Karif Wat

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Karif Wat

Motion graphic designer, Video

Karif Wat has been working as a motion graphic designer for seven years. She tells stories through motion graphics by bridging the gap between 2D and 3D techniques.

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What does ‘one country, two systems’ mean?

“One country, two systems” is the arrangement under which China rules Hong Kong. 

18 Dec 2019 - 7:13PM

“One country, two systems” is the arrangement under which China rules Hong Kong. 

What does ‘one country, two systems’ mean?
Why can't Iran and the US get along?

Tensions between Iran and the United States have been simmering for 40 years since the Islamic Revolution and the hostage crisis after the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran.

22 Nov 2019 - 3:20PM

Tensions between Iran and the United States have been simmering for 40 years since the Islamic Revolution and the hostage crisis after the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran.

Why can't Iran and the US get along?
Why some Hongkongers are taking a fresh look at their British National (Overseas) passports

With its burgundy cover and coat of arms, the British National (Overseas) passport or BN(O) might look like a regular “full” British passport. 

18 Oct 2019 - 3:00PM

With its burgundy cover and coat of arms, the British National (Overseas) passport or BN(O) might look like a regular “full” British passport. 

Why some Hongkongers are taking a fresh look at their British National (Overseas) passports
Did Bruce Lee create mixed martial arts in Hong Kong?

The Chinese-American film and television superstar Bruce Lee was a disciplined athlete with legendary martial arts skills. 

7 Oct 2019 - 11:43AM

The Chinese-American film and television superstar Bruce Lee was a disciplined athlete with legendary martial arts skills. 

Did Bruce Lee create mixed martial arts in Hong Kong?
As it happened: Clashes erupted in Hong Kong on China’s National Day

A teenage protester was hit by a live police bullet and required multiple surgeries during one of many clashes in 13 locations across Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 

2 Oct 2019 - 11:53PM

A teenage protester was hit by a live police bullet and required multiple surgeries during one of many clashes in 13 locations across Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 

As it happened: Clashes erupted in Hong Kong on China’s National Day
Parallel trading in Hong Kong’s northern districts

Hong Kong has long thrived as one of the freest economies in the world, thanks in part to an absence of taxes and duties on goods. 

23 Aug 2019 - 12:30PM

Hong Kong has long thrived as one of the freest economies in the world, thanks in part to an absence of taxes and duties on goods. 

Parallel trading in Hong Kong’s northern districts
As it happened: Unprecedented disruption and violent clashes at Hong Kong International Airport

Violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and riot police at Hong Kong International Airport after thousands occupied the departures area, triggering the closure of check-in counters on August 13, 2019.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:54PM

Violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and riot police at Hong Kong International Airport after thousands occupied the departures area, triggering the closure of check-in counters on August 13, 2019.

As it happened: Unprecedented disruption and violent clashes at Hong Kong International Airport
The Kashmir conflict

The long-running territorial dispute over Kashmir dates back to the partition of India in 1947, when Pakistan and India each staked claims to portions of the Himalayan region. The Muslim-majority territory has been the focus of three wars between India and Pakistan and ongoing unrest.

21 Nov 2019 - 2:41PM

The long-running territorial dispute over Kashmir dates back to the partition of India in 1947, when Pakistan and India each staked claims to portions of the Himalayan region. The Muslim-majority territory has been the focus of three wars between India and Pakistan and ongoing unrest.

The Kashmir conflict
As it happened: Hong Kong citywide strike brings chaos and gridlock

Hong Kong was gripped by commuter chaos on Monday, August 5, 2019, as transport systems including the MTR railway and international airport were disrupted by anti-government protests and street violence. 

7 Aug 2019 - 6:27PM

Hong Kong was gripped by commuter chaos on Monday, August 5, 2019, as transport systems including the MTR railway and international airport were disrupted by anti-government protests and street violence. 

As it happened: Hong Kong citywide strike brings chaos and gridlock
Empty streets and transport chaos amid Hong Kong citywide strike

Chaos continues as a general strike in Hong Kong evolves across the city on August 5, 2019. The usual bustling commercial areas and streets are mostly empty. Eight MTR lines have been fully or partially suspended. Protesters have been seen blocking roads and preventing MTR train doors from closing, stopping trains from departing. 

5 Aug 2019 - 1:57PM

Chaos continues as a general strike in Hong Kong evolves across the city on August 5, 2019. The usual bustling commercial areas and streets are mostly empty. Eight MTR lines have been fully or partially suspended. Protesters have been seen blocking roads and preventing MTR train doors from closing, stopping trains from departing. 

