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Phan Th? Kim Phúc

Always a deep craving

Last month, City University's English department invited American writer Robert Olen Butler to speak in Hong Kong. Butler won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his collection of short stories A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.

Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am

Easy to fall for the gentle charms of a Vietnamese woman

Some recent marriage agency advertisements on the internet have been controversial, guaranteeing mainland bachelors that their prospective Vietnamese brides will be virgins, will agree to marriage within three months and will be replaced if they run away.

31 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Witnesses recount last moments of teen victim

Sean Bowman was the first to reach Kitty Chong Chung-yin after the giant tree fell on her in Stanley Main Street. Jay Liu saw the teenager standing under the tree with her boyfriend minutes before she was crushed to death.

Yesterday they recalled the teenager's last moments.

'She was so unfortunate,' said Mr Bowman, owner of a nearby bookshop.

29 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Also showing: Harun Farocki

When asked how he feels about having one of his films subjected to a shot-by-shot remake, Harun Farocki says he'd rather not talk about it.

19 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Art inspired by mother's devotion

Illustrator and animator John Ho says his mother's death last year inspired him to rethink his life and create his most personal work to date - an illustrated book titled Green Honey Tea.

The book is a collection of melancholic poems, colourful illustrations and short, witty essays on love, family and life.

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History - Told From All Sides

Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History - Told From All Sides

by Christian G. Appy

Ebury Press, HK$272

Critics skewer comparisons of Iraq and Vietnam wars as glib. But even Vietnam-era US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, who deems the Iraq war unwinnable, has highlighted parallels.

31 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Motor city

'There are eight million people in [Vietnam's] Ho Chi Minh City and six million of them ride motorbikes,' says my guide, Toan, in a voice so soft I can barely hear him above the din created by the swirling sea of motorbikes around us.

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Every second counts for past, present and future mystical images

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future

And time future contained in time past.

These lines, from T.S. Eliot's 1944 poem Four Quartets, could be the point of departure for South Korean photographer Atta Kim, who describes his work as an extension of his personal philosophy.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Mother told not to go home, court hears

On the day she died, Kim Shuk-ying, 31, went home alone against the advice of the officer in charge of the shelter at which she was staying, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

Social worker Chan Kit-ming told the court she spoke to Kim over the phone at about 11am on April 11 last year because Kim said she wanted to leave the shelter and return home.

21 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Chilly welcome on arrival in SAR

Like many young women before me, I was taken in for questioning by immigration officials on my arrival in Hong Kong last Friday night. I hate to imagine what would have happened to me without the help of my travelling companion.

23 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Young blood heeds party call in exchange for fast-track up the ladder

At 28, Phuc recently joined his wife as one of the Vietnam Communist Party's newest members.

'In the bedroom we now call each other comrade,' he says with a chuckle as he brandishes the tiny red plastic booklet that is still the only passport to power in Vietnam.

10 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Guard hurt as men help Viet escape from hospital

THREE men injured a female Correctional Services Department guard while helping a Vietnamese woman escape from Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday.

Pham Thi Toan, 22, held in Whitehead Detention Centre with her two-year-old daughter, had been admitted to the hospital for observation.

28 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Enterprising Vietnamese turn HK trash into cash

VIETNAM'S fortunes are really on the rise . . . you only have to look at the change in the communist nation's junk trade with Hong Kong to see the improvement.

It was only a few years ago when the most the Vietnamese wanted was the territory's broken-down electric fans. Now everything is fair game, from outdated stereo equipment to sagging mattresses and broken toys.

20 Mar 1994 - 12:00am