Jason Wordie

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Then & Now | Why homes in Asia maintain a strict shoes-off rule, often opting for slippers instead

Although largely a matter of cleanliness, you wouldn’t want to track ‘bad luck’ into your house, would you?

13 Dec 2019 - 8:10PM

Although largely a matter of cleanliness, you wouldn’t want to track ‘bad luck’ into your house, would you?

Why homes in Asia maintain a strict shoes-off rule, often opting for slippers instead
Then & Now | How Clive James’ Hong Kong connection inspired his poetry and leaving Australia allowed him to flourish

The late writer and TV presenter’s father, a one-time Japanese POW, is buried in Sai Wan Bay.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:08PM

The late writer and TV presenter’s father, a one-time Japanese POW, is buried in Sai Wan Bay.

How Clive James’ Hong Kong connection inspired his poetry and leaving Australia allowed him to flourish
Then & Now | Visible ID on Hong Kong police uniforms was essential in the past, why not now?

The disappearance of identification markers during the current civil unrest has helped fuel loss of confidence in the police force.

29 Nov 2019 - 9:27AM

The disappearance of identification markers during the current civil unrest has helped fuel loss of confidence in the police force.

Visible ID on Hong Kong police uniforms was essential in the past, why not now?
Then & Now | Hong Kong’s Western brothel madams – separating truth from urban legend

From the mid-19th century onwards all licensed brothels in Hong Kong were run by women.

23 Nov 2019 - 10:52AM

From the mid-19th century onwards all licensed brothels in Hong Kong were run by women.

Hong Kong’s Western brothel madams – separating truth from urban legend
Then & Now | Cannibalism in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong – when food shortages made human flesh the only option

Wartime food shortages undoubtedly drove the starving to eat human flesh, even if there are no first-hand, verifiable accounts.

15 Nov 2019 - 9:43AM

Wartime food shortages undoubtedly drove the starving to eat human flesh, even if there are no first-hand, verifiable accounts.

Cannibalism in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong – when food shortages made human flesh the only option
Then & Now | Why Hong Kong is nothing like Macau – for now, at least

When it comes to their people and politics, the two Chinese special administrative regions flanking the Pearl River delta could hardly be more different.

8 Nov 2019 - 8:05AM

When it comes to their people and politics, the two Chinese special administrative regions flanking the Pearl River delta could hardly be more different.

Why Hong Kong is nothing like Macau – for now, at least
Then & Now | Colonial life in Asia was a bore, which is why many European exiles turned to ‘am-dram’

Amateur dramatics provided a welcome relief from the malaise of boredom that gripped colonial life in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:29AM

Amateur dramatics provided a welcome relief from the malaise of boredom that gripped colonial life in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Colonial life in Asia was a bore, which is why many European exiles turned to ‘am-dram’
Then & Now | How Hong Kong’s handover passed the reins from one distant power base to the next

Viewed as a parallel police force, the use of gangsters to enforce public policy is not without precedent.

25 Oct 2019 - 10:34AM

Viewed as a parallel police force, the use of gangsters to enforce public policy is not without precedent.

How Hong Kong’s handover passed the reins from one distant power base to the next
Then & Now | David Akers-Jones, former Hong Kong chief secretary, was not your garden variety civil servant

The former colonial chief secretary’s genuine friendships with Hong Kong Chinese baffled many a European, with a Hong Kong governor, David Trench, once exclaiming ‘Whose side are you f***ing on?’

17 Oct 2019 - 7:01PM

The former colonial chief secretary’s genuine friendships with Hong Kong Chinese baffled many a European, with a Hong Kong governor, David Trench, once exclaiming ‘Whose side are you f***ing on?’

