Simon Parry

Simon Parry

Simon Parry has been a newspaper journalist for more than 30 years and writes stories and features from Asia for newspapers and magazines around the world. He is based in Hong Kong and has reported from more than 25 countries and territories including North Korea, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

Latest from Simon Parry

Online child sex abuse soars during Covid-19, as Western paedophiles pay to watch Asian children being violated online, often by their own families

Cases of online sexual abuse of children in the Philippines – often committed by their parents or other family members and paid for by Westerners – have risen significantly during Covid-19.

Cases of online sexual abuse of children in the Philippines – often committed by their parents or other family members and paid for by Westerners – have risen significantly during Covid-19.

7 May 2022 - 4:45PM
Hong Kong’s role in the illegal wildlife trade driven by China highlighted by case of a three-legged tortoise who’s travelled half the globe

‘Shelley’, rescued after being smuggled into Hong Kong in a suitcase with 56 other tortoises, highlights the role the city plays in the illegal wildlife trade driven by China.

‘Shelley’, rescued after being smuggled into Hong Kong in a suitcase with 56 other tortoises, highlights the role the city plays in the illegal wildlife trade driven by China.

24 Jan 2022 - 7:15AM
Hong Kong migrants to the UK open up about their hopes and their new reality as they begin life in northern England

Recently arrived Hong Kong migrants talk about getting to grips with life in the UK, what the future may hold and all they have left behind.

Recently arrived Hong Kong migrants talk about getting to grips with life in the UK, what the future may hold and all they have left behind.

11 Nov 2021 - 8:30AM
City in new James Bond movie No Time to Die is ‘Shame of Italy’ no more: how Matera left its dark days behind

Matera, one of the most striking locations featured in the new 007 film No Time to Die, has transformed since its shockingly backward days in the mid-20th century.

Matera, one of the most striking locations featured in the new 007 film No Time to Die, has transformed since its shockingly backward days in the mid-20th century.

30 Sep 2021 - 2:19PM
Beatles fans can study for a master’s degree in the Fab Four at the University of Liverpool

A master’s degree course on the legacy of The Beatles is about to begin at University of Liverpool – and the professor leading it hopes it will show the huge cultural impact of the Fab Four.

A master’s degree course on the legacy of The Beatles is about to begin at University of Liverpool – and the professor leading it hopes it will show the huge cultural impact of the Fab Four.

10 May 2021 - 4:15AM
Montreux Jazz Festival expands to China amid tight coronavirus restrictions in its homeland

The Montreux Jazz Festival China will be staged in Hangzhou this year – the main event in Switzerland having been hit by Covid-19 restrictions – with a mission to build more ‘cultural bridges’ between East and West.

The Montreux Jazz Festival China will be staged in Hangzhou this year – the main event in Switzerland having been hit by Covid-19 restrictions – with a mission to build more ‘cultural bridges’ between East and West.

27 Apr 2021 - 7:27PM
Abandoned as babies and adopted by Western parents, the women searching for answers in Hong Kong

Abandoned as babies in Hong Kong by Chinese mothers fleeing the Great Famine, and later adopted by parents in the West, a generation of women are returning to the city to look for their birth families.

Abandoned as babies in Hong Kong by Chinese mothers fleeing the Great Famine, and later adopted by parents in the West, a generation of women are returning to the city to look for their birth families.

12 Apr 2021 - 11:51AM
Opinion | Hong Kong property agent advertises ‘helper’s shed’ in the garden of a village house

After a real property agent advertised a village house for a monthly rent of HK$44,000 with a ‘helper’s shed’ in the garden, internet users were quick to kick off.

After a real property agent advertised a village house for a monthly rent of HK$44,000 with a ‘helper’s shed’ in the garden, internet users were quick to kick off.

16 Mar 2021 - 8:28AM
Opinion | The Donald Trump presidency is ending, can we wave goodbye to whataboutisms, too?

Since Donald Trump took office, it has been almost impossible to question any sinister aspect of life without being met by a counteraccusation as a deflection.

Since Donald Trump took office, it has been almost impossible to question any sinister aspect of life without being met by a counteraccusation as a deflection.

