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.

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Ang Lee’s best quotes: Hulk director says Jackie Chan and Jet Li films represent ‘the worst’ of Chinese culture, and why he may be too melodramatic

From his father’s lack of approval to the difference between Chinese and Western audiences: 8 Ang Lee quotes that reveal his attitude to film, family and more

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From his father’s lack of approval to the difference between Chinese and Western audiences: 8 Ang Lee quotes that reveal his attitude to film, family and more

Ang Lee’s best quotes: Hulk director says Jackie Chan and Jet Li films represent ‘the worst’ of Chinese culture, and why he may be too melodramatic
Hong Kong’s best cocktails, starring creative concoctions from Zoom, Room 309 and The Daily Tot

From a Zuma martini with a dash of Dijon mustard, to a drink at The Pottinger with a full moon inside, we dare you to give these quirky concoctions a try

22 Oct 2020 - 10:29AM

From a Zuma martini with a dash of Dijon mustard, to a drink at The Pottinger with a full moon inside, we dare you to give these quirky concoctions a try

Hong Kong’s best cocktails, starring creative concoctions from Zoom, Room 309 and The Daily Tot
The other Bruce Lee? Alexander Fu Sing, the kung fu movie, Hong Kong cinema and Shaw Brothers Studio star who died tragically young at 28

From earning US$4 a day, to being the star of Chinatown Kid – Alexander Fu Sing was set to be the next Bruce Lee, until a fatal car crash

21 Oct 2020 - 4:50PM

From earning US$4 a day, to being the star of Chinatown Kid – Alexander Fu Sing was set to be the next Bruce Lee, until a fatal car crash

The other Bruce Lee? Alexander Fu Sing, the kung fu movie, Hong Kong cinema and Shaw Brothers Studio star who died tragically young at 28
The next Billie Eilish? Filipino-British artist Beabadoobee’s debut album Fake it Flowers is a 90s alternative rock throwback for Instagram’s Gen Z world

The Filipino-British singer-songwriter might be born in 2000, but her sound is straight out of the 90s alt rock scene – think Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins – and it might be just what the TikTok generation needs

22 Oct 2020 - 5:01PM

The Filipino-British singer-songwriter might be born in 2000, but her sound is straight out of the 90s alt rock scene – think Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins – and it might be just what the TikTok generation needs

The next Billie Eilish? Filipino-British artist Beabadoobee’s debut album Fake it Flowers is a 90s alternative rock throwback for Instagram’s Gen Z world
Hong Kong’s first ‘sustainable’ bar Penicillin: second-hand furniture, bills by email and leftover cocktail ingredients made into hand sanitiser, from the team behind Asia’s 50 Best Bars award-winner The Old Man

Second-hand furniture, recycled clothes, foraged food and leftover cocktail ingredients made into hand sanitiser – is this the world’s most sustainable bar?

22 Oct 2020 - 10:34AM

Second-hand furniture, recycled clothes, foraged food and leftover cocktail ingredients made into hand sanitiser – is this the world’s most sustainable bar?

Hong Kong’s first ‘sustainable’ bar Penicillin: second-hand furniture, bills by email and leftover cocktail ingredients made into hand sanitiser, from the team behind Asia’s 50 Best Bars award-winner The Old Man
Before BTS and K-drama, Andy Lau, Leslie Cheung, Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung were Asia’s hottest stars – who were the leading men of Hong Kong cinema’s golden age?

Before BTS, boy bands, K-drama and the Korean Wave, Canto-pop and Hong Kong cinema produced Asia’s hottest stars – so who makes STYLE’s shortlist of 80s and 90s male icons?

6 Oct 2020 - 10:19AM

Before BTS, boy bands, K-drama and the Korean Wave, Canto-pop and Hong Kong cinema produced Asia’s hottest stars – so who makes STYLE’s shortlist of 80s and 90s male icons?

