Kim Lee (left) and Christine Chiu in an episode of Bling Empire. Photo: Netflix Kim Lee (left) and Christine Chiu in an episode of Bling Empire. Photo: Netflix
Kim Lee (left) and Christine Chiu in an episode of Bling Empire. Photo: Netflix
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Bling Empire might be inane, but ostentatious displays of wealth are nothing new

  • Imperial China was not without its extravagance, as illustrated by Shi Chong, a man desperate to flaunt his affluence
  • Shi was perhaps most notorious for his competition in profligacy with Wang Kai, a relative of the emperor

Kim Lee (left) and Christine Chiu in an episode of Bling Empire. Photo: Netflix Kim Lee (left) and Christine Chiu in an episode of Bling Empire. Photo: Netflix
Kim Lee (left) and Christine Chiu in an episode of Bling Empire. Photo: Netflix
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.