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Guess who's coming to dinner

Hosting - or attending - a dinner party is not always an easy task.

In many parts of the world, dinner parties are a time-honoured tradition. Self-respecting men and women open up their homes to regale friends with home-cooked food and stimulating conversation.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:57am

Call for more South Asian prison officers

More South Asian recruits are needed to deal with an expected increase in the number of people from ethnic minorities being jailed, according to the most senior non-Chinese prison officer.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

For tragically hip there's no replacement

Hong Kong fashion has no doubt diversified in recent years. No longer just the realm of satiny cocktail dresses and overpriced Western labels, style here has morphed into something entirely more sophisticated. Along with the influx of Japanese street styles, there has been a growing appreciation of vintage and alternative looks.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Making a case against elite classes

I disagree with many schools' policy to divide their students into elite and non-elite classes.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Financial looters run riot, and there's rebellion in the air

Widespread riots, arson and looting across London and other English cities sent shockwaves around the world. As far away as Japan, people were asking if Britain was safe any more, and one German politician suggested moving next year's Olympic Games to Germany.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Minorities 'welcome'

Most young people in Hong Kong like to make friends with ethnic minorities, a survey found.

The finding came after the Equal Opportunities Commission said last month that the Education Bureau was not doing enough to help ethnic minorities integrate into society. The bureau must provide better Chinese language teaching to them, the commission said earlier.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Middle class most dissatisfied, poll finds

A survey reveals that the middle class is the least impressed with the performance of the Hong Kong government.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Newly rich always good for a laugh

A man becomes wealthy and now his aim is to join the aristocracy. He spends ridiculous sums of money on splendid clothes and private lessons on fencing, dancing and philosophy. Everyone can see he's making a fool of himself. Everyone but he.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Confronting China's demons - The stifling pyramid of the economic boom

The 'Chinese model' of capitalism is unsustainable. It gives too much power to the government and company bosses, which creates dangerous imbalances in society, argues a well-known journalist.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Social tensions 'inevitable'

In recent years, the public has become negative towards the upper class. Many people dislike the rich, thinking that they treat the poor unjustly and exploit them. Hongkongers, especially lower-class people, believe all rich people are the source of social injustice and inequality. So they blame all social conflicts on the upper class.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Market that buys 51m bicycles a year knows better than self-absorbed Western 'fixies'

The egoism and self-absorption of some Westerners is sometimes mind-bogging. J. David Goodman, the New York Times' urban cycling correspondent - there is such a beat in journalism? - recently wrote with contempt that there are practically no 'fixed-gear' bicycles on the mainland.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The desire to be a leader

Leadership is not an exclusive club for those who were born with it. Traits that are the raw materials of leadership can be acquired. Link them with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader.

There are different ways to lead. Leadership does not necessarily mean taking charge.

20 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Few votes seen over race-bill saga

Despite a minor victory in passing a broader-than-expected race discrimination bill last month, most pan-democrats lack confidence that their efforts will be rewarded at the ballot box.

18 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

India finds a new elite in the grass roots

There's the suggestion of elitism in the fact that just 475 out of 150,000 candidates have survived a gruelling, year-long examination process in India. Now they will join the ranks of the technocracy managing the nation's tryst with modernity.

But this elite is actually drawn from the base of Indian society - small towns in the grip of feudalism and tradition.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Voice for ethnic minorities may fall silent

The only non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping ethnic minorities in Hong Kong may have to close as the premises it has been using free of charge will soon have to be returned to the landlord.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am