Short Reads

Reflections | From social media to soft power, the benefits of cultural exchange

More than a millennium ago, China and Japan understood the importance of learning from other cultures.

21 Sep 2019 - 3:43PM
Wild adventures for Hong Kong kids: perfect antidote to stormy times

The Little Bush Crafters programme allows children to go wild by playing freely in nature, exploring woods and wading in a stream

20 Sep 2019 - 11:00AM
Then & Now | Hong Kong’s ‘creative’ approach to lending to ex-China shipowners

While tycoons cried racism, their ships were breaking the UN embargo on trading with China – and their mainland families were under threat.

19 Sep 2019 - 8:47PM
Opinion | ‘Barely breathing. Barely alive.’ 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

19 Sep 2019 - 4:14PM
Then & Now | The spies of Stonecutters Island, Hong Kong’s pre-war listening post

Japanese linguist Cyril Wild and Anglo-Irish poet and translator Arthur Cooper helped monitor signal traffic throughout the Pacific from Allied wireless facilities in Hong Kong and Singapore.

14 Sep 2019 - 11:09AM
How one of the worst fires in Hong Kong’s history started

An explosion in a Wing On godown on Des Voeux Road West that contained dangerous goods sparked the blaze, which raged for hours, taking on ‘ever-more-menacing proportions’.

12 Sep 2019 - 8:00PM
Reflections | Hong Kong’s protesters do not want to ‘cut the reed mat’

‘Cutting the reed mat’ comes from an ancient Chinese tale of two friends falling out. The phrase has been adopted by those in the anti-government camp, urging solidarity regardless of conscience.

13 Sep 2019 - 8:46AM
Edible insect snacks land in Hong Kong. Crickets, anyone?

Why French-born entrepreneur Lucie Somé wants Hongkongers to catch the insect-eating bug. ‘Edible insects are the future,’ she says.

16 Sep 2019 - 11:28AM
Reflections | Why Singapore is right to plan for rising sea levels

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced plans to protect the island nation against a projected one metre rise in sea levels. In ancient China, legend tells of how one man redirected floodwaters to become king.

10 Sep 2019 - 1:47PM
When the Olympic torch came to Hong Kong in 1964

Hong Kong was one of 12 cities through which the flame passed on its way from Greece to Japan for the 1964 Games, which was the first time the event was held in Asia

9 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM
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

7 Sep 2019 - 4:29PM
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
Then & Now | What the Hong Kong leadership can learn from 1922 seamen’s strike

The draconian laws being mooted to deal with Hong Kong’s civil unrest were first enacted by a competent leadership – unlike that of today.

6 Sep 2019 - 5:29PM
When Cheung Chau had everything it needed – except drinking water

Until 1955, when water started flowing through its taps, the community had to depend on water from wells and that delivered by junks

2 Sep 2019 - 1:30PM
Sustainable clothes shopping with a focus on luxury

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

2 Sep 2019 - 11:59AM
Then & Now | Arranged marriages: ‘dating agencies’ are the modern matchmakers

The practice might seem like a relic of the past, but it is still fairly common in many parts of the world, including Hong Kong and mainland China.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM
Language Matters | Do you speak Kongish? How protesters use language to empower

The mixed code of romanised Cantonese and English has helped popularise phrases such as ‘add oil’, from Cantonese ‘ga yau’ .

30 Aug 2019 - 9:21AM
Reflections | Hong Kong is suffering because public opinion is not being heard

In ancient China, popular songs were believed to be a useful gauge of public sentiments.

29 Aug 2019 - 7:44AM
Better than Madame Tussauds? Hong Kong’s first wax museum

Hong Kong got its own wax museum in 1974 when Madame Vivian opened one in Tsim Sha Tsui. ‘Our figures will have movement, and to touch them will be like touching real flesh’, she claimed

26 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM