Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a journalist and author of two Hong Kong crime books, After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders. She is also a qualified psychotherapist and recently won the MIND Media Award for the second consecutive year.

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POST EDIT: HSBC conservation project breathes new life into Hong Kong’s natural ecosystems

HSBC’s Lai Chi Wo project repopulates abandoned farmland to create functional biodiversity and help protect the environment.

HSBC’s Lai Chi Wo project repopulates abandoned farmland to create functional biodiversity and help protect the environment.

17 Jan 2022 - 1:40PM
Profile | Why Asia must reject the Western economic model, and Amazon’s ‘broken system’ – a sustainability leader speaks

Chandran Nair, founder of Hong Kong think tank the Global Institute For Tomorrow, tells Kate Whitehead about Amazon’s ‘broken system’, sheltering anti-apartheid leaders in South Africa and growing up poor in Malaysia.

Chandran Nair, founder of Hong Kong think tank the Global Institute For Tomorrow, tells Kate Whitehead about Amazon’s ‘broken system’, sheltering anti-apartheid leaders in South Africa and growing up poor in Malaysia.

17 Jan 2022 - 9:28AM
Vietnamese boatpeople tell their stories for the first time to one of their rescuers, retired Hong Kong marine police officer Les Bird

When a ship ran aground on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island in 1979 with over 1.400 desperate Vietnamese refugees on board, marine policeman Les Bird led their rescue. He and dozens of them recall a dramatic day.

When a ship ran aground on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island in 1979 with over 1.400 desperate Vietnamese refugees on board, marine policeman Les Bird led their rescue. He and dozens of them recall a dramatic day.

14 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
Profile | Hong Kong educator who didn’t let an abusive marriage and husband’s gambling get in the way of helping children of the poor reflects on her own journey from poverty

Anson Wong grew up poor and as a teenager tutored children for money. The founder of several children’s education centres, she tells Kate Whitehead about paying it forward and surviving an abusive marriage.

Anson Wong grew up poor and as a teenager tutored children for money. The founder of several children’s education centres, she tells Kate Whitehead about paying it forward and surviving an abusive marriage.

8 Jan 2022 - 9:11AM
How watching Alien 3 movie set top Hong Kong scientist on the road to developing cancer and prenatal health screening tests

When Professor Dennis Lo saw Alien 3, it put him off a career doing autopsies and onto a different track that led to him developing a prenatal test for genetic diseases in babies and screening tests for cancer.

When Professor Dennis Lo saw Alien 3, it put him off a career doing autopsies and onto a different track that led to him developing a prenatal test for genetic diseases in babies and screening tests for cancer.

6 Jan 2022 - 2:38PM
20 inspirational women’s stories of bouncing back from suicide attempts, crushed dreams, self-hate and more collected in latest #MyVoice volume

In the #MyVoice book series, 20 women – seven of whom are based in Hong Kong – tell of overcoming crushed dreams, suicide attempts and self-hate to become stronger people.

In the #MyVoice book series, 20 women – seven of whom are based in Hong Kong – tell of overcoming crushed dreams, suicide attempts and self-hate to become stronger people.

2 Jan 2022 - 8:55PM
If Covid-19 rules prevent travel, learn something new like these Hong Kong people have done – it will improve your mental health and ‘reset’ your brain

Covid-19 restrictions stopped these Hong Kong residents having overseas holidays, so they distract themselves by learning new things such as sewing and wakesurfing. Others destress at drumming jams.

Covid-19 restrictions stopped these Hong Kong residents having overseas holidays, so they distract themselves by learning new things such as sewing and wakesurfing. Others destress at drumming jams.

26 Dec 2021 - 6:45AM
Profile | How an American social entrepreneur empowers women genocide survivors in Rwanda, and the early disaster that only strengthened her resolve

Social entrepreneur Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes talks about growing up in Tampa, becoming a Rwandan activist and co-founding the Akilah Institute to teach young women modern skills.

Social entrepreneur Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes talks about growing up in Tampa, becoming a Rwandan activist and co-founding the Akilah Institute to teach young women modern skills.

25 Dec 2021 - 2:15PM
Profile | Hong Kong Ballet’s Ye Feifei on the thrill of The Nutcracker, a tough introduction to dance in northern China, and a break-up

Hong Kong Ballet principal dancer Ye Feifei tells Kate Whitehead about her introduction to dance in Shenyang, China, the thrill of The Nutcracker, and how she’s risen to the pinnacle of her profession.

Hong Kong Ballet principal dancer Ye Feifei tells Kate Whitehead about her introduction to dance in Shenyang, China, the thrill of The Nutcracker, and how she’s risen to the pinnacle of her profession.

13 Dec 2021 - 7:59AM
Profile | From singing Simon and Garfunkel covers in the school bus to 29 years of conducting the Hong Kong Bach Choir, Jerome Hoberman on improving with age

The American music director and conductor of the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra tells Kate Whitehead how he turned around an amateur group into something special.