Empty streets and transport chaos amid Hong Kong citywide strike
Yuen Long: rapidly changing district in northern Hong Kong clings to tradition

The recent violence at a shopping centre in Yuen Long has focused attention on the bustling district in Hong Kong’s New Territories, where less than a century ago visitors found little more than a cluster of agricultural villages. 

1 Aug 2019 - 11:25AM

The recent violence at a shopping centre in Yuen Long has focused attention on the bustling district in Hong Kong’s New Territories, where less than a century ago visitors found little more than a cluster of agricultural villages. 

Yuen Long: rapidly changing district in northern Hong Kong clings to tradition
The history of Hong Kong protests and what happens now

Public protests in Hong Kong date back to British colonial rule and have evolved from the bloody riots of the 1960s into the recent protests of up to two million people marching. Here is a look back at some of Hong Kong's biggest civil movements and an explainer about what citizens are demanding in these most recent demonstrations.

17 Jul 2019 - 3:45PM

Public protests in Hong Kong date back to British colonial rule and have evolved from the bloody riots of the 1960s into the recent protests of up to two million people marching. Here is a look back at some of Hong Kong's biggest civil movements and an explainer about what citizens are demanding in these most recent demonstrations.

The history of Hong Kong protests and what happens now
How Hong Kong protesters used hand signals to communicate in July 1 anti-extradition bill demonstration

The hundreds of young Hong Kong protesters who rallied on July 1, 2019, protesting the now stalled extradition bill used innovative hand signals to communicate with each other.

5 Jul 2019 - 10:14PM

The hundreds of young Hong Kong protesters who rallied on July 1, 2019, protesting the now stalled extradition bill used innovative hand signals to communicate with each other.

How Hong Kong protesters used hand signals to communicate in July 1 anti-extradition bill demonstration
Hong Kong’s medical infrastructure

Hong Kong has one of the world’s top-ranked medical services, providing the city’s 7.4 million people with care that has a good reputation for availability, affordability and quality. 

28 Jun 2019 - 7:24AM

Hong Kong has one of the world’s top-ranked medical services, providing the city’s 7.4 million people with care that has a good reputation for availability, affordability and quality. 

Hong Kong’s medical infrastructure
US farmers hurting over flooding and trade war

Major US agriculture states including Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are bracing for one of the wettest planting seasons in more than a hundred years. For Lake Benton, a small town of 683 people in southern Minnesota, the stress is compounded by a plunge in prices and an escalating US-China trade war that has grounded the soybean trade to a virtual halt. The double blow of flooding and tariffs has hit farmers like Jon and Bob Worth, but they say they are willing to endure the short-term pain to support President Donald Trump.

15 Jun 2019 - 4:11AM

Major US agriculture states including Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are bracing for one of the wettest planting seasons in more than a hundred years. For Lake Benton, a small town of 683 people in southern Minnesota, the stress is compounded by a plunge in prices and an escalating US-China trade war that has grounded the soybean trade to a virtual halt. The double blow of flooding and tariffs has hit farmers like Jon and Bob Worth, but they say they are willing to endure the short-term pain to support President Donald Trump.

US farmers hurting over flooding and trade war
Hong Kong’s controversial extradition law amendment plans

Intense debates among lawmakers and growing public protests have focused on a proposal by the Hong Kong government for a bill that would amend the city’s extradition laws.

9 Jun 2019 - 10:54PM

Intense debates among lawmakers and growing public protests have focused on a proposal by the Hong Kong government for a bill that would amend the city’s extradition laws.

Hong Kong’s controversial extradition law amendment plans
I.M. Pei, legendary architect of Louvre pyramid and Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower, dies aged 102

Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei, died on May 16, 2019, at age 102. The Chinese-born US architect became famous for his modern designs and high-profile projects,  including the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

20 Nov 2019 - 2:53PM

Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei, died on May 16, 2019, at age 102. The Chinese-born US architect became famous for his modern designs and high-profile projects,  including the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

I.M. Pei, legendary architect of Louvre pyramid and Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower, dies aged 102
How Forbidden City treasures survived modern China’s bloody beginning

When imperial rule collapsed in China at the beginning of the 20th century, the emperor’s Forbidden City home was turned over to the public and transformed into the Palace Museum. Fierce fighting that rocked the country for years after the leadership change posed a grave threat to the palace treasures – considered one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artefacts. To protect them, the Palace Museum director decided to evacuate a large number of items and set them on a 14-year, 75,000km (46,600-mile) journey.