Before BTS and K-drama, Andy Lau, Leslie Cheung, Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung were Asia’s hottest stars – who were the leading men of Hong Kong cinema’s golden age?
The ‘Noma of nightlife’? Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar, The Penicillin, is celebrity bartender Agung Prabowo’s new concept after quitting Asia’s 50 Best-winner The Old Man

The ‘Noma of bars’ is what Agung Prabowo promises Hong Kong as he leaves Asia’s 50 Best-winner The Old Man to launch new concepts The Penicillin and Dead &

30 Sep 2020 - 6:00PM

The ‘Noma of bars’ is what Agung Prabowo promises Hong Kong as he leaves Asia’s 50 Best-winner The Old Man to launch new concepts The Penicillin and Dead &

The ‘Noma of nightlife’? Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar, The Penicillin, is celebrity bartender Agung Prabowo’s new concept after quitting Asia’s 50 Best-winner The Old Man
From The Handmaiden to Ang Lee and Wong Kar-wai – 7 awesome Asian movies with LGBT storylines

Hong Kong filmmaker Ray Yeung won awards earlier this year for Suk Suk, a touching portrait of 2 elderly gay men who lived life in the shadows – here are 6 more films from Asia highlighting LGBTQ+ lives

30 Sep 2020 - 10:00AM

Hong Kong filmmaker Ray Yeung won awards earlier this year for Suk Suk, a touching portrait of 2 elderly gay men who lived life in the shadows – here are 6 more films from Asia highlighting LGBTQ+ lives

From The Handmaiden to Ang Lee and Wong Kar-wai – 7 awesome Asian movies with LGBT storylines
Bruce Lee might be the ‘father of MMA’ – UFC president Dana White said it, but the kung fu icon’s only official fight against a boxer was mixed martial arts

MMA fans might guffaw, but the kung fu icon’s only official fight was against a boxer and his Jeet Kune Do fighting style favours ‘any technique which serves its end’ – the very definition of ‘mixed martial arts’

28 Sep 2020 - 11:21AM

MMA fans might guffaw, but the kung fu icon’s only official fight was against a boxer and his Jeet Kune Do fighting style favours ‘any technique which serves its end’ – the very definition of ‘mixed martial arts’

Bruce Lee might be the ‘father of MMA’ – UFC president Dana White said it, but the kung fu icon’s only official fight against a boxer was mixed martial arts
Maggie Cheung’s 7 most iconic roles: from Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love to Clean and The Heroic Trio – the best of a Hong Kong movie legend

Wong Kar-wai’s go-to leading lady has been unofficially retired since 2004 – as she turns 56, we look back on her most definitive movies to revisit

20 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM

Wong Kar-wai’s go-to leading lady has been unofficially retired since 2004 – as she turns 56, we look back on her most definitive movies to revisit

Maggie Cheung’s 7 most iconic roles: from Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love to Clean and The Heroic Trio – the best of a Hong Kong movie legend
LGBT icon and Cantopop star Leslie Cheung’s 5 most iconic film roles – from A Better Tomorrow to Farewell My Concubine

The beloved singer and early LGBTQ+ icon made unforgettable appearances in classic movies From Days of Being Wild, Farewell My Concubine and A Better Tomorrow – these were his 5 best

11 Sep 2020 - 4:04PM

The beloved singer and early LGBTQ+ icon made unforgettable appearances in classic movies From Days of Being Wild, Farewell My Concubine and A Better Tomorrow – these were his 5 best

LGBT icon and Cantopop star  Leslie Cheung’s 5 most iconic film roles – from A Better Tomorrow to Farewell My Concubine
Looking for a smart property investment abroad? Forget Singapore and Hong Kong and look to Malaysia for great value homes

Malaysian property is already much lower priced than in Singapore and Hong Kong, but with new price incentives, more foreign investment is likely to follow

31 Aug 2020 - 11:00AM

Malaysian property is already much lower priced than in Singapore and Hong Kong, but with new price incentives, more foreign investment is likely to follow

Looking for a smart property investment abroad? Forget Singapore and Hong Kong and look to Malaysia for great value homes
7 scariest Asian horror films, from Ring to The Wailing, Japan to Korea – get into the Hungry Ghost Festival spirit

Hungry Ghost Festival is when much of Asia believes that ghosts and spirits emerge from the underworld, so what better occasion to sit down with a classic regional horror film?

