Overseas Chinese

China's rich and skilled leave in record numbers

San Francisco, California, is a popular destination for Chinese emigrants. Photo: SCMP Picture.

More than 150,000 Chinese became permanent citizens in major immigrant countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand last year, topping the world’s list of overseas migration in absolute numbers, a recent report revealed.

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 7:16pm 5 comments

China's portrayal in Hollywood is far removed from negative stereotypes of old

Looper director Rian Johnson(far left) with his star Joseph Gordon-Lewitt on the Bund; theTotal Recall remake (starring Colin Farrell, above left) changed its setting from China to Australia; South Korean filmmakers still portray Chinese as thugs, with Ki Gook-seo (above right, seated) playing a triad inThe Thieves; inShun LI and the Poet, Italian director Andrea Segre examines the travails of a Chinese immigrant played by Zhao Tao (left, with Rade Serbedzija).Photos: Sony Pictures, Simone Falso

To properly understand China's standing in the new world order of the 21st century, just look at upcoming sci-fi thrillerLooper: Rian Johnson's time-travelling hitman film will be released in a longer version on the mainland after its Chinese investors demanded more Shanghai-set scenes (which the director had cut to maintain the film's pacing).

10 Sep 2012 - 9:33am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Ancestors take centre stage for the day

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cantonese almost became the official language

Putonghua is the official language on the mainland, but if history had played out differently the vast majority could have been speaking Cantonese.

In 1912, shortly after the fall of the Qing dynasty, the founding fathers of the republic met to decide which language should be spoken in the new China.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Rise in number of Chinese abroad puts them at risk, minister warns

Chinese citizens overseas have become increasingly vulnerable to terrorist attacks and violence as growing numbers travel for business or tourism, a deputy foreign minister has warned.

Song Tao told the People's Daily that Chinese people had become direct targets of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, piracy and other incidents.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Out and about

Still colloquially known - at least among older people - as the Nam Pak Hong, Bonham Strand and surrounding back-lanes, in the heart of Hong Kong Island's bustling Sheung Wan district, were the epicentre of one of Hong Kong's most important early entrepot (duty-free import/re-export) commercial areas.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

When London-born Sarah Yeh set up DimSum (www.dimsum.co.uk) as a voice for Chinese people in Britain in 2001, little did she realise it would prove to be so effective so soon.

23 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Lead us merrily into temptation

One-stop beauty salon the Jasmine Room recently celebrated its opening in Wellington Street, Central. The Tea, Treats and Temptations event attracted more than 200 guests to an afternoon tea gathering with founders and shop co-owners Claudia Sondakh and Dora Wong.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Dimsum girls rev up the raunch

The girls from Hong Kong nightlife resource website Dimsum & Then Some lived up to their blog's reputation and threw a sexy first anniversary party at the Kee Club on March 11. Turning the members club into a burlesque boudoir, they had models in sultry lingerie serving guests fire red 'Cointreaupolitans'.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Back to the front

A bronze plaque on the wall of a Paris railway building and a modest monument in a small park are the only reminders of a remarkable but forgotten story of the first world war - 150,000 Chinese volunteers who cleared mines, removed the dead and made munitions, and became the first wave of Chinese to settle in Europe.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Peter Chung

Director of risk management

The Excelsior

Mr Chung will help prevent, detect and diminish the risk of loss or harm, to the hotel, its patrons, guests and property and the enforcement of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's fire, life, health, safety and security guidelines as well as local regulatory standards.

Barry Chung

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Abroad minded

In Vancouver, a group of Canadians has set up the first Chinese political party in a western country; a native of Taiwan is the longest-serving member of the US cabinet; and a son of Shenzhen is the mayor of Melbourne and recently named 'mayor of the world'.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans

Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans

by Jean Pfaelzer

Random House, HK$224

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

The unspoken challenge

WHEN A WESTERNER says 'ni hao' to a mainland workforce, the collective response is usually: 'Wah - your Chinese is good!' But if an overseas Chinese were to say 'ni hao' to them, the reaction could be quite different, even negative.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Mother tongue or other tongue?

I suppose I should go down on bended knee and risk being shot in the back of my neck for such a counter-revolutionary idea. It certainly is late in the day - seven years short of a century - to right what many Chinese perceive to be a scholarly oversight and a slap in the face for their linguistic legacy.

21 Jun 2006 - 12:00am