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His Brother’s Keeper

My brother, Gene Berthelsen, was born at 5:13 pm on October 4, 1937. I was born 20 minutes later at 5:33, although it could have been the other way round. We can’t be sure. That is because when our mother br... Read More...
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A Lobbyist Comes to Call

The curious and the sentimental rushed to Hong Kong in the spring of 1997 for a last look at the fabled free port before the British lowered the Union Jack and turned over control to China. But why did hardboiled, former anti-communist action-movie pr... Read More...
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How many countries recognize Taiwan these days?

It’s fortunate for the Taiwanese that, unlike the South Africans during the apartheid era, they can holiday or invest in countries that don’t recognize their own. Otherwise, their next holiday choice would be c... Read More...
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The High Cost of Elitism

Not so, it seems, the political leadership in Hong Kong, which is provided partly by a second or third generation of the ultra-wealthy and partly by a bureaucratic elite. The latter makes a virtue out of sp... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Free Range Cows

Since then, I grew immensely fond of those cows, largely because they are a living, breeding remnant of Hong Kong’s past. During the two and a half years I lived in the village before moving away recently, the free range cows of Sha Kwok Mei grew in nu... Read More...
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Macau As It Was

Macau has become a maelstrom of newness—More Giant casinos! More Hookers! A Sky Needle!—and at the ferry terminal, you’ll fight to get through the scrums of punters headed for the gambling p... Read More...
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Take it to the Bridge

It's loud. Very loud and the woman next to me is Nepalese, born in Hong Kong. She works as a stripper in Central and is hanging with a lank-haired Russian, also a stripper, and also maybe a hooker, and a Chinese guy who sits in the lone back booth surround... Read More...
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Yin Ping Vietnamese

Hong Kong Causeway Bay 24 Cannon St., Causeway Bay Tel: 2832 9038   (Around the corner from the Excelsior Hotel and the World Trade Center) Yin Ping was opened by... Read More...