Must-See Hong Kong TV

First there was the stressed-out Bus Uncle. Then came the Airport Auntie who threw a hissyfit on the floor after missing a flight (her performance has attracted almost 7 million views!!). And to add to Hong Kong’s growing collection of video hits featuring the city’s mentally unstable, we now have Paranoid-MTR-Jerk-Uncle (my suggested …

Appearance and Reality

Cities as imagined in the brochures of their property developers often have a mildly hallucinogenic quality—but Hong Kong lavishly so. Depending on what kind of homebuyer is targeted, the catalogs show either a sunbathed arcadia of wooded hills, sunsets and pristine water, or a blazing Gotham, its denizens clad in evening dress, …

Propaganda Battles

Last week I was on the road and thus missed out on an entertaining and unexpectedly illuminating media slapfest in Beijing. For fight fans who missed this clash, here’s a recap. Last month Peter Foster of the Telegraph wrote a short piece about a government campaign to boost patriotism ahead of the 60th anniversary of the People’s …

Video: A Cemetery’s Waitlist

Here’s our video story about Hong Kong’s cemetery waitlists (go to the World section). What’s it like to wait for more than a year just to get a one-square-foot space to store ashes? We wrote about this issue a couple weeks ago in the magazine. Read the full story here.

Ma Ying-jeou’s First Year

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is keeping his promise to aid his island’s stricken economy through stronger mainland links. But cozying up to Beijing carries political risks. Here‘s my colleague Michael Schuman’s latest story on Ma, out in the latest issue of TIME Asia.

Zhao Ziyang’s Memoirs (Yes, You Read That Right)

Here’s a link to a fascinating story (and a great scoop) by my former colleague and friend Adi Ignatius (he’s now helming the venerable Harvard Business Review) about the about-to-be-published memoirs of China’s former premier Zhao Ziyang. Zhao was dismissed and confined to house arrest after he refused to agree to Deng Xiaoping’s order …

Ai Weiwei: Interview Transcript

As my colleague Ling mentions below, we have a story out to mark the anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake that focuses on the efforts of the artist Ai Weiwei to record an accurate toll of school children who died.

Though we have spoken to him again a few times since, the main interview was done in mid April. For those interested, it …

Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death

Two years after shooting began, Lu Chuan’s (Kekexili, The Missing Gun) $12 million Hong Kong-China co-production, City of Life and Death (南京!南京!),finally opened on the mainland on April 22 and in Hong Kong on May 7. It’s not easy to take on a subject like the Nanjing massacre—Iris Chang’s Rape of Nanking is still …

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