Douglas Parkes

Douglas Parkes

Commissioning Editor at SCMP, Douglas focuses on education topics. Having lived and worked in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong, he is also experienced in writing about a wide range of lifestyle subjects including bars and drinks, film, travel and music.

Latest from Douglas Parkes

How Amazon’s Carnival Row star and LGBT campaigner Cara Delevingne is proving Harvey Weinstein wrong

Cara Delevingne has taken down the walls she built up as a supermodel to help her explore the craft of acting and let her emotions flow freely

6 Dec 2019 - 2:28PM

Cara Delevingne has taken down the walls she built up as a supermodel to help her explore the craft of acting and let her emotions flow freely

How Amazon’s Carnival Row star and LGBT campaigner Cara Delevingne is proving Harvey Weinstein wrong
5 things to know about Triad Princess, the new Chinese-language Netflix drama starring Jasper Liu and Eugenie Liu

5 things to know about Triad Princess – and why Netflix’s second Taiwanese gangland drama must succeed, after Nowhere Man disappointed

5 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

5 things to know about Triad Princess – and why Netflix’s second Taiwanese gangland drama must succeed, after Nowhere Man disappointed

5 things to know about Triad Princess, the new Chinese-language Netflix drama starring Jasper Liu and Eugenie Liu
Winter is coming: 5 cocktails to try in Hong Kong this festive season – which pack a mighty punch

Aqua, Tell Camellia and Stockton stock some serious heat if you need relief from the cold this festive season

29 Nov 2019 - 12:00PM

Aqua, Tell Camellia and Stockton stock some serious heat if you need relief from the cold this festive season

Winter is coming: 5 cocktails to try in Hong Kong this festive season – which pack a mighty punch
7 actors who have played Bruce Lee in movies since the Enter the Dragon star’s death

There has been a Bruce Li and a Bruce Le, and ‘Bruceploitation’ films as many filmmakers and imitators looked to cash in on Lee’s popularity

27 Nov 2019 - 10:32AM

There has been a Bruce Li and a Bruce Le, and ‘Bruceploitation’ films as many filmmakers and imitators looked to cash in on Lee’s popularity

7 actors who have played Bruce Lee in movies since the Enter the Dragon star’s death
Why low-calorie cocktails are catching on in Hong Kong: ‘In Europe people don’t care about getting fat – here people try to maintain their figures’

Where you can drink the best low-cal, alcohol-free and health-conscious cocktails in Hong Kong

23 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

Where you can drink the best low-cal, alcohol-free and health-conscious cocktails in Hong Kong

Why low-calorie cocktails are catching on in Hong Kong: ‘In Europe people don’t care about getting fat – here people try to maintain their figures’
Savour homestyle Thai food on a lush terrace at Ruam in Wan Chai

Ruam wins for its airy terrace and straightforward Thai food – like delicious duck curry – that is better than most Hong Kong restaurants

17 Nov 2019 - 9:00AM

Ruam wins for its airy terrace and straightforward Thai food – like delicious duck curry – that is better than most Hong Kong restaurants

Savour homestyle Thai food on a lush terrace at Ruam in Wan Chai
All fired up: sublime yakitori at Koji Charcoal Grill

Koji’s Charcoal Grill is no gimmick – the flavours are rare in Hong Kong, making this a real stand-out venue

16 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

Koji’s Charcoal Grill is no gimmick – the flavours are rare in Hong Kong, making this a real stand-out venue

All fired up: sublime yakitori at Koji Charcoal Grill
Netflix’s first Chinese-language originals have arrived – what to expect from C-dramas Nowhere Man, Triad Princess and The Ghost Bride

Taiwanese dramas Nowhere Man and Triad Princess are the streaming giant’s first Chinese-language originals – and they look pretty good to us

18 Nov 2019 - 12:37PM

Taiwanese dramas Nowhere Man and Triad Princess are the streaming giant’s first Chinese-language originals – and they look pretty good to us

Netflix’s first Chinese-language originals have arrived – what to expect from C-dramas Nowhere Man, Triad Princess and The Ghost Bride
Out-of-this-world noharayaki and Wagyu nigiri at Yakiniku Jumbo

Each slice is hand-cut from a hunk that is chilled rather than frozen, ensuring the meat never loses its tenderness

15 Nov 2019 - 9:30AM

Each slice is hand-cut from a hunk that is chilled rather than frozen, ensuring the meat never loses its tenderness

Out-of-this-world noharayaki and Wagyu nigiri at Yakiniku Jumbo
How Brigitte Lin became one of Hong Kong’s best known movie stars: 7 of her most memorable film roles

