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 grizzly.
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 grizzly.

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Video game addiction: why the mental disorder, now recognised by the WHO, is on the rise

Summer holidays identified as addiction danger spot as youngsters spend unstructured time online, with young children particularly at risk.

16 Feb 2019 - 5:09PM
Video game addiction: why the mental disorder, now recognised by the WHO, is on the rise

Summer holidays identified as addiction danger spot as youngsters spend unstructured time online, with young children particularly at risk.

The Forgiven’s Lawrence Osborne on transition from books to blockbusters – and filming in Hong Kong, Macau and Cambodia

Author Lawrence Osborne is the brains behind the Ballad of a Small Player and Hunters in the Dark, both of which are being made into films. Starring Ralph Fiennes, the film adaptation of The Forgiven will begin shooting this year.

11 Feb 2019 - 9:16AM
The Forgiven’s Lawrence Osborne on transition from books to blockbusters – and filming in Hong Kong, Macau and Cambodia

Author Lawrence Osborne is the brains behind the Ballad of a Small Player and Hunters in the Dark, both of which are being made into films. Starring Ralph Fiennes, the film adaptation of The Forgiven will begin shooting this year.

How a 90-year-old ‘grumpy dragon’ taught chef David Thompson all about Thai food

The Sydney-born chef also reveals how he fell in love with ‘heady, delicious, exotic’ Bangkok, and recalls meeting his partner of 30 years, Tanongsak Yordwai, over tequila shots in a dive bar

31 Jan 2019 - 8:04PM
How a 90-year-old ‘grumpy dragon’ taught chef David Thompson all about Thai food

The Sydney-born chef also reveals how he fell in love with ‘heady, delicious, exotic’ Bangkok, and recalls meeting his partner of 30 years, Tanongsak Yordwai, over tequila shots in a dive bar

Holocaust survivor remembers the Swiss diplomat in Hungary who saved her life

Budapest-born literary agent Eva Koralnik recalls the 1944 Nazi invasion of Hungary that ended her happy childhood and pays tribute to Harald Feller, who risked his life to help her, her mother and baby sister escape to Switzerland.

25 Jan 2019 - 12:34AM
Holocaust survivor remembers the Swiss diplomat in Hungary who saved her life

Budapest-born literary agent Eva Koralnik recalls the 1944 Nazi invasion of Hungary that ended her happy childhood and pays tribute to Harald Feller, who risked his life to help her, her mother and baby sister escape to Switzerland.

Depressed, working too hard, but people in Hong Kong and Singapore are taking more short-haul trips

The travel industry wants to cash in on the rise of short-haul travellers in Asia. One company has launched a new campaign around the ‘Holiday Quickie’

23 Jan 2019 - 10:39PM
Depressed, working too hard, but people in Hong Kong and Singapore are taking more short-haul trips

The travel industry wants to cash in on the rise of short-haul travellers in Asia. One company has launched a new campaign around the ‘Holiday Quickie’

She helped put Bhutan on the cultural tourism map, and she can’t stop smiling

French ethno-historian Françoise Pommaret, who visited the Himalayan kingdom by chance in 1981, stayed, and helped put it on the cultural tourism map; while she spends time in France, Bhutan is where her heart is now.

4 Jan 2019 - 10:48AM
She helped put Bhutan on the cultural tourism map, and she can’t stop smiling

French ethno-historian Françoise Pommaret, who visited the Himalayan kingdom by chance in 1981, stayed, and helped put it on the cultural tourism map; while she spends time in France, Bhutan is where her heart is now.

China scholar Kevin Carrico on being followed in Hong Kong by reporters from pro-Beijing newspaper

Kevin Carrico is an American academic who has researched tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China, and the city’s independence movement. The Macquarie University anthropologist had no idea who was following him until he saw the Wen Wei Po article

20 Dec 2018 - 7:49PM
China scholar Kevin Carrico on being followed in Hong Kong by reporters from pro-Beijing newspaper

Kevin Carrico is an American academic who has researched tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China, and the city’s independence movement. The Macquarie University anthropologist had no idea who was following him until he saw the Wen Wei Po article

The life and times of a Mossad agent, and what he did after quitting the spy game

Yossi Alpher talks about why he has two passports – American and Israeli – and says that he believes peace with the Palestinians is close to impossible

13 Dec 2018 - 4:43PM
The life and times of a Mossad agent, and what he did after quitting the spy game

Yossi Alpher talks about why he has two passports – American and Israeli – and says that he believes peace with the Palestinians is close to impossible

Australian classical pianist on feeling the hand of God, rare instruments and the first piano to arrive Down Under

Geoffrey Lancaster recalls his ‘amazing conversion experience’ in 1976 and how he is restoring early pianos to their original glory

7 Dec 2018 - 3:01PM
Australian classical pianist on feeling the hand of God, rare instruments and the first piano to arrive Down Under

Geoffrey Lancaster recalls his ‘amazing conversion experience’ in 1976 and how he is restoring early pianos to their original glory

Drug addiction in Hong Kong elite schools: how anxiety led pair to cannabis, coke, Xanax and rehab as teens

Cannabis, cocaine, Xanax, ketamine – pair turned to drugs to cope with anxiety as teens. They are clean now, but agree there is not enough help available for children in Hong Kong with drug problems.

