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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Extradition bill art: the Hong Kong artists painting a picture of protests for the world

A number of artists are using art to immortalise the summer of unrest that is gripping the city because of the controversial extradition bill. They are using their work to help inform the rest of the world about their plight.

18 Jul 2019 - 3:18PM

A number of artists are using art to immortalise the summer of unrest that is gripping the city because of the controversial extradition bill. They are using their work to help inform the rest of the world about their plight.

Extradition bill art: the Hong Kong artists painting a picture of protests for the world
Kanae Minato, Steven Erikson, Emma Newman: Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 international authors preview

This year’s fair will host a record 680-plus exhibitors with a focus on the science fiction and mystery genre. Sharing sessions will be held with nine international authors – we take a look at them here.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM

This year’s fair will host a record 680-plus exhibitors with a focus on the science fiction and mystery genre. Sharing sessions will be held with nine international authors – we take a look at them here.

Kanae Minato, Steven Erikson, Emma Newman: Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 international authors preview
Hong Kong live music venue Grappa’s Cellar takes final bow with farewell gig

The impassioned pleas of musicians and music lovers, backed up by a well-supported online campaign, have failed to save Hong Kong’s famed Grappa’s Cellar live music venue. Grappa’s is hosting a farewell gig on July 19.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM

The impassioned pleas of musicians and music lovers, backed up by a well-supported online campaign, have failed to save Hong Kong’s famed Grappa’s Cellar live music venue. Grappa’s is hosting a farewell gig on July 19.

Hong Kong live music venue Grappa’s Cellar takes final bow with farewell gig
Music is essential to human happiness and can transform listeners’ emotions, survey finds

Music is essential to human happiness and might be the key to reducing stress and improving productivity, finds survey. More than half of those surveyed found that listening to music could have a positive effect on their mood.

8 Jul 2019 - 8:46PM

Music is essential to human happiness and might be the key to reducing stress and improving productivity, finds survey. More than half of those surveyed found that listening to music could have a positive effect on their mood.

Music is essential to human happiness and can transform listeners’ emotions, survey finds
How to survive a holiday with your in-laws: a marital counsellor offers tips

More than three-quarters of Hongkongers have argued with their in-laws or spouse on a shared holiday, a survey found. Women find it harder to travel with in-laws, but Asian women are better at coping than Western women.

7 Jul 2019 - 5:34PM

More than three-quarters of Hongkongers have argued with their in-laws or spouse on a shared holiday, a survey found. Women find it harder to travel with in-laws, but Asian women are better at coping than Western women.

How to survive a holiday with your in-laws: a marital counsellor offers tips
Where nature is the therapy: how forest bathing reduces stress, both mental and physical

The Japanese concept of forest bathing helps reprogram our overstimulated minds and bodies. Engaging mindfully with nature can put you in touch with your ‘deep ancestral programme’, a Harvard-trained academic says.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:12PM

The Japanese concept of forest bathing helps reprogram our overstimulated minds and bodies. Engaging mindfully with nature can put you in touch with your ‘deep ancestral programme’, a Harvard-trained academic says.

Where nature is the therapy: how forest bathing reduces stress, both mental and physical
From Delhi hustler to Oscar glory: how Indian film producer Guneet Monga won the greatest prize in Hollywood

The executive producer of Period. End of Sentence, which highlights prejudices against menstruating women in India, says the Oscar-winning short documentary ‘has put the conversation on the map’

28 Jun 2019 - 4:12PM

The executive producer of Period. End of Sentence, which highlights prejudices against menstruating women in India, says the Oscar-winning short documentary ‘has put the conversation on the map’

From Delhi hustler to Oscar glory: how Indian film producer Guneet Monga won the greatest prize in Hollywood
A truly memorable travel experience: the three things that set a holiday apart

In recent years the travel industry has been falling over itself to offer ‘memorable experiences’ – something special that elevates a regular trip to transformational travel – but how do we go about having one?

19 Jun 2019 - 6:29AM

In recent years the travel industry has been falling over itself to offer ‘memorable experiences’ – something special that elevates a regular trip to transformational travel – but how do we go about having one?

A truly memorable travel experience: the three things that set a holiday apart
Murray MacLehose was my hero: retired Hong Kong civil servant Libby Wong on her part in city’s rise

She worked with colonial governors Murray MacLehose, Edward Youde, and David Wilson, and was instrumental in the formation of the Academy for Performing Arts and the Hospital Authority. She worries about Hong Kong’s future.

7 Jun 2019 - 10:30AM

She worked with colonial governors Murray MacLehose, Edward Youde, and David Wilson, and was instrumental in the formation of the Academy for Performing Arts and the Hospital Authority. She worries about Hong Kong’s future.

Murray MacLehose was my hero: retired Hong Kong civil servant Libby Wong on her part in city’s rise
Maria Sung’s autistic daughter couldn’t find a job, so she opened a cafe to employ people with learning disabilities

The owner of Cheung Sha Wan’s Holy Café, which employs people with learning difficulties, and winner of the 2019 One Hong Kong Humanitarian Award, on how her daughter’s struggles inspired her to launch the initiative.

2 Jun 2019 - 9:30AM

The owner of Cheung Sha Wan’s Holy Café, which employs people with learning difficulties, and winner of the 2019 One Hong Kong Humanitarian Award, on how her daughter’s struggles inspired her to launch the initiative.

