Collecting for rent in pricey Hong Kong, one cardboard box at a time

Sat, 25 Oct 2014

Dawn has yet to break as 79-year-old Dai Mui begins her daily routine: collecting cardboard boxes from a 24-hour convenience store near her home.

At 5am, Dai has already filled her metal pushcart with boxes, cans, plastic bottles, and satchels of expired bread.In a report published by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) in 2006, 70 per cent of elderly interviewed collect waste due to economic reasons. Read the full story here.

The religious deities of Occupy Hong Kong

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

At each Occupy Hong Kong site you will see umbrellas, tents and plenty of creative artwork. SCMP Reporter Danny Lee decided to take a look at something else that has sprouted at the sites, dieties. Some that are ancient staples of Hong Kong culture, others that have a more recent inspiration. 

Hong Kong art guardians try to save Occupy movement's works

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

A band of Hong Kong art guardians are on constant standby at the city's main sprawling protest site. Their mission: to swoop in and save a vast array of creative works -- including the towering "Umbrella Man" statue -- if the police move in.

End of an era: Uruguay's five years with President Mujica

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

During his five years in office, President Jose “Pepe” Mujica has shaken up Uruguay, taking often controversial steps to legalize abortion, gay marriage and recreational marijuana. In giving most of his salary to charity and living in a rundown house, Mujica has also earned international fame for his modest lifestyle. The constitution bars president from two consecutive terms so Mujica will be stepping down in January.