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From Northern Ireland’s Troubles to present-day Hong Kong, home is hard to define when society is divided

A writer delves into Christmases past and present and near and far as Hong Kong, once again, faces an unknown future.

13 Dec 2020 - 11:33AM

A writer delves into Christmases past and present and near and far as Hong Kong, once again, faces an unknown future.

From Northern Ireland’s Troubles to present-day Hong Kong, home is hard to define when society is divided
Inside Hong Kong designer Alan Chan’s fabulous ‘chamber of art and curiosities’

For his 70th birthday, designer Alan Chan filled his loft-turned-private museum, Space 27, with 400 pieced from his wildly eclectic collection.

4 Dec 2020 - 4:47PM

For his 70th birthday, designer Alan Chan filled his loft-turned-private museum, Space 27, with 400 pieced from his wildly eclectic collection.

Inside Hong Kong designer Alan Chan’s fabulous ‘chamber of art and curiosities’
I Hate Men: if writer Pauline Harmange had anticipated the attention she might not have written it at all

Pauline Harmange’s polemic against men, with all its contradictions and incompleteness, would not have come to the world’s attention had it not been for a man intent on taking offence without even reading it.

28 Nov 2020 - 3:41PM

Pauline Harmange’s polemic against men, with all its contradictions and incompleteness, would not have come to the world’s attention had it not been for a man intent on taking offence without even reading it.

I Hate Men: if writer Pauline Harmange had anticipated the attention she might not have written it at all
Taiwanese actor and director Sylvia Chang on life, love and the limits of language

The Taiwanese actor and director reflects on the influence of childhood as she looks back on her 50 years in front of and behind the camera.

15 Nov 2020 - 12:26PM

The Taiwanese actor and director reflects on the influence of childhood as she looks back on her 50 years in front of and behind the camera.

Taiwanese actor and director Sylvia Chang on life, love and the limits of language
Conductor Yip Wing-sie on battling breast cancer and passing the baton at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta

After 18 years as the orchestra’s music director, Yip Wing-sie was due to step down this year, but like her farewell tour of Germany, the pandemic has postponed her departure.

2 Nov 2020 - 8:06PM

After 18 years as the orchestra’s music director, Yip Wing-sie was due to step down this year, but like her farewell tour of Germany, the pandemic has postponed her departure.

Conductor Yip Wing-sie on battling breast cancer and passing the baton at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Doyenne of Asian fashion Jane Hsiang on Diana Vreeland giving her a break, being muse to Valentino, and the only good thing about getting old

Spotted at 17 on Fifth Avenue, Hsiang became a model for Diana Vreeland, then a stylist, and worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. In between she was assistant to Valentino.

19 Oct 2020 - 3:34PM

Spotted at 17 on Fifth Avenue, Hsiang became a model for Diana Vreeland, then a stylist, and worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. In between she was assistant to Valentino.

Doyenne of Asian fashion Jane Hsiang on Diana Vreeland giving her a break, being muse to Valentino, and the only good thing about getting old
Vogue China editor Angelica Cheung is no devil in disguise but she is one of the most powerful people in fashion

Vogue China’s editor-in-chief has taken the magazine from its launch issue to a readership of two million. She nearly turned down the job for a career in law.

20 Sep 2020 - 10:25AM

Vogue China’s editor-in-chief has taken the magazine from its launch issue to a readership of two million. She nearly turned down the job for a career in law.

Vogue China editor Angelica Cheung is no devil in disguise but she is one of the most powerful people in fashion
He went missing as a child in China 20 years ago: remembering the tragic tale of Yu Man-hon

Mentally disabled Yu Man-hon was 15 when he went missing at the border of Hong Kong and mainland China 20 years ago and has not been seen since. A reporter who followed the case recalls the experience.

24 Aug 2020 - 10:25AM

Mentally disabled Yu Man-hon was 15 when he went missing at the border of Hong Kong and mainland China 20 years ago and has not been seen since. A reporter who followed the case recalls the experience.

