Jason Wordie

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Then & Now | Critical political commentary is flourishing in Hong Kong, but it is not without risk

The two instances when China opened itself up to criticism were swiftly followed by a crackdown on critics who stepped forward, something Hong Kong needs to be wary of.

22 Aug 2019 - 4:20PM

The two instances when China opened itself up to criticism were swiftly followed by a crackdown on critics who stepped forward, something Hong Kong needs to be wary of.

Critical political commentary is flourishing in Hong Kong, but it is not without risk
Then & Now | The 2019 Hong Kong protests and the 1967 riots: some things never change

From Lennon Wall equivalents to a largely absent leadership, there are several striking similarities between the 1967 riots and the current unrest in Hong Kong.

16 Aug 2019 - 10:45AM

From Lennon Wall equivalents to a largely absent leadership, there are several striking similarities between the 1967 riots and the current unrest in Hong Kong.

The 2019 Hong Kong protests and the 1967 riots: some things never change
Then & Now | How Oxford Union’s controversial ‘king and country’ debate dogged Kenelm Digby all his life

Kenelm Digby sought solace from early-uttered, ill-considered words in Asia, and then New Zealand, but could never completely escape the nightmares of the past.

10 Aug 2019 - 10:48AM

Kenelm Digby sought solace from early-uttered, ill-considered words in Asia, and then New Zealand, but could never completely escape the nightmares of the past.

How Oxford Union’s controversial ‘king and country’ debate dogged Kenelm Digby all his life
Then & Now | Writer of blasphemous homoerotic poem, James Kirkup’s desire to shock extended to Asia

The prolific British writer who spent three decades in Japan as well as a brief period in Hong Kong is infamous for the poem behind the last successful prosecution for blasphemy in Britain – The Love that Dares to Speak Its Name.

3 Aug 2019 - 11:56AM

The prolific British writer who spent three decades in Japan as well as a brief period in Hong Kong is infamous for the poem behind the last successful prosecution for blasphemy in Britain – The Love that Dares to Speak Its Name.

Writer of blasphemous homoerotic poem, James Kirkup’s desire to shock extended to Asia
Then & Now | How Hong Kong police, once considered ‘Asia’s finest’, fell from grace

The force is faces a serious crisis of confidence as public trust plummets. But who is really to blame?

26 Jul 2019 - 7:07PM

The force is faces a serious crisis of confidence as public trust plummets. But who is really to blame?

How Hong Kong police, once considered ‘Asia’s finest’, fell from grace
Then & Now | Love, sex and making babies in Asia’s wartime prison camps – how POWs got passionate

More than 50 children were born in Stanley internment camp during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, showing connections were made even under the most trying circumstances.

21 Jul 2019 - 3:09PM

More than 50 children were born in Stanley internment camp during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, showing connections were made even under the most trying circumstances.

Love, sex and making babies in Asia’s wartime prison camps – how POWs got passionate
Then & Now | How black magic superstitions breed prejudice in modern Hong Kong

Fear of curses, spells and the ‘dark arts’ land Southeast Asian women in the dock.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:15PM

Fear of curses, spells and the ‘dark arts’ land Southeast Asian women in the dock.

How black magic superstitions breed prejudice in modern Hong Kong
Then & Now | Why tales of expat murder refuse to die

Scandals surrounding the deaths of Lord Erroll in Kenya, Pamela Werner in Peking and John MacLennan in Hong Kong continue to resonate.

4 Jul 2019 - 6:40PM

Scandals surrounding the deaths of Lord Erroll in Kenya, Pamela Werner in Peking and John MacLennan in Hong Kong continue to resonate.

Why tales of expat murder refuse to die
Then & Now | The lingo may have changed but China’s communist control techniques have not

Though the Mao outfits and cold war-era vocabulary have gone the way of ‘the red menace’, the Communist Party’s totalitarian grip on China is as tight as ever

2 Jul 2019 - 11:08AM

Though the Mao outfits and cold war-era vocabulary have gone the way of ‘the red menace’, the Communist Party’s totalitarian grip on China is as tight as ever

The lingo may have changed but China’s communist control techniques have not
Then & Now | Why elegant dinner tables of colonial times were laden with tinned food

A lack of fresh produce as well as hygiene concerns meant most meals were made from processed imported foodstuffs that would then be jazzed up with chutneys, mustard, pickles and any manner of relish.

21 Jun 2019 - 7:51AM

A lack of fresh produce as well as hygiene concerns meant most meals were made from processed imported foodstuffs that would then be jazzed up with chutneys, mustard, pickles and any manner of relish.

