Jason Wordie

Jason Wordie

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Then & Now | How reservoirs, and cheap imports, marked the end of agriculture in Hong Kong

The construction of reservoirs in the New Territories all but eliminated rice cultivation as a going concern, while rising labour costs and cheap imports helped do away with large-scale vegetable farming.

25 Sep 2020 - 2:50PM

The construction of reservoirs in the New Territories all but eliminated rice cultivation as a going concern, while rising labour costs and cheap imports helped do away with large-scale vegetable farming.

How reservoirs, and cheap imports, marked the end of agriculture in Hong Kong
Then & Now | ‘Ma’ Fisher, the woman who brought ready-to-wear Western fashion to pre-war Hong Kong

Instantly recognisable around town in her trademark turbans, Australian Jeanette ‘Jan’ Fisher imported the latest fashions from Paris and New York for her Central shop, Vogue.

17 Sep 2020 - 10:56AM

Instantly recognisable around town in her trademark turbans, Australian Jeanette ‘Jan’ Fisher imported the latest fashions from Paris and New York for her Central shop, Vogue.

‘Ma’ Fisher, the woman who brought ready-to-wear Western fashion to pre-war Hong Kong
Then & Now | Busting the myth of Portugal’s ‘benign’ colonial influence in Asia

The idea that Portugal’s legacy of expansion in Asia was entirely different from other colonial experiences was perpetuated by dictator Antonio Salazar.

10 Sep 2020 - 8:45AM

The idea that Portugal’s legacy of expansion in Asia was entirely different from other colonial experiences was perpetuated by dictator Antonio Salazar.

Busting the myth of Portugal’s ‘benign’ colonial influence in Asia
Then & Now | The role of oral history in Hong Kong’s urban legends often goes unquestioned

The origins of various urban myths, and how they have evolved into received truth over time, offer revealing insights into local approaches to history.

3 Sep 2020 - 2:17PM

The origins of various urban myths, and how they have evolved into received truth over time, offer revealing insights into local approaches to history.

The role of oral history in Hong Kong’s urban legends often goes unquestioned
Then & Now | ‘Made in Hong Kong’: a trusted mark of quality it took decades to build

Trust, like that placed in the ‘Made in Hong Kong’ label, must be earned. Forcing the ‘Made in China’ label upon Hong Kong-manufactured goods will squander an internationally recognised sign of credibly.

20 Aug 2020 - 1:57PM

Trust, like that placed in the ‘Made in Hong Kong’ label, must be earned. Forcing the ‘Made in China’ label upon Hong Kong-manufactured goods will squander an internationally recognised sign of credibly.

‘Made in Hong Kong’: a trusted mark of quality it took decades to build
Then & Now | Singapore once embraced Europeans, until a campaign made writers like Donald Moore leave

Writer Donald Moore’s talents were dampened by political circumstances, a rising puritanism, and campaigns against ’yellow culture’ – as anything artistic was labelled – in 1970s Singapore.

18 Aug 2020 - 10:12AM

Writer Donald Moore’s talents were dampened by political circumstances, a rising puritanism, and campaigns against ’yellow culture’ – as anything artistic was labelled – in 1970s Singapore.

Singapore once embraced Europeans, until a campaign  made writers like Donald Moore leave
Then & Now | Beyond treason: Hongkongers who collaborated with the occupying Japanese

There are a number of factors that can coalesce to create the Quisling type, cheif among them is almost always financial gain.

11 Aug 2020 - 8:51AM

There are a number of factors that can coalesce to create the Quisling type, cheif among them is almost always financial gain.

Beyond treason: Hongkongers who collaborated with the occupying Japanese
Then & Now | Cranks and eccentrics: the Westerners who tried to assimilate in Asia

Foreigners attempting to integrate into Eastern societies have long been seen as odd, from both sides of the ethnic divide.

30 Jul 2020 - 8:48AM

Foreigners attempting to integrate into Eastern societies have long been seen as odd, from both sides of the ethnic divide.

Cranks and eccentrics: the Westerners who tried to assimilate in Asia
Then & Now | Dead from British naval ship that fought in second opium war commemorated in a Hong Kong cemetery

HMS Calcutta, an obsolete wooden sailing ship, was pressed into service in the second opium war against China.

24 Jul 2020 - 3:44PM

HMS Calcutta, an obsolete wooden sailing ship, was pressed into service in the second opium war against China.

Dead from British naval ship that fought in second opium war commemorated  in a Hong Kong cemetery
Then & Now | Hong Kong’s rights are a gift that can be taken back whenever China sees fit

Cold-eyed acceptance of the city’s diminished role does not feature in public discussion.

20 Jul 2020 - 8:15AM

Cold-eyed acceptance of the city’s diminished role does not feature in public discussion.