He went missing as a child in China 20 years ago: remembering the tragic tale of Yu Man-hon
Rosewood CEO Sonia Cheng on her private members’ club and why people are yearning to get back to normal life

Sonia Cheng, granddaughter of billionaire New World Development founder Cheng Yu-tung, says people want to get back to normal life as she prepares to open her new private members’ club Carlyle & Co at the Rosewood Hong Kong.

11 Aug 2020 - 12:52PM

Sonia Cheng, granddaughter of billionaire New World Development founder Cheng Yu-tung, says people want to get back to normal life as she prepares to open her new private members’ club Carlyle & Co at the Rosewood Hong Kong.

Rosewood CEO Sonia Cheng on her  private members’ club and why people are yearning to get back to normal life
Gay adoption is allowed in Hong Kong, but it rarely happens. Is there discreet discrimination at work?

For same-sex couple Richard and David, the eight-year wait for a child has been interminable and opaque. Now their lawyer wants to turn theirs into a test case against the Social Welfare Department.

26 Jul 2020 - 8:47PM

For same-sex couple Richard and David, the eight-year wait for a child has been interminable and opaque. Now their lawyer wants to turn theirs into a test case against the Social Welfare Department.

Gay adoption is allowed in Hong Kong, but it rarely happens. Is there discreet discrimination at work?
Alice Procter’s Uncomfortable Art Tours in London hit a colonial nerve

The Australian art historian known as The Exhibitionist fills in the blanks of Britain’s less glorious past on her tours of museums such as Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum.

29 Jun 2020 - 10:44AM

The Australian art historian known as The Exhibitionist fills in the blanks of Britain’s less glorious past on her tours of museums such as Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum.

Alice Procter’s Uncomfortable Art Tours in London hit a colonial nerve
How face masks have become part of the Hong Kong identity

Seventeen years after the deadly Sars epidemic, masks are once again part of daily life in the city, but what are they doing to the face of society?

23 Mar 2020 - 5:28PM

Seventeen years after the deadly Sars epidemic, masks are once again part of daily life in the city, but what are they doing to the face of society?

How face masks have become part of the Hong Kong identity
In Shenzhen, ‘urban villages’ like Baishizhou have been lost to the megacity myth

Architect Juan Du has written a book about the long history of Shenzhen, China’s ‘instant’ metropolis bordering Hong Kong. We take a stroll through the city’s vanishing old enclaves with her.

16 Feb 2020 - 2:35PM

Architect Juan Du has written a book about the long history of Shenzhen, China’s ‘instant’ metropolis bordering Hong Kong. We take a stroll through the city’s vanishing old enclaves with her.

In Shenzhen, ‘urban villages’ like Baishizhou have been lost to the megacity myth
Inside Rome’s Capuchin crypt, a macabre attraction that is home to the skeletal remains of monks

A short stroll from the Trevi Fountain, the ossuary contains skeletal remains arranged into strange artworks.

6 Jan 2020 - 5:34PM

A short stroll from the Trevi Fountain, the ossuary contains skeletal remains arranged into strange artworks.

Inside Rome’s Capuchin crypt, a macabre attraction that is home to the skeletal remains of monks
Fighter pilot turned author Mohammed Hanif on mining his homeland of Pakistan for humour

Mohammed Hanif, whose books include A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Red Birds, reveals how he’d happily bargain away his career for a life of normality.

4 Jan 2020 - 7:38PM

Mohammed Hanif, whose books include A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Red Birds, reveals how he’d happily bargain away his career for a life of normality.

Fighter pilot turned author Mohammed Hanif on mining his homeland of Pakistan for humour
James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson on TV’s His Dark Materials, and why producer Jane Tranter is a believer in timing

BBC/HBO adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy adventure book trilogy will consist of eight one-hour episodes, with the first episode showing on HBO on November 4.

29 Oct 2019 - 9:08PM

BBC/HBO adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy adventure book trilogy will consist of eight one-hour episodes, with the first episode showing on HBO on November 4.

