Jason Wordie

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Then & Now | Interior design in Hong Kong is a job for the wealthy and well-connected

In this city, it’s all about the connections, which is why it’s not uncommon to come across ‘interior designers’ with few formal qualifications beyond family ties.

13 Feb 2020 - 10:24AM

In this city, it’s all about the connections, which is why it’s not uncommon to come across ‘interior designers’ with few formal qualifications beyond family ties.

Interior design in Hong Kong is a job for the wealthy and well-connected
Then & Now | Tolerance for violence reflects Hong Kong public’s frustration with a contemptuous government

The city was previously among the most civil of societies, its law-abiding citizens famously averse to confrontation. Pushed too far, however, sections of society have turned to disorder, supported by the public at large.

10 Feb 2020 - 8:54AM

The city was previously among the most civil of societies, its law-abiding citizens famously averse to confrontation. Pushed too far, however, sections of society have turned to disorder, supported by the public at large.

Tolerance for violence reflects Hong Kong public’s frustration with a contemptuous government
Then & Now | How communication has changed, from Pompeii graffiti to personal notes to social media

With Wi-fi now instantly connecting the planet, we look back at the various ways mankind has sought to converse

4 Feb 2020 - 6:34AM

With Wi-fi now instantly connecting the planet, we look back at the various ways mankind has sought to converse

How communication has changed, from Pompeii graffiti to personal notes to social media
Then & Now | Why colourful, rackety Macau warranted its own chapter in old travel guides to Hong Kong

So close, so similar, and yet so beguilingly different. Hong Kong’s neighbour looked like the British colony but had its own social issues, including slavery in the form of the ‘coolie trade’.

18 Jan 2020 - 12:28PM

So close, so similar, and yet so beguilingly different. Hong Kong’s neighbour looked like the British colony but had its own social issues, including slavery in the form of the ‘coolie trade’.

Why colourful, rackety Macau warranted its own chapter in old travel guides to Hong Kong
Then & Now | Uncomfortable truths about Hong Kong’s pre-war Eurasian community

Right-wing politics and outright racism towards other ‘Asians’ are often ignored by modern post-colonial academics.

13 Jan 2020 - 8:13AM

Right-wing politics and outright racism towards other ‘Asians’ are often ignored by modern post-colonial academics.

Uncomfortable truths about Hong Kong’s pre-war Eurasian community
Then & Now | Who were the lascars, where did they come from and where have they gone?

Muslim seamen from around Asia, many of them stereotypical drunken sailors, are remembered in Hong Kong road names.

3 Jan 2020 - 8:39AM

Muslim seamen from around Asia, many of them stereotypical drunken sailors, are remembered in Hong Kong road names.

Who were the lascars, where did they come from and where have they gone?
Then & Now | Dear dairy: why is cheese in Hong Kong so expensive, especially when prices elsewhere have fallen?

With much of the population repulsed by milk, dairy products have long been considered luxury items.

23 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM

With much of the population repulsed by milk, dairy products have long been considered luxury items.

Dear dairy: why is cheese in Hong Kong so expensive, especially when prices elsewhere have fallen?
Then & Now | He defended Ho Chi Minh and worked with Lee Kuan Yew: how one London barrister changed history in colonial era

Denis Pritt represented Ho Chi Minh in Hong Kong, Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya, and worked with Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.

19 Dec 2019 - 6:49PM

Denis Pritt represented Ho Chi Minh in Hong Kong, Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya, and worked with Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.

He defended Ho Chi Minh and worked with Lee Kuan Yew: how one London barrister changed history in colonial era
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