Short Reads

When a bank went bankrupt, Hong Kong almost ran out of money

In 1965, a run on Ming Tak Bank, owned by Poon Kai-kwong, led to rumours of trouble at other Chinese banks. Following restrictions on withdrawals, confidence was eventually restored

27 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM
Reflections | Protesters’ treatment of Maxim’s recalls China’s vengeful past

Throughout Chinese history, arbitrary punishments have been meted out for nothing more than familial ties.

25 Jan 2020 - 11:24AM
Then & Now | Why Macau warranted a chapter in Hong Kong guide books

So close, so similar, and yet so beguilingly different. Hong Kong’s neighbour looked like the British colony but had its own social issues, including slavery in the form of the ‘coolie trade’.

18 Jan 2020 - 12:28PM
Exhibition shines light on Hong Kong’s early amateur naturalists

‘Ecology In The Making – A History of Amateur Naturalists in Hong Kong’ shines a light on 12 individuals who helped discover, collect, identify and conserve the city’secology from 1816 to 1984.

17 Jan 2020 - 9:30AM
Language Matters | The Aboriginal origins of the word ‘koala’

The animal’s scientific name includes the Latin word cinerus, or ‘ash-coloured’, which has new poignancy given how many have died in Australia’s bush fires.

17 Jan 2020 - 2:59AM
Opinion | Come on, Hong Kong, it’s time to upgrade the substandard ferries

Grimy, badly maintained with lousy facilities and service, Hong Kong’s ferries are a poor reflection of the city’s show-stopping waters.

14 Jan 2020 - 8:31AM
Then & Now | Uncomfortable truths about HK’s pre-war Eurasian community

Right-wing politics and outright racism towards other ‘Asians’ are often ignored by modern post-colonial academics.

13 Jan 2020 - 8:13AM
Reflections | Is Carrie Lam ‘governing without action’? It’s not working

The Taoist philosophy is best understood as taking minimum action and leaving things to run their natural course. But in testing times the passive approach might not be advisable.

9 Jan 2020 - 9:26AM
When the Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra went professional

The orchestra’s estimated annual running cost of HK$4.5 million was deemed ‘well worth spending if we are to prove wrong those people who call Hongkong a cultural desert’.

7 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM
Language Matters | How the term 20/20 became so warped

The idiom ‘20/20 vision’ was never meant to imply excellent, or even above average, eyesight.

6 Jan 2020 - 10:35AM
Then & Now | Who were the lascars – and where have they gone?

Muslim seamen from around Asia, many of them stereotypical drunken sailors, are remembered in Hong Kong road names.

3 Jan 2020 - 8:39AM
High tea gets a healthy makeover in a Hong Kong hotel

Fuel mind and body with a superfood-packed afternoon tea at W Hotel’s Woobar.

2 Jan 2020 - 4:30PM
Reflections | China’s rich musical history owes much to foreign influence

Other peoples and cultures have made a significant impression on the country’s aural output, but copying has become more common in recent years. Where is the originality?

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Hong Kong’s gentrification in spotlight of urban renewal lecture

The regeneration of Wedding Card Street in Wan Chai, transformed into pedestrianised and picture-perfect Lee Tung Street, raised rents and pushed out the locals that gave the area its charm.

1 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM
Language Matters | ‘Indigenous’ – our alternative word of the year

Little-heard lesser languages can be as ‘at risk’ as endangered species and should be conserved as such

31 Dec 2019 - 3:53PM
Reflections | Like Trump, Chinese emperors faced removal from rule

The power of rulers’ in imperial China was absolute, but they were still at risk of being overthrown by adversaries.

29 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM
Then & Now | Why is cheese so expensive in Hong Kong?

With much of the population repulsed by milk, dairy products have long been considered luxury items.

23 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM
Reflections | What happened if your teeth fell out in ancient China?

More than 2,000 years ago, Chinese physicians were treating patients’ teeth, sometimes successfully.

21 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM
A Hongkonger’s epic charity run from Peking to Hong Kong

Hongkonger David Griffiths, general manager of a sports centre, made the 4,000km dash in aid of disabled Chinese athletes.

20 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM