Getting to North Korea is the easy part – the real dilemma is whether or not to go. By visiting one of the world’s most isolated regimes are you condoning what goes on there, does it mean you’re ok with throwing political prisoners in labor camps – for three generations? It’s one of the few places cut off from the rest of the world – forget not having Facebook or Google, they don’t even have the Internet. If you go to North Korea, go well informed. Read up as much as you can – and then leave the books at home.
Kate Whitehead is a Hongkonger and has made the city her home since she was eight. She got her first degree (BA English Lit) from Warwick University and her postgrad (MA English Lit) from Sussex University. She was on staff at the Hong Kong Standard and South China Morning Post and was the editor of Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine, Discovery.
- Value judgments and reality checks January 16, 2018
- Gay HK policeman’s 1980 gun death January 15, 2018
- Macau’s best casinos January 15, 2018
- Aman Resorts’ first Shanghai property January 5, 2018
- The left behind December 16, 2017
- Generation Hex December 11, 2017
- Ken Liu’s Silkpunk November 26, 2017
- 24 Hours in Venice November 15, 2017
- On the right track November 15, 2017
- Why China won’t rule the world in the 21st century November 14, 2017
Elsewhere in the world, orchestras are often struggling to maintain interest and audiences. As the Hong Kong Philharmonic passes its 40th anniversary, morale has never been higher.
The Southern District councilllor and co-founder of Hong Kong’s Civic Party tells Kate Whitehead about his activist childhood, arriving in the city in 1984 and June 4’s significance for him
Inspiration doesn’t always come easy, but sometimes a cosy hotel room is all a writer needs to get that burst of creative energy
The author, a former editor of the Post, tells Hong Kong literary festival audience the potential for ‘emperor’ Xi Jinping to stumble, party’s refusal to liberalise, adverse demographics and pollution will stop nation dominating
What is it? A brand new 266-room hotel on its own island (below) within the Venice lagoon. Isola delle Rose is an artificial island, built in the 19th century, and JW Marriott spent several years transforming what had been a sanatorium before the hotel opened in March.
Kate Whitehead puts on the layers and finds out just how cool Antarctica really is