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How Hong Kong choreographer turned a Japanese novel into an English opera

Carolyn Choa’s adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata’s 1964 tale Beauty and Sadness will premier in Hong Kong next month, with collaborators including renowned director David Pountney and Oscar-winning set designer Tim Yip.

16 Mar 2019 - 3:15PM

Carolyn Choa’s adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata’s 1964 tale Beauty and Sadness will premier in Hong Kong next month, with collaborators including renowned director David Pountney and Oscar-winning set designer Tim Yip.

How Hong Kong choreographer turned a Japanese novel into an English opera
Hong Kong publisher releases last of Chinese zodiac-themed children’s books – in time for Year of the Pig

With Ping Pong Pig, illustrated by Harry Harrison, Sarah Brennan, a Hong Kong author and small publisher, completes a charming series of children’s books with a Chinese twist.

12 Feb 2019 - 10:09AM

With Ping Pong Pig, illustrated by Harry Harrison, Sarah Brennan, a Hong Kong author and small publisher, completes a charming series of children’s books with a Chinese twist.

Hong Kong publisher releases last of Chinese zodiac-themed children’s books – in time for Year of the Pig
The Briton who introduced foster care to China – ‘it was the place where I was supposed to be’

Twenty years after British charity Care for Children began advising China on foster care, its founder Robert Glover talks about fostering miracles, moving from Guernsey to Shanghai with his wife and six children in 1998 and why they miss China.

11 Jan 2019 - 4:25AM

Twenty years after British charity Care for Children began advising China on foster care, its founder Robert Glover talks about fostering miracles, moving from Guernsey to Shanghai with his wife and six children in 1998 and why they miss China.

The Briton who introduced foster care to China – ‘it was the place where I was supposed to be’
Pith helmets and rotary-dial phones: Penang, Malaysia hotel’s colonial splendour

Treat yourself to a rainy-season bargain stay at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, one of a quartet opened by the indefatigable Sarkies Brothers across Southeast Asia in the late 19th century.

8 Jan 2019 - 9:25AM

Treat yourself to a rainy-season bargain stay at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, one of a quartet opened by the indefatigable Sarkies Brothers across Southeast Asia in the late 19th century.

Pith helmets and rotary-dial phones: Penang, Malaysia hotel’s colonial splendour
Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the insanity of fame, not being Asian enough, and tribal tattoos

The newly minted A-lister Henry Golding talks about how his once-embarrassing Malaysian heritage is now a source of joy.

19 Nov 2018 - 2:57PM

The newly minted A-lister Henry Golding talks about how his once-embarrassing Malaysian heritage is now a source of joy.

Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the insanity of fame, not being Asian enough, and tribal tattoos
TripAdvisor’s ‘most prolific reviewer’ is American expat who lives in Hong Kong

With nearly 6,500 reviews under his belt, Brad Reynolds – who runs an English language institute in the city – reveals how he got hooked on travel, and what his passion has to do with fishing expeditions he took with his father

18 Oct 2018 - 10:42AM

With nearly 6,500 reviews under his belt, Brad Reynolds – who runs an English language institute in the city – reveals how he got hooked on travel, and what his passion has to do with fishing expeditions he took with his father

TripAdvisor’s ‘most prolific reviewer’ is American expat who lives in Hong Kong
New Takashi Murakami show at Gagosian Hong Kong looks to youth and the inevitable future

Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong blends fine art with commercial media in another example of his knack for blurring the lines between what is regarded as high and low art.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong blends fine art with commercial media in another example of his knack for blurring the lines between what is regarded as high and low art.

New Takashi Murakami show at Gagosian Hong Kong looks to youth and the inevitable future
Home of Hong Kong heritage: the ‘pink house’ on The Peak is steeped in history, but faces an uncertain future

Having changed hands last year, an uncertain future awaits ‘the pink house’ at 5 Pollock’s Path, which was home to the Brown family for more than 50 years and is overflowing with Hong Kong history

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Having changed hands last year, an uncertain future awaits ‘the pink house’ at 5 Pollock’s Path, which was home to the Brown family for more than 50 years and is overflowing with Hong Kong history

Home of Hong Kong heritage: the ‘pink house’ on The Peak is steeped in history, but faces an uncertain future
How Hong Kong-born Skyscraper star Byron Mann helped The Rock bring the city to life

Byron Mann insisted his home city was portrayed accurately – and that the Cantonese language took a major role – in the American action film

8 Jul 2018 - 2:52PM

Byron Mann insisted his home city was portrayed accurately – and that the Cantonese language took a major role – in the American action film

How Hong Kong-born Skyscraper star Byron Mann helped The Rock bring the city to life
High school sexual assault survivor speaks out, reclaiming her narrative for young women everywhere

Student advocate Chessy Prout recalls growing up in Asia, her legal battle for justice and why she outed herself to become a champion for abused young women globally

21 May 2018 - 3:51PM

Student advocate Chessy Prout recalls growing up in Asia, her legal battle for justice and why she outed herself to become a champion for abused young women globally

High school sexual assault survivor speaks out, reclaiming her narrative for young women everywhere
Art curator for Hollywood blockbusters talks copyright, creation and destruction

