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

Japan in the 1980s: when Tokyo’s Imperial Palace was worth more than California and golf club membership could cost US$3 million – 5 crazy facts about the bubble economy

When Tokyo’s Imperial Palace was worth more than California and golf club membership could cost US$3 million – Japan’s economic golden age was one wild time

1 Jul 2020 - 4:00PM

When Tokyo’s Imperial Palace was worth more than California and golf club membership could cost US$3 million – Japan’s economic golden age was one wild time

Japan in the 1980s: when Tokyo’s Imperial Palace was worth more than California and golf club membership could cost US$3 million – 5 crazy facts about the bubble economy
Hong Kong’s best Japanese bars – the exclusive hidden hangs mixing jazzy vibes and creative cocktails with matcha, shiso, artisanal gin and whisky highballs

Catering to the city’s many Japanophiles, these low-key bars mix artisanal gins and whiskys with matcha and shiso to reveal the true art of bartending

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Catering to the city’s many Japanophiles, these low-key bars mix artisanal gins and whiskys with matcha and shiso to reveal the true art of bartending

Hong Kong’s best Japanese bars – the exclusive hidden hangs mixing jazzy vibes and creative cocktails with matcha, shiso, artisanal gin and whisky highballs
Why does UFC’s Conor McGregor have a gorilla on his chest? MMA fighters’ tattoos explained

It may look like a bit of ink as part of the show but for fighting stars like Megan Anderson and Israel Adesanya, it’s more than skin deep

27 Jun 2020 - 3:00AM

It may look like a bit of ink as part of the show but for fighting stars like Megan Anderson and Israel Adesanya, it’s more than skin deep

Why does UFC’s Conor McGregor have a gorilla on his chest? MMA fighters’ tattoos explained
3 of the tastiest summer cocktails to try in Hong Kong – from newfangled concoctions to classics with an original twist

The bars are open, and the sun is shining – so what’s stopping you from heading out to a bar to celebrate the start of summer?

26 Jun 2020 - 11:00AM

The bars are open, and the sun is shining – so what’s stopping you from heading out to a bar to celebrate the start of summer?

3 of the tastiest summer cocktails to try in Hong Kong – from newfangled concoctions to classics with an original twist
5 roles that made Tony Leung Chiu-wai Hong Kong’s most celebrated actor – from In the Mood for Love, to Chungking Express, to Lust, Caution

Named one of Asia’s 25 greatest actors by CNN, the award-winning star’s versatility has secured him roles in a variety of films – here’s a look at five of his best performances

26 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

Named one of Asia’s 25 greatest actors by CNN, the award-winning star’s versatility has secured him roles in a variety of films – here’s a look at five of his best performances

5 roles that made Tony Leung Chiu-wai Hong Kong’s most celebrated actor – from In the Mood for Love, to Chungking Express, to Lust, Caution
Ivanka Trump, Emma Watson and John Legend all graduated from Ivy League universities – which other celebrities have brains as well as fame?

Emma Watson, John Legend and Natalie Portman are among the celebrities who were smart enough to graduate from top US universities such as Yale, Brown and Wharton

24 Jun 2020 - 5:00PM

Emma Watson, John Legend and Natalie Portman are among the celebrities who were smart enough to graduate from top US universities such as Yale, Brown and Wharton

Ivanka Trump, Emma Watson and John Legend all graduated from Ivy League universities – which other celebrities have brains as well as fame?
Who is Yuen Woo-ping, the Hong Kong kung fu master behind The Matrix, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?

Working with greats like Jet Li John Woo and Jackie Chan, the 75-year-old’s career has been filled with eye-popping action – both in Hollywood and Hong Kong

23 Jun 2020 - 2:00PM

Working with greats like Jet Li John Woo and Jackie Chan, the 75-year-old’s career has been filled with eye-popping action – both in Hollywood and Hong Kong

Who is Yuen Woo-ping, the Hong Kong kung fu master behind The Matrix, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?
‘Be water’: What was Bruce Lee’s combat philosophy, and why does it appeal to the Hong Kong protesters?

