Kate Whitehead

Hong Kong-based journalist
  • Keeping it simple

    ‘I grew up in Britain, but I’m entirely Asian’ he says, explaining his affinity with Hong Kong and Singapore Novelist and non-fiction writer Pico Iyer has always had a soft spot for Hong Kong. His first visit, in 1983, was as a 26-year-old reporter for Time magazine and he’s been a regular ever since. He has twice…

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  • Did China see its gene-edited babies scandal coming?

    In November last year, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, unleashing a storm of criticism When Chinese scientist He Jiankui walked onto the stage at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in November last year to defend his creation of the world’s first gene-edited babies, he…

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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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  • Hong Kong police add blue water to armoury

    Democracy campaigners threw petrol bombs after defying a ban on a march to mark the anniversary of Beijing’s clampdown The protests in Hong Kong turned violent last night as demonstrators threw fire bombs, police used water cannons and tear gas and a tactical squad known as “the Raptors” beat passengers on a train. There was…

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  • 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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  • 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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