Stuart Heaver

Stuart Heaver

Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.

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Can China’s Hainan Island, a hotspot of wildlife and nature, retain its rich biodiversity amid huge development?

New plans to transform China’s island province of Hainan into a business and tourism powerhouse have raised questions about how it can protect its rich natural environment and unique wildlife, but not everyone is worried.

13 Jul 2020 - 12:40PM

New plans to transform China’s island province of Hainan into a business and tourism powerhouse have raised questions about how it can protect its rich natural environment and unique wildlife, but not everyone is worried.

Can China’s Hainan Island, a hotspot of wildlife and nature, retain its rich biodiversity amid huge development?
Mental health of ships’ crews at risk as they are stuck at sea for months because of coronavirus pandemic

Sailors are feeling the strain of having been on board ships for up to a year without a break. Regular crew changes have been halted because of health restrictions and the difficulty of flying in replacements, and shore leave cancelled.

25 Jun 2020 - 7:19AM

Sailors are feeling the strain of having been on board ships for up to a year without a break. Regular crew changes have been halted because of health restrictions and the difficulty of flying in replacements, and shore leave cancelled.

Mental health of ships’ crews at risk as they are stuck at sea for months because of coronavirus pandemic
‘Treachery’: how US officer who fought for China in first Sino-Japanese War came to a bad end

Unable to obtain a commission in the US Navy, naval officer Philo Norton McGiffin left America in 1885 for China, where he helped modernise the Imperial Chinese Navy and was severely wounded during a fight against the Japanese.

17 Jun 2020 - 6:26AM

Unable to obtain a commission in the US Navy, naval officer Philo Norton McGiffin left America in 1885 for China, where he helped modernise the Imperial Chinese Navy and was severely wounded during a fight against the Japanese.

‘Treachery’: how US officer who fought for China in first Sino-Japanese War came to a bad end
Can youth community service, voluntary or not, help social cohesion? How Hong Kong and its ‘me’ generation could benefit in absence of military service

Voluntary or compulsory community service for Hong Kong’s youth – such as helping with poverty alleviation – could help enhance social cohesion among city’s individualistic ‘me’ generation in absence of military service, an academic says.

5 May 2020 - 6:01PM

Voluntary or compulsory community service for Hong Kong’s youth – such as helping with poverty alleviation – could help enhance social cohesion among city’s individualistic ‘me’ generation in absence of military service, an academic says.

Can youth community service, voluntary or not, help social cohesion? How Hong Kong and its ‘me’ generation could benefit in absence of military service
Secret Hong Kong marine police collection tells stories of piracy, war, crime – and could soon be seen by the public

More than 400 historical items at the Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters tell colourful tales of 178 years of marine law enforcement in the city. Very few people have seen the secret haul, but that might be about to change.

29 Mar 2020 - 12:49PM

More than 400 historical items at the Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters tell colourful tales of 178 years of marine law enforcement in the city. Very few people have seen the secret haul, but that might be about to change.

Secret Hong Kong marine police collection tells stories of piracy, war, crime – and could soon be seen by the public
‘I’m still sad every day’: mother whose teenage son took his own life calls for stigma of mental illness to be tackled in Hong Kong

When Ann Pearce’s 15-year-old son Jamie took his own life three years ago, she did not even know he was unhappy. She is fighting to raise awareness of youth mental health issues in Hong Kong, while still dealing with the devastating loss.

24 Feb 2020 - 7:48PM

When Ann Pearce’s 15-year-old son Jamie took his own life three years ago, she did not even know he was unhappy. She is fighting to raise awareness of youth mental health issues in Hong Kong, while still dealing with the devastating loss.

‘I’m still sad every day’: mother whose teenage son took his own life calls for stigma of mental illness to be tackled in Hong Kong
Why art hidden from Japanese on eve of Hong Kong invasion in World War II, and never seen again, still fascinates after 80 years

More than 300 items from the late Hong Kong businessman’s collection have been missing since World War II. Japanese invaders are thought to have taken some, but others may still be buried in the grounds of Government House.

19 Feb 2020 - 8:50PM

More than 300 items from the late Hong Kong businessman’s collection have been missing since World War II. Japanese invaders are thought to have taken some, but others may still be buried in the grounds of Government House.

