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Canadian city Winnipeg celebrates its indigenous culture to earn place on tourist map

Winnipeg, the spiritual home of Winnie the Pooh, has much to offer, from world-class museums to a strong cultural identity that celebrates its First Nations heritage

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Winnipeg, the spiritual home of Winnie the Pooh, has much to offer, from world-class museums to a strong cultural identity that celebrates its First Nations heritage

Canadian city Winnipeg celebrates its indigenous culture to earn place on tourist map
Kayaking in placid Double Haven, far from Hong Kong’s bustle and crowds

Cameron Dueck goes on a kayak adventure over several days in Double Haven in the northeast New Territories, discovering historic villages amid an intricate maze of islands and bays

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Cameron Dueck goes on a kayak adventure over several days in Double Haven in the northeast New Territories, discovering historic villages amid an intricate maze of islands and bays

Kayaking in placid Double Haven, far from Hong Kong’s bustle and crowds
Review | A Chinese Papillon: the true story of a man who escaped Mao’s labour camps

Xu Hongci is one of a tiny number of escapees from the prison camps of Maoist China; his autobiography has been translated into English from the Chinese original, published by Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo in 2008

15 Feb 2017 - 1:58PM

Xu Hongci is one of a tiny number of escapees from the prison camps of Maoist China; his autobiography has been translated into English from the Chinese original, published by Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo in 2008

A Chinese Papillon: the true story of a man who escaped Mao’s labour camps
Five days all alone paddling through Canada's wilds

As two brothers find out, a lake-hopping adventure across the wild and remote Canadian Shield is no walk in the park

8 Dec 2016 - 8:04PM

As two brothers find out, a lake-hopping adventure across the wild and remote Canadian Shield is no walk in the park

Five days all alone paddling through Canada's wilds
Sailing away from it all in Baltic’s Archipelago Sea

Cruising the Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland is an opportunity to get back to nature, and off the internet grid, with a few rums thrown in

25 Dec 2016 - 9:26AM

Cruising the Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland is an opportunity to get back to nature, and off the internet grid, with a few rums thrown in

Sailing away from it all in Baltic’s Archipelago Sea
Three men, one vintage Land Rover, and a 900km trip through southern Thailand

A slow drive from Bangkok to Phuket with random turns down hairy side roads is a great way to see – and smell – life in rural southern Thailand, where you’re never far from the sea

8 Jul 2016 - 12:03PM

A slow drive from Bangkok to Phuket with random turns down hairy side roads is a great way to see – and smell – life in rural southern Thailand, where you’re never far from the sea

Three men, one vintage Land Rover, and a 900km trip through southern Thailand
Review | Book review: the Red Guard generation and how they shaped modern China

The Red Guards used violence to prove their devotion to Mao, but their example inspired reformist intellectual movements that transformed the country, writes academic Guobin Yang

30 Jun 2016 - 5:40PM

The Red Guards used violence to prove their devotion to Mao, but their example inspired reformist intellectual movements that transformed the country, writes academic Guobin Yang

Book review: the Red Guard generation and how they shaped modern China
Review | Book review: contrasting fortunes on a Shanghai street of dreams

Author Rob Schmitz, a foreign correspondent, offers interesting in-depth profiles which chronicle personal change at a local level and against a backdrop of national ideological shifts

30 Jun 2016 - 5:44PM

Author Rob Schmitz, a foreign correspondent, offers interesting in-depth profiles which chronicle personal change at a local level and against a backdrop of national ideological shifts

Book review: contrasting fortunes on a Shanghai street of dreams
Kayaking in Hong Kong: where to go and everything you need to know

Whether playing in the shallows or surfing in the waves, camping out on remote beaches or exploring traditional villages, there are easily accessible kayaking spots for all types in Hong Kong

29 Jun 2016 - 6:38PM

Whether playing in the shallows or surfing in the waves, camping out on remote beaches or exploring traditional villages, there are easily accessible kayaking spots for all types in Hong Kong

Kayaking in Hong Kong: where to go and everything you need to know
Book review: The Path – big claims about using Eastern wisdom to attain happiness, not delivered

The best that can be said about this thin and rather condescending attempt to offer life lessons based on Chinese philosophy is that it might encourage some modicum of reflection – and might show readers that their problems are not novel

10 May 2016 - 12:15AM

The best that can be said about this thin and rather condescending attempt to offer life lessons based on Chinese philosophy is that it might encourage some modicum of reflection – and might show readers that their problems are not novel

Book review: The Path – big claims about using Eastern wisdom to attain happiness, not delivered
Live like a Papuan: back-to-basics homestays in a marine paradise

