Mandy Zheng

Mandy Zheng

Mandy is a summer intern on the Hong Kong desk. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong protests have changed city’s dating rules with many finding yellow and blue do not match

Before unrest began, singles mainly checked looks, personality, income and lifestyles. But now, more users of dating apps assess potential partners by their political views.

Before unrest began, singles mainly checked looks, personality, income and lifestyles. But now, more users of dating apps assess potential partners by their political views.

6 Jan 2020 - 5:13PM
A dark nickname, oysters and wetlands: Tin Shui Wai before Hong Kong’s protest chaos

New Territories town has not been spared the unrest that has gripped Hong Kong, with local police station a constant flashpoint.

New Territories town has not been spared the unrest that has gripped Hong Kong, with local police station a constant flashpoint.

7 Sep 2019 - 10:00AM
Mahjong parlours and ‘Fujian gangsters’: how the peaceful New Territories town of Tsuen Wan became a flashpoint in Hong Kong’s protests

The former industrial suburb was rocked by clashes between anti-government protesters and suspected triads on successive weekends. Outbreaks of violence and subsequent clashes with police have shocked locals, who believed town to be safe.

The former industrial suburb was rocked by clashes between anti-government protesters and suspected triads on successive weekends. Outbreaks of violence and subsequent clashes with police have shocked locals, who believed town to be safe.

31 Aug 2019 - 3:44PM
Hong Kong hip-hop crew got that feeling in their bodies that means all they want to do is just dance, dance, dance

Southeastwood is new troupe mostly made up of members of city’s ethnic minorities, and they have big plans for the future.

Southeastwood is new troupe mostly made up of members of city’s ethnic minorities, and they have big plans for the future.

10 Aug 2019 - 11:00AM
A child of the Sixties, a record collection, and Hong Kong museum owner’s search for the purest sound

James Tang’s life has been filled with music, and The Record Museum, with a collection that numbers in the tens of thousands, is the result of a 30-year search for the most satisfying recordings.

James Tang’s life has been filled with music, and The Record Museum, with a collection that numbers in the tens of thousands, is the result of a 30-year search for the most satisfying recordings.

4 Aug 2019 - 8:06PM
Hong Kong artist’s baffling HK$100 request spawns nostalgic venture into city life cast aside by social development

Giraffe Leung uses coins to remind Hongkongers of values once held dear and now rendered obsolete by rapid social change.

Giraffe Leung uses coins to remind Hongkongers of values once held dear and now rendered obsolete by rapid social change.

3 Aug 2019 - 3:18PM
Carer for mentally ill by day, musician and painter by night – Hong Kong man channels plight of the misunderstood into art

See Wai-chung, also known by his stage name C Chung, tries to see things from the perspective of patients, and has had his share of emotional troubles.

See Wai-chung, also known by his stage name C Chung, tries to see things from the perspective of patients, and has had his share of emotional troubles.

13 Jul 2019 - 5:41AM
Hong Kong’s home of hedgehogs Kuri Cafe follows the paws of dog and cat-themed venues, but warns prickly creatures are not play pals

Kuri Cafe is latest in trend of animal-themed establishments, but warns fans of the creatures they are not playful pets.

Kuri Cafe is latest in trend of animal-themed establishments, but warns fans of the creatures they are not playful pets.

11 Jul 2019 - 7:59PM
Facing discrimination and ignorance, Hongkongers living with HIV want better education to debunk myths on disease

People living with the disease in the city say they still encounter discrimination and hostility in hospitals and in society.

People living with the disease in the city say they still encounter discrimination and hostility in hospitals and in society.

22 Jun 2019 - 3:43PM
Crowdsourcing with a conscience: Hong Kong programmers help society dream big by connecting good causes with supporters

Founded by young programmers, Collaction lists 600 projects, such as food sharing, that need the community’s help.

Founded by young programmers, Collaction lists 600 projects, such as food sharing, that need the community’s help.