From Peking Opera Blues to Dragon Inn, and Swordsman II and Chungking Express, here are the cinema legend’s most memorable roles

3 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

From Peking Opera Blues to Dragon Inn, and Swordsman II and Chungking Express, here are the cinema legend’s most memorable roles

How Brigitte Lin became one of Hong Kong’s best known movie stars: 7 of her most memorable film roles
5 of Louis Koo’s best movies – celebrating the Hong Kong actor so beloved they named a cinema after him

As the actor, director and philanthropist celebrates his 49th birthday, here are 5 of Koo’s most memorable performances

21 Oct 2019 - 3:59PM

As the actor, director and philanthropist celebrates his 49th birthday, here are 5 of Koo’s most memorable performances

5 of Louis Koo’s best movies – celebrating the Hong Kong actor so beloved they named a cinema after him
5 reasons why Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is going to clean up at the Oscars

Following in the footsteps of Heath Ledger’s iconic turn and inspired by the success of Marvel’s Black Panther, Todd Phillips’ Batman spin-off looks set to break the comic book-shutout at next year’s Academy Awards

22 Oct 2019 - 10:29AM

Following in the footsteps of Heath Ledger’s iconic turn and inspired by the success of Marvel’s Black Panther, Todd Phillips’ Batman spin-off looks set to break the comic book-shutout at next year’s Academy Awards

5 reasons why Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is going to clean up at the Oscars
7 protest films that came before the anti-extradition bill movement, from Hong Kong and Korean cinema

Before Glory to Hong Kong, there was cinema – and these 7 movies have sparked debate, provoked dialogue – and in many cases been banned

1 Oct 2019 - 5:53PM

Before Glory to Hong Kong, there was cinema – and these 7 movies have sparked debate, provoked dialogue – and in many cases been banned

7 protest films that came before the anti-extradition bill movement, from Hong Kong and Korean cinema
From Infernal Affairs to God of Gamblers: 10 of Andy Lau’s top movies

We look back at Hong Kong’s top box office draw from 1985-2005, and the man who has starred in more than 150 movies

17 Oct 2019 - 10:50AM

We look back at Hong Kong’s top box office draw from 1985-2005, and the man who has starred in more than 150 movies

From Infernal Affairs to God of Gamblers: 10 of Andy Lau’s top movies
Fan Bingbing’s top 5 most iconic film and TV roles

From X-Men to The Empress of China, we look at five of the Chinese superstar’s most memorable acting roles

16 Sep 2019 - 3:47PM

From X-Men to The Empress of China, we look at five of the Chinese superstar’s most memorable acting roles

Fan Bingbing’s top 5 most iconic film and TV roles
Where to have a zero waste night out: the top Hong Kong bars committed to serving eco-friendly drinks

Booze-fuelled revelry doesn’t lend itself to restraint, but environmentally ethical Hong Kong bars like John Anthony, Potato Head and Draft Land are offering drinks produced with sustainable practices.

12 Sep 2019 - 3:18AM

Booze-fuelled revelry doesn’t lend itself to restraint, but environmentally ethical Hong Kong bars like John Anthony, Potato Head and Draft Land are offering drinks produced with sustainable practices.

Where to have a zero waste night out: the top Hong Kong bars committed to serving eco-friendly drinks
H Code’s new restaurant Root Central on Pottinger Street serves up French-inspired Asian dishes

H Code’s latest restaurant is led by Chef Vito Chan, who hails from Amber and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and uses French skills to create tasty Asian dishes from local produce

4 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

H Code’s latest restaurant is led by Chef Vito Chan, who hails from Amber and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and uses French skills to create tasty Asian dishes from local produce

H Code’s new restaurant Root Central on Pottinger Street serves up French-inspired Asian dishes
5 best disaster movies to watch while waiting out a typhoon in Hong Kong

When heavy winds and rain hit the city, there’s a great way to survive – curled up under a duvet to watch movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, Twister and Contagion

8 Aug 2019 - 3:19PM

When heavy winds and rain hit the city, there’s a great way to survive – curled up under a duvet to watch movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, Twister and Contagion

5 best disaster movies to watch while waiting out a typhoon in Hong Kong
‘It’s a new can of worms’: How Hong Kong director Stephen Fung set the tone for Wu Assassins, Netflix’s first martial arts drama

Hong Kong director follows up his work on AMC’s Into the Badlands with the first two episodes of Netflix’s first martial arts drama starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais

8 Aug 2019 - 11:44AM

Hong Kong director follows up his work on AMC’s Into the Badlands with the first two episodes of Netflix’s first martial arts drama starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais

