Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a freelance journalist who worked on staff at the SCMP before editing Discovery magazine. She is the author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - and fully intends that the next book she writes will be less grisly.

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Ankie Beilke was bullied as a child, but she did not let it stop her from becoming a top actor and model

Born in Germany, Ankie Beilke followed in her mother’s footsteps to become an actor, starring in her first role at the age of six.

11 Jan 2021 - 4:17PM

Born in Germany, Ankie Beilke followed in her mother’s footsteps to become an actor, starring in her first role at the age of six.

Ankie Beilke was bullied as a child, but she did not let it stop her from becoming a top actor and model
Medical staycations offered in Hong Kong, as clinic and hotels look to make up for lack of tourists

A private clinic has partnered with hotels in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui to offer discounts on rooms and medical procedures such as gastroscopy, liposuction, and double eyelid surgery.

5 Jan 2021 - 6:07PM

A private clinic has partnered with hotels in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui to offer discounts on rooms and medical procedures such as gastroscopy, liposuction, and double eyelid surgery.

Medical staycations offered in Hong Kong, as clinic and hotels look to make up for lack of tourists
Asian comfort food next for plant-based meat entrepreneur who is putting his beliefs into practice

Singapore-based Karana makes shredded and minced ‘pork’ from organic jackfruit, and is working on Asian comfort foods like steamed buns and dumplings. Hong Kong-born co-founder Blair Crichton, a vegan, is putting his money where his morals are.

26 Dec 2020 - 7:45PM

Singapore-based Karana makes shredded and minced ‘pork’ from organic jackfruit, and is working on Asian comfort foods like steamed buns and dumplings. Hong Kong-born co-founder Blair Crichton, a vegan, is putting his money where his morals are.

Asian comfort food next for plant-based meat entrepreneur who is putting his beliefs into practice
For Hong Kong charity Feeding Hong Kong, 2020 brought great challenges and generosity

Gabrielle Kirstein, the founder of Feeding Hong Kong, talks about how helping her father with his volunteer work in a Manchester hostel inspired her to set up the food charity

22 Dec 2020 - 9:20AM

Gabrielle Kirstein, the founder of Feeding Hong Kong, talks about how helping her father with his volunteer work in a Manchester hostel inspired her to set up the food charity

For Hong Kong charity Feeding Hong Kong, 2020 brought great challenges and generosity
Wei Wei, principal dancer of Hong Kong Ballet, discovered his love for dance as a child and hasn’t stopped moving since

After his mother noticed his natural sense of rhythm, Wei Wei joined Shenyang Conservatory of Music, in China, before joining Hong Kong Ballet in 2003, where he met his wife and continues to dance.

13 Dec 2020 - 2:32PM

After his mother noticed his natural sense of rhythm, Wei Wei joined Shenyang Conservatory of Music, in China, before joining Hong Kong Ballet in 2003, where he met his wife and continues to dance.

Wei Wei, principal dancer of Hong Kong Ballet, discovered his love for dance as a child and hasn’t stopped moving since
‘I was a very bad lawyer’ but ‘banking suited me’, says SparkRaise founder Yeone Fok

Having attended Wellesley, Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, the founder of ethical crowdfunding platform SparkRaise says, ‘I basically kept studying because I didn’t want to work’.

6 Dec 2020 - 2:57PM

Having attended Wellesley, Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, the founder of ethical crowdfunding platform SparkRaise says, ‘I basically kept studying because I didn’t want to work’.

‘I was a very bad lawyer’ but ‘banking suited me’, says SparkRaise founder Yeone Fok
Sharing experiences of mental health problems helps others deal with theirs, and social enterprise Storytaler facilitates the sharing

To break the stigma surrounding mental health, social enterprise Storytaler sets up webinars and workshops in which volunteers share their experiences with mental health issues. The process is therapeutic for both storytellers and listeners.

5 Dec 2020 - 5:15PM

To break the stigma surrounding mental health, social enterprise Storytaler sets up webinars and workshops in which volunteers share their experiences with mental health issues. The process is therapeutic for both storytellers and listeners.