Time loses its meaning for Cameron Dueck while staying in a grass hut in Raja Ampat, in a remote and still-undeveloped corner of East Asia where he weaves between islands by longboat, admiring the karst topography above the waves and the dazzling corals and marine life below

26 Apr 2016 - 3:28PM

Time loses its meaning for Cameron Dueck while staying in a grass hut in Raja Ampat, in a remote and still-undeveloped corner of East Asia where he weaves between islands by longboat, admiring the karst topography above the waves and the dazzling corals and marine life below

Live like a Papuan: back-to-basics homestays in a marine paradise
Book review: Umbrellas in Bloom is a Hong Kong writer’s take on the 2014 protest for democracy

Writer gives a solid account of the background to the events, but doesn’t add any new insights or uncover anything fresh about the events

29 Mar 2016 - 6:00AM

Writer gives a solid account of the background to the events, but doesn’t add any new insights or uncover anything fresh about the events

Book review: Umbrellas in Bloom is a Hong Kong writer’s take on the 2014 protest for democracy
Book review: The Shark and the Albatross takes us behind the scenes of natural-history television

John Aitchison has been all over the world filming exotic animals in the wild, and his book well describes the astounding beauty that makes the tedium and failure worth enduring

18 Dec 2015 - 8:18PM

John Aitchison has been all over the world filming exotic animals in the wild, and his book well describes the astounding beauty that makes the tedium and failure worth enduring

Book review: The Shark and the Albatross takes us behind the scenes of natural-history television
Book review: the human cost of China’s rush to urbanisation

Dragons in Diamond Village describes how the authorities collude with land developers and thugs to dispossess some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable

16 Dec 2015 - 6:00PM

Dragons in Diamond Village describes how the authorities collude with land developers and thugs to dispossess some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable

Book review: the human cost of China’s rush to urbanisation
Dinosaur hunting in Inner Mongolia: Gobi Desert a treasure trove for University of Hong Kong-led expedition

For dinosaur enthusiasts, the Erlian Basin, in Inner Mongolia, is still full of surprises, Cameron Dueck finds during a fossil-hunting expedition.

12 Sep 2015 - 10:23PM

For dinosaur enthusiasts, the Erlian Basin, in Inner Mongolia, is still full of surprises, Cameron Dueck finds during a fossil-hunting expedition.

Dinosaur hunting in Inner Mongolia: Gobi Desert a treasure trove for University of Hong Kong-led expedition
Book review: dry prose mars valuable summary of Xinjiang's plight

Far to the west in China is a place that is as different to the rest of China as one could imagine. Its people have fair hair and green eyes, the land is sandy and mountainous, and the languages spoken have no relation to those heard in the east.

4 Jul 2015 - 9:34PM

Far to the west in China is a place that is as different to the rest of China as one could imagine. Its people have fair hair and green eyes, the land is sandy and mountainous, and the languages spoken have no relation to those heard in the east.

Book review: dry prose mars valuable summary of Xinjiang's plight
Louisa Lim's timely reminder of Tiananmen crackdown cover-up

Author interviews survivors of June 4, 1989, military action to shed new light on Chinese government suppression of memories of what happened - a work of particular interest in Hong Kong in wake of Occupy Central protests.

29 Jun 2015 - 12:02PM

Author interviews survivors of June 4, 1989, military action to shed new light on Chinese government suppression of memories of what happened - a work of particular interest in Hong Kong in wake of Occupy Central protests.

Louisa Lim's timely reminder of Tiananmen crackdown cover-up
Book review: Buy Me the Sky by Xinran - sad indictment of Chinese youth

Xinran's latest book confirms all the worst stereotypes of young Chinese going overseas to study and start their careers: spoilt, incompetent and arrogant - and all because mummy and daddy coddled them.

13 Jun 2015 - 6:45PM

Xinran's latest book confirms all the worst stereotypes of young Chinese going overseas to study and start their careers: spoilt, incompetent and arrogant - and all because mummy and daddy coddled them.

Book review: Buy Me the Sky by Xinran - sad indictment of Chinese youth
Book review: Intimate Rivals - tensions in the South China Sea

Intimate Rivals, written by a member of the United States' Council on Foreign Relations, is not a particularly entertaining read - it contains few colourful anecdotes - but it is well written with coherent narrative.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:47PM

Intimate Rivals, written by a member of the United States' Council on Foreign Relations, is not a particularly entertaining read - it contains few colourful anecdotes - but it is well written with coherent narrative.

Book review: Intimate Rivals - tensions in the South China Sea
Sea kayaking in pristine Palawan, the Philippines

Every paddle stroke brings into view another coral reef and another school of colourful fish flashing through the water beneath our hulls. The sky stretches achingly clear and blue overhead. Palawan is one of the most pristine and remote corners of the Philippines.

