Unlocking potential

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Premier Wen Jiabao expressed his admiration for Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, written in 1759, before his better-known treatise The Wealth of Nations (1776).

Friday, 27 February, 2009, 12:00am

A man's world

The tenant of a Peak home wanted a cosy yet masculine space to house his art collection.

It may seem extravagant, given that he is away from Hong Kong as often as he is here, but for an aficionado with deep pockets, a 4,500 sqft duplex on The Peak was the logical place to house his large collection of art.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Graduates wishing for job 'offer' come a-calling at temples

Beleaguered university graduates are turning to Guangzhou's temples of the reclining Buddha to boost their dim job prospects in the hope that a homonym will give them an edge in the labour market.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The Black Swan

The Black Swan

by Nassim Nicholas

Taleb Penguin, HK$121

25 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Bravo! China

En Shao (right) conducts suona and guanzi player Guo Yazhi, tenor Wei Song and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra for a festive programme of Chinese works such as Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture, Chen Peixun's High Spirits Riding High on the Waves and Meiliqige's The Never-setting Sun Rising above the Prairie. Fri-Sat, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120-HK$280 Urbtix.

25 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Funds sought for China studies centre

Oxford is appealing for at least GBP45 million (HK$556 million) in donations to house, equip and endow a new multi-disciplinary China centre announced in May.

The centre will bring together the university's 40 existing China experts from a wide range of academic divisions and draw on its experience of conducting research on the mainland spanning more than 30 years.

8 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Toads to riches

You may have come across figurines of three-legged money frogs or toads near the main entrance of homes or shops. Some of these frogs have coins between their lips and some do not; either way they are meant to improve the financial prospects of the occupants.

2 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

True cost of worshipping false profits

So much anguish, so much anger - at least in the Anglo-American world. Watching the debate that ultimately led to the voting down of the US$700 billion bailout plan, the frustration and suffering in the US Congress was almost palpable. This was less so from the Democrats, much more so from the Republicans, the party of God, country and deregulation.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

The Trouble With Theory

The Trouble With Theory

by Gavin Kitching

Allen & Unwin, HK$220

The heyday of postmodernism has long passed, but critical theory-bashing remains a fashionable sport. Global anti-pomo warriors tell us that arcane European ideas have overrun universities and high schools, but they rarely pause to consider how much 'theory' is actually taught.

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

My Journey in Mystic China: Old Pu's Travel Diary

My Journey in Mystic China: Old Pu's Travel Diary

by John Blofeld (translated by Daniel Reid)

Inner Traditions

Daniel Reid realised how eccentric his Hong Kong middle-school teacher John Blofeld was when walking past his study door.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Corporate dramatics

Film director and actor teaches bosses to communicate better

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

A new beginning for the end of history

The intriguing but incomprehensible phrase 'the end of history' is back in the western media again. It was first made famous by former neoconservative thinker Francis Fukuyama in his once-famous book The End of History and the Last Man.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Legal reform has made China wealthy, UN says

Mainland legal reforms have played a far bigger role than foreign investment in generating wealth and helping lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, the lead author of a United Nations report says.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Question of the week: Should science be separate from ethics?

Jansico Chu Man-fai, 17, Queen's College

This is the most controversial topic of the 21st century as it arouses lots of questions. Should we design our babies? Should we change someone's genetic information? After pondering it seriously, I believe science should be separate from ethics.

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Brand story: Shiseido

What's the story? Head pharmacist for the Imperial Navy, Arinobu Fukuhara, founded Shiseido in 1872 as Japan's first western-style pharmacy in Tokyo's Ginza district. The name derives from a Chinese expression meaning 'all things come from mother earth'. The company began making products in 1897, when it launched a skin lotion called Eudermine (right).

27 May 2008 - 12:00am