Sharing experiences of mental health problems helps others deal with theirs, and social enterprise Storytaler facilitates the sharing
Hong Kong filmmaker Ellen Pau on embracing her identity as an artist, a woman and a lesbian

The Hong Kong visual artist talks about having felt close to death since childhood, coming out as a creative and eschewing relationships to remain creative

1 Dec 2020 - 3:15PM

The Hong Kong visual artist talks about having felt close to death since childhood, coming out as a creative and eschewing relationships to remain creative

Hong Kong filmmaker Ellen Pau on embracing her identity as an artist, a woman and a lesbian
Wildlife photographs on sale to fund conservation, badly hit by pandemic – NatGeo stars and others donate fine art prints

The pandemic has stopped the flow of tourists whose spending funds wildlife conservation. NatGeo photographers and others have donated fine art prints for sale to help game reserves and the villagers who depend on them for work.

27 Nov 2020 - 7:34PM

The pandemic has stopped the flow of tourists whose spending funds wildlife conservation. NatGeo photographers and others have donated fine art prints for sale to help game reserves and the villagers who depend on them for work.

Wildlife photographs on sale to fund conservation, badly hit by pandemic – NatGeo stars and others donate fine art prints
The ‘father of Hong Kong design’ Henry Steiner on creating the HSBC logo, Standard Chartered banknotes

Austria-born Henry Steiner, who is known as the ‘father of Hong Kong design’, recalls the 1967 riots, bringing graphic design to the city and creating HSBC’s red-and-white hexagon.

22 Nov 2020 - 3:05PM

Austria-born Henry Steiner, who is known as the ‘father of Hong Kong design’, recalls the 1967 riots, bringing graphic design to the city and creating HSBC’s red-and-white hexagon.

The ‘father of Hong Kong design’ Henry Steiner on creating the HSBC logo, Standard Chartered banknotes
David Nesbitt wanted to help his disabled daughter –with the Nesbitt Centre he helps many others, too

David Nesbitt on how his eponymous centre started the Nest chain of bakery and coffee shop social enterprises.

9 Nov 2020 - 8:37AM

David Nesbitt on how his eponymous centre started the Nest chain of bakery and coffee shop social enterprises.

David Nesbitt wanted to help his disabled daughter –with the Nesbitt Centre he helps many others, too
Kevin Kwan, Benjamin Law, Jonathan Kaufman: Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2020 highlights preview

Online, in-person and hybrid events combine at the 2020 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, featuring authors including Kevin Kwan, Benjamin Law and Jonathan Kaufman.

4 Nov 2020 - 2:45PM

Online, in-person and hybrid events combine at the 2020 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, featuring authors including Kevin Kwan, Benjamin Law and Jonathan Kaufman.

Kevin Kwan, Benjamin Law, Jonathan Kaufman: Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2020 highlights preview
‘Their mental health is suffering’: why young people in Hong Kong are feeling the strain, and tips on self-care

The impact of Covid-19 on young people makes preventing mental health problems more important than ever, a message the Hong Kong Youth Summit aims to bring home to Generation Z.

2 Nov 2020 - 5:47PM

The impact of Covid-19 on young people makes preventing mental health problems more important than ever, a message the Hong Kong Youth Summit aims to bring home to Generation Z.

‘Their mental health is suffering’: why young people in Hong Kong are feeling the strain, and tips on self-care
Luke Ching on his journey from artist, to observer, to activist

After witnessing the Queen’s Pier protest Luke Ching started to question what it meant to be local in Hong Kong and how he could use art to improve the lives of those around him.

30 Oct 2020 - 2:52PM

After witnessing the Queen’s Pier protest Luke Ching started to question what it meant to be local in Hong Kong and how he could use art to improve the lives of those around him.

Luke Ching on his journey from artist, to observer, to activist
WWF’s Andy Cornish is trying to save endangered shark species, before it is too late

Cornish, who grew up in Hong Kong, heads WWF’s shark and ray conservation programme and is working to save critically endangered populations around the world.

