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Strongest Typhoon In 40 Years Targets China

AP | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful typhoon killed one person and damaged several houses on the southern Chinese island of Hainan on Friday after claiming 54 ...

Chris Patten's Last Tango in Hong Kong

Editorial Board, | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Editorial Board,

The late John Walden, director of home affairs in the colonial government until the early 1980s, lived through this British hypocrisy most of his life. Calling the late introduction of democracy to Hong Kong a "grand illusion," Mr. Walden said it all in a speech in 1985: "If I personally find it difficult to believe in the sincerity of this sudden and unexpected official enthusiasm for democratic politics it is because throughout the 30 years I was an official myself, from 1951 to 1981, 'democracy' was a dirty word. Officials were convinced that the introduction of democratic politics into Hong Kong would be the quickest and surest way to ruin Hong Kong's economy and create social and political instability."

Politics Divides Families, Friends in Hong Kong

Yuen Chan | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

Social media and the internet may be fueling youthful dissent but it also seems to be driving a conservative pushback from the older generation. This tends to result in one of two scenarios: disputes and hurt feelings, or silence and simmering resentment.

Hong Kong's Democratic Aspirations Not a Threat to China

Chris Patten | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Chris Patten

Eventually, Hong Kong's people will get what they want, despite China's objections; freedom invariably wins in the end. But China's rulers would take a giant step forward by recognizing that such aspirations are not a threat to the country's well-being. For now, however, China, a great country and a growing power, is handling its economic affairs with more sophistication and a surer touch than it is addressing its political challenges.

The Issue in Hong Kong Is Not Autonomy from Beijing, but Growing Economic Inequality

Han Zhu | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Han Zhu

Those who are now waving the Union Jack to accuse Beijing of interfering in Hong Kong's freedom are not rational in their comparison of the degree of autonomy before and after the handover from the British 17 years ago.

Patten Attacks China Over Hong Kong Judiciary Remarks

The Financial Times | Demetri Sevastopulo and Kiran Stacey | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

Chris Patten, the former British governor of Hong Kong, has waded into a heated debate about the territory’s relationship with Beijing by accusing C...

The Hopping Vampires Will Getcha: Rigor Mortis Director Juno Mak -- The CFQ Interview

Dan Persons | Posted 07.04.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Even in the anything-to-get-your-adrenaline-pumping world of Hong Kong cinema, Rigor Mortis stands out. The story of a famous actor, Chin Siu-Ho (play...

Hong Kong Police Arrest 511 After Big Democracy Rally

AP | KELVIN CHAN | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 people holding a sit-in a day after tens of thousands in the former British colony joi...

Hundreds Of Thousands March For Democracy In Hong Kong

Reuters | James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

* More than 510,000 march through city, organizers say * Police say rally reached 98,600 people at its peak * China deno...

Hong Kong Braces For Mass Protest Against Beijing Control

Reuters | James Pomfret | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

By James Pomfret HONG KONG, June 30 (Reuters) - Hong Kong is bracing for its largest protest in more than a decade after near...

Reclaiming Hong Kong's June 4th

Yuen Chan | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

The commemoration of June 4th once united Hong Kong people, now it divides. Perhaps this shouldn't be surprising when the number of people who identify as "Chinese" falls to new lows.

Facebook Outage Gives Hong Kong the Jitters

Yuen Chan | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

I can pinpoint exactly when it happened because I was in the middle of a Facebook conversation when the error message popped up. Then my telephone rang and the person I'd been chatting with asked, "Is Facebook down?"

The World's Ten Best Hotel Pools | Posted 06.20.2014 | Travel

Whether you prefer drifting in heated pools among ice-flecked mountain peaks or looking out over the Pacific from the tropical beaches of Tahiti, this selection of 10 jaw-dropping swimming pools will have something for you.

Gender Proud Presents: The Colombian Trans Woman Stranded in Hong Kong for 8 Months

Allie Hoffman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Allie Hoffman

Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist and scientist, and fled to Taipei, where she got a scholarship and began to live her life anew.

Your Hotel Room Can Do WHAT?! Super High-Tech Amenities

Oyster | Posted 06.18.2014 | Travel

Although summer vacations are traditionally meant for getting away and unplugging, we can't help but love these super high-tech hotels that boast some of the coolest geek-friendly amenities we've ever seen.

Era of Benign Neglect of House Price Booms Is Over

Min Zhu | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business
Min Zhu

House prices are inching up. But is this a cause for much cheer? Or are we watching the same movie again?

Hong Kong Democracy Activists Rebuke China's White Paper

Voice Of America | Rebecca Valli | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

HONG KONG — Chinese officials in Beijing issued a policy paper Tuesday reminding Hong Kong residents of the city's status as part of China. The pap...

How Hong Kong Is 'Making A Fool Of Itself' Over Gay Rights

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices

The Hong Kong government has refused to allow same-sex couples to marry at the British consulate in the city, UK officials said Monday, prompting heav...

10 Great Getaways Within The World's Busiest Cities

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel

Cities have everything -- great people, great food, great public transportation -- the list goes on and on. But sometimes they don't have the one thin...

Candles And Clashes In Hong Kong Tiananmen Anniversary Rally

AP | KELVIN CHAN | Posted 06.04.2014 | World

HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong joined a candlelight vigil in a downtown park Wednesday to commemorate the 25th anniversar...

Offensive Stereotypes Apparently Found In Hong Kong Student Textbooks

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

A blog started by a British expat living in Hong Kong has posted photos of local textbooks apparently featuring offensive stereotypes. Last week, ...

Why Won't the Chinese Line Up?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.25.2014 | Travel
Frank H. Wu

I am persuaded there is another story. I was chatting with a renowned scholar of China, who has done extensive fieldwork there. He immediately named Communism as the cause of Chinese not lining up.

Open Forums: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Amy Wu | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Amy Wu

The complex relationship between Hong Kongers and Mainlanders recently resurfaced (this time in the YouTube universe) when a video of a young child from Mainland China urinating in Hong Kong streets went viral.

12 Indie Spots in Hong Kong

Fathom | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel

I've found that despite being labeled as a city firmly focused on "out with the old, in with the new," certain areas of Hong Kong still retain their old-world charm. These small cultural pockets -- neighborhoods of boutiques, artisanal bakeries, and independent coffee shops -- are helping to enrich the bourgeoning cultural scene.

Get Up and Go!

Michael Benson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Michael Benson

Having just returned from China -- my third trip there in as many years -- I came away even more impressed by the invaluable lessons one can learn by merely getting out and seeing the world.