James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson on TV’s His Dark Materials, and why producer Jane Tranter is a believer in timing
Revamping an iconic Hong Kong restaurant: Sevva owner Bonnae Gokson on design, creativity and stunning new ceiling installation

Sevva’s new look is the result of months of work and dedication from the restaurant’s owner, Bonnae Gokson. Although there are many new additions, much of the place retains its iconic details from before.

24 Oct 2019 - 11:12AM

Sevva’s new look is the result of months of work and dedication from the restaurant’s owner, Bonnae Gokson. Although there are many new additions, much of the place retains its iconic details from before.

Revamping an iconic Hong Kong restaurant: Sevva owner Bonnae Gokson on design, creativity and stunning new ceiling installation
Review | New Nokia flip phone: review of Flip 2720 by a non-techie, spurred by Hong Kong protests

‘A classic flip reimagined for today’s connected user’, the Flip 2720 wouldn’t be a step up for most but for Fionnuala McHugh it was light years ahead of her previous phone. Here’s what she made of it.

29 Sep 2019 - 8:23PM

‘A classic flip reimagined for today’s connected user’, the Flip 2720 wouldn’t be a step up for most but for Fionnuala McHugh it was light years ahead of her previous phone. Here’s what she made of it.

New Nokia flip phone: review of Flip 2720 by a non-techie, spurred by Hong Kong protests
Buy a hot dog and become an artwork at Austrian artist’s interactive art project at K11 Musea in Hong Kong

A bright yellow distorted Volkswagen, built by artist Erwin Wurm, will be selling hot dogs in Tsim Sha Tsui for a month. Wurm talks about his works, influencing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and how skinny he is.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:58AM

A bright yellow distorted Volkswagen, built by artist Erwin Wurm, will be selling hot dogs in Tsim Sha Tsui for a month. Wurm talks about his works, influencing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and how skinny he is.

Buy a hot dog and become an artwork at Austrian artist’s interactive art project at K11 Musea in Hong Kong
Heritage is Innovation show mines past to create future designs, including a carpet literally glowing with Chinese mythology

The phoenixes on Elaine Ng’s carpet appear to dance according to light, temperature and footfall thanks to new interactive fibres and yarns. It is one of eight designs at Haw Par Mansion that mine the past to create designs for the future.

19 Sep 2019 - 3:26PM

The phoenixes on Elaine Ng’s carpet appear to dance according to light, temperature and footfall thanks to new interactive fibres and yarns. It is one of eight designs at Haw Par Mansion that mine the past to create designs for the future.

Heritage is Innovation show mines past to create future designs, including a carpet literally glowing with Chinese mythology
As Hong Kong Ballet turns 40, artistic director Septime Webre talks about ‘Peter Pan syndrome’

With his fresh take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and a sprinkling of pixie dust, artistic director Septime Webre aims to start Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations with a bang.

14 Aug 2019 - 4:11PM

With his fresh take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and a sprinkling of pixie dust, artistic director Septime Webre aims to start Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations with a bang.

As Hong Kong Ballet turns 40, artistic director Septime Webre talks about ‘Peter Pan syndrome’
AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes on 2014 crash and mum’s death: ‘the toughest times’ of his life

The Malaysian entrepreneur’s future could be read in the stickers on his 1970s tuck box: an airline, a London football club and an F1 team. But for all his success, nothing could have prepared him for the loss of an airliner with 162 people on board.

29 Jul 2019 - 10:29AM

The Malaysian entrepreneur’s future could be read in the stickers on his 1970s tuck box: an airline, a London football club and an F1 team. But for all his success, nothing could have prepared him for the loss of an airliner with 162 people on board.

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes on 2014 crash and mum’s death: ‘the toughest times’ of his life
Why Il Pellicano, chic Italian hotel on the Tuscan coast, still draws the jet set

The cliff-side hotel, on the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, has long attracted a glamorous clientele, including Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin and the Borghese family.

21 Jul 2019 - 4:49PM

The cliff-side hotel, on the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, has long attracted a glamorous clientele, including Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin and the Borghese family.

