Kate Whitehead

Hong Kong-based journalist

Childhood trauma is a complex beast

Developmental trauma is a term used to describe childhood trauma such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and exposure to violence Kim Barthel is the kind of person I’d want to be sitting next to in a bunker when the bombs are raining down outside. She exudes warmth and kindness, the kind of energy…

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  • Activist takes democracy battle global

    Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong’s ‘manifesto for global democracy’ to be launched in 2020 by British publisher Student leader’s first book in English to feature reflections on his political activism, letters from prison, and a call to the world to stand up for democracy Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong’s first book in English will…

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  • Wisdom of the ages

    Next-level yoga: the secrets of Tibetan yoga explained, from tantric sex to redirecting dreams Forget your downward facing dog, Ian Baker’s book goes deep – explaining how yoga can change the course of a dream, and transfer consciousness as you die Could you spend a month alone in a cave? That was the challenge put…

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  • The lights go out at a Hong Kong institution

    Landlord has not renewed the Italian Restaurant’s lease, amid plans for the live music venue to be turned into a food court The impassioned pleas of musicians and music lovers, backed up by a well-supported online campaign, have failed to save Hong Kong’s famed Grappa’s Cellar live music venue. The popular Italian restaurant and live…

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  • Finding the yeti

    The American scholar and conservationist recalls how a picture of a footprint in a newspaper sparked a lifelong ambition to solve a centuries-old mystery Rumble in the jungle My grandparents were cowboys in Kansas. They paid their way through medical school and after they graduated went to India to work as medical missionaries, just before the…

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  • Duterte critic and ‘guardian of the truth’

    The editor of online news site Rappler and a Time magazine person of the year in 2018 talks to the Post about holding the Duterte administration accountable A new life I was born in Manila in 1963. My mother was only 18 when she had me. My father died when I was a year old. My…

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  • Secret to holding back the years

    Biomarkers are indexes in the body that scientists agree quantify ageing and tell us how far away disease is Sitting in the waiting room at the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s Smart ID Card Replacement Centre in Wan Chai, I’m struck by the fact that everyone in the room is born within the same couple of…

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  • Artists painting a picture of protests for the world

    A group of artists are using art to immortalise the summer of unrest that is gripping the city because of the controversial extradition bill July 1, 2019. Causeway Bay. It’s 32 degrees Celsius [90 degrees Fahrenheit] but feels even hotter on the crowded street. The black clad protesters carrying placards, umbrellas and mini electric fans…

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  • Nature therapy explained

    Nature therapy, such as forest bathing – mindfully walking through nature – can help to reprogram our overstimulated minds and bodies We walk in silence slowly through the forest in Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysian Borneo, and in the stillness, nature comes into sharp focus – the thick moss on tree trunks, the latticework of…

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  • Hello Kitty Murder

    Twenty years after abhorrent killing that capped the violent 1990s, we look at whether the rash of gang crime that preceded it was a factor in the murder Hong Kong was plagued by a rash of gang violence in the 1990s. Criminals such as “Big Spender” and “Teeth Dog” were household names, their bold attacks…

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  • Father-and-son champion sailing team

    Philippe Grelon passed on his passion for sailing to his family, especially his youngest son, Cosmas When Philippe Grelon was a young boy growing up in Lille, in northern France, he dreamed of sailing. Aged eight, he constructed a makeshift boat complete with wooden mast and sail, and tested it out in the garden. “I…

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