Lee developed an entire style and philosophy of martial arts all his own, with adaptability being one of his tenets and the basis for his famous saying, ‘be water’

20 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

Lee developed an entire style and philosophy of martial arts all his own, with adaptability being one of his tenets and the basis for his famous saying, ‘be water’

‘Be water’: What was Bruce Lee’s combat philosophy, and why does it appeal to the Hong Kong protesters?
Is Hong Kong gin the best? Why demand from millennials is a tonic for the city’s craft drinks makers

Now that local consumers are more knowledgeable about the many different types of beer, whisky and wine available, they are seeking a fresh stimulus, and gin meets that desire

28 May 2020 - 7:00AM

Now that local consumers are more knowledgeable about the many different types of beer, whisky and wine available, they are seeking a fresh stimulus, and gin meets that desire

Is Hong Kong gin the best? Why demand from millennials is a tonic for the city’s craft drinks makers
Playboy bunnies to Cannes awards – 11 actresses who defined Chinese language cinema, from Shu Qi to Maggie Cheung

From Shu Qi to Maggie Cheung and Michele Reis, these leading ladies changed the face of film forever

26 May 2020 - 7:00PM

From Shu Qi to Maggie Cheung and Michele Reis, these leading ladies changed the face of film forever

Playboy bunnies to Cannes awards – 11 actresses who defined Chinese language cinema, from Shu Qi to Maggie Cheung
Ann Hui’s best films ranked – from Boat People to A Simple Life, 5 must-see movies by the critically revered Hong Kong movie director

While not a blockbuster name like Tsui Hark or Stephen Chow, Hui is one of the city’s most celebrated filmmakers of her generation, with 6 Hong Kong Film Awards for best director to her name – here’s why

25 May 2020 - 10:36AM

While not a blockbuster name like Tsui Hark or Stephen Chow, Hui is one of the city’s most celebrated filmmakers of her generation, with 6 Hong Kong Film Awards for best director to her name – here’s why

Ann Hui’s best films ranked – from Boat People to A Simple Life, 5 must-see movies by the critically revered Hong Kong movie director
Forget Asia’s 50 Best Bars – these are Hong Kong’s top nightlife venues

Only 8 Hong Kong bars made this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars – so STYLE’s party animal mixed up this list of the city’s best overlooked venues that didn’t make the cut

21 May 2020 - 1:00PM

Only 8 Hong Kong bars made this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars – so STYLE’s party animal mixed up this list of the city’s best overlooked venues that didn’t make the cut

Forget Asia’s 50 Best Bars  – these are Hong Kong’s top nightlife venues
How Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love became a modern masterpiece – 20 years after it premiered

Starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, critical response to the film back in 2000 was initially muted; today, In the Mood for Love is regarded by many as one of the greatest films of the 21st century to date

18 May 2020 - 6:00PM

Starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, critical response to the film back in 2000 was initially muted; today, In the Mood for Love is regarded by many as one of the greatest films of the 21st century to date

How Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love became a modern masterpiece – 20 years after it premiered
What makes Hong Kong’s Chow Yun-fat ‘the coolest actor in the world’? At 65, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is still up for action – and romance

The actor, who is 65 on May 18, rose to box-office prominence in John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow before appearing in Hollywood films like The Replacement Killers

18 May 2020 - 10:29AM

The actor, who is 65 on May 18, rose to box-office prominence in John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow before appearing in Hollywood films like The Replacement Killers

What makes Hong Kong’s Chow Yun-fat ‘the coolest actor in the world’? At 65, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is still up for action – and romance
Jacky Cheung, In the Mood for Love, every film which wasn’t Project Gutenberg released in 2019… the Hong Kong Film Award’s biggest snubs

