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As Shanghai restaurant M on the Bund closes, what’s next for the woman behind the legendary venue that hosted royals, film stars and prime ministers?

Michelle Garnaut, who hosted royals, film stars and prime ministers at her fine dining restaurant, talks about her ups and downs, working out the best exit and starting a podcast series.

Michelle Garnaut, who hosted royals, film stars and prime ministers at her fine dining restaurant, talks about her ups and downs, working out the best exit and starting a podcast series.

6 Jan 2022 - 7:15AM
Author advocates empathy yet for Trump he can find none, somewhat denting his argument about the power of stories and how to avoid being manipulated by them

An American academic, in a new book, warns of the dangers of manipulation-by-story. Empathy is the answer, he says, yet he can’t show any for Donald Trump.

An American academic, in a new book, warns of the dangers of manipulation-by-story. Empathy is the answer, he says, yet he can’t show any for Donald Trump.

28 Nov 2021 - 7:45PM
Damien Hirst on his NFT art The Currency, Hong Kong show and the war between digital and physical worlds

The British artist, whose ‘His Own Worst Enemy’ show opens at White Cube Hong Kong on November 24, says he is drawn to the polarity his NFT series ‘The Currency’ is creating.

The British artist, whose ‘His Own Worst Enemy’ show opens at White Cube Hong Kong on November 24, says he is drawn to the polarity his NFT series ‘The Currency’ is creating.

21 Dec 2021 - 10:10AM
Hong Kong-born author on her autobiographical novel about two sisters living apart, one of whom has Down syndrome, that reads like a fairy tale

Hannah Bent, author of When Things are Alive They Hum, about two sisters living apart, one with Down syndrome, never expected to be back living in Hong Kong. ‘Being a third-culture kid … I don’t know where I’m from,’ she says.

Hannah Bent, author of When Things are Alive They Hum, about two sisters living apart, one with Down syndrome, never expected to be back living in Hong Kong. ‘Being a third-culture kid … I don’t know where I’m from,’ she says.

4 Nov 2021 - 10:15PM
Profile | His viral cat photos snapped in Hong Kong shops saw him take the idea to China and on to dogs – graphic designer turned photographer Marcel Heijnen

Graphic designer turned photographer Marcel Heijnen talks about how he ended up in Hong Kong, his book series stemming from photos of shop cats and why dog people are more racist than cat folk.

Graphic designer turned photographer Marcel Heijnen talks about how he ended up in Hong Kong, his book series stemming from photos of shop cats and why dog people are more racist than cat folk.

7 Oct 2021 - 11:45AM
Why painters can’t wear Crocs at work, and Jackson Pollock’s spotless shoes: author Charlie Porter on getting closer to artists by talking about how they dress

We get closer to artists by talking about what they wear, says author Charlie Porter, who’s collected revealing threads about – and, crucially, photographs of – artistic attire and stitched them whimsically together.

We get closer to artists by talking about what they wear, says author Charlie Porter, who’s collected revealing threads about – and, crucially, photographs of – artistic attire and stitched them whimsically together.

26 Sep 2021 - 1:15PM
Jaap van Zweden on a reset for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, a rethink of his globetrotting lifestyle, and saving his father’s life

The music director of the Hong Kong and New York philharmonics enjoyed family time during his absence from conducting – he was on hand to give his father lifesaving CPR – and plans to do less globetrotting in future.

The music director of the Hong Kong and New York philharmonics enjoyed family time during his absence from conducting – he was on hand to give his father lifesaving CPR – and plans to do less globetrotting in future.

16 Sep 2021 - 10:54AM
They dice with death every day on Hong Kong’s streets, the elderly with their trolleys piled high – and most of us ignore them

They perform an essential task, moving bulky loads – of household waste and other things – on Hong Kong’s crowded streets, dodging traffic every day. Six photographers set out to draw attention to their plight.

They perform an essential task, moving bulky loads – of household waste and other things – on Hong Kong’s crowded streets, dodging traffic every day. Six photographers set out to draw attention to their plight.

13 Sep 2021 - 2:58PM
The General Post Office: a history of, and eulogy to, a Hong Kong landmark as it faces the wrecking ball

A writer addresses what the Hong Kong landmark came to represent, both to her personally and the wider world, as it sent and received tidings, be they bad, sad or glad.

A writer addresses what the Hong Kong landmark came to represent, both to her personally and the wider world, as it sent and received tidings, be they bad, sad or glad.

8 Aug 2021 - 8:45AM
Hawker turned property tycoon called the ‘queen of Hong Kong harbour’, Old Mary, gets musical tribute

Hong Kong hawker Old Mary went from dealing with foreign seamen to owning a string of properties and a furniture factory. TVB actor Stephen Au’s musical tribute brought her story to the stage.

Hong Kong hawker Old Mary went from dealing with foreign seamen to owning a string of properties and a furniture factory. TVB actor Stephen Au’s musical tribute brought her story to the stage.