22 Oct 2020 - 3:15PM

Cornish, who grew up in Hong Kong, heads WWF’s shark and ray conservation programme and is working to save critically endangered populations around the world.

WWF’s Andy Cornish is trying to save endangered shark species, before it is too late
Going vegetarian: why restaurants and bars are meat-free for a year at Asia-Pacific hospitality group Ovolo Hotels

The decision by Ovolo Hotels to go meat-free for 12 months reflects the growth in vegetarianism and the need for a more healthy lifestyle.

19 Oct 2020 - 6:59PM

The decision by Ovolo Hotels to go meat-free for 12 months reflects the growth in vegetarianism and the need for a more healthy lifestyle.

Going vegetarian: why restaurants and bars are meat-free for a year at Asia-Pacific hospitality group Ovolo Hotels
From baking to crafting to art, being creative is a way to channel pain and suffering of coronavirus pandemic, experts say

With children as young as seven calling a suicide hotline amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many people need an outlet for their negative feelings. Being creative, such as by making art, is a way to channel pain and suffering, experts say.

4 Oct 2020 - 4:53PM

With children as young as seven calling a suicide hotline amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many people need an outlet for their negative feelings. Being creative, such as by making art, is a way to channel pain and suffering, experts say.

From baking to crafting to art, being creative is a way to channel pain and suffering of coronavirus pandemic, experts say
World travel records for visiting every country were within their grasp – then the pandemic struck

Thor Pedersen and Daniel Herszberg were well on their way to setting separate travel records for visiting every country in the world before the pandemic hit.

1 Oct 2020 - 6:35PM

Thor Pedersen and Daniel Herszberg were well on their way to setting separate travel records for visiting every country in the world before the pandemic hit.

World travel records for visiting every country were within their grasp – then the pandemic struck
Education is about character, values, and identity, not just how smart kids are, teacher says

Hong Kong educator Christine Ma-Lau believed too much focus is put on developing a child’s intelligence, often at the expense of building their identity and relationships, so she founded JEMS Character Academy.

28 Sep 2020 - 7:46AM

Hong Kong educator Christine Ma-Lau believed too much focus is put on developing a child’s intelligence, often at the expense of building their identity and relationships, so she founded JEMS Character Academy.

Education is about character, values, and identity, not just how smart kids are, teacher says
Hong Kong Rugby Union CEO on his only arrest as a police officer and the challenges of Covid-19

Robbie McRobbie followed in his brother’s footsteps to becoming a policeman in Hong Kong. But after only ever making one arrest, he realised his passions lay elsewhere.

29 Aug 2020 - 3:36PM

Robbie McRobbie followed in his brother’s footsteps to becoming a policeman in Hong Kong. But after only ever making one arrest, he realised his passions lay elsewhere.

Hong Kong Rugby Union CEO on his only arrest as a police officer and the challenges of Covid-19
Priest Stephen Miller found his calling early in life, it was later that he found a home in Hong Kong

Stephen Miller might have learned to sail a boat before he could ride a bike, but he knew from a young age that he wanted to become an Anglican priest.

25 Aug 2020 - 4:46PM

Stephen Miller might have learned to sail a boat before he could ride a bike, but he knew from a young age that he wanted to become an Anglican priest.

Priest Stephen Miller found his calling early in life, it was later that he found a home in Hong Kong
Pandemic, social distancing getting you down? Mental health support offered free of charge via charity Mind HK

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the mental well-being of many Hongkongers, and some are not seeking help. Mental health charity Mind HK is offering free guidance sessions to those most affected.

23 Aug 2020 - 5:21PM

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the mental well-being of many Hongkongers, and some are not seeking help. Mental health charity Mind HK is offering free guidance sessions to those most affected.

Pandemic, social distancing getting you down? Mental health support offered free of charge via charity Mind HK
Opinion | Why we need to properly, and sustainably, dispose of single-use surgical face masks

Made from plastic, surgical face masks can take hundreds of years to break down.