Johnnie To was passed over for Ann Hui – twice – In the Mood for Love lost out to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and no film was less deserving than counterfeiting caper Project Gutenberg

13 May 2020 - 12:00PM

Johnnie To was passed over for Ann Hui – twice – In the Mood for Love lost out to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and no film was less deserving than counterfeiting caper Project Gutenberg

Jacky Cheung, In the Mood for Love, every film which wasn’t Project Gutenberg released in 2019… the Hong Kong Film Award’s biggest snubs
Louis Vuitton and Prada’s Final Fantasy collabs to ‘Super Moschino’ – 5 times luxury fashion brands have collaborated with video games

The elite fashion world has partnered with video game producers to ensure a mix of high and lowbrow cultural curios

4 May 2020 - 4:00AM

The elite fashion world has partnered with video game producers to ensure a mix of high and lowbrow cultural curios

Louis Vuitton and Prada’s Final Fantasy collabs to ‘Super Moschino’ – 5 times luxury fashion brands have collaborated with video games
Westworld in Singapore: 7 filming locations you might have visited from season 3 of the HBO drama

From Chinese Food Street to the National Gallery to the island of Pulau Ubin, these 7 places in Singapore are all featured in HBO’s Westworld season 3

4 May 2020 - 12:24PM

From Chinese Food Street to the National Gallery to the island of Pulau Ubin, these 7 places in Singapore are all featured in HBO’s Westworld season 3

Westworld in Singapore: 7 filming locations you might have visited from season 3 of the HBO drama
How did the Hong Kong film industry get so big – and why did it fall into decline?

The Hong Kong film industry once produced stars like Bruce Lee, Chow Yun-fat and Wong Kar-wai: how did it get so big, and why did it fall?

28 Apr 2020 - 11:44AM

The Hong Kong film industry once produced stars like Bruce Lee, Chow Yun-fat and Wong Kar-wai: how did it get so big, and why did it fall?

How did the Hong Kong film industry get so big – and why did it fall into decline?
A Hero Never Dies to Running on Karma – Hong Kong film director Johnnie To’s top 5 most underrated films

You probably know cheesy romcoms like Needing You… and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, but with more than 50 films on his résumé, there’s plenty of hidden gems more worthy of your cinematic attention

23 Apr 2020 - 8:00PM

You probably know cheesy romcoms like Needing You… and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, but with more than 50 films on his résumé, there’s plenty of hidden gems more worthy of your cinematic attention

A Hero Never Dies to Running on Karma – Hong Kong film director Johnnie To’s top 5 most underrated films
Why did Hong Kong’s Ray Yeung direct the new LGBT movie, Suk Suk?

Few of the many films produced in Hong Kong have provided a glimpse into Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community, so what inspired Ray Yeung to direct Suk Suk?

24 Apr 2020 - 3:11PM

Few of the many films produced in Hong Kong have provided a glimpse into Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community, so what inspired Ray Yeung to direct Suk Suk?

Why did Hong Kong’s Ray Yeung direct the new LGBT movie, Suk Suk?
Where did Mukesh Ambani, Shiv Nadar, Lakshmi Mittal and other Indian billionaires go to high school?

A number of elite schools in India have educated a surprising cluster of billionaires and high profile figures – from authors to actors

21 Apr 2020 - 11:56AM

A number of elite schools in India have educated a surprising cluster of billionaires and high profile figures – from authors to actors

Where did Mukesh Ambani, Shiv Nadar, Lakshmi Mittal and other Indian billionaires go to high school?
What LEH International School Foshan hopes to bring to the Greater Bay Area

Founding headmaster Steve Allen reveals why Lady Eleanor Holles School chose to open in Foshan and what it will offer

21 Apr 2020 - 10:24AM

Founding headmaster Steve Allen reveals why Lady Eleanor Holles School chose to open in Foshan and what it will offer

What LEH International School Foshan hopes to bring to the Greater Bay Area
5 of Jackie Chan’s most dangerous stunts – including one that nearly killed him

