Short Reads

Opinion | Beach, please: when will the tide turn on coastal closures?

There’s hardly a man or woman in Hong Kong who doesn’t have happy memories of childhood expeditions to the beach, and it’s just the sort of liberating break that kids need now.

2 Mar 2021 - 8:45AM
Then & Now | Doggerel verse was once Hong Kong’s most popular form of poetry

Shamus A’Rabbitt was one of the genre’s more talented writers, who penned poems in which readers would recognise their times, places, circumstances, and most particularly, themselves.

1 Mar 2021 - 2:15PM
Murder in Hong Kong: when wife killed, dismembered and cooked her husband

Ma Kit-chee ‘cut him into chunks with a saw and put the bits into a cooking pot and boiled them dry’, according to South China Morning Post reports in 1988.

26 Feb 2021 - 10:45AM
How a schoolgirl made Hong Kong’s first Winter Olympics team

Speedskater Fiona Fong had only taken up the sport a year before the schoolgirl was called up to join Hong Kong’s first ever Winter Olympics team.

20 Feb 2021 - 3:45PM
Then & Now | From had it to happening, the organic evolution of Kam Tin

The once ‘unlovely’ New Territories village has become popular with Hongkongers thanks to its Instagram-friendly murals, craft markets, self-pick farms and more.

20 Feb 2021 - 12:15PM
Language Matters | After Myanmar’s coup, a look at the origins of the word

Originally from Greek, the word’s current and figurative meaning was reintroduced into English in the 18th century. 

19 Feb 2021 - 2:46AM
Reflections | Unlike Myanmar’s coup, some in Chinese history were welcomed

One of the most famous coups in Chinese history, the Chenqiao mutiny, occurred with minimal fighting and bloodshed and marked the beginning of the nation’s reunification.

18 Feb 2021 - 10:45AM
Language Matters | Year of the Ox: the zodiac symbol’s role in language

The ox has a special claim to fame in the English language for its plural form – oxen. Do you know why?

13 Feb 2021 - 7:57AM
Reflections | Famous historical figures born in the Year of the Ox

Despite the catch-all predictions hawked by soothsayers, a look through Chinese history reveals that those who shared the same Chinese zodiac sign were not all alike. 

12 Feb 2021 - 7:15AM
How Hong Kong got its first Lunar New Year fireworks display

Hongkongers got their first Lunar New Year fireworks display in 1982, after a government ban aimed at curbing ammunition supply to communist bombers in 1967 put a halt on such shows

11 Feb 2021 - 10:15AM
Then & Now | In Hong Kong, working from home was once lot of society’s poorest

Piecework was commonplace during the city’s post-war industrial boom, allowing families to earn extra and their employers to sidestep safety and labour regulations.

10 Feb 2021 - 10:15AM
When a ‘spurned lover’ bombed a Hong Kong hotel to harm his love rival

In February 1991, an employee of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hotel, in Tsim Sha Tsui, opened a parcel he believed to be from his wife. It exploded in his face.

4 Feb 2021 - 3:15PM
Reflections | Bling Empire is inane, but ostentatious displays of wealth are not new

Early imperial China was not without its extravagant characters, such as Si Chong and Wang Kai who were perhaps best known for trying to outspend each other.

4 Feb 2021 - 10:08AM
Then & Now | In Hong Kong, a refrigerator was once a status symbol

In the post-war period, the humble refrigerator took pride of place in living rooms across the city, until it eventually became too commonplace for comment.

2 Feb 2021 - 4:11PM
Opinion | Why our obsession with youthful-looking celebrities needs to stop

The meida should stop putting celebrities on age-defying pedestals and instead celebrate their wrinkles and grey hair.

29 Jan 2021 - 6:59PM
‘Polite’ kidnappers, a gunfight and panic in Tsim Sha Tsui

Businessman So Chak-tong was kidnapped as he left his Kowloon Tong home but abandoned hours later, when police closed in on his captors.

29 Jan 2021 - 10:15AM
Reflections | A brief history of books in China, from oracle bones to scrolls

For two millennia, scrolls were the main repository of written texts in China, until the invention of printing.

28 Jan 2021 - 10:15AM
When 17 died in a karaoke bar fire started by Triads seeking revenge

When a fire ripped through Tsim Sha Tsui’s Top One karaoke bar, in 1997, the police suspected it was the result of a Triad turf war. The truth was even more tragic.

26 Jan 2021 - 10:15AM
Then & Now | Hong Kong’s ballroom scene was respected, until along came Covid-19

The recent ‘dance-hall cluster’ has thrown a spotlight on the hitherto respectable tradition of ballroom dancing.

25 Jan 2021 - 8:47AM