Hong Kong’s rights are a gift that can be taken back whenever China sees fit
Then & Now | Soap was once the great hygiene divider, how times have changed

The source of much international mirth, soap has changed a great deal since the mid-19th century carbolic blocks became broadly available.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:17AM

The source of much international mirth, soap has changed a great deal since the mid-19th century carbolic blocks became broadly available.

Soap was once the great hygiene divider, how times have changed
Then & Now | Hong Kong once supplied domestic helpers to the Philippines, until roles reversed

While Hongkongers often regard the Philippines with derision, it’s not so long since the city received investment from and sent domestic helpers to Manila.

3 Jul 2020 - 9:28AM

While Hongkongers often regard the Philippines with derision, it’s not so long since the city received investment from and sent domestic helpers to Manila.

Hong Kong once supplied domestic helpers to the Philippines, until roles reversed
Then & Now | When qualities, not qualifications, counted in the job market in Hong Kong

Graduate candidates for management trainee courses were once considered a risk in Hong Kong, being seen as overqualified for entry-level positions.

25 Jun 2020 - 8:01PM

Graduate candidates for management trainee courses were once considered a risk in Hong Kong, being seen as overqualified for entry-level positions.

When qualities, not qualifications, counted in the job market in Hong Kong
Then & Now | Why passports, BN(O) and otherwise, mean so much more than nationality

Amid speculation of the future status of Hong Kong Chinese BN(O) passport holders, a Post Magazine columnist reflects on his own experience with a ‘second-class’ document.

20 Jun 2020 - 7:24PM

Amid speculation of the future status of Hong Kong Chinese BN(O) passport holders, a Post Magazine columnist reflects on his own experience with a ‘second-class’ document.

Why passports, BN(O) and otherwise, mean so much more than nationality
Then & Now | How Hong Kong’s ‘local’ garden plants came from Bengal via Macau

Several species found their way to the British colony on board Calcutta trading ships, and the sharing of cuttings saw them survive, thrive and establish themselves as locals.

11 Jun 2020 - 3:11PM

Several species found their way to the British colony on board Calcutta trading ships, and the sharing of cuttings saw them survive, thrive and establish themselves as locals.

How Hong Kong’s ‘local’ garden plants came from Bengal via Macau
Then & Now | From Hong Kong to Nepal, Bailey bridges have helped build communities

Quick and easy to erect, the bridges are also credited with helping the Allied forces win World War II.

5 Jun 2020 - 3:57PM

Quick and easy to erect, the bridges are also credited with helping the Allied forces win World War II.

From Hong Kong to Nepal, Bailey bridges have helped build communities
Then & Now | So long, Stanley Ho, and thanks for all the ferry tickets

The late casino magnate provided Jason Wordie with material help while the latter was researching a book on Macau. A chance meeting with Ho later offered some invaluable insight into the lives of the rich.

27 May 2020 - 6:10PM

The late casino magnate provided Jason Wordie with material help while the latter was researching a book on Macau. A chance meeting with Ho later offered some invaluable insight into the lives of the rich.

So long, Stanley Ho, and thanks for all the ferry tickets
Then & Now | How national anthems – first Britain’s, now China’s – have been used and abused in Hong Kong

Disrespecting the Chinese national anthem will soon be a crime, but the colonial anthem commanded little respect and was widely ignored.

22 May 2020 - 2:53PM

Disrespecting the Chinese national anthem will soon be a crime, but the colonial anthem commanded little respect and was widely ignored.

How national anthems – first Britain’s, now China’s – have been used and abused in Hong Kong
Then & Now | Mainlandisation? Before the Communist era, Hong Kong and China societies were the same in all but government

The controversial term has come to mean an erosion of Hong Kong freedoms but not so long ago, the two cultures would have been indistinguishable.

19 May 2020 - 10:17AM

The controversial term has come to mean an erosion of Hong Kong freedoms but not so long ago, the two cultures would have been indistinguishable.

Mainlandisation? Before the Communist era, Hong Kong and China societies were the same in all but government
Then & Now | What would the late Beijing loyalist Dorothy Liu say about those in charge in Hong Kong today

Dorothy Liu didn’t mince her words when it came to calling out the ‘old batteries’ that populated Hong Kong politics in her time. No doubt she would have something to say today.

9 May 2020 - 10:19AM

Dorothy Liu didn’t mince her words when it came to calling out the ‘old batteries’ that populated Hong Kong politics in her time. No doubt she would have something to say today.

What would the late Beijing loyalist Dorothy Liu say about those in charge in Hong Kong today
Then & Now | Shills, sycophants and blackmail: the making of Hong Kong’s political chorus

The global communist playbook has long catalogued an individual’s personal peccadilloes to be used as future leverage, perhaps explaining why some make abrupt turns from previously held positions.

