Kate Whitehead

Award-winning Hong Kong-based journalist
  • May 2020
  • The bear that started it all

    Missing mum: My dad was a British Royal Air Force squadron leader and I was born in an RAF ...

  • Discover your backyard

    I miss travelling. It has been 13 weeks and three days since my last trip and I’m in withdrawal ...

  • Bean to bar

    At the quiet end of Gough Street, in Hong Kong’s Central district, stands a pocket-sized shop e ...

  • Goodbye, Jimmy’s Kitchen

    When Jimmy’s Kitchen closes its doors at the end of this month many will mourn the loss of one ...

  • The mask crusader

    Gilly Strauss has been in the diamond business for more than 20 years. He was a founding member ...

  • Prisoners at sea

    They man the merchant ships that keep global trade flowing, but coronavirus restrictions mean thous ...

  • Apr 2020
  • Almost a shore thing

    Paul Zimmerman had planned to spend his Easter holiday kicking back at the Blues Festival in Au ...

  • How Contagion Works

    How Contagion Works by Paolo Giordano Weidenfeld & Nicolson 5/5 stars The coron ...

  • How to survive lockdown with an abusive partner

    Hotlines around the world have seen a surge in the number of domestic abuse calls as countries ...

  • Be the hero

    Sitting on a beach over the Christmas holiday, Matt Friedman excitedly discussed the upcoming l ...

  • Coronavirus in the Congo

    As the coronavirus spreads around the world, sending billions of people into lockdown, communit ...

  • Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus ‘deep cleaning’ explained

    We’ve been hearing a lot about deep cleaning. When the last passengers and crew on the Diamond ...

  • A cure for coronavirus cabin fever

    For people around the world who have shelved their travel plans and are spending more time indo ...

  • Feb 2020
  • Why toilet paper becomes a hot ticket item in a crisis

    The panic buying seen in the past few weeks as people rush to stock up on essentials during the ...

  • A virus called Wuhan-400

    The Eyes of Darkness, a 1981 thriller by bestselling suspense author Dean Koontz, tells of a Ch ...

  • Take to the hills as antidote to stress

    It’s twilight on the Morning Trail and there is a steady stream of hikers heading up the windin ...

  • Jan 2020
  • Couples that work

    An expert, herself one half of a dual-career couple, spent six years interviewing couples around th ...

  • China coronavirus

    It’s quite safe to be in Hong Kong, though if you want to wear face masks you had best bring them w ...

  • Anne Frank’s stepsister

    The peace activist and international speaker recounts how she was torn from her happy childhood in ...

  • Experience the nomadic lifestyle

    Their simple life in harmony with nature is vanishing, but a social enterprise using nomads as guid ...

  • Climate change and flying

    Carbon offsetting schemes allow people and companies to invest in projects that reduce greenhouse g ...

  • Shaking off problems

    TRE, or tension and trauma releasing exercises, help trigger neurogenic tremors that allow the body ...

  • Humorist’s antidote to ageing disgracefully

    Sedaris, an author and long-time contributor to The New Yorker, says he is trying to avoid becoming ...

  • Dec 2017
  • The left behind

    This is a children’s emergency, says former Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, of the 600 ...

  • Generation Hex

    Pulitzer Prize winner ponders the burden for only children of caring for their elderly parents, and ...

  • Nov 2017
  • Ken Liu's Silkpunk

    Multifaceted Chinese-American author describes his unique path to a career that has brought professi ...

  • 24 Hours in Venice

    A city impossible not to fall in love with Spend any amount of time in Venice and its canals, ...

  • On the right track

    The romance of train travel maintains its timeless lure Long-haul train travel is back in vog ...

  • Why China won't rule the world in the 21st century

    The author, a former editor of the Post, tells Hong Kong literary festival audience the potential fo ...

  • Campaign of ‘lawfare’

    Dapiran covered Article 23, the government’s campaign of ‘lawfare’ and the expulsion of pro-democrac ...

  • Min Jin Lee

    Korean American recalls growing up speechless and confused in New York, and says how hurt she’s been ...

  • Smashing stereotypes

    The Wangs vs. the World author, who appeared at the 2017 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, ...

  • "My books are still banned in China"

    Wild Swans author, who appeared at the 2017 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, still has mix ...

  • Future of Irrawaddy Literary Festival in doubt

    The situation got so bad at last weekend’s event that one Myanmese writer stood up during a gala din ...

  • The House that Jack Ma Built

    Duncan Clark, a former Morgan Stanley investment banker and author of Alibaba: The House that Jack M ...

