Lauren James

Lauren James joined SCMP as part of the Young Post team in 2015, before moving to the Culture desk in 2017. Originally from the UK, she enjoys writing about arts and entertainment, environmental issues, health and fitness, technology and food. She is an avid gig-goer and passionate about Hong Kong's music scene.
Lauren James
Lauren James joined SCMP as part of the Young Post team in 2015, before moving to the Culture desk in 2017. Originally from the UK, she enjoys writing about arts and entertainment, environmental issues, health and fitness, technology and food. She is an avid gig-goer and passionate about Hong Kong's music scene.

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Who is Fan Chengcheng? New face of Fenty Beauty in China and Fan Bingbing’s little brother

Recently named the face of Rihanna’s beauty line in Greater China, and one of a group of emerging stars dubbed ‘little fresh meat’, singer and model Fan Chengcheng has earned a string of luxury brand endorsements in the past year.

15 Sep 2019 - 5:00PM

Recently named the face of Rihanna’s beauty line in Greater China, and one of a group of emerging stars dubbed ‘little fresh meat’, singer and model Fan Chengcheng has earned a string of luxury brand endorsements in the past year.

Who is Fan Chengcheng? New face of Fenty Beauty in China and Fan Bingbing’s little brother
Max Richter to perform 8-hour Sleep album at the Great Wall of China

Perhaps the only classical concert where listeners are openly invited to nod off, Sleep was developed with the US neuroscientist David Eagleman to learn about how the brain functions during sleep.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:10AM

Perhaps the only classical concert where listeners are openly invited to nod off, Sleep was developed with the US neuroscientist David Eagleman to learn about how the brain functions during sleep.

Max Richter to perform 8-hour Sleep album at the Great Wall of China
Vegetarian diet cuts heart disease risk, raises stroke risk, study finds

The Oxford University research also found a vegetarian diet raised the risk of stroke by 20 per cent in a study of 48,000 people.

10 Sep 2019 - 4:59PM

The Oxford University research also found a vegetarian diet raised the risk of stroke by 20 per cent in a study of 48,000 people.

Vegetarian diet cuts heart disease risk, raises stroke risk, study finds
Hong Kong Food Hackathon aims to ‘disrupt the system’

Believing there is no better time than now to overhaul our eating habits for a healthier population and planet, the three-day workshop and competition will focus on sustainable eating

6 Sep 2019 - 12:30PM

Believing there is no better time than now to overhaul our eating habits for a healthier population and planet, the three-day workshop and competition will focus on sustainable eating

Hong Kong Food Hackathon aims to ‘disrupt the system’
Six ways Japanese women can deter gropers on trains and sexual harassment, from stickers to stamps

Sexual assault is so common on Japanese public transport that IT firms and even stationers offer solutions. Audible phone camera clicks, stamps, stickers and apps are among the innovations.

13 Sep 2019 - 1:35PM

Sexual assault is so common on Japanese public transport that IT firms and even stationers offer solutions. Audible phone camera clicks, stamps, stickers and apps are among the innovations.

Six ways Japanese women can deter gropers on trains and sexual harassment, from stickers to stamps
2Hand offers high-quality second-hand fashion and helps to sell unwanted clothes, too

The company, which offers a clothes pickup service, also gives styling tips and holds auctions via Facebook Live

2 Sep 2019 - 11:59AM

The company, which offers a clothes pickup service, also gives styling tips and holds auctions via Facebook Live

2Hand offers high-quality second-hand fashion and helps to sell unwanted clothes, too
Hong Kong running challenge that is family friendly and flexible

Zodiac Challenge is 12 monthly runs that start this week. Entrants will run a set route but you can choose when to do it over a 10-day period

27 Aug 2019 - 5:52PM

Zodiac Challenge is 12 monthly runs that start this week. Entrants will run a set route but you can choose when to do it over a 10-day period

Hong Kong running challenge that is family friendly and flexible
Umbrella, goggles, flag: tattoos use symbols of Hong Kong protest as permanent reminder of defiance, passion and pride

Scores of Hongkongers have been tattooed with symbols of this summer’s protests. Designs include items protesters wear and carry, bauhinia flowers to symbolise the city, and a clever use of Chinese characters.

