Hong Kong Cuisine: At The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation

Imagine that you’re in Hong Kong on a mission to try all of the local delicacies that the city has to offer. Imagine that you’re in a cha chaan teng, a Cantonese style tea cafe. You see tables of boisterous customers inhaling bowls of ham and macaroni in soup, savouring stacks of deep fried french …

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Chinese Films and Shows for Every Occasion

So many amazing films have come out of China, and many have made their way into my list of favourites. From kung-fu films and gangster flicks, to romantic melodramas and studies of everyday life, Chinese cinema has something for everyone. Here’s something to watch for whatever emotion you may be feeling: For a good, cathartic …

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Holey Hong Kong: Spirit Dragons Or Aesthetics At Work?

Allow me to introduce you to Hong Kong’s magnificent skyline: Hong Kong's skyline. Image by bady qb on Unsplash. Ah, the architectural prowess. The beauty of the fragrant harbour. Here’s a view of the skyline on the southwest side: Bel-Air Residence, Hong Kong. Image via CNN. Wait a minute, do those buildings have holes? The …

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Hong Kong vs China: Identity Crises, Political Tensions, And Why It Matters

When asked what ethnicity we are, many Hong Kongers, including myself, will say we’re Chinese, but when asked where we’re from, we say Hong Kong. Oh, so like, China, right? No. Hong Kong. We adopt an adamant view that, no, Hong Kong is different from China, and no, we’re not the same as all other …

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Think Chinese Pop Culture is Uncool? You’ll find China’s Cool in Hiding

Lexie Liu on The Rap of China. Image from iQiyi via Radii. Korean pop and Japanese anime have both made breakthroughs in Western media, but China, a country larger in both size and population than Korea and Japan combined, still lags behind in pop culture appeal. Surely, with such magnitude and potential for content output, there must be a …

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From Liberal to Conservative and Back Again: Homophobia in China

As a rather conservative country, China is known to be against the idea of homosexuality. Homosexuality is labelled as a “negative influence”, and most Chinese strongly believe that society should not support homosexuality. But guess what? Homosexuality was once accepted in China. All my fellow Chinese out there might be thinking: haha, that’s impossible. And …

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