David Akers-Jones, former Hong Kong chief secretary, was not your garden variety civil servant
Then & Now | Hong Kong now has its own ‘Five O’Clock Follies’ media cabaret as press briefings stretch public credulity beyond breaking point

During the Vietnam war, regular press conferences were held at the roof terrace bar in Saigon’s Rex Hotel when a breakdown of the day’s hostilities, casualties and ‘successes’ were given

10 Oct 2019 - 6:27PM

During the Vietnam war, regular press conferences were held at the roof terrace bar in Saigon’s Rex Hotel when a breakdown of the day’s hostilities, casualties and ‘successes’ were given

Hong Kong now has its own ‘Five O’Clock Follies’ media cabaret as press briefings stretch public credulity beyond breaking point
Then & Now | Junk trips and launch picnics – the highs and lows of Hong Kong’s favourite summer pastime

Days on the water are the perfect setting for discreet dalliances but beware – once you’ve set off, you’re stuck with whoever else is on board.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:37AM

Days on the water are the perfect setting for discreet dalliances but beware – once you’ve set off, you’re stuck with whoever else is on board.

Junk trips and launch picnics – the highs and lows of Hong Kong’s favourite summer pastime
Then & Now | Remembering Brian Brake, photographer who captured 1950s China and monsoons in India

Hong Kong-based New Zealander Brian Brake shot images of Peking between the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, including candid photos of Mao Zedong, but it was his Indian monsoon series that became his best-known work.

28 Sep 2019 - 1:15PM

Hong Kong-based New Zealander Brian Brake shot images of Peking between the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, including candid photos of Mao Zedong, but it was his Indian monsoon series that became his best-known work.

Remembering Brian Brake, photographer who captured 1950s China and monsoons in India
Then & Now | Colonial Hong Kong’s ‘creative’ approach to lending to ex-China shipowners

While tycoons cried racism, their ships were breaking the UN embargo on trading with China – and their mainland families were under threat.

19 Sep 2019 - 8:47PM

While tycoons cried racism, their ships were breaking the UN embargo on trading with China – and their mainland families were under threat.

Colonial Hong Kong’s ‘creative’ approach to lending to ex-China shipowners
Then & Now | Spies of Stonecutters Island: the eccentric boffins who ran Hong Kong’s pre-war listening post

Japanese linguist Cyril Wild and Anglo-Irish poet and translator Arthur Cooper helped monitor signal traffic throughout the Pacific from Allied wireless facilities in Hong Kong and Singapore.

14 Sep 2019 - 11:09AM

Japanese linguist Cyril Wild and Anglo-Irish poet and translator Arthur Cooper helped monitor signal traffic throughout the Pacific from Allied wireless facilities in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Spies of Stonecutters Island: the eccentric boffins who ran Hong Kong’s pre-war listening post
Mapped out for you: find out Macao's hidden gems and lesser-known past

Follow us on a journey in Macao with these interactive maps.

A city of contradictions, Macao is both a historical port of Unesco fame and an entertainment hub with state-of -the-art facilities. Different cultures from all corners of the globe have converged here for centuries. Go explore!

11 Sep 2019 - 11:41AM

Follow us on a journey in Macao with these interactive maps.

A city of contradictions, Macao is both a historical port of Unesco fame and an entertainment hub with state-of -the-art facilities. Different cultures from all corners of the globe have converged here for centuries. Go explore!

Mapped out for you: find out Macao's hidden gems and lesser-known past
Then & Now | What Hong Kong leadership can learn from 1922 seamen’s strike

The draconian laws being mooted to deal with Hong Kong’s civil unrest were first enacted by a competent leadership – unlike that of today.

6 Sep 2019 - 5:29PM

The draconian laws being mooted to deal with Hong Kong’s civil unrest were first enacted by a competent leadership – unlike that of today.

What Hong Kong leadership can learn from 1922 seamen’s strike
Then & Now | Arranged marriages in the 21st century: ‘dating agencies’ are the modern matchmakers

The practice might seem like a relic of the past, but it is still fairly common in many parts of the world, including Hong Kong and mainland China.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM

The practice might seem like a relic of the past, but it is still fairly common in many parts of the world, including Hong Kong and mainland China.

Arranged marriages in the 21st century: ‘dating agencies’ are the modern matchmakers
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 - 11:57AM

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?