Fanny Pereire, who adds exposition to a film through her choice of art, has worked on Wall Street 2, Trainwreck and the upcoming Ocean’s 8

11 May 2018 - 8:18AM

Fanny Pereire, who adds exposition to a film through her choice of art, has worked on Wall Street 2, Trainwreck and the upcoming Ocean’s 8

Art curator for Hollywood blockbusters talks copyright, creation and destruction
Hong Kong-bound artist Sarah Morris, showing in Beijing, talks about films and the Olympics

American artist Sarah Morris muses on the restless spirit that inspired her films and paintings ahead of her show at White Cube in Hong Kong in May

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

American artist Sarah Morris muses on the restless spirit that inspired her films and paintings ahead of her show at White Cube in Hong Kong in May

Hong Kong-bound artist Sarah Morris, showing in Beijing, talks about films and the Olympics
China’s golden-age of science fiction pushes new boundaries at Hong Kong conference

AI, DNA editing and life beyond Earth on the agenda at Melon, an event that blurs the line between fantasy and reality

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

AI, DNA editing and life beyond Earth on the agenda at Melon, an event that blurs the line between fantasy and reality

China’s golden-age of science fiction pushes new boundaries at Hong Kong conference
From porn-star wife’s nether regions to Balloon Dogs: Hong Kong-bound Jeff Koons talks ‘plastic art’, selfies and Art Basel

The polarising perfectionist and blockbuster creator muses on the roles of viewer and creator ahead of an appearance at David Zwirner’s Art Basel booth

30 Mar 2018 - 4:26PM

The polarising perfectionist and blockbuster creator muses on the roles of viewer and creator ahead of an appearance at David Zwirner’s Art Basel booth

From porn-star wife’s nether regions to Balloon Dogs: Hong Kong-bound Jeff Koons talks ‘plastic art’, selfies and Art Basel
Hong Kong domestic helper’s upcycled fashion collection combines empowerment and empathy

Using the city’s streets as a catwalk, domestic helpers step out in Sustainable Sunday Couture created from everyday items, including coffee sachets, chocolate wrappers and shoelaces

10 Mar 2018 - 11:15AM

Using the city’s streets as a catwalk, domestic helpers step out in Sustainable Sunday Couture created from everyday items, including coffee sachets, chocolate wrappers and shoelaces

Hong Kong domestic helper’s upcycled fashion collection combines empowerment and empathy
‘Zero waste’ queen on the five Rs of her eco-friendly lifestyle: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot

Bea Johnson’s simple-living epiphany has had profound impact on everything from her flexible wardrobe to shared toiletries and creative make-up

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Bea Johnson’s simple-living epiphany has had profound impact on everything from her flexible wardrobe to shared toiletries and creative make-up

‘Zero waste’ queen on the five Rs of her eco-friendly lifestyle: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot
‘We are both FILTH’: former Post editor on meeting Chris Patten, and how the new Hong Kong governor was not amused

Author and journalist Jonathan Fenby reflects on cheating death multiple times, his eventful editorship of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and how he accidentally ended up feeding the West’s appetite for China books

19 Jan 2018 - 10:21AM

Author and journalist Jonathan Fenby reflects on cheating death multiple times, his eventful editorship of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and how he accidentally ended up feeding the West’s appetite for China books

‘We are both FILTH’: former Post editor on meeting Chris Patten, and how the new Hong Kong governor was not amused
Hong Kong’s eccentric Frog King stays one jump ahead of the art-scene pack with madcap desire to spread happiness

From his jungle lair in Yuen Long, in the city’s New Territories, the eccentric force of nature and living work of art – who is now possibly 70 years old, possibly not – continues to create and surprise

10 Jan 2018 - 9:02AM

From his jungle lair in Yuen Long, in the city’s New Territories, the eccentric force of nature and living work of art – who is now possibly 70 years old, possibly not – continues to create and surprise

Hong Kong’s eccentric Frog King stays one jump ahead of the art-scene pack with madcap desire to spread happiness
Growing up in 1930s Shanghai: Hongkonger’s memoir of soirees, school days, a shooting and some Black Swans

Isabel Chao’s 2008 visit to her childhood home sparked an idea for a memoir on life in pre-Communist Shanghai. Chao, who co-wrote the book with her daughter, explains why she decided not to focus on the tragic

21 Apr 2018 - 11:10AM

Isabel Chao’s 2008 visit to her childhood home sparked an idea for a memoir on life in pre-Communist Shanghai. Chao, who co-wrote the book with her daughter, explains why she decided not to focus on the tragic

Growing up in 1930s Shanghai: Hongkonger’s memoir of soirees, school days, a shooting and some Black Swans
My 22 years helping North Koreans: Hong Kong aid worker on the suffering in hermit nation and its people’s hopes and dreams

Swiss woman Katharina Zellweger, a Stanford visiting fellow and long-term Hong Kong resident, talks about her decades visiting the reclusive country, her new NGO and her North Korean poster collection

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Swiss woman Katharina Zellweger, a Stanford visiting fellow and long-term Hong Kong resident, talks about her decades visiting the reclusive country, her new NGO and her North Korean poster collection