Why elegant dinner tables of colonial times were laden with tinned food
Then & Now | Before the stereotypical Chinese tourist, brash Americans and red-faced Britons were drawn to Hong Kong

From the camera-gear-laden Japanese to loud-mouthed Australians, tourists always stand out no matter how hard they try to blend in

14 Jun 2019 - 9:50AM

From the camera-gear-laden Japanese to loud-mouthed Australians, tourists always stand out no matter how hard they try to blend in

Before the stereotypical Chinese tourist, brash Americans and red-faced Britons were drawn to Hong Kong
Then & Now | Peter Goullart, the White Russian writer for whom China became a spiritual home

Hong Kong provided temporary refuge for the author, who arrived in 1949 after the communists assumed power in China, before he relocated in Malaya and eventually settled in Singapore.

7 Jun 2019 - 12:15PM

Hong Kong provided temporary refuge for the author, who arrived in 1949 after the communists assumed power in China, before he relocated in Malaya and eventually settled in Singapore.

Peter Goullart, the White Russian writer for whom China became a spiritual home
Then & Now | Why were Hong Kong’s executive secretaries and police typists almost always European?

While Western-educated émigrés from China were viewed with suspicion, local Portuguese women and the ‘fishing fleet’ from Britain were highly sought after as executive secretaries in 20th-century Hong Kong.

30 May 2019 - 7:15PM

While Western-educated émigrés from China were viewed with suspicion, local Portuguese women and the ‘fishing fleet’ from Britain were highly sought after as executive secretaries in 20th-century Hong Kong.

Why were Hong Kong’s executive secretaries and police typists almost always European?
Then & Now | What the decor of colonial era houses in Asia said about their residents

A sense of impermanence pervaded colonial life in tropical Asia, and was reflected in interior decor and dress choices.

26 May 2019 - 10:15AM

A sense of impermanence pervaded colonial life in tropical Asia, and was reflected in interior decor and dress choices.

What the decor of colonial era houses in Asia said about their residents
Then & Now | Those nostalgic for an ‘old Macau’ are pining for a place that never existed

A tranquil, tropical haven, or ‘a material and moral rubbish heap’? In the former Portuguese settlement, sentimentality and reality collide.

17 May 2019 - 9:59AM

A tranquil, tropical haven, or ‘a material and moral rubbish heap’? In the former Portuguese settlement, sentimentality and reality collide.

Those nostalgic for an ‘old Macau’ are pining for a place that never existed
Then & Now | Why Hong Kong’s culture of corruption is alive and well, and extremely difficult to prove

Graft is entrenched in Hong Kong society; just the face has changed from low-level bribery to high-level venality that’s virtually impossible to uncover.

10 May 2019 - 9:00AM

Graft is entrenched in Hong Kong society; just the face has changed from low-level bribery to high-level venality that’s virtually impossible to uncover.

Why Hong Kong’s culture of corruption is alive and well, and extremely difficult to prove
Then & Now | A romance between a British officer and a Japanese divorcee: timeless like Madama Butterfly

Amid the countless short-lived affairs between Western men and Asian women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is one that stands out

3 May 2019 - 7:30AM

Amid the countless short-lived affairs between Western men and Asian women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is one that stands out

A romance between a British officer and a Japanese divorcee: timeless like Madama Butterfly
Then & Now | Rice Christians: converts who are devoted to material benefits rather than religious faith

Those who use the cloak of religion to gain personal advantage have long found friends among Hong Kong’s pious.

25 Apr 2019 - 7:00PM

Those who use the cloak of religion to gain personal advantage have long found friends among Hong Kong’s pious.

Rice Christians: converts who are devoted to material benefits rather than religious faith
Then & Now | Wallpaper was invented in China, but its primary purpose was not for decoration

The popular wall coverings were initially conceived to insulate rooms during the long, cold winters, and, on account of its humid climate, Hong Kong almost didn’t catch on.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:01AM

The popular wall coverings were initially conceived to insulate rooms during the long, cold winters, and, on account of its humid climate, Hong Kong almost didn’t catch on.

Wallpaper was invented in China, but its primary purpose was not for decoration
Then & Now | Extradition: how Hong Kong and Macau have provided China with ‘a sunny place for shady people’

The absence of extradition agreements between Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and Taiwan have made them safe havens for the corrupt and the criminal.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:24AM

The absence of extradition agreements between Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and Taiwan have made them safe havens for the corrupt and the criminal.

Extradition: how Hong Kong and Macau have provided China with ‘a sunny place for shady people’
Then & Now | Century-old soda bottle find recalls Hong Kong’s role in bringing aerated drinks to Asia

First stored in stoneware jars, carbonated drinks became available to the masses with the manufacturing boom of glass bottles – and Hong Kong became a key exporter of popular pops across the region

5 Apr 2019 - 8:30AM

First stored in stoneware jars, carbonated drinks became available to the masses with the manufacturing boom of glass bottles – and Hong Kong became a key exporter of popular pops across the region

Century-old soda bottle find recalls Hong Kong’s role in bringing aerated drinks to Asia
Then & Now | In former colonies Hong Kong and Taiwan, ‘national’ identity often emerges from fanciful nostalgia

Appealingly commodified by the heritage marketing industry, imperial culture, whether British or Japanese, is eulogised by those who did not live through it.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:34AM

Appealingly commodified by the heritage marketing industry, imperial culture, whether British or Japanese, is eulogised by those who did not live through it.