20 Nov 2020 - 3:46AM
Five-star hotel bargains and free food in Thailand – lucky couple enjoy the country as few others ever will

Thailand’s beaches are empty and luxury hotels are offering bargain stays. The few visitors are greeted with unusual warmth. It may be like the country was 40 years ago, but for many of the Thais the tourist trade employs, the situation looks dire.

Thailand’s beaches are empty and luxury hotels are offering bargain stays. The few visitors are greeted with unusual warmth. It may be like the country was 40 years ago, but for many of the Thais the tourist trade employs, the situation looks dire.

23 Sep 2020 - 5:29PM
The Lord, the lions and the Chinese medicine tiger bone trade – exposing a brutal operation

In South Africa, lions are being slaughtered – often by tourists in ‘canned hunts’ – then butchered and exported to Asia as ‘tiger bone’ for use in traditional medicine. Can British politician and philanthropist Michael Ashcroft stop this cruel trade?

In South Africa, lions are being slaughtered – often by tourists in ‘canned hunts’ – then butchered and exported to Asia as ‘tiger bone’ for use in traditional medicine. Can British politician and philanthropist Michael Ashcroft stop this cruel trade?

1 Sep 2020 - 6:33AM
A family road trip through Covid-19-hit Europe – one-off experience or a taste of things to come?

The author drove from the UK to the family holiday home on the island of Corfu, and encountered empty streets and a warm welcome in Florence and Pompeii along the way.

The author drove from the UK to the family holiday home on the island of Corfu, and encountered empty streets and a warm welcome in Florence and Pompeii along the way.

16 Aug 2020 - 3:00PM
Dark tourism in Albania: ‘our suffering yesterday is your entertainment today’

Former dictator Enver Hoxha’s nuclear shelter is among the landmarks that have been transformed into tourist attractions.

Former dictator Enver Hoxha’s nuclear shelter is among the landmarks that have been transformed into tourist attractions.

20 Jun 2020 - 9:37PM
How East Asians in the UK are fighting back against a rising tide of racism

Post-Brexit bigotry was already escalating when the coronavirus pandemic unleashed a new wave of Sinophobia. Rather than retreat, the UK’s Asian community is lobbying the media, public figures and politicians to promote solidarity.

Post-Brexit bigotry was already escalating when the coronavirus pandemic unleashed a new wave of Sinophobia. Rather than retreat, the UK’s Asian community is lobbying the media, public figures and politicians to promote solidarity.

1 Jun 2020 - 10:12AM
Opinion | An expat who fled the coronavirus in Hong Kong for Britain regrets his decision

An expat who fled the city for Britain in the hopes of sidestepping the pandemic regrets his decision.

An expat who fled the city for Britain in the hopes of sidestepping the pandemic regrets his decision.

16 May 2020 - 4:21PM
Opinion | Profit-making airlines are refusing refunds – why do they insist on plundering the people’s pockets?

Yes, we get it, the pandemic has grounded flights. But why should those who have paid for a service not get a refund?

Yes, we get it, the pandemic has grounded flights. But why should those who have paid for a service not get a refund?

2 May 2020 - 4:51PM
For former Khmer Rouge officers accused of participating in Cambodian genocide, Christianity offers salvation

Up to 2.2 million died, but a UN-backed tribunal has dropped charges against many of those responsible. Now some are turning their backs on Buddhism and looking to Jesus for redemption.

Up to 2.2 million died, but a UN-backed tribunal has dropped charges against many of those responsible. Now some are turning their backs on Buddhism and looking to Jesus for redemption.

24 Dec 2020 - 12:53PM
Laos’ Four Thousand Islands – a remote backpacker idyll that is as unspoilt as 1960s Thailand, for now

The Mekong river archipelago is all about kicking back in a hammock and finding your inner hippie.

The Mekong river archipelago is all about kicking back in a hammock and finding your inner hippie.

5 Mar 2020 - 8:15PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s landlords and luxury labels – why I don’t feel sorry for either

Exorbitant rents may be forcing Louis Vuitton to close its store in Times Square, but in the cradle of capitalism, new clients are already lining up to fill the void left behind.

Exorbitant rents may be forcing Louis Vuitton to close its store in Times Square, but in the cradle of capitalism, new clients are already lining up to fill the void left behind.

11 Feb 2020 - 9:35AM
British paedophile Douglas Slade’s victims in the Philippines still waiting for justice

Douglas Slade abused young boys in the Philippines for decades, but in a landmark ruling he has been ordered to pay compensation to five victims.