28 Nov 2018 - 4:46PM
Drug addiction in Hong Kong elite schools: how anxiety led pair to cannabis, coke, Xanax and rehab as teens

Cannabis, cocaine, Xanax, ketamine – pair turned to drugs to cope with anxiety as teens. They are clean now, but agree there is not enough help available for children in Hong Kong with drug problems.

Chinese orphan takes on Hong Kong role at her adoptive mother’s childcare foundation

Jenny Bowen adopted baby Maya in Guangzhou in 1997, then went on to set up orphanages across China. Maya, now 23, works as a programme coordinator at the OneSky Centre in Hong Kong.

18 Nov 2018 - 8:18PM
Chinese orphan takes on Hong Kong role at her adoptive mother’s childcare foundation

Jenny Bowen adopted baby Maya in Guangzhou in 1997, then went on to set up orphanages across China. Maya, now 23, works as a programme coordinator at the OneSky Centre in Hong Kong.

Opinion | Manspreading on a plane: in the age of #MeToo, even the armrest is a gender politics issue

A frequent ‘cattle class’ traveller says its time to introduce women-only seating sections on planes to end the battle for the armrest once and for all.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Manspreading on a plane: in the age of #MeToo, even the armrest is a gender politics issue

A frequent ‘cattle class’ traveller says its time to introduce women-only seating sections on planes to end the battle for the armrest once and for all.

‘Shanghai is the ultimate noir.’ British author Paul French talks about his obsession at Hong Kong festival

Paul French has published two books this year: City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir and Destination Shanghai. He was speaking at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

7 Nov 2018 - 6:51PM
‘Shanghai is the ultimate noir.’ British author Paul French talks about his obsession at Hong Kong festival

Paul French has published two books this year: City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir and Destination Shanghai. He was speaking at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Getting to the roots of Rodrigo Duterte: biographer on Philippine president’s puzzling past

Duterte Harry author talks about his fascination with the brutal authoritarian, what he learned about his back story, and how the privileged son of a provincial oligarch developed his rough-edged gangster charm.

6 Nov 2018 - 7:37PM
Getting to the roots of Rodrigo Duterte: biographer on Philippine president’s puzzling past

Duterte Harry author talks about his fascination with the brutal authoritarian, what he learned about his back story, and how the privileged son of a provincial oligarch developed his rough-edged gangster charm.

Millennial artists in China – optimistic, globalist and revelling in freedom of the internet

Millennial artists featured in a new book by curator Barbara Pollack are optimistic, globalist and revel in the freedom of the internet. Born after the Cultural Revolution and Mao Zedong’s death, their status as only children is behind their drive to succeed.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:22AM
Millennial artists in China – optimistic, globalist and revelling in freedom of the internet

Millennial artists featured in a new book by curator Barbara Pollack are optimistic, globalist and revel in the freedom of the internet. Born after the Cultural Revolution and Mao Zedong’s death, their status as only children is behind their drive to succeed.

Hong Kong for Instagrammers: app that tells you where to take the best shots launches

Explorest is designed to help people discover and photograph the world’s most Instagrammable sights, with its Hong Kong launch revealing 80 ‘location insights’ across the city.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM
Hong Kong for Instagrammers: app that tells you where to take the best shots launches

Explorest is designed to help people discover and photograph the world’s most Instagrammable sights, with its Hong Kong launch revealing 80 ‘location insights’ across the city.

Wild author Cheryl Strayed, who is played by Reese Witherspoon in the film version, on death, divorce and heroin

Following the death of her mother and the break-up of her marriage, the 50-year-old author embarked on a life-changing 94-day solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail at the age of 26

19 Nov 2018 - 2:50PM
Wild author Cheryl Strayed, who is played by Reese Witherspoon in the film version, on death, divorce and heroin

Following the death of her mother and the break-up of her marriage, the 50-year-old author embarked on a life-changing 94-day solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail at the age of 26

No clichéd Suzie Wong: crowdfunded Hong Kong short film empowers female lead

On the Verge of Nothingness – about a Western man who falls in love with a young Chinese woman, and it is she who wields the power – is based on its director’s experiences from 30 years in the city.

28 Oct 2018 - 7:21PM
No clichéd Suzie Wong: crowdfunded Hong Kong short film empowers female lead

On the Verge of Nothingness – about a Western man who falls in love with a young Chinese woman, and it is she who wields the power – is based on its director’s experiences from 30 years in the city.

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach says 40 years later, fat is still a feminist issue

In town for the Hong Kong Literary Festival, the British psychoanalyst, writer and activist talks about riding the wave of feminism in the 1960s and why she is furious that little has changed since she published her book in 1978

27 Oct 2018 - 10:05AM
Psychotherapist Susie Orbach says 40 years later, fat is still a feminist issue

In town for the Hong Kong Literary Festival, the British psychoanalyst, writer and activist talks about riding the wave of feminism in the 1960s and why she is furious that little has changed since she published her book in 1978

Pink Season, the Hong Kong LGBT festival San Francisco Pride wants to learn from

Five-week celebration of gay acceptance, awareness and inclusion has kept favourite events such as the Variety Show and the LGBT junk trip Floatilla, and added innovations such as drag queen workshops.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Pink Season, the Hong Kong LGBT festival San Francisco Pride wants to learn from

Five-week celebration of gay acceptance, awareness and inclusion has kept favourite events such as the Variety Show and the LGBT junk trip Floatilla, and added innovations such as drag queen workshops.