My 22 years helping North Koreans: Hong Kong aid worker on the suffering in hermit nation and its people’s hopes and dreams
Damien Hirst, focused and funny, is back at Gagosian in Hong Kong with his pickled sharks

‘I prefer them now to when I made them’, says British artist about show of early works featuring preserved animals, his first in Hong Kong since 2011, and quips he’s ‘the patron saint of tourism’ in Venice, site of his latest provocative show

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

‘I prefer them now to when I made them’, says British artist about show of early works featuring preserved animals, his first in Hong Kong since 2011, and quips he’s ‘the patron saint of tourism’ in Venice, site of his latest provocative show

Damien Hirst, focused and funny, is back at Gagosian in Hong Kong with his pickled sharks
The Titanic Hotel – what it’s like to sink into bed at the former Belfast HQ of doomed ship’s builders

There’s nothing macabre or spooky about the 119-room property, whose design team have, with great sensitivity, created a nautical and nice hotel on a site associated with one of the world’s worst maritime disasters

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

There’s nothing macabre or spooky about the 119-room property, whose design team have, with great sensitivity, created a nautical and nice hotel on a site associated with one of the world’s worst maritime disasters

The Titanic Hotel – what it’s like to sink into bed at the former Belfast HQ of doomed ship’s builders
Munch meets manga in artist Christian Marclay’s new Hong Kong show Screams

Find out what makes the Swiss-American cut-and-paste artist behind award-winning The Clock tick

12 Nov 2017 - 9:45AM

Find out what makes the Swiss-American cut-and-paste artist behind award-winning The Clock tick

Munch meets manga in artist Christian Marclay’s new Hong Kong show Screams
Slow art master’s old-school Hong Kong paintings find a growing audience, and new show is worth the wait

Yeung Tong-lung, 60, switched to figurative painting so his daughter could understand his work. His oil paintings of Hong Kong life, big and with a striking freshness, humour and directness, are at last being recognised

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Yeung Tong-lung, 60, switched to figurative painting so his daughter could understand his work. His oil paintings of Hong Kong life, big and with a striking freshness, humour and directness, are at last being recognised

Slow art master’s old-school Hong Kong paintings find a growing audience, and new show is worth the wait
Piper Marshall’s debut Hong Kong show Trip of the Tongue has plenty to sink your teeth into

Piper Marshall’s exhibition Trip of the Tongue at Simon Lee Gallery is a visual presentation of language and communication with a strong dental aspect

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Piper Marshall’s exhibition Trip of the Tongue at Simon Lee Gallery is a visual presentation of language and communication with a strong dental aspect

Piper Marshall’s debut Hong Kong show Trip of the Tongue has plenty to sink your teeth into
A technophobe’s personal journey through post-handover Hong Kong

How a journalist survived for 20 years in one of the world’s most wired cities without a mobile phone, then succumbed and accidentally tapped into retro cool

28 Jun 2017 - 1:53PM

How a journalist survived for 20 years in one of the world’s most wired cities without a mobile phone, then succumbed and accidentally tapped into retro cool

A technophobe’s personal journey through post-handover Hong Kong
The story of Hong Kong’s newest old junk, built by hand the traditional way in China

The scarlet-sailed Aqua Luna has gained a sister vessel, built at one of the last shipyards still with the skills to assemble a wooden junk by hand – skills Hong Kong itself has lost

9 May 2017 - 3:06PM

The scarlet-sailed Aqua Luna has gained a sister vessel, built at one of the last shipyards still with the skills to assemble a wooden junk by hand – skills Hong Kong itself has lost

The story of Hong Kong’s newest old junk, built by hand the traditional way in China
Swiss artist Urs Fischer: is he serious?

The weird and questionably wonderful work of the New York-based artist, who was in Hong Kong for his first solo exhibition in Asia, raises an obvious question: is he for real?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The weird and questionably wonderful work of the New York-based artist, who was in Hong Kong for his first solo exhibition in Asia, raises an obvious question: is he for real?

Swiss artist Urs Fischer: is he serious?
Mo Farah on life in Trump’s America and the separation that shaped his life

Born in Somalia and raised in Britain, Farah has lived in the US since 2011. The distance runner reveals why he was nervous about returning following Trump’s immigration order and the trauma of being separated from his twin

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Born in Somalia and raised in Britain, Farah has lived in the US since 2011. The distance runner reveals why he was nervous about returning following Trump’s immigration order and the trauma of being separated from his twin

Mo Farah on life in Trump’s America and the separation that shaped his life
An Aman resort in picturesque, historic Lijiang – away from the tourist hordes

Lijiang, in China’s Yunnan province, attracts about 16 million visitors a year, but you wouldn’t know that if you found yourself at the quietly refreshing Amandayan resort in the Unesco-listed Old Town

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Lijiang, in China’s Yunnan province, attracts about 16 million visitors a year, but you wouldn’t know that if you found yourself at the quietly refreshing Amandayan resort in the Unesco-listed Old Town

An Aman resort in picturesque, historic Lijiang – away from the tourist hordes