It can only get a lot worse

The word of the year for 2011, chosen by the American Dialect Society, was 'occupy', though some radical spirits recommended 'a**holocracy', which they defined as rule by multi-millionaires.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012, 12:00am

Global thoughts are as old as enterprise itself

The word itself is unappealing: globalisation. It is, frankly, soulless - a 1960's made-up word with too many syllables and no fixed definition. Yet, however jarring it sounds, the word is frequently charged with intense emotive force and used indiscriminately as a blanket term for concepts that can be political, cultural or financial.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Lost Boys

Lost Boys by James Miller Abacus, HK$114

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Walking Macao

Walking Macao by Jeremy Tambling and Louis Lo HK University Press/Instituto Cultural de Macau HK$195

Postmodernism, like political correctness, has fallen across academia like a shower of strontium-90 in the last generation or so. And like any radioactive exposure, these toxic ideologies produce mutant birth defects for decades.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


Choke Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald Director: Clark Gregg

You won't find more naked flesh in a film that doesn't come in a brown paper bag.

Chuck 'Fight Club' Palahniuck's novel has been adapted blow by blow by director Clark Gregg and actor Sam Rockwell.

22 Feb 2009 - 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

Colonial angst

From here in the centre of East Asia, globalisation looks wonderful. The number of people living on less than US$2 a day has more than halved in the past 20 years; life expectancies are fast catching up to developed-world levels; infant mortality rates have fallen in every nation; there is more democracy than ever before; and women have won a vast degree of social and political power.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Global vision

Globalisation is supposed to be about bringing the world closer together, but instead it is tearing it apart. How do you think this trend towards more war, poverty, hostility and despair can be reversed? Write to us

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


Investing in cutting-edge international contemporary art has become popular in the west over the past 10 to 15 years. Can the same be said about Hong Kong?

Dominique Perregaux, owner of Art Statements Gallery (above):

12 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Neil Spiller

Who is he? A radical architect and author said to be an inspiration for many leading practitioners.

What makes him radical? The abstract nature of his career. It is anchored in the twilight world of cyberspace and 'hyperreality'.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Food for the soul

Food for the soul Writer says reading enhances quality of life and personal development

Young Post: How did you start out as a writer?

Ong: I have enjoyed writing since I was a little boy.

When I was in junior secondary school, I sent my articles to newspapers and magazines, but most of them did not get published. Yet, I kept on writing.

25 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Tell good from bad in art

How can you tell from the good, bad, and the ugly? We are not talking about men - but art. In every Asian country you visit, art of one kind or another lines the streets - from Chinese copy art to subtle Vietnamese paintings, to the stuff hanging on the walls of the art galleries. But to the less discerning eye, how can we learn to see the good from the bad?

28 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

If they're so smart, why can't they talk?

So glad the season of goodwill is over. Now it's time for some 'spleen et bile', as Baudelaire might put it.

I would like to dedicate my New Year venom to all learned university professors who never returned my calls for comments over the years.

3 Jan 2004 - 12:00am


FUTURO: This major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art features figurative works by 18 artists, expressing their feelings of pain, uncertainty and cynicism about modern life. Not surprisingly, none of the artists were able to attend the exhibition opening. Pictured is Mao in New York by Yu Youhan. 10am-6pm Tue-Sun. Contemporary Art Centre, 95 Avenida Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida Macau.

9 Jun 2000 - 12:00am