Why Il Pellicano, chic Italian hotel on the Tuscan coast, still draws the jet set
She died childless, he saves children: abused Nepali boys and girls rescued by British ex-soldier’s charity

Helping children in Nepal was British Army officer Philip Holmes’ way of honouring his wife, who committed suicide – in large because she was childless; the charity he founded rescued children from jails and circuses. This is his story.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:22AM

Helping children in Nepal was British Army officer Philip Holmes’ way of honouring his wife, who committed suicide – in large because she was childless; the charity he founded rescued children from jails and circuses. This is his story.

She died childless, he saves children: abused Nepali boys and girls rescued by British ex-soldier’s charity
Takashi Murakami hits Hong Kong with hip-hop inspired show, jam-packed with skulls, flowers and post-apocalyptic paintings

The Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition ‘Murakami vs Murakami’ is showing at Tai Kwun Contemporary until September. From post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces, Murakami is at his best.

4 Jun 2019 - 6:58PM

The Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition ‘Murakami vs Murakami’ is showing at Tai Kwun Contemporary until September. From post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces, Murakami is at his best.

Takashi Murakami hits Hong Kong with hip-hop inspired show, jam-packed with skulls, flowers and post-apocalyptic paintings
The restaurateur who brought fine-dining back to Shanghai’s Bund: ‘I’ve had 40 years as a glorified waitress’

The Australian restaurateur behind Hong Kong’s beloved but now closed M at the Fringe and M on the Bund, in Shanghai, reveals what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business and the challenges opening in China posed.

19 May 2019 - 2:09PM

The Australian restaurateur behind Hong Kong’s beloved but now closed M at the Fringe and M on the Bund, in Shanghai, reveals what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business and the challenges opening in China posed.

The restaurateur who brought fine-dining back to Shanghai’s Bund: ‘I’ve had 40 years as a glorified waitress’
International House: how an anonymous Chinese student sparked a century of cultural exchanges

A chance encounter outside a Columbia University library in New York planted the seed for global movement celebrating multiculturalism.

3 May 2019 - 3:51AM

A chance encounter outside a Columbia University library in New York planted the seed for global movement celebrating multiculturalism.

International House: how an anonymous Chinese student sparked a century of cultural exchanges
Matteo Ricci: 16th-century Italian priest who tried, and failed, to convert Chinese to Catholicism is resurrected on stage

Matteo Ricci The Musical might not be the show Hong Kong wanted, but, according to those who brought it to the stage, it’s the one we needed.

26 Apr 2019 - 3:49PM

Matteo Ricci The Musical might not be the show Hong Kong wanted, but, according to those who brought it to the stage, it’s the one we needed.

Matteo Ricci: 16th-century Italian priest who tried, and failed, to convert Chinese to Catholicism is resurrected on stage
Dai Bing, a cool new Hong Kong bar where ice is integral to the drinks and the design

Hugh Zimmern, architect and owner of Ping Pong Gintoneria, talks about creating Dai Bing, his cool new venture in Sheung Wan.

24 Apr 2019 - 6:45PM

Hugh Zimmern, architect and owner of Ping Pong Gintoneria, talks about creating Dai Bing, his cool new venture in Sheung Wan.

Dai Bing, a cool new Hong Kong bar where ice is integral to the drinks and the design
Tiger Balm founders’ Hong Kong mansion a hotbed of heritage innovation as it takes on new role

Refurbished Haw Par Mansion, in Hong Kong’s Tai Hang neighbourhood, is inspiring designers to come up with objects inspired by its history, such as scented balls, and a vase made of carpeting that can absorb sound.

13 Apr 2019 - 8:41PM

Refurbished Haw Par Mansion, in Hong Kong’s Tai Hang neighbourhood, is inspiring designers to come up with objects inspired by its history, such as scented balls, and a vase made of carpeting that can absorb sound.

Tiger Balm founders’ Hong Kong mansion a hotbed of heritage innovation as it takes on new role