  • Oct 2017
  • The foreign dukan

    Patrick Vanhoebrouck, resident anthropologist at the Amanjiwo resort, talks about discovering the se ...

  • Stephan Elliott on the movie that changed his life

    The roaring success of the 1994 film was followed by years of bad luck that included a near-fatal sk ...

  • Myanmar violence puts festival guests in the spot

    Boycott of next month’s Irrawaddy Literary Festival announced by one guest over Muslim minority huma ...

  • Sep 2017
  • The wage of consent

    Website founder says that single men tend to receive more digital “winks” the higher their salary, w ...

  • Cambodian princess brings sacred dance to the masses

    Once performed only for royalty, and now championed by a prince and a princess, Cambodian classical ...

  • Aug 2017
  • A lesson in laid-back

    Ever more Spanish people are being drawn to the city as interest in the country’s food, culture and ...

  • North Korea

    Harvard’s Dr John Park tells Hong Kong audience intelligence shows sanctions against North Korea hav ...

  • FinTech in Hong Kong

    The application of technology in financial services has risen dramatically in a matter of a few year ...

  • Mind of a serial killer

    The crimes of Hong Kong’s first serial killer were so shocking that a female forensic scientist was ...

  • "I was a bit feral"

    Emma Lock, who can be seen in horror film The Human Centipede II, walked SPCA rescue dogs, her eyes ...

  • Jul 2017
  • Just can't get enough

    One rehab clinic operating in Hong Kong has recorded a 30 per cent increase in the number of people ...

  • Her place in the world

    Korean-American author Han explores the interrelation of different cultures in her new book of short ...

  • Hotels with history

    If walls could talk The very nature of hotels lends them to mystery and intrigue. These tempo ...

  • Jun 2017
  • Rob Wagemans

    Founder Rob Wagemans’ designs are changing perceptions of how hotels, shops and now a Hong Kong resi ...

  • Luxury on the waterfront

    Hongkongers will be familiar with The Upper House, the hotel in Pacific Place that opened in 2009 an ...

  • Andy Neilson's 40 years in Hong Kong

    From a short stint as a policeman to opening a pub and a nightclub, to making toy soldiers, it’s bee ...

  • Global Brands Group Aims for $5B

    The company expects its growth to come organically and from new licenses. HONG KONG — Global ...

  • May 2017
  • Chris Patten’s Hong Kong aide Kerry McGlynn

    Australian former journalist Kerry McGlynn, the man behind Hong Kong’s branding as Asia’s World City ...

  • Chinese officials postpone events to mark 1967 riots

    Journalist Ching Cheong reveals ex-rioters eager to mark 50 years since deadly protests in city bowe ...

  • Transcendental Meditation

    At a recent lunchtime gathering in Central, TM instructor James Meade was asked what sets his HK$6,8 ...

  • History in the faking

    British history professor and author Robert Bickers laments China’s redacting of historical document ...

  • Apr 2017
  • Witnesses to anarchy

    It was the bloodiest violence the city had seen: the riots would leave 51 people dead and hundreds m ...

  • Moonlight producer on his HK thriller

    Andrew Hevia was a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong when he bonded with fellow Star Wars fan Joshua Wo ...

  • Hong Kong rents seen nearing bottom

    Realtors predict the city's rents will bottom out in the second half HONG KONG -- Retail rent ...

  • Mar 2017
  • Flight review: Kenya Airways

    Flight review: Kenya Airways B787-8 Premier World BACKGROUND Kenya Airways took delivery o ...

  • Dial M for moreish

    Her beloved M at the Fringe closed in 2009, but the restaurateur behind successful Shanghai and Beij ...

  • Room On Board

    Annual Community Business report marking International Women’s Day highlights slow progress in recti ...

  • The Ringmaster

    Born in northern Germany, the horse lover who spent his early life travelling around the world befor ...

  • Thunder and thrills

    A trip to Victoria Falls provides excitement and inspirational views in abundance, writes Kate White ...

  • Feb 2017
  • The last post

    Intelligence Squared’s cultural debate will look at the pros and cons of social media and its place ...

  • US immigration debate

    Shanthi Sekaran – herself the child of immigrants to the US – dramatises a hot-button issue with her ...

  • Jan 2017
  • Mixed Fortunes

    In her book Eurasians, MIT professor contrasts attitudes towards interracial marriage in three juris ...

  • Violinist Leo Phillips

    The musician, who led the orchestra on the soundtrack to the film Philadelphia, has performed as lea ...