The American music director and conductor of the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra tells Kate Whitehead how he turned around an amateur group into something special.

6 Dec 2021 - 11:36AM
Profile | Hong Kong nightlife veteran Richard Feldman on why Lan Kwai Fong is ‘a magical place’ and opening his new gay bar, Petticoat Lane

Canadian Richard Feldman, who for 34 years has run businesses in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo nightlife districts, tells Kate Whitehead about life in the fast lane and why the city is ‘going to be OK’.

Canadian Richard Feldman, who for 34 years has run businesses in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo nightlife districts, tells Kate Whitehead about life in the fast lane and why the city is ‘going to be OK’.

27 Nov 2021 - 1:15PM
Major life changes such as leaving Hong Kong will always make us anxious, experts say, but we will feel energised afterwards

In Hong Kong many people are wondering whether to stay or leave in the wake of the National Security Law’s imposition and the Covid-19 pandemic. Experts explain how to approach a major change to your life.

In Hong Kong many people are wondering whether to stay or leave in the wake of the National Security Law’s imposition and the Covid-19 pandemic. Experts explain how to approach a major change to your life.

20 Nov 2021 - 1:56PM
How to help your children adjust to in-school classes: experts offer tips after 2 years of virtual lessons during the pandemic

Students returning to in-school classes are showing increased levels of anxiety and depression after two years of virtual lessons. Experts give advice on what to look for and how parents can help.

Students returning to in-school classes are showing increased levels of anxiety and depression after two years of virtual lessons. Experts give advice on what to look for and how parents can help.

18 Nov 2021 - 12:59PM
How John Fung found his passion for photography after difficult teenage years in Macau and Hong Kong, and why he always lives in the moment

The Hong Kong photographer tells Kate Whitehead about growing up in Africa, hard times at school, finding his passion for photography and how living in the moment informs his art.

The Hong Kong photographer tells Kate Whitehead about growing up in Africa, hard times at school, finding his passion for photography and how living in the moment informs his art.

13 Nov 2021 - 1:15PM
Movember 2021 in Hong Kong is about growing a moustache and spreading a message about the importance of looking after physical and mental health; here’s how to help

The global men’s health awareness campaign is about more than growing a moustache – these days it also involves women. Here’s all you need to know about Movember in Hong Kong.

The global men’s health awareness campaign is about more than growing a moustache – these days it also involves women. Here’s all you need to know about Movember in Hong Kong.

7 Nov 2021 - 6:15PM
Profile | British author Horatio Clare on his nervous breakdown, BBC days working with people like David Lynch, his books, and growing up in the Welsh wilderness

After growing up Wales, Clare worked with brilliant minds at the BBC and became an accomplished writer. A breakdown and subsequent recovery informs his latest book.

After growing up Wales, Clare worked with brilliant minds at the BBC and became an accomplished writer. A breakdown and subsequent recovery informs his latest book.

6 Nov 2021 - 6:15PM
Opinion | To Hong Kong hotel quarantine testers – would saying ‘Good morning’ once in a while kill you?

A friendly greeting costs nothing and would be well received by the thousands of Hongkongers dutifully serving their time in quarantine. Instead, they get nothing.

A friendly greeting costs nothing and would be well received by the thousands of Hongkongers dutifully serving their time in quarantine. Instead, they get nothing.

5 Nov 2021 - 8:45AM
Quarantine rules, workplace relationships and mental health among subjects of discussion at the 2021 Hong Kong International Literary Festival

The 2021 Hong Kong International Literary Festival will tap into the therapeutic power of storytelling and cover subjects such as workplace relationships and the city’s three-week quarantine for travellers.

The 2021 Hong Kong International Literary Festival will tap into the therapeutic power of storytelling and cover subjects such as workplace relationships and the city’s three-week quarantine for travellers.

4 Nov 2021 - 10:06PM
How book therapy can help you with emotional problems and life changes, and the two bibliotherapists currently self-medicating

Book therapy, or bibliotherapy, brought Germaine Leece and Sonya Tsakalakis together and now they use their love of reading to help others cope with emotional problems.

Book therapy, or bibliotherapy, brought Germaine Leece and Sonya Tsakalakis together and now they use their love of reading to help others cope with emotional problems.

8 Nov 2021 - 8:11AM
Teens create game to help survive quarantine in Hong Kong, and it’s helping people stuck in their hotel rooms connect and feel less lonely

Two teenage brothers in Hong Kong have devised a card game to help quarantined guests connect with each other inside and outside the hotels in which they are confined.

Two teenage brothers in Hong Kong have devised a card game to help quarantined guests connect with each other inside and outside the hotels in which they are confined.

