Fear of 'Yellow Peril' lives on

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad insulting mainland Chinese as 'locusts'. Photo: AFP

Today, 131 years ago, the US Senate passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law directly aimed at rejecting entry of an ethnic group, and one of many aimed at the same prejudicial treatment of other Asian ethnic groups. By today's standards, there is no doubt it is racist.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 2:55am 3 comments

In world's priciest luxury city, baby formula is most precious commodity

Hong Kong's limit on milk formula puts train travellers transporting goods under scrutiny. Photo: Felix Wong

Infant milk formula is a precious commodity 'kept under lock and key', and Hong Kong's budget woes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Time for an honest debate about Hong Kong's place in the nation

A girl holds a Hong Kong newspaper with an anti-mainland China advertisement with a picture of a locust looking over the Hong Kong cityscape as Chinese mainlanders pose for a picture in the background. Photo: AFP

I was born in London, north London to be exact, where most people are close to perfect and certainly more intelligent than those in south London. I have lived in three countries other than Britain and, in each, I discovered regional prejudices, ethnic differences and linguistic divides.

2 Feb 2013 - 2:04am 11 comments

Don't forget the Hong Kong that once welcomed mainlanders

A shopper holds multiple shopping bags in Causeway Bay during the October 1 "Golden Week" in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

The Cantonese have a gloriously biting sense of humour, especially when it comes to describing people they don't necessarily admire. In the bad old days of corruption in the police force, one of the "hungriest" bribe-takers was the notorious Superintendent Peter Fitzroy Godber, who was dubbed the "Curry King" because "nothing was too hot for him".

6 Oct 2012 - 8:41am 10 comments

Swarming over locust records

Ancient Chinese invented many things. A lesser-known innovation was the collection of records of locust infestations over more than 1,000 years. Ma Shijun of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is credited as being the first to study this massive record nearly 50 years ago. Academic Zhang Zhibin and his researchers have now taken a fresher look.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

'Starling squadrons' to tackle locust plague

About 100 counties in Sichuan province are under siege from swarms of locusts descending on rice crops in an average density of 100 per plant, the China News Service reported yesterday.

More than 3,700 sq km of farmland have been affected. The insects have already chewed through 47 sq km of crops.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Locust trouble? Why not turn them into supper?

As parts of Australia struggle to deal with the worst locust plague in 30 years, a new cookbook has this advice for rural inhabitants: if you can't beat them, eat them.

Cooking with Sky Prawns is the work of a pair of government agricultural officers in New South Wales and contains more than 20 locust recipes, including starters, main courses and desserts.

22 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Locust fight always left too late, says scientist

The marauding masses of locusts that chomp their way across the north and east of the country each summer could be stopped if authorities took preventive measures rather than purely reacting to the problem when it arises each year, experts have said.

8 Jul 2003 - 12:00am