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Hong Kong comics started a new page with uncertainty Hong Kong comics had its glory days in the 1970s to 90s, its popularity has declined since then. But some local comic writers are still drawing new pages, Jerry Cho Chi-ho is one of them. HK Comics Support Programme, a first-year government subsidised programme aimed at helping artists to publish new long comics encouraged Cho to draw again.  

Health & Environment

Online fitness in China soars

  • By: Kate ZhangEdited by: Kate Zhang
  • 2022-07-27

"Goodbye fat, hello muscles! Say it out loud with me!" Liu Genghong gives instructions to Li Yuxi, a 25-year-old bank clerk in Shanghai, as she does aerobics to the beat of the music on her phone. Every day, Li opens Douyin, a Chinese short video platform, to follow Liu, her star personal trainer, to exercise at home. Liu is a Taiwanese singer, actor and personal fitness trainer, but his experience in show business has not made him famous. Now, he has attracted viewers from all over the country with his live broadcasts on social media. After Shanghai was locked down due to Covid in March, Liu, 49, and his wife Vivi Wang, Miss Universe Taiwan in 1999, live-streamed fitness five times a week for a 90-minute session each time. The couple taught the audience to do aerobics to the fast-paced tunes of pop star Jay Chou, and one of his most-watched fitness routines were set to Herbalist Manual from Chou's album. Most of the movements are simple, including Liu’s signature shuttlecock movement, which mimics the action of kicking a shuttlecock, a traditional Chinese folk game called jianzi. Liu's fitness classes have been so popular that they have broken Douyin's live streaming record so far in 2022, according to data analytics platform Chanmama. His live broadcast has accumulated over 100 million viewers within 30 days, with a maximum of 44.76 million viewers for a single live broadcast. Liu's Douyin account grew by more than 50 million followers in April. By July 19, he had amassed 73.2 million followers and got more than 120 million likes. "I worked out every day with Coach Liu, and after a few weeks of dancing, I saw the changes in my body," Li said. "I lost three kilograms of weight, while I became very relaxed after …


The Disappearing Derung

With a population of merely 7000, the Derung is one of the smallest ethnic groups in China. Most of them live remotely along Dulong River in Yunnan province. Some of the tribe members are trying very hard to preserve their unwritten language and unique culture amid the influence of the outside world.


Capturing The Abandoned

Urban exploration photography has gained massive popularity in recent years. Moon Lam talked to three urbex photographers about how these abandoned spots and deserted buildings fascinate them.


Cooking During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has not gone away, social distancing measures remain in place. Some people are finding new ways to share food with their friends. Bruce Zhao and Nick Yang report on how some people have taken up cooking as a new hobby.

Culture & Leisure

Dark tourism in Chernobyl

Still remember Chernobyl where the nuclear disaster happened more than 30 years ago? Nowadays, Chernobyl has become one of the main tourist attractions in Ukraine. Watch and know more about dark tourism.

Photo Essay

Art Review: The Stars Exhibition in Art Basel

This year, the 10th Chancery Lane Gallery especially displayed early artworks of a trio of avant-garde artists to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a historically important art event, which challenged official aesthetics and called for free artistic expression in the Post-Mao Era. Wandering at the colourful Art Basel, visitors could not help but slowed down their pace when a series of black and white photographic documentation came into sight. On an early morning in fall in 1979, the year after China initiated the economic reforms, a group of non-academy Chinese artists exhibited a total of 163 works with distinctive Modernist style and rebellious thoughts, displayed on the iron railings of The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) after they were deprived the right to use an official exhibition space. Curators named exhibition with the word, Star, which means each star exists as an independent illuminator rather than the only illuminator during the Cultural Revolution when Mao Ze-dong was hailed as sun. This art exhibition without official permission gained huge supports from art students and famous artists at that time. On the following day of the opening, however, the police from the Dongcheng District of Beijing arrested two core curators, Huang Rui and Ma Deng-sheng, and acclaimed that The Star Exhibition affected the daily life of the masses and social order. After two months of demonstrations and negotiations, folk artists from The Stars Art Group eventually got legal permission to exhibit their artworks at the gallery of Beijing Artists Association, which attracted more than two hundred thousand audience. The second edition of The Stars Exhibition was successfully held in 1980, yet, it aroused the panic among senior figures of Chinese art field. An art exhibition jointly organized by Huang Rui, Ma Deng-sheng and Wang Ke-ping was banned due to the Anti-Spiritual-Pollution Campaign launched …


Sevens' Week: Hong Kong Sevens takes off

Sevens' major sponsor Cathay Pacific started showcasing an array of rugby footballs in prints of Hong Kong signature items, such as crispy eggettes and neon street signs during a promotional event at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay last Friday. With less than a week left, the Sevens has been hyping up for the annual Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. Cathay Pacific is holding an exhibition of their featured collection for this year's event, the "Collectaballs". The "Collectaballs" are a series of ten rugby footballs decorated in prints of items that represent Hong Kong. Prints include Hong Kong's common household tile game Mahjong, blue and white prints on porcelain cups used in Hong Kong traditional restaurants, dragon dance costumes seen in Chinese New Year, sweet "pineapple" buns, Cheung Chau's "Ping On" buns, prints on nylon-canvas carrier bags, words in Chinese Kickass font created by Hong Kong designer kit Man and Cathay Pacific Airways' iconic sign can all been seen in ten rugby footballs shown at the shopping mall's entrance. Try out their interactive private preview of the games beside the iconic rugby footballs exhibit. The promotion will be last till April 7th at Hysan Place. Stay tuned to our coverage on other related events coming on the Sevens.


Weekend Review: Handwritten signboards reveal Hong Kong's culture and history

Two of our reporters joined traditional signboard calligrapher Lee Kin-ming on a tour to rediscover the hidden gems of Hong Kong on signboards along streets in San Po Kong.

Uncovering invisible slavery: the underbelly of Taiwan's fishery industry

  • 2017-10-26
  • The Young Reporter
  • By: Michelle Ng、Ezra Cheung、Alexandra LinEdited by: Choy York Borg Paulus
  • 2017-10-26

"Taiwan is an island, surrounded by ocean, but it seems that most people are not familiar with its fishing industry," Cheng Han-wen, a Taiwanese investigative journalist said. Initially, Cheng and her team wanted to write about the decline in capture fisheries. However, when they were carrying out an interview with a fishery overseer, they discovered the industry's enslavement of young Indonesian fishermen by accident. "The stories about the exploitation of fishermen are rarely covered," added Cheng, "because the Taiwanese media often focus on the epic grandeur of its offshore fishery." The discovery later guided them to an Indonesian village, where eight in ten villagers said they had been to Taiwan, as some of them were proficient in Mandarin. A villager who used to work in Taiwan's fishing industry was mentally traumatised; another "jumped to his death", according to Cheng.   Cheng and her team have won three SOPA awards in 2017 on reporting about the exploitation in the Taiwanese fishing industry . "The ship master has also beaten me up," Cheng quoted from her interview with Supriyanto, a fishery labourer from Central Java, Indonesia and was later found dead in a Taiwanese commercial offshore fishing vessel due to sepsis. Reduced to a bag of bones, his dead body was then sent back to his home in Central Java. Although his story had been covered by several outlets, no one went as deep as The Reporter: An award-winning alternative media composed of ten journalists and three photojournalists, specialising in investigative and in-depth reporting. "If a fisherman and a fish were to drop into the ocean at the same time, no doubt the fish would be rescued first." said Cheng.  Despite receiving international recognition for the story, the young journalist still feels powerless about the issue because the coverage has not brought about immediate change in the society. …