29 Aug 2020 - 11:00AM

Hungry Ghost Festival is when much of Asia believes that ghosts and spirits emerge from the underworld, so what better occasion to sit down with a classic regional horror film?

7 scariest Asian horror films, from Ring to The Wailing, Japan to Korea – get into the Hungry Ghost Festival spirit
Park Chan-wook, the director who put Korean cinema on the map before Bong Joon-ho, with The Handmaiden and The Vengeance Trilogy

5 things to know about the man who made the critically acclaimed Vengeance Trilogy and The Handmaiden

23 Aug 2020 - 10:00AM

5 things to know about the man who made the critically acclaimed Vengeance Trilogy and The Handmaiden

Park Chan-wook, the director who put Korean cinema on the map before Bong Joon-ho, with The Handmaiden and The Vengeance Trilogy
Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn, Ken Shamrock and CM Punk: 5 MMA superstars who made the crossover to fight in both WWE and UFC

How did Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn, Ken Shamrock and CM Punk make the transition – and were all of them successful?

21 Aug 2020 - 5:02AM

How did Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn, Ken Shamrock and CM Punk make the transition – and were all of them successful?

Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn, Ken Shamrock and CM Punk: 5 MMA superstars who made the crossover to fight in both WWE and UFC
Review | Hong Kong’s best lockdown restaurant deliveries reviewed – is it worth US$140 for a Michelin-starred meal you have to cook at home, even amid Covid-19?

Big-name chefs are pulling out all the stops to give home diners the Michelin-level taste at home over lockdown – but are they really worth the dough?

21 Aug 2020 - 2:40PM

Big-name chefs are pulling out all the stops to give home diners the Michelin-level taste at home over lockdown – but are they really worth the dough?

Hong Kong’s best lockdown restaurant deliveries reviewed – is it worth US$140 for a Michelin-starred meal you have to cook at home, even amid Covid-19?
Sammi Cheng: 5 best film roles from Hong Kong’s Heavenly Queen of Cantopop – opposite Andy Lau, Sean Lau, Meghan Lai and more

Though best known as a singing sensation who sold 25 million albums, Hong Kong’s one and only Heavenly Queen of the 90s has enjoyed a storied second life on the screen – despite being repeatedly snubbed at the Hong Kong Film Awards

19 Aug 2020 - 2:00PM

Though best known as a singing sensation who sold 25 million albums, Hong Kong’s one and only Heavenly Queen of the 90s has enjoyed a storied second life on the screen – despite being repeatedly snubbed at the Hong Kong Film Awards

Sammi Cheng: 5 best film roles from Hong Kong’s Heavenly Queen of Cantopop – opposite Andy Lau, Sean Lau, Meghan Lai and more
Alicia Keys to Matt Damon: 7 celebrities who dropped out of Ivy League colleges

From Alicia Keys to Matt Damon, all these smart-minded celebrities were on the road to serious academic success before quitting school for a life under the spotlights

18 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

From Alicia Keys to Matt Damon, all these smart-minded celebrities were on the road to serious academic success before quitting school for a life under the spotlights

Alicia Keys to Matt Damon: 7 celebrities who dropped out of Ivy League colleges
Baijiu, China’s national drink served to US presidents Nixon and Reagan – where does this potent ‘fire water’ liquor come from and how is it made?

Nicknamed ‘fire water’ and served at up to 60 per cent ABV, the Middle Kingdom’s favoured liquor has been causing headaches for centuries – but how and where was this clear sorghum-based spirit born?

17 Aug 2020 - 10:00AM

Nicknamed ‘fire water’ and served at up to 60 per cent ABV, the Middle Kingdom’s favoured liquor has been causing headaches for centuries – but how and where was this clear sorghum-based spirit born?

