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Backup - Tsui Hark
I was born in China and my father brought me over to Saigon, Vietnam, when I was a child. I grew up there until 14, when my family moved to Hong Kong. My father was a very conservative businessman, but he prided himself on being adventurous and creative. After he died, I learned that he’d...
Apr 2 2009
Film - Shinjuku Incident
Category IIB. It’s been billed as a potential turning point in Jackie Chan’s career. In his latest film, Hong Kong’s biggest living international icon is supposed to leave the cartwheels and kiddie humor behind for serious, mature territory. The man himself described it as “...
Apr 2 2009
Backup - Arnel Pineda
I got into music at age five back in the Philippines. I would mimic Michael Jackson as soon as he came on the radio. My mother encouraged me; she knew I was going to be a singer. I was 20 when I first heard the Journey album “Escape.” I was absolutely mesmerized. I remember listening to...
Mar 27 2009
Exhausted
When they hit our streets they will be the slowest cars in town, but some say also the most powerful. Their most enthusiastic supporters believe they’ll change not only the way Hongkongers drive but also the way they think, and launch a similar shift in consciousness across the rest of China...
Labor Pains
In response to concerns about the economic crisis in Hong Kong, last week Financial Secretary John Tsang announced in his budget speech that the government would be getting a head start on public-works programs. Projects such as the Hong Kong–Macau–Zhuhai bridge, the Hong Kong–...
Picture Perfect - 24 City
Hong Kong’s biggest annual film festival is back. From March 22 to April 13, celebrities including director Oliver Stone and actor William Hurt will be pouring into town for the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). Stone’s “W” will finally make it’s...
Feb 27 2009
Forget what your holistic doctor told you. According to Peony Lai, nutritionist and visiting lecturer at the School of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the idea that red meat is bad for you is a myth. “We need red meat,” she says, “it’s an important source of...
Feb 20 2009
Meet the Meats - Beef
We’ve always been a city of animal lovers. Beasts shunned as too deadly or fugly in other cultures have always found a welcome spot on our plates. But the one dish local diners have been most loyal to is the pig; truckloads of squealers arrive every day from across the border to be...
Meet the Meats - Pig
Despite the increasing popularity of beef, pork still carries the day in Hong Kong and the rest of China, with the average citizen consuming more pork here than in any other country except for Germany. Chef Lee Keung of Island Shangri-La’s Summer Palace emphasizes the historical context of...
Meet the Meats - Beef (1)
Where to Get Your Beef Where to Eat Your Beef Anyone in the local meat industry will tell you demand and appreciation for beef has evolved dramatically in recent years. For a long time, steak was just steak, pure and simple. People enjoyed it at home or in restaurants, with little if any...