Retirees turn to videography to ‘build a bridge’ between the elderly and their families

Wanted: Aspiring videographers, no experience necessary, preferably retired. Ng Kwok-hung is recruiting. The 78 year old leads a team of over-60 year olds for Caritas, an aged services provider that helps the elderly express their thoughts and final wishes to their families on film, a service that’s proved so popular it’s being expanded. It started ...

Understaffed, overcrowded: 11 days in Hong Kong’s health system

Understaffed, overcrowded: 11 days in Hong Kong’s health system

As a native Hongkonger, I’d always taken the city’s healthcare system for granted. Maybe that’s why I felt so blindsided by my recent experience of being...

Hong Kong’s Luxury Timber Problem: Major stockpiles, minor prosecutions

Hong Kong’s Luxury Timber Problem: Major stockpiles, minor prosecutions

Hong Kong has a timber-trafficking problem. Held in 50 cargo containers at secure sites, a stockpile of more than 1,200 tons of seized tropical hardwood attests to the city’s...

Why Hong Kong’s property agents are brawling in the streets

Why Hong Kong’s property agents are brawling in the streets

The combatants were nicely dressed. The fight was ugly. One man smacked a grounded rival in the ribs with a metal pole. Another man thwarted the fighter’s attempt...

Bemusement Park: A trip to Hong Kong’s own Noah’s Ark

Bemusement Park: A trip to Hong Kong’s own Noah’s Ark

It was a hot, sunny afternoon last week as I watched God wipe out most of humanity. He does this in roughly five-minute intervals,  between the hours of 10am and 6pm, seven days...

HK’s Real-life Tinder: Get a blind date from a vending machine for HK$20

HK’s Real-life Tinder: Get a blind date from a vending machine for HK$20

Angie had just twisted off the lid of the rounded capsule containing the name and personal details of her date when her friends snatched it away and began excitedly reading aloud....

Falling through the cracks: Homelessness in Hong Kong

Falling through the cracks: Homelessness in Hong Kong

Last August, as Hong Kong braced for one of the strongest typhoons in its history, Jose Ramundo M. Gabriel was on a footbridge in North Point, searching for something, anything,...

Risky Business: Driving for Uber in Hong Kong

Risky Business: Driving for Uber in Hong Kong

It was almost 5am on Jan. 1 when Prius (not his real name) parked his Toyota Prius (his real car) outside the Police Tactical Unit compound in Fanling and began what he calls his...

SOPA talk: The digital media revolution, the challenges and the opportunities

SOPA talk: The digital media revolution, the challenges and the opportunities

Falling readerships, shifting consumption habits, and broken business models. These are some of the challenges today’s newsrooms face in the internet age, as the industry...

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

Like the word "servant" once did, the terms helper and maid serve to perpetuate a mindset where domestic workers are seen as a lesser class of worker, one with fewer rights and...


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Although weird and wacky news is our staple diet here at Coconuts Hong Kong, our Features section gives us an outlet to rant, rave, and really get stuck into a variety of subjects, ranging from current affairs to local quirks and customs, and a thoughtful examination of living in this city with a physical disability. To really get to know Hong Kong beneath its glittering surface, come to the Long Reads tag, where we bring our readers original and in-depth work like a comprehensive series on the city’s craft gin movement or carefully curated catalogue of the best English-language books about Hong Kong. Next time you’re in a traffic jam, or taking a long ferry ride, sit back, whip out our latest Long Read, and prepare to be schooled in something you never knew (at least so extensively) about Hong Kong. We’ve got insightful Interviews with everyone from local artists to daring adrenaline junkies, up-and-coming musicians, old-school (or should we say, pre-Tinder) matchmakers, and the elusive Lan Kwai Fong regular known as Gollum. For those who want to explore more aesthetically pleasing features, check out our picture-perfect Photo Essays tag for images of Hong Kong’s all-important protests, gorgeous local shop cats, tweezer-happy “face readers”, disappearing neon signs, and the odd larger-than-life supermoon. Coconuts Hong Kong contributors air their fierce and feisty views on everything from living with the Filipina stereotype to their personal rebellion against the “clean-living” movement in the Opinions tag, whilst regular writers dole out their observations in the Columns.