15 Jun 2019 - 9:00AM
Pakistani former pilot fights back from the brink to inspire fellow disabled people in hand-bike ride across in China

Pakistani former pilot fights back from the brink of suicide to inspire fellow disabled people in hand-bike ride across in China. Having moved to Hong Kong in the early 90s, he has built a strong business career, with sports as his driving force.

Pakistani former pilot fights back from the brink of suicide to inspire fellow disabled people in hand-bike ride across in China. Having moved to Hong Kong in the early 90s, he has built a strong business career, with sports as his driving force.

1 Jun 2019 - 7:45AM
Roadsign search engine for mental health services in Hong Kong points patients on path to recovery

Lack of awareness in society and sense of futility led founders to set up Roadsign database that categorises services, disorders and costs, simplifying help for sufferers.

Lack of awareness in society and sense of futility led founders to set up Roadsign database that categorises services, disorders and costs, simplifying help for sufferers.

25 May 2019 - 9:30AM
Untold stories of struggling Hong Kong mothers: Bless So Free project offers recovery from mental illness through handicrafts

Non-profit group Bless So Free is helping women come to terms with mental health issues through sharing stories and art.

Non-profit group Bless So Free is helping women come to terms with mental health issues through sharing stories and art.

18 May 2019 - 11:00AM
How a Hong Kong manga artist caught the eye of the Dutch company behind popular gaming app Cube Escape

Lau Kwong-shing faced identity problems after relocating back to Hong Kong from Japan, and dealt with cynicism towards his comics dreams ... until fan art he posted about a popular gaming app caught the eye of its developer.

Lau Kwong-shing faced identity problems after relocating back to Hong Kong from Japan, and dealt with cynicism towards his comics dreams ... until fan art he posted about a popular gaming app caught the eye of its developer.

11 May 2019 - 11:17AM
Hired by Japanese toy giant Bandai to create a manga series for Digimon, Hong Kong artist is now out of luck, love and money

Yu Yuen-wong hit the jackpot in the late 1990s working for Japanese giant Bandai, but has struggled since the local industry imploded.

Yu Yuen-wong hit the jackpot in the late 1990s working for Japanese giant Bandai, but has struggled since the local industry imploded.

4 May 2019 - 2:58PM
Chronic illness: don’t struggle in silence, Hong Kong’s 300 support groups tell city’s 1.4 million sufferers

Wan Chai exhibition this month features an array of self-help organisations aiming to encourage patients to speak up instead of retreating into the shadows.

Wan Chai exhibition this month features an array of self-help organisations aiming to encourage patients to speak up instead of retreating into the shadows.

27 Apr 2019 - 4:30PM
MTR meditation, anyone? Hong Kong start-up offers remedy for the stresses of city life

Treehole HK founder Peter Chan Kin-yan says he wants to empower Hongkongers with a ‘mind gym’ that will help build mental resilience.

Treehole HK founder Peter Chan Kin-yan says he wants to empower Hongkongers with a ‘mind gym’ that will help build mental resilience.

27 Apr 2019 - 9:48AM
Adventures in the frozen wilderness: a Hong Kong man’s trek across icy Lake Baikal gives him a new perspective on life

Anson Lui, 30, says he used to think of himself as a quitter but tackling ambitious expeditions overseas has made him a lot more resilient.

Anson Lui, 30, says he used to think of himself as a quitter but tackling ambitious expeditions overseas has made him a lot more resilient.

20 Apr 2019 - 9:30AM
Master of a dying art: traditional dressmaker recalls golden era of cheongsam in Hong Kong

From the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay in the 1950s to learning new skills in Japan, Fung Yau-choi has seen it all

From the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay in the 1950s to learning new skills in Japan, Fung Yau-choi has seen it all

13 Apr 2019 - 6:15PM
Hong Kong NGO Dialogue in the Dark is changing the game to help young Chinese disabled people shine in the workplace

The Dialogue in the Dark Foundation aims to nurture role models and has helped 20 trainees since 2016.

The Dialogue in the Dark Foundation aims to nurture role models and has helped 20 trainees since 2016.

