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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Go Back to China marks return of film director Emily Ting, inspired by her stint in the family business

The Los Angeles-based director and producer recalls how being pushed into the family’s toymaking business in Hong Kong put her moviemaking dreams on hold – but not for too long.

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The Los Angeles-based director and producer recalls how being pushed into the family’s toymaking business in Hong Kong put her moviemaking dreams on hold – but not for too long.

Go Back to China marks return of film director Emily Ting, inspired by her stint in the family business
Expensive books, fewer bookstores, phones: Hong Kong’s reading challenges

Hong Kong’s high rents mean more expensive books, which affects price-sensitive Hongkongers, say industry insiders, who add that libraries need to do more to promote book-lending services.

23 Apr 2019 - 3:00PM

Hong Kong’s high rents mean more expensive books, which affects price-sensitive Hongkongers, say industry insiders, who add that libraries need to do more to promote book-lending services.

Expensive books, fewer bookstores, phones: Hong Kong’s reading challenges
Best places in China and Asia to visit from a man who has been to 158 countries

The race is on for Daniel Herszberg, who aims to be the youngest Australian to have visited every country in the world by the end of 2020.

18 Apr 2019 - 1:24PM

The race is on for Daniel Herszberg, who aims to be the youngest Australian to have visited every country in the world by the end of 2020.

Best places in China and Asia to visit from a man who has been to 158 countries
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy executive producer on Douglas Adams’ friendship and fabulous parties

Robbie Stamp recalls a brutal period of his life when he lost his firm, his father and his friend, and how making the 2005 film turned everything around.

5 Apr 2019 - 12:02AM

Robbie Stamp recalls a brutal period of his life when he lost his firm, his father and his friend, and how making the 2005 film turned everything around.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy executive producer on Douglas Adams’ friendship and fabulous parties
The scandal of good news stories not told, and a filmmaker’s quest for ‘humble heroes’ in Asia

Frederique Bedos’ NGO, Le Projet Imagine – The Humble Heroes, has made more than 30 films about people who’ve made a difference. In an era of fake news, she is seeking real heroes in Hong Kong and China whose stories she can tell.

3 Apr 2019 - 6:28AM

Frederique Bedos’ NGO, Le Projet Imagine – The Humble Heroes, has made more than 30 films about people who’ve made a difference. In an era of fake news, she is seeking real heroes in Hong Kong and China whose stories she can tell.

The scandal of good news stories not told, and a filmmaker’s quest for ‘humble heroes’ in Asia
What China’s post-war refugee exodus tells us about refugee crises today – author Helen Zia

Helen Zia, who’s written a book about refugees who fled China in the 1940s, draws parallels between their plight and today’s refugee crises, and says societies benefit from letting in highly motivated people who want to contribute.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:02PM

Helen Zia, who’s written a book about refugees who fled China in the 1940s, draws parallels between their plight and today’s refugee crises, and says societies benefit from letting in highly motivated people who want to contribute.

What China’s post-war refugee exodus tells us about refugee crises today – author Helen Zia
Discount five-star hotel packages in Asia the focus of travel platform Hey Travelista

Hong Kong-based Hey Travelista is dedicated to offering affordable luxury five-star hotel packages in Asia – the first to focus on deals in the region, according to co-founder Tony Low.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

Hong Kong-based Hey Travelista is dedicated to offering affordable luxury five-star hotel packages in Asia – the first to focus on deals in the region, according to co-founder Tony Low.

Discount five-star hotel packages in Asia the focus of travel platform Hey Travelista
Swedish chef Björn Frantzén on football, family and finding time to enjoy his life

The chef behind The Flying Elk and Frantzén’s Kitchen in Hong Kong explains how a congenital heart problem put the brakes on a football career, and why he’s only just getting started

29 Mar 2019 - 11:00AM

The chef behind The Flying Elk and Frantzén’s Kitchen in Hong Kong explains how a congenital heart problem put the brakes on a football career, and why he’s only just getting started

Swedish chef Björn Frantzén on football, family and finding time to enjoy his life
British singer Allman Brown on Spotify gold and his ‘privileged’ Hong Kong childhood

The musical artist, who found fame after his songs appeared on television shows and streaming services, finds familiarity and novelty in the city he grew up in