Baijiu, China’s national drink served to US presidents Nixon and Reagan – where does this potent ‘fire water’ liquor come from and how is it made?
Hong Kong star Sandra Ng’s top 5 movies – from Stephen Chow comedy Royal Tramp to playing the Golden Chicken and voicing McDull’s mum

One of Hong Kong cinema’s most bankable stars, Sandra Ng made her name in comedy before winning awards, playing prostitutes and triad leaders

3 Aug 2020 - 3:58PM

One of Hong Kong cinema’s most bankable stars, Sandra Ng made her name in comedy before winning awards, playing prostitutes and triad leaders

Hong Kong star Sandra Ng’s top 5 movies – from Stephen Chow comedy Royal Tramp to playing the Golden Chicken and voicing McDull’s mum
Tougher than Bruce Lee? China’s first MMA champion Xiong Jingnan on her inspiration, upbringing, and the pain of her first big defeat to Angela Lee – interview

A year before Zhang Weili made headlines by winning the UFC women’s strawweight title, Xiong Jingnan had already been crowned China’s first MMA champion of the world

31 Jul 2020 - 7:00AM

A year before Zhang Weili made headlines by winning the UFC women’s strawweight title, Xiong Jingnan had already been crowned China’s first MMA champion of the world

Tougher than Bruce Lee? China’s first MMA champion Xiong Jingnan on her inspiration, upbringing, and the pain of her first big defeat to Angela Lee – interview
Bruce Lee’s worthy heir? Martial arts star Donnie Yen’s 7 best films – from Hero to Iron Monkey

Kung fu cinema was defined by Bruce Lee in the 70s, Jackie Chan in the 80s and Jet Li in the 90s – but the 21st century belongs to Donnie Yen

24 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

Kung fu cinema was defined by Bruce Lee in the 70s, Jackie Chan in the 80s and Jet Li in the 90s – but the 21st century belongs to Donnie Yen

Bruce Lee’s worthy heir? Martial arts star Donnie Yen’s 7 best films – from Hero to Iron Monkey
Is Bruce Lee really the ‘father of mixed martial arts’? UFC president Dana White thinks so – but is he right?

With his synthesis of different fighting styles, Lee can perhaps be credited with having invented MMA – but there are earlier fight styles which also feature a mix of disciplines

21 Jul 2020 - 12:07AM

With his synthesis of different fighting styles, Lee can perhaps be credited with having invented MMA – but there are earlier fight styles which also feature a mix of disciplines

Is Bruce Lee really the ‘father of mixed martial arts’? UFC president Dana White thinks so – but is he right?
How Wong Kar-wai – Hong Kong director of In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express and Happy Together – inspired filmmakers like Sofia Coppola and Barry Jenkins

In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express are regarded as modern day classics, and have influenced the making of other great movies like Lost in Translation and Moonlight

17 Jul 2020 - 10:01PM

In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express are regarded as modern day classics, and have influenced the making of other great movies like Lost in Translation and Moonlight

How Wong Kar-wai – Hong Kong director of In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express and Happy Together – inspired filmmakers like Sofia Coppola and Barry Jenkins
Asian MMA fighter Angela Lee talks about taking on Chinese fighter Xiong Jingnan

We don’t yet know when we will see reigning One Championship atomweight queen Angela Lee back in action, but the Hawaii-based 24 year old is raring to get out and fight

14 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM

We don’t yet know when we will see reigning One Championship atomweight queen Angela Lee back in action, but the Hawaii-based 24 year old is raring to get out and fight

Asian MMA fighter Angela Lee talks about taking on Chinese fighter Xiong Jingnan
5 Korean zombie movies to satisfy your blood lust ahead of Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, starring Gong Yoo of Goblin fame

These gory action thrillers should satisfy your blood lust before you watch Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

23 Jul 2020 - 3:44PM

These gory action thrillers should satisfy your blood lust before you watch Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

5 Korean zombie movies to satisfy your blood lust ahead of Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, starring Gong Yoo of Goblin fame
5 things to know about UFC’s Paige VanZant – how bullying and sexual assault drove her on to fight for success

Ahead of her July 11 fight against Brazilian Amanda Ribas at the launch of UFC Fight Island, a new venue in Abu Dhabi, here’s all you need to know about VanZant

10 Jul 2020 - 5:25AM

Ahead of her July 11 fight against Brazilian Amanda Ribas at the launch of UFC Fight Island, a new venue in Abu Dhabi, here’s all you need to know about VanZant

5 things to know about UFC’s Paige VanZant – how bullying and sexual assault drove her on to fight for success
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

2 Jul 2020 - 12:44PM

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