Renaissance man


Pavan Shamdasani

Duncan Jepson – lawyer, writer and filmmaker – puts ideas into action, writes Pavan Shamdasani

Despite all its opportunities, fast pace and thriving arts scene, Hong Kong often seems to be more about ideas than action. People may talk a lot, but don’t always follow through on their seemingly brilliant plans.

That’s never been a problem for Duncan Jepson. A lawyer by day, Jepson balances his already busy career with a number of creative endeavours: writing books and graphic novels, making films and documentaries, editing the Asia Literary Review magazine, and running a literary agency. Click here to read more »

Here comes trouble

Chan Koon-chung denies he courts official disapproval on the mainland but he knows his new novel, about Tibet’s plight, will attract censorious eyes, writes Richard Lord

“It’s not deliberate, being controversial,” says Chan Koon-chung. However, the Hong Kong-raised, Beijing-based novelist has a funny way of showing it.

First, in his novel The Fat Years - written in 2009, translated into English in 2011, and the cause of a minor literary sensation on both occasions – he presented a full-blast, thinly veiled satire of the way contemporary China is run. Now, with the follow-up, The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver, he has chosen to tell a tale of ethnic exclusion focusing on a Tibetan man’s intimate relationships with two Han Chinese women. Click here to read more »

In North Korea, nine is the magic number

The Guardian

Jang Jin-sung, editor-in-chief of New Focus International


An analysis of the regime’s significant dates shows a dynasty of Kims obsessed with the number nine. Watch out on 10 April 13


North Korea is a notoriously secret society, led by an equally secretive dynasty of Kims. But as hostilities with the west over the country’s nuclear programme escalate, revelations from deep within the regime might shed some light on what is guiding its leaders’ actions.

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North Korean Deadline For Embassies And The South’s Workers Aligns With DPRK’s ‘Magic Number’

Business Insider

Michael Kelley

Earlier North Korea told embassies in Pyongyang to consider evacuating their employees because it can’t guarantee their safety after April 10.


That’s also the day that South Korean (ROK) companies must pull all of their workers out of the Kaesong industrial complex — an ROK-financed project that accounts for up to 40 percent of the North’s revenue. Click here to read more »

Mumbai building collapses leaving dozens dead

The Telegraph

By Dean Nelson


The rescue of a baby from the rubble of a six storey building which collapsed in Mumbai, killing more than 40 people, has been hailed a “miracle”.

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Hillary Clinton’s playboy fundraiser arrested over heroin and cocaine

The Telegraph

By Dean Nelson


An Indian playboy and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton has been arrested in Florida after he tried to board a plane with heroin, cocaine and other drugs hidden in his bags and underpants.


Vikram Chatwal, the 41-year-old Sikh hotelier nicknamed the “Turban Cowboy”, has dated the supermodels Kate Moss and Giselle Bundchen, appeared in a number of films, including the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander, and is known for his playboy lifestyle.

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