‘It’s a new can of worms’: How Hong Kong director Stephen Fung set the tone for Wu Assassins, Netflix’s first martial arts drama
Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon on her new career as a DJ and collaborating with 3LAU and Ummet Ozcan

Hyoyeon has been playing some of Asia’s biggest clubs and EDM festivals, and receiving rave reviews for her work

2 Aug 2019 - 4:00PM

Hyoyeon has been playing some of Asia’s biggest clubs and EDM festivals, and receiving rave reviews for her work

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon on her new career as a DJ and collaborating with 3LAU and Ummet Ozcan
Wu Assassins, The Naked Director and 3 other shows on Netflix to watch out for this August

New seasons of Glow and Dear White People are coming up on Netflix, while Saint Seiya gets a reboot

31 Jul 2019 - 3:03PM

New seasons of Glow and Dear White People are coming up on Netflix, while Saint Seiya gets a reboot

Wu Assassins, The Naked Director and 3 other shows on Netflix to watch out for this August
Shakira and 4 other strong and independent football WAGs who are stars in their own right

Wives and girlfriends of soccer stars Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Paulo Dybala and Kevin-Prince Boateng have all achieved success by themselves

24 Jul 2019 - 2:30PM

Wives and girlfriends of soccer stars Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Paulo Dybala and Kevin-Prince Boateng have all achieved success by themselves

Shakira and 4 other strong and independent football WAGs who are stars in their own right
Review | Picky Eaters: can an avowed meat eater get a taste for the plant-based fare at POP vegan?

Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise, even in big meat-consuming Hong Kong where plant-based food abounds. Will Douglas Parkes bite the bullet and give it a try?

22 Jul 2019 - 4:13PM

Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise, even in big meat-consuming Hong Kong where plant-based food abounds. Will Douglas Parkes bite the bullet and give it a try?

Picky Eaters: can an avowed meat eater get a taste for the plant-based fare at POP vegan?
Who is Lashana Lynch – the new 007? 5 things you may not know about James Bond’s replacement

British actress who takes over iconic ‘licence to kill’ is the latest in a recent line of progressive casting

18 Jul 2019 - 12:31PM

British actress who takes over iconic ‘licence to kill’ is the latest in a recent line of progressive casting

Who is Lashana Lynch – the new 007? 5 things you may not know about James Bond’s replacement
Stranger Things season 3, and 4 other shows to look out for on Netflix in July

From established hits like Orange is the New Black to new Korean dramas, don’t miss these shows on Netflix this July

6 Aug 2019 - 4:07PM

From established hits like Orange is the New Black to new Korean dramas, don’t miss these shows on Netflix this July

Stranger Things season 3, and 4 other shows to look out for on Netflix in July
What’s the most important ingredient in a cocktail? You’ll never guess ...
Familiar yet adventurous, Jashan serves up an unsurpassed selection of Indian dishes

Those seeking extra-special Indian fare can check out this Hollywood Road restaurant offering reasonably priced food that is well out of the ordinary

18 Jun 2019 - 1:45PM

Those seeking extra-special Indian fare can check out this Hollywood Road restaurant offering reasonably priced food that is well out of the ordinary

Familiar yet adventurous, Jashan serves up an unsurpassed selection of Indian dishes
Black Salt Tavern adds a pinch of the exotic to drinking and dining

Shek Tong Tsui gastropub puts a South Asian twist on fare and refreshment to offer a satisfyingly delicious taste of Nepalese, Bengali and Sri Lankan cuisine

18 Jun 2019 - 12:30PM

Shek Tong Tsui gastropub puts a South Asian twist on fare and refreshment to offer a satisfyingly delicious taste of Nepalese, Bengali and Sri Lankan cuisine

Black Salt Tavern adds a pinch of the exotic to drinking and dining
Is Taqueria Super Macho the Mexican restaurant Hong Kong has been waiting for?

The city has long needed an affordable Mexican restaurant of reasonable quality, but the menu at this casual taco joint misses the mark

19 Jun 2019 - 10:26AM

The city has long needed an affordable Mexican restaurant of reasonable quality, but the menu at this casual taco joint misses the mark

Is Taqueria Super Macho the Mexican restaurant Hong Kong has been waiting for?
3 cocktails with a kick that will take the edge off summer

Battle Hong Kong’s rising temperatures and humidity with these refreshing tropical tipples at some of the city’s top bars, from VEA Lounge to Honi Honi Tiki Lounge

18 Jun 2019 - 6:21AM

Battle Hong Kong’s rising temperatures and humidity with these refreshing tropical tipples at some of the city’s top bars, from VEA Lounge to Honi Honi Tiki Lounge

3 cocktails with a kick that will take the edge off summer