In former colonies Hong Kong and Taiwan, ‘national’ identity often emerges from fanciful nostalgia
Then & Now | Why Bella Sidney Woolf – wife of Hong Kong colonial secretary Tom Southorn – evaded official engagements

Writer Bella Woolf Southorn, whose brother married Virginia Woolf, found fulfilment in more intellectual activities than those demanded from formal functions

23 Mar 2019 - 1:16PM

Writer Bella Woolf Southorn, whose brother married Virginia Woolf, found fulfilment in more intellectual activities than those demanded from formal functions

Why Bella Sidney Woolf – wife of Hong Kong colonial secretary Tom Southorn – evaded official engagements
Then & Now | Hong Kong glass-clad skyscrapers are iconic, but the city’s windows were once glazed with oysters

By the mid-19th century, glass – once a novelty and a status symbol – had become ubiquitous in the city, effectively killing demand for the product previously used for window-glazing purposes

16 Mar 2019 - 11:45AM

By the mid-19th century, glass – once a novelty and a status symbol – had become ubiquitous in the city, effectively killing demand for the product previously used for window-glazing purposes

Hong Kong glass-clad skyscrapers are iconic, but the city’s windows were once glazed with oysters
Then & Now | A potted history of the Chinese porcelain industry, when personalised plates were plentiful

A must-have for newcomers to Hong Kong, customised dinner plates found their way from China, to Europe, and even the Virginia plantation of one George Washington

8 Mar 2019 - 12:57PM

A must-have for newcomers to Hong Kong, customised dinner plates found their way from China, to Europe, and even the Virginia plantation of one George Washington

A potted history of the Chinese porcelain industry, when personalised plates were plentiful
Then & Now | Remembering Hong Kong journalist Peter Moss, champion of the Lap Sap Chung campaign

Indian-born Moss, who died recently in Manila aged 83, called Hong Kong home for more than four decades but the best years of his life were spent in Malaya

1 Mar 2019 - 10:17AM

Indian-born Moss, who died recently in Manila aged 83, called Hong Kong home for more than four decades but the best years of his life were spent in Malaya

Remembering Hong Kong journalist Peter Moss, champion of the Lap Sap Chung campaign
Then & Now | Famous Filipinos José Rizal and Imelda Marcos and their Hong Kong connection

Philippine-Hong Kong relations run deep, with the British colony having been a safe haven for revolutionaries, illicit funds and designer shoe brands

22 Feb 2019 - 10:11AM

Philippine-Hong Kong relations run deep, with the British colony having been a safe haven for revolutionaries, illicit funds and designer shoe brands

Famous Filipinos José Rizal and Imelda Marcos and their Hong Kong connection
Then & Now | Fireworks banned in Hong Kong? The rules, apparently, don’t apply to the New Territories

A complete ban on fireworks was lifted in 1975 to allow government-organised displays but, in complete disregard of the law, colourful firecrackers have been lighting up the New Territories skies every Lunar New Year, as authorities look the other way

14 Feb 2019 - 6:15PM

A complete ban on fireworks was lifted in 1975 to allow government-organised displays but, in complete disregard of the law, colourful firecrackers have been lighting up the New Territories skies every Lunar New Year, as authorities look the other way

Fireworks banned in Hong Kong? The rules, apparently, don’t apply to the New Territories
Then & Now | Bullying endemic in all levels of Hong Kong education system

Recent viral video of school assault puts spotlight back onto the perennial problem; failure to address the issue is down to city’s culture of condoning, encouraging and cultivating passive-aggressive behaviour.

31 Jan 2019 - 5:46PM

Recent viral video of school assault puts spotlight back onto the perennial problem; failure to address the issue is down to city’s culture of condoning, encouraging and cultivating passive-aggressive behaviour.

Bullying endemic in all levels of Hong Kong education system
Then & Now | Two Chinese ‘uncle’ stereotypes that smugly superior Hong Kong once sneered at

Discernible by their language and dress, Southeast Asian-born and Californian expatriate Chinese ‘uncles’ were often the butt of jokes

25 Jan 2019 - 11:04AM

Discernible by their language and dress, Southeast Asian-born and Californian expatriate Chinese ‘uncles’ were often the butt of jokes

Two Chinese ‘uncle’ stereotypes that smugly superior Hong Kong once sneered at