Kate Whitehead

Award-winning Hong Kong-based journalist
  • Short film looks at loneliness in isolation

    When Yuyu Kitamura returned to Hong Kong from New York, she struggled with how lonely she felt during her two weeks of hotel quarantine. She made and starred in ‘Invited In’ to highlight the anxiety and fears many of today’s young people face while socialising online during Covid-19 Before 23-year-old Yuyu Kitamura returned to Hong…

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  • Kumi kidnapped as a kid, found freedom on Lamma

    The founder of Hong Kong’s Drum Jam tells Kate Whitehead about growing up in a controlling home and realising her creative potential in New York For 18 years she ran a monthly drumming group outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre as part of the regular Tom Lee Music Carnival Spirited away: I was born in Warabi…

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  • New app for help with anxiety, stress or burnout

    Workplace stress was already on the rise, and the pandemic made it worse. Yet only 5 per cent of big companies’ staff use in-house mental health assistance Two women have created an app for employers that will instead let staff consult outside therapists in privacy. It will launch in Hong Kong, Singapore and France Terry…

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  • What Really Happened to Flight MH370?

    Former FCC President Florence de Changy’s trenchant investigations point to a secret cargo, an abortive hijack and an insidious cover-up. By Kate Whitehead The Correspondent Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. Halfway across the Gulf of Thailand, the Boeing 777-200ER vanished from air traffic…

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  • Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic director Septime Webre

    Septime Webre speaks to Kate Whitehead about growing up in the Bahamas and turning his back on law for dance. The new father, artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet since 2017, is thankful for being able to spend time with his family during the pandemic The seventh son: I’m the seventh son in a family…

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  • A high intensity workout without the effort

    Former jockey turned triathlete and ultramarathon runner Jo Lodder, 50, broke his collarbone in a fall, and was frustrated at how slowly it was mending. He tried the Vasper System, based on Nasa spacesuit cooling, which applies liquid cooling and compression to your muscles, and was amazed with the results Jo Lodder was a professional…

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  • Fighting back from osteoporosis diagnosis

    A fall on a beach left Animals Asia charity founder Jill Robinson with a fractured vertebra and a diagnosis of severe osteoporosis Known as the silent disease, it is caused by a drop in bone density. Lifestyle changes can build it back up, as can exercise, a doctor and a therapist explain In October 2018,…

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  • In Hong Kong, going into quarantine is more likely than catching Covid-19

    While we should be grateful for our efficient trace and test system, restrictions remain draconian Government quarantine facilities are particularly tough on children, especially those separated from parents A year into the pandemic and in Hong Kong we are still at greater risk of being thrown into quarantine than getting Covid-19. Yes, it’s a first…

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  • Nike trainer Utah Lee

    The Nike Master Trainer and fashion, jewellery and furniture designer talks about her upbringing She worked for Hong Kong’s first fitness chain, TLC, which is where she met her husband Crowded house: I was born in Hong Kong in 1975 and grew up in Kwai Fong. It was super local. I’m the youngest of four and…

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  • After her son died by suicide, Ann Pearce founded Weez Project

    Upon receiving the devastating news, Ann Pearce says she knew she had to do something. She founded Weez Project to raise awareness about youth suicide and youth mental health Government work: My father was a tax inspector. He and my mother moved around a bit and I was born in Bexley, Kent (in southern England), in 1961….

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