Short Reads

What happened to sole survivor of Cathay Pacific hijacking

World’s first commercial airline hijacking ends in disaster after the Miss Macao flying boat crashes en route to Hong Kong

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Reflections | Disarming a nation can be done, just look at Japan

Weapons-confiscations programmes, known as ‘sword hunts’, occurred throughout Japanese history.

18 Jul 2019 - 5:25AM
Wong Kar-wai inspires Japanese artist’s debut Hong Kong show

Tokyo-based Madsaki’s month-long exhibition will feature works that reference classics such as In the Mood for Love and Kung Fu Hustle.

15 Jul 2019 - 10:31AM
Opinion | Hongkongers love to queue – but what are we waiting for?

Long lines cost the city’s retailers US$2.35 billion last year – maybe it’s time to abandon the fake-queue ploy.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:07AM
How Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality

A 1983 review concluded ‘the prohibition of homosexuality in law only came about in British colonies with the onset of the Victorian era’.

12 Jul 2019 - 7:00AM
Reflections | In Indonesia, as in ancient China, the capital city has no fixed address

The island nation is considering relocating governance from a sinking Jakarta. In China, the capital city shifted north, south, east and west according to a variety of factors.

11 Jul 2019 - 8:46AM
The 1983 death of kung fu star Fu Sing in Hong Kong

Actor’s brother found guilty of dangerous driving after crash killed famous sibling but magistrate gave full discharge, saying losing a family member is punishment enough.

8 Jul 2019 - 4:51PM
Then & Now | Why tales of expat murder refuse to die

Scandals surrounding the deaths of Lord Erroll in Kenya, Pamela Werner in Peking and John MacLennan in Hong Kong continue to resonate.

4 Jul 2019 - 6:40PM
How bank’s security questions left one user angry and helpless

When did validating an account get so complicated, wonders journalist, as he realises refusal to provide personal information can lead to his HSBC account being restricted.

2 Jul 2019 - 12:44PM
Then & Now | The lingo may have changed but China’s communist control techniques have not

Though the Mao outfits and cold war-era vocabulary have gone the way of ‘the red menace’, the Communist Party’s totalitarian grip on China is as tight as ever

2 Jul 2019 - 11:08AM
The longest day: when wartime Hong Kong introduced daylight saving

Started in 1941 as part of the war effort, Hong Kong’s experiments with lighter evenings were finally shelved in the 1980s

28 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM
Reflections | History isn’t kind to small states: what will become of Singapore?

Jingnan, a diminutive territory in imperial China, prospered despite its size and military weakness, until the inevitable happened.

27 Jun 2019 - 8:40AM
Language Matters | ‘Extradition’ – what’s in a word?

The word that drew millions of Hongkongers onto the streets this month entered the English language in 1833. A closely related word, rendition, was first used around 1600.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:20AM
Then & Now | Canned cheese and Blue Nun, a typical colonial dinner

A lack of fresh produce as well as hygiene concerns meant most meals were made from processed imported foodstuffs that would then be jazzed up with chutneys, mustard, pickles and any manner of relish.

21 Jun 2019 - 7:51AM
When Cathay Pacific staff went on strike over pay

The three-day strike saw workers call for a pay rise of up to 20 per cent, saying HK$1,500 salaries lagged other airlines’ pay by 40 per cent.

21 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM
Reflections | The history behind Xi’s poetic reference to Trump, his ‘friend’

The Chinese president recently referenced an ancient love poem when discussing the relationship between his country and the United States. Are the two heads of state preparing to kiss and make up?

20 Jun 2019 - 8:00AM
Reflections | How goddess myth gave divine justification to imperial elites

Also known as the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, along with China’s Nü Wa deity, are suggestive of a matriarchal ancient past. When creating mankind, the goddess fashioned the elites in the image, then flicked mud from a branch, with each spatter becoming the commonfolk

15 Jun 2019 - 10:37AM
How Hong Kong got its verdant country parks

Colonial governor Murray MacLehose introduced the scheme to little fanfare in 1974, with the South China Morning Post reporting the installation of ‘150 tables for picnickers, 135 benches, 110 barbecue pits and 600 litter bins’

14 Jun 2019 - 6:45AM
The Hongkongers trying 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