Douglas Slade abused young boys in the Philippines for decades, but in a landmark ruling he has been ordered to pay compensation to five victims.

29 Jan 2021 - 3:50PM
Opinion | Superbad broadband: the problem with rural Hong Kong’s lo-fi Wi-fi

In the far-flung corners of ‘Asia’s World City’, painfully slow internet speeds come with the territory.

In the far-flung corners of ‘Asia’s World City’, painfully slow internet speeds come with the territory.

18 Oct 2019 - 8:03AM
The Kim Jong-nam assassination: meet the Indonesian woman caught up in the plot

Siti Aisyah recalls how an innocent prank went horribly wrong, ending in murder and and landing her in jail.

Siti Aisyah recalls how an innocent prank went horribly wrong, ending in murder and and landing her in jail.

6 Oct 2019 - 7:09AM
Opinion | Hong Kong protests fail to burst bubble of expat brats

However, the unrest has given at least some of the city’s young ‘smartphone zombies’ a purpose, with phones transformed from thought-sapping siphons to tools that inform, educate, agitate and organise

However, the unrest has given at least some of the city’s young ‘smartphone zombies’ a purpose, with phones transformed from thought-sapping siphons to tools that inform, educate, agitate and organise

19 Sep 2019 - 4:14PM
Opinion | When civil unrest bursts the Hong Kong expat’s bubble

Spare a thought for the Pilates enthusiast denied her weekly exercise by a million or so inconsiderate people taking to the streets to fight for their city

Spare a thought for the Pilates enthusiast denied her weekly exercise by a million or so inconsiderate people taking to the streets to fight for their city

7 Sep 2019 - 4:29PM
The truth about tear gas: how Hong Kong police violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’

Banned worldwide in 1925, tear gas underwent an image overhaul before being embraced as an alternative to bullets. Post Magazine investigates the origins of the canisters littering Hong Kong streets and how their deployment has violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’.

Banned worldwide in 1925, tear gas underwent an image overhaul before being embraced as an alternative to bullets. Post Magazine investigates the origins of the canisters littering Hong Kong streets and how their deployment has violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:24AM
Veteran Hong Kong protester Becky Kwan on her struggles as leader of Cathay Pacific union

As chairwoman of the Hong Kong airline’s Flight Attendants Union, Becky Kwan fought tooth and nail for employee rights and against managerial injustices, earning herself a reputation as a fearless thorn in the side of executives.

As chairwoman of the Hong Kong airline’s Flight Attendants Union, Becky Kwan fought tooth and nail for employee rights and against managerial injustices, earning herself a reputation as a fearless thorn in the side of executives.

5 Aug 2019 - 9:42AM
The Humphead wrasse: one of the world’s most endangered coral reef fish, and a delicacy for affluent Chinese diners

The scarcity of the fish and its price tag of up to US$850 a kilo has only made it more appealing to those who can afford it.

The scarcity of the fish and its price tag of up to US$850 a kilo has only made it more appealing to those who can afford it.

8 Jun 2019 - 2:42PM
Opinion | Algorithms have made advertising strangely intimate – should we be worried?

First came the unsolicited emails offering anatomical enlargements, then the internet started listening in on private parleys. What will the machines learn next?

First came the unsolicited emails offering anatomical enlargements, then the internet started listening in on private parleys. What will the machines learn next?

31 May 2019 - 5:31AM
The Durrells’ Corfu – popular TV show revives Greek island’s picturesque past

A four-year stay by a British family during the 1930s led to a bestselling book that in turn transformed Corfu into a tourist trap, but now the Greek island has reclaimed its idyllic charms

A four-year stay by a British family during the 1930s led to a bestselling book that in turn transformed Corfu into a tourist trap, but now the Greek island has reclaimed its idyllic charms

15 Mar 2019 - 10:14AM
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford’s life on Bali’s death row: ‘if you want to shoot me, shoot me’

The only woman to have been sentenced to death for drug crimes in Bali, Lindsay Sandiford has come to terms with her situation.

The only woman to have been sentenced to death for drug crimes in Bali, Lindsay Sandiford has come to terms with her situation.

1 Mar 2019 - 4:32PM