Canadian ads blasted Hong Kong ‘radicals’, invoking blood loyalty to China. Was Beijing’s United Front involved?

They include dozens of Chinese fraternal organisations, business groups and even clubs devoted to stamp collecting, robotics and ice wine appreciation.But the 208 Canadian Chinese groups that were signatories to recent newspaper advertisements in Vancouver denouncing “radical” Hong Kong protesters may also have included groups linked to the Chinese government’s “United Front” work – its […]

Large crowd gathers in Hong Kong to protest against noisy middle-aged women ‘dama’ singers from mainland China shattering peace of Tuen Mun Park

Nearly 2,000 Hongkongers took to the streets of Tuen Mun on Saturday to protest, not over the extradition bill this time but against middle-aged women from mainland China who have been upsetting residents with their singing and dancing in the neighbourhood park.One dama, or “big mama”, as the singers are disparagingly known, had to retreat […]

Four key areas where Hong Kong’s protest movement has come up short

The recent demonstrations in Hong Kong over the planned extradition bill have evolved from setting up illegal barricades to besieging the Legislative Council. For the first time in history, Hong Kong watched masked people break through the glass facade of the Legislative Council and spray-paint the walls of the chamber inside. But as the protests […]

Europe needs sustainable urban development and Copenhagen is paving the way

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The world is urbanising and fast. More than 55% of the global population live in towns and cities, according to the United Nations. With another 2.5 billion people likely to move to urban areas by 2050, this proportion […]

10 Weekend Reads

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Sumatra coffee, grab a seat by the ocean, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • Inside the Geeky, Quirky, and Wildly Successful World of Quant Shop Two Sigma (Institutional Investor) • Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon (Vox)… […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 12 best moments of 2019 (so far)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is having quite the year. Since becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez has set out to find her footing in American politics. So far this year she’s made a fair number of profoundly eloquent speeches on the House floor, gotten real about climate change by sponsoring the Green […]

Stand strong and brace for long battle over extradition bill, mourners told at vigil for two protesters at Hong Kong Education University

Hongkongers must “stand strong in solidarity with each other” and brace for a long, drawn-out battle to oppose the extradition bill – that was the message from a group of Education University students and alumni who gathered to mourn two protesters on Saturday.The sentiments were echoed by more than 100 students and alumni at a […]

Starbucks China now has adorable limited summer products featuring alpacas, raccoons, and sloths

R.I.P wallet! We thought Japan had the edge on stylish and desirable Starbucks mugs and cups, but that was only until Starbucks shops in China released their beautiful spring cherry blossom collection. We loved their cat-paw glasses so much that ever since they went out of season, we’ve been eagerly waiting for whatever they’ll come […]

Mexico City celebrates Frida Kahlo’s 112th birthday with Zocalo exhibition

“The Colours of Frida” features artwork and installations from artists across the world that were inspired by Kahlo. Rough cut (no reporter narration). source

US keeps China in loop on North Korea with briefing on Trump-Kim talks

The United States is willing to improve communication and coordination with China on issues regarding the Korean peninsula, an American envoy told Beijing in a telephone call on Friday, after US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last weekend.The call to China’s vice-foreign minister Luo Zhaohui was made by US special representative […]

Can China win the soccer World Cup with a handful of naturalised players? Probably not

As China targets a place at the 2022 World Cup, England-born Nico Yennaris recently became the first foreign player to join the men’s national soccer team as a naturalised citizen.On his identity card he is listed as ethnic Han.Several foreign soccer players and other sportspeople have become Chinese citizens in recent years, many of them […]

Chinese consulate condemns ‘professional begging’ after arrests in Melbourne

China’s consulate in Melbourne on Saturday condemned “professional begging” operations, after local authorities arrested a group of elderly Chinese nationals who were allegedly flown to the city to make money from passers-by.The consulate said it had yet to verify the identities of the seven people arrested in the Australian city’s central business district on Monday […]

How DC Comics superhero Flash inspired pupils at Marymount Secondary School for computer project to save Hong Kong from next super typhoon

What would you do if a super typhoon like Mangkhut struck Hong Kong again?That was the question posed to pupils at Marymount Secondary School to get them to come up with creative ideas to solve societal issues for a year-end, graded assignment.The project was part of an initiative by the girls’ school in Happy Valley […]