Bryan Galvan
Bryan Galvan
Bryan Michael Galvan is a freelance journalist based in Hong Kong, specialising in business and China coverage.

As the popularity of soy products has increased, so too has the scrutiny they find themselves under. We examine three areas: the effects of plant oestrogen, growing herbicide use and the nutritional value of ‘future foods’.

‘The Moment’, a sci-fi feature that changes scenes depending on audience brain activity, is just one highlight of Hong Kong’s upcoming Spark festival that blends science and the arts.

Tilbrook, a Briton who has lived in Hong Kong since 1965, enjoyed much success as a realist painter until he found himself thinking ‘of what came from within me’ and adopted a semi-abstract style in the 1990s.

The Chang’e four lunar module is poised to land on the dark side of the moon, and China’s giant space telescope will formally begin operating this year; the country is also likely to step up efforts to develop its AI capabilities


Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s intentions in creating world’s first genetically modified human babies were ostensibly good, but fellow scientists think it inevitable people will seek to use it for self-enhancement.

Travis Knight, director of sixth instalment in Hollywood blockbuster franchise, set out to ‘understand these transformers’ in film, a prequel set in 1987; producer hopeful of repeating success of previous Transformer films in China market


Before gene-edited babies, Chinese scientists had tinkered with animals’ genomes – to give them human disorders they wished to study, or useful attributes such as the ability to run faster.

A number of politically oriented artists in Hong Kong are turning to activism to ward off threats to their freedom of speech, but there are still those who remain confidence in artists’ ability to express themselves.

Before Dolce & Gabbana’s marketing meltdown in China this week, other fashion and beauty brands, including Balenciaga and Philipp Plein were forced to issue apologies to irate Chinese customers and commenters.

They may be thousands of miles away from home but US expats still know how to have a good Thanksgiving, where mixed cultures can lead to some interesting menu items.

As China shows its technical prowess, some warn of the potential downsides from innovations such as smart ID cards that control social behaviour, and a bike sharing industry that has left thousands of bikes in junk piles around the nation.

You don’t need to pay US$109,000, as Hong Kong’s Li family did for a near-1kg fungus, to savour the exotic taste of truffles this season; try them in Chinese dishes, unseasonal moon cakes, and even in ice cream.

Singles’ Day rings up more sales than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, helped by tech such as facial recognition; the speed of sales on Singles’ Day is of a different magnitude – US$1 billion in the first two minutes in 2017