Why art hidden from Japanese on eve of Hong Kong invasion in World War II, and never seen again, still fascinates after 80 years
How Johor Bahru in Malaysia, long in Singapore’s shadow, is on the rise and making the most of its Chinese heritage

Often overlooked as a cheap and cheerful border town for Singaporeans seeking low-cost shopping malls, spas and theme parks, Malaysia’s Johor Bahru is using its rich Chinese history to make it a cool place to visit.

17 Jan 2020 - 10:10AM

Often overlooked as a cheap and cheerful border town for Singaporeans seeking low-cost shopping malls, spas and theme parks, Malaysia’s Johor Bahru is using its rich Chinese history to make it a cool place to visit.

How Johor Bahru in Malaysia, long in Singapore’s shadow, is on the rise and making the most of its Chinese heritage
Old maps of China shed light on modern border disputes and how it sees the world today at Hong Kong exhibition

Eighty historic maps and naval charts on show at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum reveal how China saw itself in the world over the centuries and give clues on why the modern Chinese state goes about its business as it does.

2 Jan 2020 - 8:50PM

Eighty historic maps and naval charts on show at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum reveal how China saw itself in the world over the centuries and give clues on why the modern Chinese state goes about its business as it does.

Old maps of China shed light on modern border disputes and how it sees the world today at Hong Kong exhibition
Driven by Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, movie tourism on the rise in Hong Kong – and it’s a growing trend in Asia

Fans of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Leslie Cheung films are drawn to Hong Kong to visit the locations of their favourite scenes – a phenomenon called movie and TV tourism that is growing in Asia, and especially Hong Kong and South Korea.

21 Dec 2019 - 7:45PM

Fans of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Leslie Cheung films are drawn to Hong Kong to visit the locations of their favourite scenes – a phenomenon called movie and TV tourism that is growing in Asia, and especially Hong Kong and South Korea.

Driven by Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, movie tourism on the rise in Hong Kong – and it’s a growing trend in Asia
Too young to know he should cry: a wartime orphan in Hong Kong and his Empire of the Sun life

Canadian Bob Tatz, now 88, who’s written a book about his childhood as a POW, says: ‘It was great in Stanley. No one told me to wash, no one told me to brush my teeth and no one told me to brush my hair. For me, it was heaven.’

20 Dec 2019 - 5:16PM

Canadian Bob Tatz, now 88, who’s written a book about his childhood as a POW, says: ‘It was great in Stanley. No one told me to wash, no one told me to brush my teeth and no one told me to brush my hair. For me, it was heaven.’

Too young to know he should cry: a wartime orphan in Hong Kong and his Empire of the Sun life
Miracle of Maya Bay: how Thai paradise island wrecked by tourism has staged an incredible recovery in marine life

Eighteen months after its closure, Thailand’s Maya Bay, featured in Leonardo Di Caprio film The Beach, has staged a miraculous recovery in marine life. Does it offer a model for Asia’s other fragile ecosystems straining against overtourism?

14 Dec 2019 - 6:27PM

Eighteen months after its closure, Thailand’s Maya Bay, featured in Leonardo Di Caprio film The Beach, has staged a miraculous recovery in marine life. Does it offer a model for Asia’s other fragile ecosystems straining against overtourism?

Miracle of Maya Bay: how Thai paradise island wrecked by tourism has staged an incredible recovery in marine life
Fisherman maintains a Hong Kong maritime legacy with his HK$3 million restored junk boat

David Kwok saved a traditional shrimp trawler from the scrapyard and spent a ‘crippling’ HK$3 million restoring it to be one of only three sailing junks in Hong Kong, hoping to maintain the dying legacy of traditional Chinese fishing junks.

11 Dec 2019 - 6:41PM

David Kwok saved a traditional shrimp trawler from the scrapyard and spent a ‘crippling’ HK$3 million restoring it to be one of only three sailing junks in Hong Kong, hoping to maintain the dying legacy of traditional Chinese fishing junks.

Fisherman maintains a Hong Kong maritime legacy with his HK$3 million restored junk boat
Robot marine plastic pollution collector Hong Kong students invented offers a cheap solution to clear rubbish-choked coasts

ClearBot solar-powered, semi-submersible, US$900 rubbish scooper invention won Hong Kong student engineers and scientists a global prize.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:59PM

ClearBot solar-powered, semi-submersible, US$900 rubbish scooper invention won Hong Kong student engineers and scientists a global prize.

