Humour, satire, events, cartoons and other light relief from HKFP.

‘Who died?’: UK’s Observer pairs recipes with funeral joss paper in ‘cursed’ Lunar New Year series

The UK’s Observer newspaper has paired Lunar New Year recipes with joss paper traditionally burned for the dead, sparking horror and bemusement among Asian readers. The Guardian’s Sunday edition photographed festive Sichuanese, Cantonese and Taiwanese dishes juxtaposed with lai see, joss papers and ancient Chinese coins. “TOO stunned to see this,” tweeted journalist Vivienne Chow.…

Event: Hong Kong Pride Parade hosts 2021 ‘Rainbow Market’ in Nov

Hong Kong’s annual pride parade will return in 2021 as an indoor bazaar at The Wave in Kwun Tong on November 13. HKFP is a media sponsor. This year’s Rainbow Market celebrates the theme of “Stay in Love,” to shed light on the alienation and loneliness that afflict LGBTQ+ members of the community, who are…

Meet the Japanese diplomat sharing daily paper crane messages of peace and health

The Consul General of Japan in Seattle has been creating daily Instagram paper crane videos, wishing his viewers peace. Hisao Inagaki is set to post his 365th clip next week – marking a year of videos. Each clip is almost identical and is accompanied by a message saying he is “praying for everyone’s health and…

Event: Hong Kong’s Clockenflap presents day-long live music showcase with Yellow Peril, Cehryl, Anna Hisbbur

Organisers of Hong Kong’s flagship annual Clockenflap Arts and Music Festival have announced a live music event on Saturday, September 18. The “Long Time, No See” gig – a “Clockenflap Presents” event – celebrates the return of the live music performances in the city. The event, to be held at MacPherson stadium in Mong Kok,…

Event: Art Basel and Art Central return to Hong Kong, showcasing over 100 galleries

Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central 2021 are underway at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Both exhibitions were cancelled in 2020 owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, but they returned with smaller scale events this year. Across two halls, the events showcase dozens of local and international galleries. Art Basel involves over…

Poetry in motion: New site allows people to create poems using Hong Kong novelty car plates

An online art project has been launched to let people create “poems” using the novelty car licence plates which are ubiquitous in Hong Kong. Visitors to the site “HKVANIT1ES” can choose from a collection of 2,500 plates to piece together quirky, unexpected sentences. “Poems” on social media with the hashtag “#HKVANIT1ES” are shared on the…

‘Most dangerous place on Earth’: Taiwan Twitter derides The Economist’s latest cover story

The Economist’s cover story this week labelling Taiwan as “the most dangerous place on Earth” has received pushback from Taiwanese Twitter users, who criticised the article as being alarmist. The article raised concerns over a potential conflict between the US and mainland China over the self-ruled island, calling on both superpowers to avoid war. Some…

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