18 Aug 2019 - 8:06PM

Scores of Hongkongers have been tattooed with symbols of this summer’s protests. Designs include items protesters wear and carry, bauhinia flowers to symbolise the city, and a clever use of Chinese characters.

Umbrella, goggles, flag: tattoos use symbols of Hong Kong protest as permanent reminder of defiance,  passion and pride
Hong Kong street art: how Wan Chai is being transformed as graffiti gains acceptance

The sixth street art festival, organised by HKwalls in collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Centre, has transformed the vibrant district into an outdoor gallery.

14 Aug 2019 - 12:22PM

The sixth street art festival, organised by HKwalls in collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Centre, has transformed the vibrant district into an outdoor gallery.

Hong Kong street art: how Wan Chai is being transformed as graffiti gains acceptance
How Hong Kong’s bun runs help to reduce food waste while getting volunteers fit

The brainchild of James Marlow, a teacher from Britain who founded Waste Free Hong Kong, the bun run combines volunteering with exercise.

6 Aug 2019 - 12:59PM

The brainchild of James Marlow, a teacher from Britain who founded Waste Free Hong Kong, the bun run combines volunteering with exercise.

How Hong Kong’s bun runs help to reduce food waste while getting volunteers fit
Sustainable volunteering in Hong Kong – six ways to help the environment and make a difference

From picking up litter to recycling soap to giving food to Hong Kong’s needy, here are six ways to volunteer in the city. You can also work to save Hong Kong’s dolphins or help out at the Jane Goodall Institute.

1 Aug 2019 - 4:45PM

From picking up litter to recycling soap to giving food to Hong Kong’s needy, here are six ways to volunteer in the city. You can also work to save Hong Kong’s dolphins or help out at the Jane Goodall Institute.

Sustainable volunteering in Hong Kong – six ways to help the environment and make a difference
Australian Damien Mander is the unlikely founder of Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poaching unit

A special ops sniper turned vegan wildlife warrior, the activist talks about how empowering women is saving elephants.

8 Aug 2019 - 5:22PM

A special ops sniper turned vegan wildlife warrior, the activist talks about how empowering women is saving elephants.

Australian Damien Mander is the unlikely founder of Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poaching unit
How technology distorts nature: Kohei Nawa’s art for the information age – so tactile you want to feel it

Japanese artist’s stuffed animals encrusted in glass balls are a mesmerising commentary on society’s obsession with viewing the world in pixelated form; they are part of his first solo Hong Kong show.

24 Jul 2019 - 6:31PM

Japanese artist’s stuffed animals encrusted in glass balls are a mesmerising commentary on society’s obsession with viewing the world in pixelated form; they are part of his first solo Hong Kong show.

How technology distorts nature: Kohei Nawa’s art for the information age – so tactile you want to feel it
Vegan Block Party: plant-based pizzas and hip hop in Sai Ying Pun – carnivores welcome

With Hong Kong going nuts for her vegan fare, Mayse Artisan Bakery founder brings meat-free fast food to the masses. ‘It’s for anyone who likes good food and music with friends’.

23 Jul 2019 - 6:15PM

With Hong Kong going nuts for her vegan fare, Mayse Artisan Bakery founder brings meat-free fast food to the masses. ‘It’s for anyone who likes good food and music with friends’.

Vegan Block Party: plant-based pizzas and hip hop in Sai Ying Pun – carnivores welcome
Postcard sent from Hong Kong to US finally arrives – 26 years late, prompting hunt for intended recipients

When American Kim Draper opened her postbox to find a postcard sent in 1993, she thought it was junk mail before she saw the handwritten message – and immediately started on a mission to track down the intended recipients.

23 Jul 2019 - 6:55PM

When American Kim Draper opened her postbox to find a postcard sent in 1993, she thought it was junk mail before she saw the handwritten message – and immediately started on a mission to track down the intended recipients.