21 Aug 2020 - 9:02AM

Made from plastic, surgical face masks can take hundreds of years to break down.

Why we need to properly, and sustainably, dispose of single-use surgical  face masks
Living with a disability didn’t stop this reiki practitioner leading a full life – parents’ tough love and can-do attitude gave him the drive to achieve

Reiki practitioner Edward Bunker credits his parents’ tough love and can-do attitude with helping him leading a full and productive life in Hong Kong having been partially paralysed on his entire right side since birth.

5 Aug 2020 - 3:19PM

Reiki practitioner Edward Bunker credits his parents’ tough love and can-do attitude with helping him leading a full and productive life in Hong Kong having been partially paralysed on his entire right side since birth.

Living with a disability didn’t stop this reiki practitioner leading a full life – parents’ tough love and can-do attitude gave him the drive to achieve
Born in Stanley’s POW camp, George Cautherley is a true Hongkonger

Born in a prisoner-of-war camp in Stanley under Japanese occupation, George Cautherley has confirmed through DNA tests that he is a sixth-generation member of Hong Kong’s prominent Heard family.

2 Aug 2020 - 2:46PM

Born in a prisoner-of-war camp in Stanley under Japanese occupation, George Cautherley has confirmed through DNA tests that he is a sixth-generation member of Hong Kong’s prominent Heard family.

Born in Stanley’s POW camp, George Cautherley is a true Hongkonger
Cancer, diabetes markers – the real value of DNA tests lie in knowing what’s potentially ahead, not what’s in your past

While DNA tests can be used to look at your ancestry, they can be used to look at your risk of suffering from diseases or health conditions in the future, too.

28 Jul 2020 - 3:22PM

While DNA tests can be used to look at your ancestry, they can be used to look at your risk of suffering from diseases or health conditions in the future, too.

Cancer, diabetes markers – the real value of DNA tests lie in knowing what’s potentially ahead, not what’s in your past
Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Carmen Yau is a sex rights advocate for people with disabilities

Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Carmen Yau Ka-man is the chairwoman of the Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong and a sex rights advocate.

24 Jul 2020 - 12:14PM

Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Carmen Yau Ka-man is the chairwoman of the Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong and a sex rights advocate.

Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Carmen Yau is a sex rights advocate for people with disabilities
Space tool inventor dentist on his ultimate quest – the one for alien life. Europa, Jupiter’s moon, is his best bet

An honest dentist rather than a good one, in his own words, Dr Ng Tze-chuen’s passion is inventing. He’s working on an alternative to chemotherapy … and the quest for alien life out there.

14 Jul 2020 - 12:47PM

An honest dentist rather than a good one, in his own words, Dr Ng Tze-chuen’s passion is inventing. He’s working on an alternative to chemotherapy … and the quest for alien life out there.

Space tool inventor dentist on his ultimate quest – the one for alien life. Europa, Jupiter’s moon, is his best bet
Treatment for anxiety, allergies, skin conditions, chronic pain: what bioresonance therapy is and why people support it

Proponents of bioresonance, a non-invasive healing therapy, say it is effective for anxiety and stress, chronic pain, allergies, skin conditions, and food intolerances. We gave it a shot.

3 Jul 2020 - 2:49PM

Proponents of bioresonance, a non-invasive healing therapy, say it is effective for anxiety and stress, chronic pain, allergies, skin conditions, and food intolerances. We gave it a shot.

Treatment for anxiety, allergies, skin conditions, chronic pain: what bioresonance therapy is and why people support it
Just been laid off? How to get over the shock, anger, shame, or grief you may be feeling, and the next steps

Why you should reach out to a career coach or counsellor if you have recently lost your job – they can help you bring your emotions under control and consider your next steps.

24 Jun 2020 - 9:35AM

Why you should reach out to a career coach or counsellor if you have recently lost your job – they can help you bring your emotions under control and consider your next steps.

Just been laid off? How to get over the shock, anger, shame, or grief you may be feeling, and the next steps