11 May 2015 - 11:40AM

Every paddle stroke brings into view another coral reef and another school of colourful fish flashing through the water beneath our hulls. The sky stretches achingly clear and blue overhead. Palawan is one of the most pristine and remote corners of the Philippines.

Sea kayaking in pristine Palawan, the Philippines
Philippine game park was Ferdinand Marcos' surreal playground

Calauit Island reserve, once the exclusive preserve of dictator and dignitaries, is home to giraffes and zebras tame enough to feed by hand.

9 May 2015 - 10:29PM

Calauit Island reserve, once the exclusive preserve of dictator and dignitaries, is home to giraffes and zebras tame enough to feed by hand.

Philippine game park was Ferdinand Marcos' surreal playground
Book review: Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski

A collection of hundreds of letters, diary entries and personal stories from four crucial days at the end of the second world war, Swansong 1945 captures the exhaustion and disillusionment with the conflict, and finally the relief when it ends.

11 Apr 2015 - 6:51PM

A collection of hundreds of letters, diary entries and personal stories from four crucial days at the end of the second world war, Swansong 1945 captures the exhaustion and disillusionment with the conflict, and finally the relief when it ends.

Book review: Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski
Book review: Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

 Frances Larson's book is meant to be scientific but really this is a work to be grossed out while reading.

4 Apr 2015 - 10:30PM

 Frances Larson's book is meant to be scientific but really this is a work to be grossed out while reading.

Book review: Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
Book review: The Four Books - biting satire offers some hope

A ray of hope in the resilient human spirit shines through a tale of oppression and treachery, writes Cameron Dueck.

21 Mar 2015 - 10:57PM

A ray of hope in the resilient human spirit shines through a tale of oppression and treachery, writes Cameron Dueck.

Book review: The Four Books - biting satire offers some hope
Book review: In Manchuria by Michael Meyer

In Manchuria by Michael Meyer retraces the region's past, showing the importance it played in history while suggesting where it may go in the future.

21 Feb 2015 - 10:49PM

In Manchuria by Michael Meyer retraces the region's past, showing the importance it played in history while suggesting where it may go in the future.

Book review: In Manchuria by Michael Meyer
Canoeing along Canada's Manigotagan River

A paddle just hours from Winnipeg proves to be a timeless experience. Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

2 Feb 2015 - 9:37AM

A paddle just hours from Winnipeg proves to be a timeless experience. Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

Canoeing along Canada's Manigotagan River
Book review: A Stranger in My Own Country - a tortured writer's memoir

The memoir of Hans Fallada, one of Germany's most well-regarded writers, is finally published. Cameron Dueck reads about a dissenting life during Nazism.

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04PM

The memoir of Hans Fallada, one of Germany's most well-regarded writers, is finally published. Cameron Dueck reads about a dissenting life during Nazism.

Book review: A Stranger in My Own Country - a tortured writer's memoir
Book review: White Magic: The Age of Paper, by Lothar Müller

Paper, like film and the phonograph, revolutionised our cultures but have now been replaced by digital alternatives. As paper increasingly fades into history, the story of its role and evolution is at risk of being lost, erasing the roadmap that brought us to the digital era.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:15PM

Paper, like film and the phonograph, revolutionised our cultures but have now been replaced by digital alternatives. As paper increasingly fades into history, the story of its role and evolution is at risk of being lost, erasing the roadmap that brought us to the digital era.

Book review: White Magic: The Age of Paper, by Lothar Müller
The wind and the waves

The weather-beaten Penghu archipelago, in the Taiwan Strait, has seen its fair share of pirates and invading navies. Now it is welcoming tourists.Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

15 Nov 2014 - 9:07PM

The weather-beaten Penghu archipelago, in the Taiwan Strait, has seen its fair share of pirates and invading navies. Now it is welcoming tourists.Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

The wind and the waves
Book review: Deng Xiaoping: The Man Who Made Modern China, by Michael Dillon

Statesman Deng Xiaoping's grit and organisational skill made him one of China's most effective leaders. His four Singapore-inspired reforms - in farming, industry, defence and technology - transformed the mainland during the 1980s, paving the way for today's mega-state.

25 Oct 2014 - 11:32PM

Statesman Deng Xiaoping's grit and organisational skill made him one of China's most effective leaders. His four Singapore-inspired reforms - in farming, industry, defence and technology - transformed the mainland during the 1980s, paving the way for today's mega-state.

Book review: Deng Xiaoping: The Man Who Made Modern China, by Michael Dillon