Postcard sent from Hong Kong to US finally arrives – 26 years late, prompting hunt for intended recipients
Hong Kong summer gym and fitness deals: some of the best on offer

Summer is a great time to sign up for fitness packages in Hong Kong, with rates often much lower than at other times of the year. These highlights cover everything from aerial yoga and HIIT to heavy lifting and endurance running.

19 Jul 2019 - 12:33PM

Summer is a great time to sign up for fitness packages in Hong Kong, with rates often much lower than at other times of the year. These highlights cover everything from aerial yoga and HIIT to heavy lifting and endurance running.

Hong Kong summer gym and fitness deals: some of the best on offer
An A to Z of Hong Kong - children’s book an alphabetical odyssey through city

Artist Assia Bennani pays homage to her adopted home of 12 years with a loving portrait of the city co-written by Ellen Ng. Tale follows the adventures of a young girl and a lost frog as she helps him find his way home.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Artist Assia Bennani pays homage to her adopted home of 12 years with a loving portrait of the city co-written by Ellen Ng. Tale follows the adventures of a young girl and a lost frog as she helps him find his way home.

An A to Z of Hong Kong - children’s book an alphabetical odyssey through city
Male pin-up actor and vegan has a message for his fellow men: ideas about masculinity are changing

Richie Kul is an actor, model, and animal-rights activist who wants to ‘show you can still be strong and masculine without harming other living beings’. Raised in the West and now based in Hong Kong, he hopes Asia will hear his message.

10 Sep 2019 - 5:41PM

Richie Kul is an actor, model, and animal-rights activist who wants to ‘show you can still be strong and masculine without harming other living beings’. Raised in the West and now based in Hong Kong, he hopes Asia will hear his message.

Male pin-up actor and vegan has a message for his fellow men: ideas about masculinity are changing
Stanley Ho’s youngest son marries model Ming Xi, who famously fell on Victoria’s Secret catwalk

Mario Ho, the youngest son of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho has married Victoria’s Secret model Ming Xi after a two-month engagement.

5 Jul 2019 - 5:18PM

Mario Ho, the youngest son of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho has married Victoria’s Secret model Ming Xi after a two-month engagement.

Stanley Ho’s youngest son marries model Ming Xi, who famously fell on Victoria’s Secret catwalk
Sustainable living: eight green events for Plastic Free July in Hong Kong

Plastic Free July is a worldwide movement dedicated to getting people to think about their impact on the environment. These eight events celebrate biodiversity, upcycling, sustainable business practice and veganism.

8 Jul 2019 - 10:46AM

Plastic Free July is a worldwide movement dedicated to getting people to think about their impact on the environment. These eight events celebrate biodiversity, upcycling, sustainable business practice and veganism.

Sustainable living: eight green events for Plastic Free July in Hong Kong
International school pupils organise marine conservation summit in Hong Kong to engage their generation

Canadian International School of Hong Kong trio have organised a two-day summit on marine conservation in Hong Kong this weekend, and hope to inspire their peers to devote themselves to the issue.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:09AM

Canadian International School of Hong Kong trio have organised a two-day summit on marine conservation in Hong Kong this weekend, and hope to inspire their peers to devote themselves to the issue.

International school pupils organise marine conservation summit in Hong Kong to engage their generation
Actor Chris Pratt should win an Oscar for his cringeworthy Hong Kong performance – we get it, you like luggage

During a recent trip to Hong Kong to represent a luggage brand, journalists were told not to ask the actor about Avengers or his personal life, leaving him to just talk about, well, suitcases. Sigh.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:10PM

During a recent trip to Hong Kong to represent a luggage brand, journalists were told not to ask the actor about Avengers or his personal life, leaving him to just talk about, well, suitcases. Sigh.

Actor Chris Pratt should win an Oscar for his cringeworthy Hong Kong performance – we get it, you like luggage
100 years of the negroni, a bittersweet Italian aperitif that’s having a moment as sweeter drinks fall from favour

The classic cocktail, said to have been invented in Florence in 1919, is a simple mix of gin, vermouth and Campari in equal parts. Hong Kong bars are marking Negroni Week with special deals, meals and prizes.

