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DARREN WEE

Beijing Bohème is a 21st-century take on Puccini's La Bohème, drawing parallels between the Chinese capital today and the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s.

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Australian Boyd Lane founded the accessories brand in Sydney in 1938. In the 1950s, Oroton started making compacts out of metallic mesh, which until then was only used as a utilitarian material.

French-Chinese designer Tiffany Yan left the United States for Paris, France, on August 16, 2011, or 16 Août in French, which marked the beginning of her fashion journey.

Joseph Wong Chak remembers as a child running towards his father's laughter, to find him howling over his latest comic. "He would laugh like hell when he was drawing," he says about his father, Alfonso Wong Kar-hei, the creator of the beloved Old Master Q series.  

Inventor hopes fleet of automated boats will one day patrol the oceans, performing clean-up and data-collection tasks, such as radioactivity sensing, coral reef imaging and fish counting.

A year after opening, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal remains a little-used virtually empty building. While operators are upbeat, sceptics wonder if it will catch on enough to justify the investment, writes Darren Wee

The actress and self-styled domestic goddess Gwyneth Paltrow used a visit to Hong Kong yesterday to dismiss reports her lifestyle website Goop.com was in financial dire straits and insisted the company was here to stay.

Chinese students who go abroad have a reputation for studying "pragmatic" subjects like business or science, but an increasing number are staking out identities in London's design and fashion worlds.

Civil servants in the Chengdu, Sichuan must report to their bosses if they leave the city for work or even a holiday, according to a new list of rules intended to make officials more efficient and accountable.

Hongkongers are showing their support for students occupying the Taiwanese parliament in a protest against a cross-strait trade pact. Some have flown to Taipei to join the sit-in, while lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung led 30 protesters to Taipei's representative office in Admiralty yesterday morning.

Canada's immigration chief admitted yesterday that the flouting of residency rules by mainlanders was one of the reasons its investor visa scheme was axed - although he asid it was not the 'principal reason'.

Parents of children fed prescription drugs by kindergartens welcomed the government's "blanket inspection" of all nurseries, primary and middle schools on the mainland. But they said they were more concerned about the long-term effects of the medicine and bringing those responsible to justice.

Jackie Chan has dismissed the controversy online over his cuddling of a singer at a political meeting in Beijing as "a lot of fuss over nothing", according to a mainland media report.

The mainland's droves of newly rich are keen to dabble in the art market, but many hold misconceptions or make basic mistakes, said the co-organiser of a new international fine art fair on the mainland.

Two women said to be from Hong Kong have become notorious in Taiwan for allegedly vandalising multiple apartments and telling local authorities that they are being "hunted" by the Chinese government.

Two private kindergartens in Xian, Shaanxi province, started secretly giving thousands of children prescription flu medicine more than five years ago, local police have said.

Government agencies are to test a new design of aerial drone to see whether it might help tackle the air pollution that often blankets much of the mainland, state media reported. The vehicle will spray chemicals that freeze pollutants, allowing them to fall to the ground.

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