Literally eating momos in one hand, while filming Kathmandu with the other. Filmed this during breaks at the Asian Investigative Journalism Conference. (Sept. 2016)
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition in Sept. 2014.
Dating is a serious business in Hong Kong. In an era of online dating and mobile matchmaking apps, every day thousands of single men and women in the city are busy searching for prospective partners through dating services. But what about those who have found true love and want to keep hold of it?
Enter the Butlur – an online gift-giving concierge service that describes itself as “helping discerning men delight women who have everything”.
Originally published on TIME.com
Spend a few minutes browsing social media, or watch groups of travelers posing in front of a popular tourist attraction, and you’re bound to come across it: attractive young Asians flashing smiles and making the V-for-Victory sign (or peace sign). The raised index and middle fingers, with palm facing outward, are as much a part of Asian portraiture as saying cheese is to English speakers. But why?
To non-Asians, the gesture seems so intrinsically woven into the popular culture of Beijing, Osaka or Taipei as to make it seem that it was forever thus — but, in fact, its earliest origins date back no further than the late 1960s, and the gesture didn’t really find widespread acceptance until the late 1980s.
Some say it began with Janet Lynn. The American figure skater was favored to take home gold in the 1972 Olympics in Japan. But the 18-year-old’s dream came crashing down when she fell during her performance. The gold medal was gone. She knew it, and Japan knew it.
But instead of grimacing, the shaggy-haired blonde simply smiled. Lynn’s behavior ran charmingly counter to the Japanese norm of saving face, and in doing so earned her legions of Japanese fans.
“They could not understand how I could smile knowing that I could not win anything,” said Lynn, who eventually went home with a bronze, in a telephone interview. “I couldn’t go anywhere the next day without mobs of people. It was like I was a rock star, people giving me things, trying to shake my hands.” Continue reading
The politician has refused to apologize for the tweet, claiming that the German squad “fought” like Hitler in its 7-1 World Cup semifinal victory over Brazil
A version of this story was published by Journalists for Transparency for a special series titled ‘SPOILED: Corruption from Farm to Table’.
LANZHOU, China—There were so many students in the hospital that morning that Li had trouble finding her own daughter.
“They put four to five children to a single bed. They just didn’t have enough beds to fit all of them,” says Li, who requested only her surname be used.
Her second-grade daughter was one of 244 primary school students in the central Chinese province of Gansu that fell ill in April 2013 after eating a government-subsidized school breakfast. The students, from five different schools in Gansu’s poor, remote Anding District, were stricken with severe diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pains.
Director: Pete Sabine
Editor and Associate Videographer: Stephanie Burnett
Cinematographer and Sound: Kevin Cureau
Translations and Producer: Lorrin Shao
Domestic helpers in Hong Kong are known for the challenges they face – like having low wages and only one day off a week. But ironically, many Filipina helpers are also feeling liberated. That’s because they feel they can be more open about their lesbian partnerships, with some inspired to come out to their families back home.