21 Jun 2019 - 5:13AM

The classic cocktail, said to have been invented in Florence in 1919, is a simple mix of gin, vermouth and Campari in equal parts. Hong Kong bars are marking Negroni Week with special deals, meals and prizes.

100 years of the negroni, a bittersweet Italian aperitif that’s having a moment as sweeter drinks fall from favour
From tyranny to tolerance: LGBTs in Hong Kong – 150 years of highs and lows

Homosexuality was illegal in Hong Kong between 1842 and 1991; the first gay characters only appeared in film and on TV in the 1970s, but only lately the LGBT community has found growing acceptance.

20 Jun 2019 - 8:30PM

Homosexuality was illegal in Hong Kong between 1842 and 1991; the first gay characters only appeared in film and on TV in the 1970s, but only lately the LGBT community has found growing acceptance.

From tyranny to tolerance: LGBTs in Hong Kong – 150 years of highs and lows
Music festivals Asia 2019: 17 events you can’t miss, from beach parties to boat bashes

While Japan might be home to the most popular music festivals in Asia, head south for diverse line-ups, dreamy beach locations and practically guaranteed warm weather. Here are 17 events you can’t miss this year.

21 Jun 2019 - 12:17PM

While Japan might be home to the most popular music festivals in Asia, head south for diverse line-ups, dreamy beach locations and practically guaranteed warm weather. Here are 17 events you can’t miss this year.

Music festivals Asia 2019: 17 events you can’t miss, from beach parties to boat bashes
Slowly: the ‘penfriend’ app designed to make messaging more meaningful

Kevin Wong Ho-yin and JoJo Chan Sau-wun invented the app Slowly to relax the pace at which we communicate, and 1.4 million users now make time to talk.

10 Jun 2019 - 7:15AM

Kevin Wong Ho-yin and JoJo Chan Sau-wun invented the app Slowly to relax the pace at which we communicate, and 1.4 million users now make time to talk.

Slowly: the ‘penfriend’ app designed to make messaging more meaningful
50 years after Stonewall: LGBTQ+ events in Hong Kong to mark World Pride month

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when the gay community rose up after a police raid on a New York bar and the gay rights movement was launched. Pride marches and events are being held around the world.

10 Jun 2019 - 5:28PM

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when the gay community rose up after a police raid on a New York bar and the gay rights movement was launched. Pride marches and events are being held around the world.

50 years after Stonewall: LGBTQ+ events in Hong Kong to mark World Pride month
Celebrity wedding: Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling, J-pop dancer Akira announce marriage in social media posts

Taiwanese actress and model Lin and Japanese pop star Akira fell in love seven years after working together on a stage version of Red Cliff. Before that, Lin received a lot of attention for being over 40 and single.

8 Jun 2019 - 5:57AM

Taiwanese actress and model Lin and Japanese pop star Akira fell in love seven years after working together on a stage version of Red Cliff. Before that, Lin received a lot of attention for being over 40 and single.

Celebrity wedding: Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling, J-pop dancer Akira announce marriage in social media posts
Ginsanity: Hong Kong gin festival celebrates the popular tipple – mother’s ruin no more

The event assembles more than 50 gins from 32 big name and small batch distilleries, including three with a Hong Kong connection.

30 May 2019 - 5:30PM

The event assembles more than 50 gins from 32 big name and small batch distilleries, including three with a Hong Kong connection.

Ginsanity: Hong Kong gin festival celebrates the popular tipple – mother’s ruin no more
Hong Kong’s South Canton Soul Train takes you back to the disco era

Tired of the same old music being played at clubs, DJ, promoter and producer Fergus Heathcote’s clubnights have an East meets West vibe and feature everything from Canto-pop to hip hop.

28 May 2019 - 11:45AM

Tired of the same old music being played at clubs, DJ, promoter and producer Fergus Heathcote’s clubnights have an East meets West vibe and feature everything from Canto-pop to hip hop.

Hong Kong’s South Canton Soul Train takes you back to the disco era