Robot marine plastic pollution collector Hong Kong students invented offers a cheap solution to clear rubbish-choked coasts
‘A political hostage’: the British journalist detained in China for 27 months in reprisal for Hong Kong’s jailing of Chinese counterpart during 1967 riots

Fifty years ago this month Reuters reporter Anthony Grey was freed from 27 months of house arrest in Beijing, having been detained in reprisal for Hong Kong’s jailing of a Chinese counterpart during the 1967 riots in the city.

15 Oct 2019 - 8:32PM

Fifty years ago this month Reuters reporter Anthony Grey was freed from 27 months of house arrest in Beijing, having been detained in reprisal for Hong Kong’s jailing of a Chinese counterpart during the 1967 riots in the city.

‘A political hostage’: the British journalist detained in China for 27 months in reprisal for Hong Kong’s jailing of Chinese counterpart during 1967 riots
Why Hong Kong protests wouldn’t have fazed shipping tycoon Frank Tsao – a man ‘not easy to get close to’

A titan of Asian shipping who died last month, Tsao’s early life was shaped by war and civil unrest in 1940s China – so the city’s recent disorder would likely not have daunted a ‘brilliant man’ who was also ‘something of a loner’.

10 Sep 2019 - 6:26PM

A titan of Asian shipping who died last month, Tsao’s early life was shaped by war and civil unrest in 1940s China – so the city’s recent disorder would likely not have daunted a ‘brilliant man’ who was also ‘something of a loner’.

Why Hong Kong protests wouldn’t have fazed shipping tycoon Frank Tsao – a man ‘not easy to get close to’
When maritime disaster all but wiped out Hong Kong’s cricket team – the sinking of the SS Bokhara in 1892

A disaster that shook the former colony nearly 130 years ago has been resurrected by researchers from City University’s Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections project

6 Sep 2019 - 11:11AM

A disaster that shook the former colony nearly 130 years ago has been resurrected by researchers from City University’s Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections project

When maritime disaster all but wiped out Hong Kong’s cricket team – the sinking of the SS Bokhara in 1892
UK punk icon Captain Sensible on Hong Kong protests, the crazy early days and becoming sensible

The Damned guitarist talks about shooting a cameraman in the crazy early years of British punk, the band’s third visit to Hong Kong, his love of food and why he doesn’t act like a rock star.

2 Aug 2019 - 4:29PM

The Damned guitarist talks about shooting a cameraman in the crazy early years of British punk, the band’s third visit to Hong Kong, his love of food and why he doesn’t act like a rock star.

UK punk icon Captain Sensible on Hong Kong protests, the crazy early days and becoming sensible
Why are there so few women in shipping? Hong Kong’s female sailors talk about struggle and success

Women are discouraged from careers in merchant shipping, although the small number of women sailors in Hong Kong is growing. We talk to some of the women who are breaking the industry’s glass ceiling.

22 Jul 2019 - 9:22PM

Women are discouraged from careers in merchant shipping, although the small number of women sailors in Hong Kong is growing. We talk to some of the women who are breaking the industry’s glass ceiling.

Why are there so few women in shipping? Hong Kong’s female sailors talk about struggle and success
Exploring Guangzhou’s famous past: four historic sites that keep the spirit of old Canton alive

Port on old maritime Silk Road was famed for its exports of Chinese tea, silk and ceramics – and reminders of that time still exist. China’s third city, less than an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed train, is more convenient than ever to visit.

14 Jun 2019 - 3:49PM

Port on old maritime Silk Road was famed for its exports of Chinese tea, silk and ceramics – and reminders of that time still exist. China’s third city, less than an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed train, is more convenient than ever to visit.

Exploring Guangzhou’s famous past: four historic sites that keep the spirit of old Canton alive
Air rage: how it differs in West and East, and why Chinese passengers are in a league of their own

Asians are more tolerant of discomfort, Westerners are prone to drunken brawls, and no one behaves quite like unruly Chinese passengers – they misunderstand the guest-servant relationship, according to a Hong Kong academic.

26 May 2019 - 7:06PM

Asians are more tolerant of discomfort, Westerners are prone to drunken brawls, and no one behaves quite like unruly Chinese passengers – they misunderstand the guest-servant relationship, according to a Hong Kong academic.

Air rage: how it differs in West and East, and why Chinese passengers are in a league of their own
Hong Kong air pollution and the deadly impact of shipping and cruise industries

A single cruise liner berthed at a passenger terminal can emit as much sulphur dioxide as 25,000 diesel buses. As the waters of the Greater Bay Area get ever busier, is enough being done to clean the emissions of ocean-going vessels?

