Short Reads

Then & Now | ‘Colonial elegance’? Life in Asia was about function over form

A sense of impermanence pervaded colonial life in tropical Asia, and was reflected in interior decor and dress choices.

26 May 2019 - 10:15AM
Reflections | The name Cathay has powerful origins – how the mighty have fallen

The Liao dynasty was ruled by the Khitan people, a great and mighty nomadic group whose name was passed on to medieval Europe as Cathay.

25 May 2019 - 10:15AM
Language Matters | Ramadan or Ramzan: the debate that has divided South Asia

The use of Ramadan is being decried by some as an Arabisation of language and religious practices while others point to the word becoming popular because it is what the observance is called in English.

24 May 2019 - 6:21PM
When Wong Kar-wai’s gay film Happy Together won big at Cannes

The acclaimed filmmaker was awarded best director at the festival in 1997 – the year of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule – and he expressed hope that he would be able to continue to make the kind of films he wanted to make.

23 May 2019 - 5:13PM
New Hong Kong vinyl store puts records back in the groove

The Pharmacy, which is located within entrepreneur Maguelone Calmels’ lifestyle store Mahka, offers both old and new titles.

20 May 2019 - 5:30PM
Opinion | Forget the trade war, humanity and the rest of life are in peril

A recent study revealed that a million species are at risk of extinction, but few seem to grasp the seriousness of the environmental and existential crisis facing humankind.

17 May 2019 - 3:20AM
Haunted Hong Kong: Murray House and its ghostly goings-on

From shadows cast by invisible subjects to strange noises, the occupants of Murray House and HMS Tamar reported unexplained occurrences in 1963, which stopped after a Buddhist exorcism was performed to appease the spirits.

16 May 2019 - 5:30PM
Reflections | Is Japan’s refusal to put a woman on throne a plot to protect dynasty?

Unlike in Europe, where the names of royal families can change with each generation, in Asia such a move would be considered the death of a dynasty.

16 May 2019 - 8:00AM
Language Matters | The word ‘mother’ and all the phrases that sprang from it

From Mother Nature to the “mother of all battles”, as Saddam Hussein described the 1991 Gulf war, the significance is not always maternal.

12 May 2019 - 10:46AM
Then & Now | Why Hong Kong’s culture of corruption is alive and well

Graft is entrenched in Hong Kong society; just the face has changed from low-level bribery to high-level venality that’s virtually impossible to uncover.

10 May 2019 - 9:00AM
When a giant bamboo man crossed Hong Kong’s harbour

The 50-metre-high sculpture was the brainchild of Austrian-Hungarian Andre Heller and came with an environmental message.

10 May 2019 - 7:15AM
Ride of Silence to honour Hong Kong cyclists who lost their lives

Martin Turner, of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, says the government must look at cycling as a transport option and not just as a leisure activity.

10 May 2019 - 1:02AM
Reflections | How China’s Shaolin Temple survived multiple attempts to destroy it

Much like France’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the venerated complex has been razed and rebuilt numerous times.

9 May 2019 - 4:39AM
Reflections | How a Japanese red-bean bun brought a Singaporean widow comfort

In ancient China, red beans were called ‘seeds of longing’, and, according to legend, one widow’s grief turned her into a red bean plant. The same cannot be said for this writer’s grandmother, who also lost her husband, but she did have a fondness for anpan.

4 May 2019 - 10:45AM
Residents of subdivided flats come together over food

Neighbourhood Kitchen supplies ingredients and equipment so Hong Kong tenants with no space at home can cook their favourite dishes and ensure their children get the nutrients they need.

3 May 2019 - 10:55AM
Opinion | Cash vs contactless: one man’s struggle to stick to the good old way

With real money on its way out, do the risks of using credit cards – scams, debts and identity theft – outweigh the benefits?

3 May 2019 - 8:30AM
Then & Now | Timeless romance between a British officer and a Japanese divorcee

Amid the countless short-lived affairs between Western men and Asian women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is one that stands out

3 May 2019 - 7:30AM
The ‘terrifying’ Hong Kong explosion that claimed 40 lives

More than 100 people were injured, while the dead were burnt beyond recognition, in one of the deadliest explosions to rock the city. The accident occurred at the Hongkong and China Gas Company’s gasometer in West Point.

3 May 2019 - 7:15AM
Language Matters | GoT’s Dothraki, Star Trek’s Klingon: fantastical conlangs

People have been creating languages for all sorts of reasons, from the artistic Elvish languages invented by J.R.R. Tolkien to Esperanto, which was created by a Polish Jew for ’international understanding and peaceful coexistence’.

29 Apr 2019 - 9:39AM