene, this sense of freedom and possibility is gone, replaced by a bus heading to a prison.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27pm