1 Nov 2021 - 9:08AM
Profile | Australian artist Matt Ottley on battling bipolar disorder, fighting bulls in the Outback and finally finding happiness

Australian artist Matt Ottley had his first bipolar episode at 13 but wasn’t diagnosed until his 40s. He talks about crashes, growing up in Papua New Guinea and working as a stockman.

Australian artist Matt Ottley had his first bipolar episode at 13 but wasn’t diagnosed until his 40s. He talks about crashes, growing up in Papua New Guinea and working as a stockman.

30 Oct 2021 - 7:50AM
Profile | Hong Kong drag queen Coco Pop on Anita Mui, working for House of Siren and climbing the cross-dressing ladder

The ‘drag grandmother’ talks about her love of Anita Mui, working for House of Siren and how she uses her platform to help educate children and adults alike.

The ‘drag grandmother’ talks about her love of Anita Mui, working for House of Siren and how she uses her platform to help educate children and adults alike.

24 Oct 2021 - 1:15PM
Opinion | As if 21 days’ compulsory quarantine isn’t enough: food thieves in Hong Kong hotels really take the cake

Forget the standards of cleanliness, the lack of fresh air or the monotony that comes with Hong Kong’s three-week quarantine system – it’s the hungry neighbours you’ve got to look out for.

Forget the standards of cleanliness, the lack of fresh air or the monotony that comes with Hong Kong’s three-week quarantine system – it’s the hungry neighbours you’ve got to look out for.

22 Oct 2021 - 3:17PM
Explainer | How to survive world’s longest coronavirus quarantine without losing your mind - a personal account

Kate Whitehead recently emerged from 21 days of isolation in a Hong Kong hotel room. She explains what she did to stay sane, from renting a cross trainer to phoning friends.

Kate Whitehead recently emerged from 21 days of isolation in a Hong Kong hotel room. She explains what she did to stay sane, from renting a cross trainer to phoning friends.

27 Oct 2021 - 11:58AM
World Mental Health Day 2021: Hong Kong companies put more emphasis on staff well-being amid the coronavirus pandemic

Companies that had staff mental health programmes in place have enhanced them during the coronavirus pandemic, with senior leaders showing more willingness to be role models.

Companies that had staff mental health programmes in place have enhanced them during the coronavirus pandemic, with senior leaders showing more willingness to be role models.

10 Oct 2021 - 11:15AM
Profile | She wrote a book on women’s workplace challenges after her own personal struggles – Hong Kong-based Korean lawyer Jaclyn Jhin

Hong Kong-based Korean lawyer Jaclyn Jhin, the new CEO of Asian Charity Services, talks about how her tough divorce and custody battle saw her turn to mentoring other women.

Hong Kong-based Korean lawyer Jaclyn Jhin, the new CEO of Asian Charity Services, talks about how her tough divorce and custody battle saw her turn to mentoring other women.

27 Oct 2021 - 6:38PM
Suicide Prevention Week: experts’ tips on how to recognise someone is at risk, and how you can help – listen, stay calm and never dismiss their feelings

The better informed we are about suicide, the more confident we feel to speak to someone who may be at risk. Taking a few minutes to read this story could help save a life.

The better informed we are about suicide, the more confident we feel to speak to someone who may be at risk. Taking a few minutes to read this story could help save a life.

13 Sep 2021 - 2:57PM
Profile | She became a child spy, but her real talent was for business – Anna Wong on growing as an entrepreneur and empowering women

The co-founder of Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide tells Kate Whitehead why she became a child spy and how empowering women has helped her to grow.

The co-founder of Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide tells Kate Whitehead why she became a child spy and how empowering women has helped her to grow.

4 Sep 2021 - 1:45PM
Profile | He quit fashion to graffiti Hong Kong streets, and it became a business – New York-born Stern Rockwell on tagging Brooklyn as a teen and designing for Cartier and Christian Dior

New York-born artist Stern Rockwell, whose works adorn Hong Kong businesses and high-rises, tells Kate Whitehead about racism at school, getting into graffiti and how he’s now found his own pace.

New York-born artist Stern Rockwell, whose works adorn Hong Kong businesses and high-rises, tells Kate Whitehead about racism at school, getting into graffiti and how he’s now found his own pace.

28 Aug 2021 - 5:15AM
Profile | Musician Ying Ying Liu on growing up during the Cultural Revolution, going West, and connecting young people with nature through her charity LumiVoce

Ying Ying Liu of Hong Kong charity LumiVoce talks about growing up in a musical family during the Cultural Revolution and connecting people with nature through music tracks mixed with indigenous sounds and rhythms.

Ying Ying Liu of Hong Kong charity LumiVoce talks about growing up in a musical family during the Cultural Revolution and connecting people with nature through music tracks mixed with indigenous sounds and rhythms.

21 Aug 2021 - 5:16PM