4 May 2019 - 10:00AM

When imperial rule collapsed in China at the beginning of the 20th century, the emperor’s Forbidden City home was turned over to the public and transformed into the Palace Museum. Fierce fighting that rocked the country for years after the leadership change posed a grave threat to the palace treasures – considered one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artefacts. To protect them, the Palace Museum director decided to evacuate a large number of items and set them on a 14-year, 75,000km (46,600-mile) journey.

How Forbidden City treasures survived modern China’s bloody beginning
Australia’s revolving door: seven prime ministers since 2007 – soon to be eight?

Australia’s federal election is scheduled for May 18, 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to keep his conservative coalition in government and retain the top job himself. Should the opposition Labor party win enough seats to form government, Bill Shorten would become Australia’s eighth prime minister since 2007. What explains this revolving door, given Australia is one of the world’s most prosperous, stable countries?

1 May 2019 - 3:39PM

Australia’s federal election is scheduled for May 18, 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to keep his conservative coalition in government and retain the top job himself. Should the opposition Labor party win enough seats to form government, Bill Shorten would become Australia’s eighth prime minister since 2007. What explains this revolving door, given Australia is one of the world’s most prosperous, stable countries?

Australia’s revolving door: seven prime ministers since 2007 – soon to be eight?
India in the midst of a 39-day-long election, as the world’s biggest democracy decides on the next national government

India, the world’s biggest democracy is holding its national election. Voting is taking place over seven phases spanning a total of 39 days. Some 900 million eligible voters will be electing 543 members of the country's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha. Surveys leading up to the start of polling suggested the ruling BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, still enjoys strong support but the main opposition and former ruling party, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi also appears to be making a comeback. Here's what you need to know about India's epic democratic exercise.  

1 May 2019 - 3:41PM

India, the world’s biggest democracy is holding its national election. Voting is taking place over seven phases spanning a total of 39 days. Some 900 million eligible voters will be electing 543 members of the country's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha. Surveys leading up to the start of polling suggested the ruling BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, still enjoys strong support but the main opposition and former ruling party, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi also appears to be making a comeback. Here's what you need to know about India's epic democratic exercise.  

India in the midst of a 39-day-long election, as the world’s biggest democracy decides on the next national government
How an army of eunuchs ran China’s Forbidden City

The presence of eunuchs in the Chinese court was part of a long-standing tradition. These emasculated men frequently served as menial workers, spies and harem watchdogs in ancient society. Over time, eunuchs serving in government roles began to exert enough influence with emperors that they could control state affairs or even orchestrate the fall of a dynasty.

5 Apr 2019 - 4:08PM

The presence of eunuchs in the Chinese court was part of a long-standing tradition. These emasculated men frequently served as menial workers, spies and harem watchdogs in ancient society. Over time, eunuchs serving in government roles began to exert enough influence with emperors that they could control state affairs or even orchestrate the fall of a dynasty.

How an army of eunuchs ran China’s Forbidden City
For Forbidden City concubines in imperial China, beauty was more a curse than a blessing

All women living in imperial China’s Forbidden City were carefully sequestered in quarters deep inside the palace. Most were employed as maids and servants, but there was also a select group of concubines tasked with bearing children for the emperor – as many as he could father.

8 Mar 2019 - 5:32PM

All women living in imperial China’s Forbidden City were carefully sequestered in quarters deep inside the palace. Most were employed as maids and servants, but there was also a select group of concubines tasked with bearing children for the emperor – as many as he could father.

For Forbidden City concubines in imperial China, beauty was more a curse than a blessing
China’s ‘social credit system’ explained

China’s government has started developing a “social credit system” which some observers believe will increase the collection and sharing of data about Chinese citizens, public officials and companies. Meant to improve governance and market order, the system is being tested using “blacklists” – or, in some communities, point “scores” – to incentivise citizen and corporate behaviour.

21 Feb 2019 - 1:43PM

China’s government has started developing a “social credit system” which some observers believe will increase the collection and sharing of data about Chinese citizens, public officials and companies. Meant to improve governance and market order, the system is being tested using “blacklists” – or, in some communities, point “scores” – to incentivise citizen and corporate behaviour.