Unlike Bruce Lee, who was famous for his martial arts prowess, Chan became known for his ludicrously dangerous stunts – one which cracked his skull – and he has created some of the best action movies ever

17 Apr 2020 - 10:05AM

Unlike Bruce Lee, who was famous for his martial arts prowess, Chan became known for his ludicrously dangerous stunts – one which cracked his skull – and he has created some of the best action movies ever

5 of Jackie Chan’s most dangerous stunts – including one that nearly killed him
Leslie Cheung – 7 things you didn’t know about the Canto-pop icon, actor and LGBT pioneer

The youngest of 10 children from a modest family, he overcame early setbacks to become one of Hong Kong’s most loved sons

1 Apr 2020 - 10:06PM

The youngest of 10 children from a modest family, he overcame early setbacks to become one of Hong Kong’s most loved sons

Leslie Cheung – 7 things you didn’t know about the Canto-pop icon, actor and LGBT pioneer
Simon Yam’s 5 best roles – celebrating the prolific Hong Kong movie star of classic John Woo and Johnnie To films

More than the anti-piracy ad screened before every movie at cinemas – as Yam turn 65, we look back at a few of the local legend’s best roles from an enviable 200-film career

18 Mar 2020 - 2:00PM

More than the anti-piracy ad screened before every movie at cinemas – as Yam turn 65, we look back at a few of the local legend’s best roles from an enviable 200-film career

Simon Yam’s 5 best roles – celebrating the prolific Hong Kong movie star of classic John Woo and Johnnie To films
7 most expensive schools in the world are all in Switzerland, fit for royals and racing drivers – but what do you get for your money?

The playground for the rich and famous starts at the world’s most expensive schools which offer small, multicultural classes and everything from sailing to mountaineering

13 Mar 2020 - 10:35AM

The playground for the rich and famous starts at the world’s most expensive schools which offer small, multicultural classes and everything from sailing to mountaineering

7 most expensive schools in the world are all in Switzerland, fit for royals and racing drivers – but what do you get for your money?
7 of the best gender-bending Chinese movies to see – from The Love Eterne to Farewell My Concubine

Directors have not shied away from putting homosexual relationships on the screen – there are gun-toting lesbian assassins, men pretending to be women and women pretending to be men

3 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM

Directors have not shied away from putting homosexual relationships on the screen – there are gun-toting lesbian assassins, men pretending to be women and women pretending to be men

7 of the best gender-bending Chinese movies to see – from The Love Eterne to Farewell My Concubine
5 of Daniel Craig’s best movies that aren’t James Bond films – while you wait for No Time to Die

Don’t forget that our reluctant 007 has compellingly portrayed an Israeli spy in Munich, Layer Cake’s cocaine dealer and a private detective in Knives Out

2 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM

Don’t forget that our reluctant 007 has compellingly portrayed an Israeli spy in Munich, Layer Cake’s cocaine dealer and a private detective in Knives Out

5 of Daniel Craig’s best movies that aren’t James Bond films – while you wait for No Time to Die
Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Renée Zellweger – dedicated Hollywood actresses who ‘got fat’ or lost the make-up to play a character

Would you put on an extra 20kg for your job? One of these actresses did

27 Feb 2020 - 12:09PM

Would you put on an extra 20kg for your job? One of these actresses did

Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Renée Zellweger – dedicated Hollywood actresses who ‘got fat’ or lost the make-up to play a character
Gal Gadot, Demi Moore and 3 other Hollywood actresses who got ripped for movie roles

Guys are not the only ones capable of putting on muscle when the job requires – as these 5 dedicated physical transformations proove

24 Feb 2020 - 8:00AM

Guys are not the only ones capable of putting on muscle when the job requires – as these 5 dedicated physical transformations proove

Gal Gadot, Demi Moore and 3 other Hollywood actresses who got ripped for movie roles