Maria Sung’s autistic daughter couldn’t find a job, so she opened a cafe to employ people with learning disabilities
Hong Kong Hello Kitty Murder: meth paranoia or product of a violent decade and the films it spawned?

From Big Spender to Broken Tooth to Yip Kai-foon, triads waged gang warfare, staged armed robberies and kidnapped billionaires in Hong Kong and Macau. We ask whether the most abhorrent crime of all was a product of that violence.

27 May 2019 - 8:49PM

From Big Spender to Broken Tooth to Yip Kai-foon, triads waged gang warfare, staged armed robberies and kidnapped billionaires in Hong Kong and Macau. We ask whether the most abhorrent crime of all was a product of that violence.

Hong Kong Hello Kitty Murder: meth paranoia or product of a violent decade and the films it spawned?
Maria Ressa, Duterte critic and ‘guardian of the truth’, says journalists are under attack

The editor of Philippine online news site Rappler and a Time magazine 2018 person of the year talks to the Post about holding the Duterte administration accountable.

26 May 2019 - 10:10AM

The editor of Philippine online news site Rappler and a Time magazine 2018 person of the year talks to the Post about holding the Duterte administration accountable.

Maria Ressa, Duterte critic and ‘guardian of the truth’, says journalists are under attack
Father-and-son champion sailing team on saving lives and the bonus of being a double-handed crew

Philippe Grelon passed on his passion for sailing to his family, especially his youngest son, Cosmas. He took lessons aged 12, and started representing Hong Kong in competitions. Now they compete together.

22 May 2019 - 1:17PM

Philippe Grelon passed on his passion for sailing to his family, especially his youngest son, Cosmas. He took lessons aged 12, and started representing Hong Kong in competitions. Now they compete together.

Father-and-son champion sailing team on saving lives and the bonus of being a double-handed crew
Executive burnout: recovery programme, first of its kind in Asia, at rehab and wellness centre in Thailand

The first behavioural health centre in Thailand owned by Thais, The Dawn gives participants a toolkit for coping with job’s physical and psychological strains. At the core of its programme are group and private therapy, yoga and meditation.

15 May 2019 - 7:30AM

The first behavioural health centre in Thailand owned by Thais, The Dawn gives participants a toolkit for coping with job’s physical and psychological strains. At the core of its programme are group and private therapy, yoga and meditation.

Executive burnout: recovery programme, first of its kind in Asia, at rehab and wellness centre in Thailand
Finding the yeti: Daniel Taylor on his decades-long search and what discovery means for the future of humankind

American scholar and conservationist Daniel Taylor recalls how a picture of a footprint in a newspaper sparked a lifelong ambition to solve a centuries-old mystery.

10 May 2019 - 7:37AM

American scholar and conservationist Daniel Taylor recalls how a picture of a footprint in a newspaper sparked a lifelong ambition to solve a centuries-old mystery.

Finding the yeti: Daniel Taylor on his decades-long search and what discovery means for the future of humankind
Grappa’s Cellar closure: petition to save Hong Kong live music venue records thousands of signatures

A campaign to save famed Hong Kong live music venue is gaining momentum with thousands of people signing a petition launched after the landlord decided not to renew the popular Italian restaurant’s lease.

9 May 2019 - 4:01PM

A campaign to save famed Hong Kong live music venue is gaining momentum with thousands of people signing a petition launched after the landlord decided not to renew the popular Italian restaurant’s lease.

Grappa’s Cellar closure: petition to save Hong Kong live music venue records thousands of signatures
Review | Indonesian short story collection by domestic helpers gives new perspective on their lives in Asian cities

Love, loss, beastly employers and caring ones – At A Moment’s Notice gathers stories by helpers in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan; the 23 translated stories present voices rarely heard in English.

9 May 2019 - 7:57PM

Love, loss, beastly employers and caring ones – At A Moment’s Notice gathers stories by helpers in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan; the 23 translated stories present voices rarely heard in English.

Indonesian short story collection by domestic helpers gives new perspective on their lives in Asian cities
Jade: how an Englishman fell under spell of the stone and learned Chinese so he could learn to carve it

Andrew Shaw gave up his career as a BBC reporter and his life in England to become the only foreign master jade carver in China. In a new book, he describes the lengths he went to in his quest, from learning the craft to mastering Chinese.

6 May 2019 - 7:53PM

Andrew Shaw gave up his career as a BBC reporter and his life in England to become the only foreign master jade carver in China. In a new book, he describes the lengths he went to in his quest, from learning the craft to mastering Chinese.

Jade: how an Englishman fell under spell of the stone and learned Chinese so he could learn to carve it
Spanish football legend Luis García: ‘Liverpool was the highlight of my career’

The Spanish footballing legend, who will play for Liverpool FC Legends against Borussia Dortmund in Hong Kong on June 8, recalls his memorable days at the British club.

2 May 2019 - 6:00PM

The Spanish footballing legend, who will play for Liverpool FC Legends against Borussia Dortmund in Hong Kong on June 8, recalls his memorable days at the British club.

Spanish football legend Luis García: ‘Liverpool was the highlight of my career’
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.

25 Apr 2019 - 6:00PM

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