China’s ‘social credit system’ explained
Inside China’s Forbidden City Part II : A day in the life of the emperor

For ancient Chinese emperors, life in the Forbidden City was not as opulent as one might imagine. While each dynasty claimed the emperor was heaven’s earthly representative, the role was in truth a single link in a giant bureaucratic chain which compelled those involved to follow rigorous traditional protocols.

8 Mar 2019 - 4:21PM

For ancient Chinese emperors, life in the Forbidden City was not as opulent as one might imagine. While each dynasty claimed the emperor was heaven’s earthly representative, the role was in truth a single link in a giant bureaucratic chain which compelled those involved to follow rigorous traditional protocols.

Inside China’s Forbidden City Part II : A day in the life of the emperor
How China’s Forbidden City has survived centuries of conflict and disasters

The Forbidden City complex in the centre of Beijing was the royal residence and seat of the Chinese government for five centuries. The impressive complex contains more than 8,700 rooms, in buildings constructed without a single nail or drop of glue. In the first part our special series on this architectural wonder, we look at the durable construction techniques that have allowed the Forbidden City to withstand the test of time.

25 Jan 2019 - 8:38PM

The Forbidden City complex in the centre of Beijing was the royal residence and seat of the Chinese government for five centuries. The impressive complex contains more than 8,700 rooms, in buildings constructed without a single nail or drop of glue. In the first part our special series on this architectural wonder, we look at the durable construction techniques that have allowed the Forbidden City to withstand the test of time.

How China’s Forbidden City has survived centuries of conflict and disasters
New year, new governments? Elections in major Asian countries could bring about dramatic change

As the world rings in a new year, five major elections are set to take place in Asia in the first half of 2019. The poll results could dramatically change the political landscape of the region.

6 Mar 2019 - 1:15PM

As the world rings in a new year, five major elections are set to take place in Asia in the first half of 2019. The poll results could dramatically change the political landscape of the region.

New year, new governments? Elections in major Asian countries could bring about dramatic change
Madagascar fishermen fear Chinese offer of new boats might be a fishy deal

When six Chinese fishing trawlers with huge nets arrived off the coast of Madagascar in 2017, local fishermen were already struggling with foreign competition for the island nation’s precarious marine resources.

21 Dec 2018 - 10:07AM

When six Chinese fishing trawlers with huge nets arrived off the coast of Madagascar in 2017, local fishermen were already struggling with foreign competition for the island nation’s precarious marine resources.

Madagascar fishermen fear Chinese offer of new boats might be a fishy deal
China’s latest space probe Chang-e 4 aims to be the first to land on the far side of the moon

China has launched a lunar probe that is heading toward the far side of the moon. The ambitious plan, a first in moon exploration, would send the probe on a mission to explore the surface facing away from Earth. The far side is believed to have a thicker crust and is pockmarked by relatively more and deeper craters than the near side. If successful, the Chang-e 4 will unlock valuable clues to the mysteries about the moon and the universe.

8 Dec 2018 - 1:29PM

China has launched a lunar probe that is heading toward the far side of the moon. The ambitious plan, a first in moon exploration, would send the probe on a mission to explore the surface facing away from Earth. The far side is believed to have a thicker crust and is pockmarked by relatively more and deeper craters than the near side. If successful, the Chang-e 4 will unlock valuable clues to the mysteries about the moon and the universe.

China’s latest space probe Chang-e 4 aims to be the first to land on the far side of the moon
The growth of Chinese military power over the past four decades

China’s astonishing economic growth over the past four decades since its open-door policy provided substantial resources to boost the country’s military research and development. Chinese military is making strides in building up its capabilities, and is on its way to becoming a world-class force.

6 Dec 2018 - 9:52PM

China’s astonishing economic growth over the past four decades since its open-door policy provided substantial resources to boost the country’s military research and development. Chinese military is making strides in building up its capabilities, and is on its way to becoming a world-class force.

The growth of Chinese military power over the past four decades
CRISPR/Cas9: a gene-editing tool with promise and peril

Chinese researcher, He Jiankui, has claimed to be the first person in the world to use an editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 to genetically engineer a pair of twin babies. This technology is relatively fast, simple and inexpensive and opens doors to potentially lucrative biotech and medical advances, as well as sparking intense ethical debate.

30 Nov 2018 - 6:58PM

Chinese researcher, He Jiankui, has claimed to be the first person in the world to use an editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 to genetically engineer a pair of twin babies. This technology is relatively fast, simple and inexpensive and opens doors to potentially lucrative biotech and medical advances, as well as sparking intense ethical debate.

CRISPR/Cas9: a gene-editing tool with promise and peril