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Why Asians prefer to tough it out than resort to painkillers

Are Asians gluttons for punishment? Experts who spoke at a Hong Kong Pain Society workshop last month seem to think so.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 1:09pm

Pupils lack awareness over drug addiction

Only a quarter of secondary school pupils are aware that abusing drugs can be addictive, a survey has found, and the researcher warns that hidden drug addicts at schools are on the rise.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Letting off Steampunk

It's not often we hear about the opium wars in Britain - this shameful period has largely been omitted from the school history syllabus. So, when the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich asked me to present an evening of entertainment, the topic more or less stood to attention and said: 'Hi, I'm Poppy, and I'm yours for the night.'

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil Faber & Faber

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lost souls inside Afghanistan's graft-riddled narco state

Opium Nation by Fariba Nawa Harper Perennial

In her prologue to this gripping narrative, veteran American-Afghan journalist and author Fariba Nawa describes the mixture of 'aching nostalgia and lingering survivor's guilt' that first drew her back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in 2000.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Writers' picks of 2011

Chan Koon-chung Author, The Fat Years

1. Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter. The kind of archival research may no longer be possible. This was China's worst man-made, policy-induced famine, but authorities remain in denial by calling it 'a three-year natural disaster'.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Author adds nuance to Chinese history

Every great political enterprise is founded on a great crime, according to Machiavelli. There is no dispute that British colonisation made Hong Kong prosperous after the Opium Wars. But this does not absolve the British from committing outright aggression to further its drug trade, or make China wrong for emphasising the humiliation and national decline that followed.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Smoke on the water

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh John Murray

Hong Kong, as we know it, exists because of opium. There can be little doubt that, without the trade of the drug between Britain and China and the resulting cataclysm of the opium wars, the city's history would be vastly different.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The war that still rumbles

The Opium War by Julia Lovell Picador

One of the most interesting things about the Opium War (1839-1842), as Julia Lovell argues in her 361-page account, is that it is still being fought. More than 170 years after Britain sent a fleet of warships up the Pearl River to teach imperial China a lesson in international trade, shots are still being fired.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Addicted to heroin at 14, counsellor knows the pain

At 33, Dennis Cheng Ming-fai has already lived two lives.

Today, Cheng's life is quite ordinary - one of family and school and work. He is studying for a diploma and expects to graduate with his bachelor's degree in social work in less than three years.

But at 14, more than half a lifetime ago, Cheng was lost, running with a bunch of young triad members.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers arrested at Macau airport on drug charges

Two women who flew in from Malaysia were arrested at Macau airport on suspicion of trafficking drugs they had swallowed. According to Macau media, the two women were sisters. They allegedly swallowed a total of 645 grams of heroin that had been encapsulated in 80 pills. The drugs had a market value of about HK$600,000. The pair arrived from Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Heroin haul seized at airport

Customs officers seized a haul of heroin hidden in a wooden express cargo container at the airport, the first time such a drug-smuggling method has been discovered. The 620 gram haul, with a retail value of HK$400,000, came from Nepal via Singapore and reached Hong Kong on Wednesday. It was bound for Guangzhou.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Four arrested in drugs raids

Four people were arrested during raids on suspected drug dens this weekend. Acting on tip-offs, police raided premises on Prince Edward Road West at 8pm on Saturday and on Shanghai Street at 12.15am yesterday. Officers found 18g of suspected Ice, and what was believed to be small amounts of marijuana and opium. A 52-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were released on bail.

4 May 2009 - 12:00am

Inmate found with heroin tablets

Six tablets of suspected heroin wrapped in plastic were passed by an inmate at the Tai Lam Centre for Women on Friday. The 33-year-old woman, charged with possessing dangerous drugs, was suspected of swallowing the drugs before being taken to the centre last Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Correctional Services Department said the incident had been reported to police.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the story on page C1 yesterday, headlined 'Teenagers experimenting with drugs at 15, says narcotics chief', the public consultation on compulsory drug tests will in fact be conducted by the narcotics division of the Security Bureau, not the police.

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am