5 May 2020 - 8:53AM

The global communist playbook has long catalogued an individual’s personal peccadilloes to be used as future leverage, perhaps explaining why some make abrupt turns from previously held positions.

Shills, sycophants and blackmail: the making of Hong Kong’s political chorus
Then & Now | How Naafi canteens kept Hong Kong’s British military in beer, tea and brown sauce

Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes facilities provided a connection to a familiar way of life for British military personnel stationed in Hong Kong.

25 Apr 2020 - 12:41PM

Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes facilities provided a connection to a familiar way of life for British military personnel stationed in Hong Kong.

How Naafi canteens kept Hong Kong’s British military in beer, tea and brown sauce
Then & Now | When poultry feathers and pig bristles were big business in Hong Kong

A 1950 UN embargo on Chinese trade put Hong Kong at the peak of the market for avian and swine products such as feather dusters and pig-bristle shaving brushes.

18 Apr 2020 - 5:30PM

A 1950 UN embargo on Chinese trade put Hong Kong at the peak of the market for avian and swine products such as feather dusters and pig-bristle shaving brushes.

When poultry feathers and pig bristles were big business in Hong Kong
Then & Now | How Western tastes for Chinese food were shaped by Hong Kong restaurants

Many local eateries were daunting for non-Chinese speakers, who were inevitably steered towards the same few dishes.

14 Apr 2020 - 12:41PM

Many local eateries were daunting for non-Chinese speakers, who were inevitably steered towards the same few dishes.

How Western tastes for Chinese food were shaped by Hong Kong restaurants
Then & Now | Why ‘blood and bandages’ became Hong Kong’s favoured architectural style

Several well-known examples of this brick and render style survive, including the Fringe Club and Foreign Correspondents’ Club buildings, and the recently renovated Central Police Station.

7 Apr 2020 - 4:14PM

Several well-known examples of this brick and render style survive, including the Fringe Club and Foreign Correspondents’ Club buildings, and the recently renovated Central Police Station.

Why ‘blood and bandages’ became Hong Kong’s favoured architectural style
Then & Now | When Hong Kong changed hands from Britain to China, so too did the patriotism of its citizens evolve

Previously loyal subjects of the colony suddenly rediscovered how ‘Chinese’ they were as the handover loomed

31 Mar 2020 - 8:43AM

Previously loyal subjects of the colony suddenly rediscovered how ‘Chinese’ they were as the handover loomed

When Hong Kong changed hands from Britain to China, so too did the patriotism of its citizens evolve
Then & Now | Remembering Sonny Sales – a true Hong Kong patriot, 1920-2020

Sales was a politically talented, supremely civic minded – and occasionally divisive – local legend who personally negotiated the release of Hong Kong athletes taken hostage at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

19 Mar 2020 - 9:53AM

Sales was a politically talented, supremely civic minded – and occasionally divisive – local legend who personally negotiated the release of Hong Kong athletes taken hostage at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Remembering Sonny Sales – a true Hong Kong patriot, 1920-2020
Then & Now | How Hong Kong’s glazed enamelware fell in and out of fashion and is currently making a comeback

Cheap, durable, with instantly recognisable stencilled decorations, glazed enamelware was a sizeable industry in pre-war Hong Kong. Pushed out by Pyrex, it’s now enjoying a modest revival.

17 Mar 2020 - 9:33AM

Cheap, durable, with instantly recognisable stencilled decorations, glazed enamelware was a sizeable industry in pre-war Hong Kong. Pushed out by Pyrex, it’s now enjoying a modest revival.

How Hong Kong’s glazed enamelware fell in and out of fashion and is currently making a comeback
Then & Now | Acceptance of same-sex relationship in 1930s Hong Kong shows how attitudes in the city have worsened

The love story of a German sexologist and the Hong Kong-born scion of a wealthy, prestigious family clearly refutes modern-day bigots’ view that the Chinese are unable to condone same-sex relationships.

10 Mar 2020 - 8:03AM

The love story of a German sexologist and the Hong Kong-born scion of a wealthy, prestigious family clearly refutes modern-day bigots’ view that the Chinese are unable to condone same-sex relationships.

Acceptance of same-sex relationship in 1930s Hong Kong shows how attitudes in the city have worsened
Then & Now | Hong Kong’s links with Korea haven’t always been as happy-go-lucky as its K-pop obsession

The connection dates goes back to Japan’s pre-war militaristic expansion in East Asia.

28 Feb 2020 - 10:41AM

The connection dates goes back to Japan’s pre-war militaristic expansion in East Asia.

Hong Kong’s links with Korea haven’t always been as happy-go-lucky as its K-pop obsession
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