30 Jul 2021 - 3:46PM
White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo on Nice Racism, her follow-up to the 2018 bestseller, the death of George Floyd and the vicious attacks directed at her

The Seattle-based author gives less quarter to her white readers in the follow-up to her 2018 bestseller. ‘I did wrestle with should I go away, should I be silent,’ she admits.

The Seattle-based author gives less quarter to her white readers in the follow-up to her 2018 bestseller. ‘I did wrestle with should I go away, should I be silent,’ she admits.

18 Jul 2021 - 2:30AM
Profile | Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts director Gillian Choa on her varied career and her views on arts education

The new director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Gillian Choa, tells Fionnuala McHugh about growing up in the city and her varied early career that led her into arts education.

The new director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Gillian Choa, tells Fionnuala McHugh about growing up in the city and her varied early career that led her into arts education.

18 May 2021 - 2:15PM
In Kit Fan’s Diamond Hill, Buddha is an addict and the future is uncertain

In his first novel, poet Kit Fan takes inspiration from his Hong Kong childhood and the transitional days after the Sino-British Joint Declaration as the former squatter neighbourhood of Diamond Hill faced an uncertain future.

In his first novel, poet Kit Fan takes inspiration from his Hong Kong childhood and the transitional days after the Sino-British Joint Declaration as the former squatter neighbourhood of Diamond Hill faced an uncertain future.

27 Apr 2021 - 2:15PM
How documentaries portray the 2019 Hong Kong protests, with echoes of The Hunger Games and V for Vendetta

In his Academy Award-nominated short film Do Not Split, Anders Hammer set out to ‘show the atmosphere in the streets’. Joshua Bischof’s Burn With Us is 89 minutes of mayhem. Ai Weiwei’s Cockroach focuses on creative aspects of the protests.

In his Academy Award-nominated short film Do Not Split, Anders Hammer set out to ‘show the atmosphere in the streets’. Joshua Bischof’s Burn With Us is 89 minutes of mayhem. Ai Weiwei’s Cockroach focuses on creative aspects of the protests.

19 Apr 2021 - 7:31AM
Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain went from being rejected by 32 editors to winning the Booker prize

It took author more than a decade to write the book, and the narrative is both helped and hindered by his immense personal investment.

It took author more than a decade to write the book, and the narrative is both helped and hindered by his immense personal investment.

20 Mar 2021 - 11:45AM
Stray, movie about dogs and Syrian refugees in Istanbul, and why Hong Kong filmmaker Elizabeth Lo’s debut feature views life on the animals’ level

Hong Kong filmmaker Elizabeth Lo’s documentary Stray follows three Istanbul street dogs and their relationships with three homeless teenagers from Syria. She explains why it was shot from the dogs’ level.

Hong Kong filmmaker Elizabeth Lo’s documentary Stray follows three Istanbul street dogs and their relationships with three homeless teenagers from Syria. She explains why it was shot from the dogs’ level.

23 Mar 2021 - 1:43PM
Lifelong movie fan opens her first cinema in Hong Kong’s Kennedy Town, realising a long-held dream

Winnie Tsang worked her way up from secretary at Golden Harvest to head of film distribution at Golden Scene, which brought Hong Kong movies such as The Ring and Kim Ki-duk’s violent The Isle. Now she’s opened a cinema, fulfilling a dream.

Winnie Tsang worked her way up from secretary at Golden Harvest to head of film distribution at Golden Scene, which brought Hong Kong movies such as The Ring and Kim Ki-duk’s violent The Isle. Now she’s opened a cinema, fulfilling a dream.

8 Mar 2021 - 3:39PM
Dress Codes: law professor Richard Thompson Ford presents a history of why we wear what we wear

After missing out on being crowned Esquire magazine’s Best Dressed Real Man in America, law professor Richard Thompson Ford decided to examine what we wear and how that has evolved in tandem with political control and social change.

After missing out on being crowned Esquire magazine’s Best Dressed Real Man in America, law professor Richard Thompson Ford decided to examine what we wear and how that has evolved in tandem with political control and social change.

7 Mar 2021 - 5:15PM
Illusionist and magician Scott Silven on his show ‘The Journey’ that will take you on a trip like no other

Co-commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Scott Silven’s interactive performance ‘The Journey’ takes audiences on a virtual exploration of Scotland – and their own memories.

Co-commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Scott Silven’s interactive performance ‘The Journey’ takes audiences on a virtual exploration of Scotland – and their own memories.

23 Feb 2021 - 3:15PM
Her climate change art is finally being recognised: Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña and how the world finally caught up with her

She created ‘land art’ before it became a movement; she was an eco-feminist before it became a term. And this month, Vicuña’s works can be seen simultaneously in three Asian cities.

She created ‘land art’ before it became a movement; she was an eco-feminist before it became a term. And this month, Vicuña’s works can be seen simultaneously in three Asian cities.

22 Feb 2021 - 10:18AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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