24 Mar 2019 - 7:00PM

The musical artist, who found fame after his songs appeared on television shows and streaming services, finds familiarity and novelty in the city he grew up in

British singer Allman Brown on Spotify gold and his ‘privileged’ Hong Kong childhood
Opinion | Why Hongkongers need schooling in umbrella etiquette

Anyone over a certain height is at risk of losing an eye in the city that does not know how to brandish a brolly, despite naming a revolution after it

22 Mar 2019 - 7:01AM

Anyone over a certain height is at risk of losing an eye in the city that does not know how to brandish a brolly, despite naming a revolution after it

Why Hongkongers need schooling in umbrella etiquette
Addiction and trauma unpacked in women-only response programme in Thailand

Rise programme at addiction clinic in Thailand focuses on bringing women into a safe environment to work through their substance abuse, and to see what trauma caused it.

11 Mar 2019 - 6:07PM

Rise programme at addiction clinic in Thailand focuses on bringing women into a safe environment to work through their substance abuse, and to see what trauma caused it.

Addiction and trauma unpacked in women-only response programme in Thailand
Author David T.K. Wong recalls colonial education in Singapore: ‘there was a lot of revisionism’

Now based in Malaysia, Hong Kong-born writer David T.K. Wong talks about the different stages of his eventful life – from wartime refugee to journalist, civil servant, novelist and, finally, philanthropist.

8 Mar 2019 - 11:11AM

Now based in Malaysia, Hong Kong-born writer David T.K. Wong talks about the different stages of his eventful life – from wartime refugee to journalist, civil servant, novelist and, finally, philanthropist.

Author David T.K. Wong recalls colonial education in Singapore: ‘there was a lot of revisionism’
International Women’s Day: why the glass ceiling in Hong Kong still exists and how to smash it

Fewer than 3 in 10 senior managers in the city are women, a study recently found; prejudice, cultural barriers are bad policy are to blame, academic says, and study’s co-author says employers have to change.

8 Mar 2019 - 7:51AM

Fewer than 3 in 10 senior managers in the city are women, a study recently found; prejudice, cultural barriers are bad policy are to blame, academic says, and study’s co-author says employers have to change.

International Women’s Day: why the glass ceiling in Hong Kong still exists and how to smash it
Incredible behind the scenes photos shot in Beijing on set of 1986 film The Last Emperor

After meeting and befriending director Bernardo Bertolucci, Basil Pao was offered a part in his new film The Last Emperor. He took on other jobs during filming, including stills photographer, and a selection of his photos are on show in Hong Kong.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

After meeting and befriending director Bernardo Bertolucci, Basil Pao was offered a part in his new film The Last Emperor. He took on other jobs during filming, including stills photographer, and a selection of his photos are on show in Hong Kong.

Incredible behind the scenes photos shot in Beijing on set of 1986 film The Last Emperor
Ancient spiritual techniques that can help mental well-being today, from a scholar of yoga psychology

Dr Ramesh Pattni has been researching psychological techniques embedded in ancient spiritual texts to improve modern meditation and yoga practices.

4 Mar 2019 - 7:42PM

Dr Ramesh Pattni has been researching psychological techniques embedded in ancient spiritual texts to improve modern meditation and yoga practices.

Ancient spiritual techniques that can help mental well-being today, from a scholar of yoga psychology
Travel app targets millennials in China with features for young solo tourists, particularly women

Created by two Czech sisters and their friend, Travel à la Carte includes a multi-functional digital wallet and an AI-powered assistant. It is targeting Chinese travellers first, with trips to Laos and Vietnam proving popular.

27 Feb 2019 - 8:13AM

Created by two Czech sisters and their friend, Travel à la Carte includes a multi-functional digital wallet and an AI-powered assistant. It is targeting Chinese travellers first, with trips to Laos and Vietnam proving popular.

Travel app targets millennials in China with features for young solo tourists, particularly women
Digital nomads turn to ‘transformative travel’ to find themselves and connect with global communities offline

Transformative travel enables people to break away from the stresses of modern life by finding eco-villages, social projects and farms around the world through their laptop.

25 Feb 2019 - 6:36PM

Transformative travel enables people to break away from the stresses of modern life by finding eco-villages, social projects and farms around the world through their laptop.

Digital nomads turn to ‘transformative travel’ to find themselves and connect with global communities offline
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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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’

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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