Culture

  1. Award-winning photographer John Offenbach looks at one of the portraits featured in his exhibition “JEW” at the Jewish Museum in north London.“I liked this woman because she talked about discovering her Jewish heritage from an official document,” he says.The black-and-white photograph is captioned “Kaifeng Jew II”. It shows a middle-aged Chinese woman, surnamed Li. Offenbach travelled to her hometown, Kaifeng, in the central Chinese province of Henan, to learn more about the Jewish community…
  2. Ghost in the Shell, directed by Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii and released in 1995, is not only one of the greatest anime movies ever made, it is also one of the best science-fiction films of all time. What’s more, the story of an artificial intelligence that evolves to such an extent that it demands to be treated as a new life form is more relevant today than when the film was made. Although it is pinned to an action-oriented storyline, Ghost in the Shell features many philosophical scenes…
  3. By Estelle LiotardK-pop stars are extremely popular on Instagram – and for a good reason. They know what photos to publish, what captions to write and what filters to use. They are good at interacting with the audience and they know how to gain a massive following.Every blogger who has a dream to become famous, influential and wealthy should follow the trends set by the K-pop stars. Here is a list of top trends that are worth your attention.Be gratefulK-pop stars regularly express gratitude…
  4. By Jung Hae-myoungThe death of South Korean actor-singer Cha In-ha has raised concerns that the country is witnessing the copycat-suicide phenomenon known as the “Werther effect”.Named after the protagonist of the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, it refers to the phenomenon of people taking their own lives following widely publicised suicides.Cha’s death on Tuesday followed the suspected suicides of Sulli, a former member of K-pop girl group f (x), on…
  5. By Dong Sun-hwaCL, a former member of the now-defunct K-pop girl band 2NE1, has teased a video of her upcoming solo EP “In the Name of Love” on Instagram and YouTube.The clip features the singer and other 2NE1 members, including Park Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy. The EP will reveal, in the form of a diary, how CL has spent her time following the group’s disbandment in 2016.“In the Name of Love” is CL’s first album since leaving the agency YG Entertainment in November, which represented her for…
  6. The business school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong has not perhaps inspired many poets. But when Mary Jean Chan describes her journey to becoming one of the world’s most promising and admired young writers, she names her decision to leave the business school as a pivotal moment.“It was desperation really,” she says. “I was in a very bad place bordering on depression. My parents saw that and knew something had to change.”Talking to 29-year-old Chan a decade later, in her adopted home…
  7. 2/5 starsFor the uninitiated viewer who knows only that this is a semi-autobiographical film, the first question to ask Steven Ma Chun-wai after watching it is surely, “Are you really OK?”. Inspired by the actor, co-screenwriter, director and producer’s own experience of getting over his mother’s death, Till We Meet Again is a much darker psychodrama than might have been expected from the veteran TV actor.Electronics store salesman Ng Ka-wai (played by Ma) leads a solitary life, harbouring the…
  8. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a single mission: to connect people around the world. It’s one reason why he decided to launch a book club in January 2015, with a reading list that focused on “different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies”.Although the birth of his daughter, Max, kept him from hitting his goal of a book every two weeks, he ended 2018 with 23 selections in his A Year of Books reading group.During the summer of 2019, he recommended another book.Here are a list of his…
  9. World-conquering boy band BTS swept the biggest annual K-pop awards show for the second year running, taking home eight major awards including best male group, song of the year and album of the year.The Mnet Asian Music Awards (Mama) ceremony was staged on Wednesday night in the 30,000-capacity Nagoya Dome in Japan by South Korean entertainment and media giant CJ E&M. Last year the main Mama awards show was held in Hong Kong, but it bypassed the city this year because of the anti-government…
  10. 4.5/5 starsHad Better Days been released in any other year, the film would have served as a far bigger endorsement of the talent of its director, the emerging Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung.Still, good movies will always find their mark.With China’s censors more cautious than usual in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic, the film’s producers were forced to withdraw it from the Berlin film festival in February, and fell foul of a Chinese…