Woman aiming to prove we can live without food

Naveena Shine

The 65-year-old, originally from Britain, has been consuming just water and "one, maybe two cups of tea a day" since May 3. Other people have previously claimed to be able to survive without food and water, although no one has ever proven it to be possible and some have died attempting it.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:53am

Society - June 14, 2013

Award recipient Valerie Ann Taylor (second from left) with Richard Elman (left), Donnie Yen Ji-Dan, Roraine Tang and David Harilela (right) at The One International Humanitarian Award 2013 gala dinner.

Four truly selfless people were honoured at this year's The One International Humanitarian Award gala, held last week at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:20am

Society - June 7, 2013

From left: Eddie Kang, Cho Yong-chun and Seon-Ghi Bahk.

To kick off World Environment Week, Hong Kong Cleanup and Ecozine hosted a cocktail party on Monday at the trendy Boujis nightclub on Pottinger Street in Central.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:14am

Is it time to update simplistic notions of 'male' and 'female' gender?

Does playing with toy cars and robots mean you're a boy? Does wearing a dress and make-up make you a girl? Traditional concepts of gender are increasingly being challenged around the world by people who feel a full expression of their identity cannot be summed up by the term "man" or "woman".

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

For the young, mobile phones are not all they're cracked up to be

Some young people say the cracked cellphone screen gives you a sort of street cred.

Brittany Lofton spots them all the time: teens and university students clutching their beat-up cellphones, with screens so cracked that spider-web-like patterns creep across the glass.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Chinese 'more confident about retirement than Europeans'

Chinese are confident about their health in old age. Photo: Xinhua

A "squeezed generation" of middle-aged Europeans are convinced they are going to be poorer in retirement than their parents, according to a global survey that found the Chinese the most confident about their future and the French, Germans and Spanish the most pessimistic.

19 May 2013 - 7:09am

Society - May 17, 2013

From left: Laura Cha, Yvette Yuen and Josephine Liang at the 25th anniversary celebration of Occasions. Photo: David Wong

Occasions, one of the best-connected PR and events firms in town, started its 25th anniversary celebrations this year with a photo exhibition in Times Square titled "Occasions x Fame Glory".

17 May 2013 - 4:55am

Changed social landscape emerges from dock strike

Unionists cheer dockers on their first day back at the port. Photo: Edward Wong

Who won the port strike? As ever, this kind of question has no simple answer but, such as they are, the answers are more interesting than might be imagined.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am 1 comment

Housing and holidays bring smiles

Housing and holidays bring smiles

The city's happiness level, as measured by an annual survey, dropped to the level in 2008, the year of the global financial crisis. And the least happy are those in the "sandwich class", whose incomes exclude them from government help without offering them financial comfort.

30 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

Society with James Whittle

From left: Nigel Gray, Bill Nader, Michelle Reis, David von Gunten and Marco Cheng.

Auction stations

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

China's empowered women deliver a slap in the face to gender equality

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Photo: Reuters

I'm dedicating this April Fool's Day column to women like Yu Ruiyu, a deputy to the National People's Congress, and Wang Wenya, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The women of the world owe the likes of them a standing ovation for so thoroughly botching up this year's International Women's Day and for trampling on the efforts of generations of women in fighting gender bias.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Dying father wants help to find long-lost daughter abroad

Maomao's picture as a child. Photo: SCMP/ Sinovision

A cancer-stricken father in China's eastern Zhejiang province recently posted a hand-written letter on the Internet, in the hope of finding his long-lost daughter who currently lives in the United States,

23 Mar 2013 - 1:58pm 1 comment

Do clothes make the woman? Only if we let them

Just because a woman thinks she looks pretty in a particular dress while a man thinks she looks sexy in that dress, there's no reason to be offended. Photo: Reuters

Whether it is India, Hong Kong, Australia or the US, the question of how women should dress or what clothes are "provocative" has been raised in cases of rape or molestation.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

Two new cases of officials using fake identities to hide ill-gotten wealth

Two new cases of mainland officials hiding their ownership of properties have added to widespread public concern about illicit property purchases by corrupt cadres.

5 Feb 2013 - 4:33am 1 comment

Gay couple defy family to hold wedding party in Beijing

A retired teacher (left) and his partner, a migrant worker, have drawn praise and criticism for openly publicising their relationship and love. Photo: China Foto Press

An elderly gay couple went ahead with their wedding ceremony at a Beijing restaurant on Wednesday despite family opposition.

Photos uploaded onto their microblog late on Wednesday night showed the couple, one in a black tuxedo and the other in strapless wedding gown, being blessed by about 25 guests.

25 Feb 2013 - 3:11pm