Ian Gill

Ian Gill is a freelance journalist who has worked on staff in Asia and the Pacific for publications as diverse (and some defunct) as the Asian Wall Street Journal, Asiaweek, Insight, Fiji Sun and Evening Post (in Wellington). Married with teenage children, a feisty dog and a cat with tapeworms, his ambition is to sleep eight hours uninterrupted.
Ian Gill
Ian Gill is a freelance journalist who has worked on staff in Asia and the Pacific for publications as diverse (and some defunct) as the Asian Wall Street Journal, Asiaweek, Insight, Fiji Sun and Evening Post (in Wellington). Married with teenage children, a feisty dog and a cat with tapeworms, his ambition is to sleep eight hours uninterrupted.

Latest from Ian Gill

A perilous trip to the northern Philippines to get a tattoo from Whang Od, the oldest practitioner of her art – no pain, no gain

Thousands make the treacherous journey to Buscalan to be inked by 100-year-old Whang-od Oggay, the oldest living practitioner of her art.

13 Sep 2019 - 8:29AM

Thousands make the treacherous journey to Buscalan to be inked by 100-year-old Whang-od Oggay, the oldest living practitioner of her art.

A perilous trip to the northern Philippines to get a tattoo from Whang Od, the oldest practitioner of her art – no pain, no gain
In Changsha, China, a British writer finds clues to his own history and that of Chairman Mao

The Hunan provincial capital bears its association with the nation’s most famous son proudly, and despite the introduction of modern industries, the city retains a feeling of yesteryear.

15 May 2019 - 7:00PM

The Hunan provincial capital bears its association with the nation’s most famous son proudly, and despite the introduction of modern industries, the city retains a feeling of yesteryear.

In Changsha, China, a British writer finds clues to his own history and that of Chairman Mao
Ethiopia’s oldest hotel, made famous by Evelyn Waugh, offers cheap and cheerful taste of Addis Ababa

Once host to Scoop author Evelyn Waugh’s eccentric, eclectic cast of fictional characters, the Itegue Taitu Hotel may play down its literary history, but the ghost of William Boot lingers

10 Aug 2018 - 11:52AM

Once host to Scoop author Evelyn Waugh’s eccentric, eclectic cast of fictional characters, the Itegue Taitu Hotel may play down its literary history, but the ghost of William Boot lingers

Ethiopia’s oldest hotel, made famous by Evelyn Waugh, offers cheap and cheerful taste of Addis Ababa
From belle époque Shanghai to occupied Hong Kong, the literati who broke down cultural barriers

T’ien Hsia magazine set out to be a platform for cross-cultural exchange until war intervened; managing it was this correspondent’s mother, who fled to Hong Kong, where she bought opium for Emily Hahn, and almost became personal aide to Madame Chiang

18 May 2018 - 11:30AM

T’ien Hsia magazine set out to be a platform for cross-cultural exchange until war intervened; managing it was this correspondent’s mother, who fled to Hong Kong, where she bought opium for Emily Hahn, and almost became personal aide to Madame Chiang

From belle époque Shanghai to occupied Hong Kong, the literati who broke down cultural barriers
Eurasian who went to British boarding school in the 1950s breaks his silence over abuse

How a Chinese mother’s dream of an English education for her son placed him at the mercy of a tyrannical ‘discipline master’, who was accused of both physical and sexual abuse during his time at the Grace Dieu Manor House, in England

20 Aug 2017 - 10:19AM

How a Chinese mother’s dream of an English education for her son placed him at the mercy of a tyrannical ‘discipline master’, who was accused of both physical and sexual abuse during his time at the Grace Dieu Manor House, in England

Eurasian who went to British boarding school in the 1950s breaks his silence over abuse
Life in a Chinese treaty port: Eurasian traces great-grandparents’ journey from London slum to Hong Kong and beyond

Ian Gill hadn’t even heard of Chefoo (now Yantai) until he started tracing his family’s roots and found out his great-grandparents had lived an enviable life there in the 19th century

10 Apr 2017 - 10:35AM

Ian Gill hadn’t even heard of Chefoo (now Yantai) until he started tracing his family’s roots and found out his great-grandparents had lived an enviable life there in the 19th century

Life in a Chinese treaty port:  Eurasian traces great-grandparents’ journey from  London slum to Hong Kong and beyond
The Hong Kong half-brother I never knew, and the life I owe him

‘You were two sons rolled into one,’ my mother told me the first time we visited my half-brother Brian’s grave in Stanley Military Cemetery, writes Ian Gill, who but for his death in 1944 might never have been conceived at the nearby internment camp

9 Sep 2016 - 12:07PM

‘You were two sons rolled into one,’ my mother told me the first time we visited my half-brother Brian’s grave in Stanley Military Cemetery, writes Ian Gill, who but for his death in 1944 might never have been conceived at the nearby internment camp

The Hong Kong half-brother I never knew, and the life I owe him
My grandfather's amazing life in China and how he found my mother

In 1916 in Hunan, Hong Kong-born Frank Newman took in an abandoned baby girl, much to the disapproval of his compatriots. Her son, Manila-based journalist Ian Gill, discovers that was just one of many surprises in the life of a most independent-minded man.

21 May 2016 - 11:17PM

In 1916 in Hunan, Hong Kong-born Frank Newman took in an abandoned baby girl, much to the disapproval of his compatriots. Her son, Manila-based journalist Ian Gill, discovers that was just one of many surprises in the life of a most independent-minded man.

My grandfather's amazing life in China and how he found my mother