Postcard from Andrew Salmon in Busan

Han Jong-sim in the title role ofComrade Kim Goes Flying. Photo: AFP

Threats are more common from North Korea than laughs, but the European co-producers of Pyongyang-based romantic comedy Comrade Kim Goes Flying hope their film will put a more cheerful face on the hard-line state.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 9:41am

Parents fork out small fortunes to give their children a taste of the world

Many young pupils return more keen to study in the West.

There is a Chinese saying that those who seek wisdom should "read 10,000 books and travel 10,000 miles".

While one could easily spend a lifetime accomplishing the first task, many affluent mainland parents are increasingly choosing to put their children on the path to scholarship by sending them overseas for a season.

2 Sep 2012 - 3:23am

Domestic demand boosts Singapore property growth

Cranes operate on the construction site of a new development that will feature shops, restaurants, hotels and residential properties as Singapore's real estate market continues to strengthen.Photo: Bloomberg

Singapore's property market is continuing to attract buyers and investors amid record-low borrowing costs and robust demand from its growing population.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:38am

Norway and Montenegro celebrate gold and silver in women's handball final

Norway and Montenegro women celebrate gold and silver in style

12 Aug 2012 - 9:38pm

Little 'Lion' roars

Singapore is one of the most enjoyable cities to visit in Southeast Asia. Where else can you dip into the cultures of China, India and Malaysia in one day? The tiny modern, island city-state, off the southern tip of Malaysia, gets its name from the Malay word, Singapura, meaning 'Lion City'.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Down, not out

Sixty-one years ago, a perceptive ambassador to the US and UN from Lebanon, Charles Malik, told an American college audience: 'The challenges confronting the Western world are basically three: the challenge of communism, the challenge of the rising East, and the challenge of the internal forces of decay.'

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Singapore's self-image as corruption-free state on trial

A senior narcotics officer charged with accepting sexual favours, and a pastor accused of siphoning his church's tithes to finance his wife's lavish Hollywood lifestyle - these cases figure among the recent spate of corruption arrests that have come to dominate the headlines in Singapore.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Voice for the silenced

It might have shocked South Koreans and ignited a searing controversy in the country, but Silenced has yet to bring closure to the victims of the sex crimes the film so harrowingly depicts.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Nerves fray and cracks appear in Polish generosity

Gifting the Greeks a bailout in the opening game induced a new gait in the Polska faithful as they exited the National Stadium and made their way over the Poniatowski Bridge to the Fan Zone - the Warsaw Wobble.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Subcontinental drift: the ups and downs of a nation of extremes

India Rising: Tales From a Changing Nation by Oliver Balch Faber and Faber

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Calendar - events


Hong Kong

Summer Spectacular

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tiny Malta makes impact

Mediterranean islands fringed by white-sand beaches and azure seas have always been a magnet for foreign holidaymakers. In the heady days until 2009, Greece was one of their favourite playgrounds.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rugby boys hit by eye infection

A city rugby boss is 'very disappointed' his team was not warned of a health risk in Singapore after 40 out of 60 boys aged nine to 16 returned from a rugby tournament with an eye condition rarely seen in Hong Kong.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Citizens in 'happy' countries pay much higher taxes than Hongkongers

The recently released World Happiness Report, commissioned by the United Nations, lists countries' ranking in 'happiness'.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Worrying wait for sporting bodies

There is an air of torpidity hovering over Hong Kong right now. Nothing seems to be moving in the city, and it's not surprising as everyone seems to be waiting for July 1, the day chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying takes over the tiller. So until then everything is on pause throughout a stagnant government with decision-makers afraid to do what they are paid to do - make decisions.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am