Author: Danielle Lam

Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

In collaboration with VipopIt’s time to make a statement on the beach with Latin American resortwear, beachwear, cocktail wear, accessories, and demi-fine jewelry from designers curated by Vipop. Vipop is a women-led curator of sustainable ateliers that is Hong Kong-based but with a vision of bringing the Latin American ethos of colour and distinctive style to all of Asia.Vipop envisions city streets where no one is wearing the same piece, because each has been made in small batches with low environmental impact in mind. Women-centered and women-led Fabiana is co-founder and Brands Curator of Vipop A fully female team co-founded…

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In the cultural mixing pot that is Hong Kong, there are new exciting dining and drinking concepts popping up all the time, from innovative fine dining and internationally known restaurants coming to the city for the first time to locally-born exploratory fusion. Stay on top of the need-to-knows of the dining scene with our restaurant and bar opening guide, updated monthly. Creo by Brentwood Creo’s Kowloon Bay location features bespoke wood tables (© Creo by Brentwood) Creo by Brentwood is a set of new cafés already open in Kowloon Bay and Kennedy Town. Offering locally roasted coffee, artisanal kombucha, breads…

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Hong Kong’s typhoon season occurs from May to November. During peak times in July, August, and September, there is a 50-60% chance of a typhoon. Although typhoons rarely hit Hong Kong directly, they still have the power to cause severe damage, especially for people living on the outlying islands or low-lying areas. Formally called tropical cyclone warning signals, typhoon signals are meant to give the public plenty of warning about the potentially destructive effects of wind and rain associated with a tropical storm. How do typhoons form? © Globe and Mail ‘Typhoon’ and ‘hurricane’ are different names for the same…

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As we near the end of Pride Month, we talked with Salomé Grouard, production editor at South China Morning Post and lead of the newspaper’s women and minority group initiative, Lunar and the podcast Lunar Voices, which highlights the voices of marginalized groups in Asia. As an employee at one of the oldest and leading news outlets in Hong Kong, we were eager to hear about Salomé’s stance on the barriers women and the LGBTQ+ community face in Hong Kong and how she sees attitudes towards these underrepresented and marginalized groups evolving in the coming years, especially in light of…

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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, a public holiday which occurs each year on July 1, commemorates the date in 1997 that sovereignty over Hong Kong was officially handed back from Great Britain to China after 156 years of being a British colony.In 2022, it will have been 25 years of the 50 that China agreed that Hong Kong would retain its capitalist system and established social norms under British rule, outside of Chinese governmental influenceLast year on this day, China simultaneously celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of its communist party. The history of Hong Kong Establishment…

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Since December 2020, Hong Kong has designated certain hotels as quarantine facilities for incoming travellers. In order to enter the city, you must be a Hong Kong resident or study/work visa holder, fully vaccinated, and undergo a seven-day long quarantine in a hotel (unless you’re coming from mainland China/Macau). Travellers must test Covid-negative on day five with a PCR test and on days six and seven with rapid antigen tests. This must be followed by seven days of self-monitoring at home.The following list of 7th and 8th cycle designated quarantine hotels (DQH) is valid for quarantine periods from 1 March…

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Every year in June, cities around the world observe Pride Month. The event honours the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, when on June 28 police entered gay bar Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a safe refuge where gay men and lesbians could safely socialize, and took several patrons into custody. Although this wasn’t the first time young members of the LGBTQ community had faced harassment or discrimination, this event sparked violent confrontations between bargoers and police that lasted for five days, becaming a symbol of LGBTQ solidarity. While Hong Kong still falls behind other nations in legally recognizing gay partnerships,…

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Looking for Father’s Day restaurant ideas? On Sunday, 19 June 2022, it’s time to celebrate the best man in your life – or whoever that figure is for you. Dads might say they don’t need to do anything special for Father’s Day, but it’s always a good idea to show them some love. And for most, a great meal is a non-negotiable. Here are our favourite Father’s Day restaurants with special menus for the annual celebration of the person who guides, showers love (be it silent or voiced), and supports us! Kyoto Joe — Wagyu buffet, Central Kyoto Joe’s A4…

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In honour of Africa Month, we chatted with the Founder of Africa Center Hong Kong, Innocent Mutanga. Innocent fled his home country of Zimbabwe in 2013 under threat of political kidnapping, arriving in Hong Kong as a refugee. He faced homelessness and inability to work or study because of his asylum seeker status. So he visited libraries, consuming everything he could about Hong Kong’s history and society.Innocent’s refusal to accept ‘no’ as an ultimatum culminated in him becoming the first asylum seeker in Hong Kong to graduate from a local university and going on to work at a leading investment…

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Transgender people are people with gender identities that differ from the one they were assigned at birth. Individuals who don’t fit inside the binary of man and woman experienced microaggressions coming from fear or lack of knowledge, systemic discrimination, and violence worldwide. A 2021 study conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong examined the lived experiences of transgender people in the city. Of the 234 people surveyed, the study found that 59% had faced verbal assault, 76.9% had contemplated suicide, and more than half had faced discrimination in employment, education, stores, and from building management. Under Hong Kong law, transgender people must fully…

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