13 Apr 2019 - 12:00PM
‘Greater Bay Area’ opens up to Hong Kong teachers, but can they accept lower pay and political differences on mainland?

City’s declining birth rates and student enrolments mean competition for teaching spots is fierce. Yet across the border, very different notions of free speech and critical thinking may pose obstacles for educators.

City’s declining birth rates and student enrolments mean competition for teaching spots is fierce. Yet across the border, very different notions of free speech and critical thinking may pose obstacles for educators.

9 Apr 2019 - 12:43PM
Artist helps Hong Kong’s elderly revisit their youth by recreating past buildings – one miniature model at a time

On Tai Yau-on’s Mini Movements project has led to exhibitions at elderly care homes where he hopes recreations of early scenes will bring a spark of joy and nostalgia to residents.

On Tai Yau-on’s Mini Movements project has led to exhibitions at elderly care homes where he hopes recreations of early scenes will bring a spark of joy and nostalgia to residents.

9 Mar 2019 - 12:11PM
First Royal Commonwealth Society conference in Hong Kong to bring together Singapore, Malaysia and 10 other countries to tackle youth discontent

Commonwealth is not just about tradition and history, society chairman says, but about young people and the future.

Commonwealth is not just about tradition and history, society chairman says, but about young people and the future.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:03AM
Singaporean tour guide wants visitors to ‘travel like a local’ in Hong Kong by walking everywhere

Ski Yeo Poh Lian visited city as a child, and 23 years later, returned to start her own tourism agency focused on showing people how locals get around

Ski Yeo Poh Lian visited city as a child, and 23 years later, returned to start her own tourism agency focused on showing people how locals get around

23 Feb 2019 - 10:46AM
Hong Kong start-up dishes up a smart alternative to disposable tableware for events and banquets

Lee Wing-shan’s rental company We-Use has grown since starting in 2016 as Hong Kong companies become more environmentally conscious.

Lee Wing-shan’s rental company We-Use has grown since starting in 2016 as Hong Kong companies become more environmentally conscious.

16 Feb 2019 - 3:36PM
‘I feel like I could work to death’: Hong Kong’s weary nurses share tales amid peak flu season surge and hospital chaos

Hong Kong’s ‘angels in white’ turn to blogging as an outlet, but also recall why they signed up to serve the sick and how they are bent on soldiering on amid serious manpower shortfalls and lack of ward space in public sector.

Hong Kong’s ‘angels in white’ turn to blogging as an outlet, but also recall why they signed up to serve the sick and how they are bent on soldiering on amid serious manpower shortfalls and lack of ward space in public sector.

2 Feb 2019 - 6:08PM
‘Miracle boy’ with heart defect who got Hong Kong’s first ventricular assist device transplant enjoys new life

First successful surgery in city involving ventricular assist device allows 12-year-old to return to school as he waits patiently for an organ donation that might be years away.

First successful surgery in city involving ventricular assist device allows 12-year-old to return to school as he waits patiently for an organ donation that might be years away.

25 Aug 2018 - 12:00PM
Why you should not take selfies and should always be kind to grasshoppers: Hong Kong’s Hungry Ghost Festival explained

Annual event, based on the seventh month of the lunar calendar, has origins tracing back 2,000 years to Buddhist and Taoist customs.

Annual event, based on the seventh month of the lunar calendar, has origins tracing back 2,000 years to Buddhist and Taoist customs.

25 Aug 2018 - 10:31AM
Poor air quality to persist in Hong Kong over the weekend as air mass with pollutants affects city

Authorities warn conditions will persist until next week when winds bring relief.

Authorities warn conditions will persist until next week when winds bring relief.

24 Aug 2018 - 11:14PM
By giving out umbrella covers when it rains, Hong Kong government ‘taking lead’ in plastic waste, green group says

Greeners Action investigation finds most bag handout points at 83 Hong Kong government buildings lacked guidance for users.

Greeners Action investigation finds most bag handout points at 83 Hong Kong government buildings lacked guidance for users.

23 Aug 2018 - 10:11PM