12 Jul 2019 - 5:11PM

A single cruise liner berthed at a passenger terminal can emit as much sulphur dioxide as 25,000 diesel buses. As the waters of the Greater Bay Area get ever busier, is enough being done to clean the emissions of ocean-going vessels?

Hong Kong air pollution and the deadly impact of shipping and cruise industries
Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it

Tilapia is the world’s second most farmed fish, mainly due to its resistance to disease, but stocks are threatened by a lethal virus. Most production is in Asia, where social and economic catastrophe would occur if the species is wiped out.

6 May 2019 - 5:00AM

Tilapia is the world’s second most farmed fish, mainly due to its resistance to disease, but stocks are threatened by a lethal virus. Most production is in Asia, where social and economic catastrophe would occur if the species is wiped out.

Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it
History of Hong Kong’s outlying islands celebrated in ‘treasure hunt’ that reveals their rich cultural heritage

A local NGO wants to help people discover the history, architecture, festivals, crafts and traditions of Hong Kong’s islands, with a map guiding locals and tourists alike to some 100 cultural treasures.

19 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

A local NGO wants to help people discover the history, architecture, festivals, crafts and traditions of Hong Kong’s islands, with a map guiding locals and tourists alike to some 100 cultural treasures.

History of Hong Kong’s outlying islands celebrated in ‘treasure hunt’ that reveals their rich cultural heritage
Hong Kong’s ‘protected women’: the forgotten females of city’s patriarchal 19th-century society

Supported financially by wealthy Western men in exchange for long-term sexual relationships, the women, mostly from the Tanka ethnic minority, were integral to the city’s evolution.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:43AM

Supported financially by wealthy Western men in exchange for long-term sexual relationships, the women, mostly from the Tanka ethnic minority, were integral to the city’s evolution.

Hong Kong’s ‘protected women’: the forgotten females of city’s patriarchal 19th-century society
US-China trade war: simulation gives students lesson in negotiation and diplomacy

The Hinrich Trade Negotiation Simulation offers students a rare insight into the reality behind the scenes of trade talks, with experts leading students from seven Hong Kong universities last month through what it takes to be successful.

6 Mar 2019 - 5:00AM

The Hinrich Trade Negotiation Simulation offers students a rare insight into the reality behind the scenes of trade talks, with experts leading students from seven Hong Kong universities last month through what it takes to be successful.

US-China trade war: simulation gives students lesson in negotiation and diplomacy
Hope for the hutongs: five of the best historic lanes in Beijing – reimagined for visitors, renovated for locals

Most of the Chinese capital’s historic lanes have been razed, but increasingly the social and heritage value of those that remain is being recognised; From hip to authentic, we visit five of the best hutongs to take in on your next visit.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

Most of the Chinese capital’s historic lanes have been razed, but increasingly the social and heritage value of those that remain is being recognised; From hip to authentic, we visit five of the best hutongs to take in on your next visit.

Hope for the hutongs: five of the best historic lanes in Beijing – reimagined for visitors, renovated for locals
How plague in Hong Kong sowed seeds of democracy, changed urban planning and helped heal social divisions

The 1894 plague outbreak sowed the seeds of representative democracy in Hong Kong, triggered improvements in sanitation and urban planning, and helped heal social divisions, as Contagious Cities show at Tai Kwun recalls.

14 Feb 2019 - 1:54PM

The 1894 plague outbreak sowed the seeds of representative democracy in Hong Kong, triggered improvements in sanitation and urban planning, and helped heal social divisions, as Contagious Cities show at Tai Kwun recalls.

How plague in Hong Kong sowed seeds of democracy, changed urban planning and helped heal social divisions
The young design pair upcycling Hong Kong marine trash into desirable objects of art

Christine Lew and Florian Wegenast have created a striking range of desirable items out of trash collected from Hong Kong’s seas and beaches.

27 Jan 2019 - 9:47AM

Christine Lew and Florian Wegenast have created a striking range of desirable items out of trash collected from Hong Kong’s seas and beaches.

The young design pair upcycling Hong Kong marine trash into desirable objects of art
Could Hong Kong’s hardy corals be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs?

Corals that can survive Hong Kong’s ‘apocalyptic environment’ offer insight into how to better protect reefs elsewhere.

12 Feb 2019 - 10:12AM

Corals that can survive Hong Kong’s ‘apocalyptic environment’ offer insight into how to better protect reefs elsewhere.

Could Hong Kong’s hardy corals be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs?