Macau Matters | Working Holiday Visas

Around the world about 20 countries have reciprocal arrangements to allow their citizens to get visas for working holidays. In Asia these countries include Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong

Our Desk | On the legacy of Ho Chio Meng

I started writing this column with the hope of organizing my thoughts on the trial of Ho Chio Meng and in the process, come to some sort of

Views on China | Boeing’s biggest China concern isn’t a Trump trade war

As if it wasn’t bad enough getting into a fight with the president-elect over the cost of Air Force One, Boeing Co. is facing problems from the other

Bizcuits | Ready, set… abort fire

I am in the middle of a malaise of post-holiday blues. The inertia is taking its toll on any focus and drive that I had in last year.

Girl About Globe | Hic from the sticks

This is not a sophisticated column. I may be called a hic from the sticks. But here goes. The problem began on a festive night out with great gal

Legal Wise by MdME | Year of the Bench

It has now become somewhat commonplace to say that, following the preponderance of the legislative and executive branches in the 19th and 20th centuries, we are now living the

Views on Asia | Japan tries to break the culture of workaholism

The same problems come up again and again in discussions of what Japan needs to do to revive its economy. The first is low white-collar productivity. The second

Our Desk | New Year, old resolutions

It would be pointless to say we have entered a new (calendar) year as everyone has noticed it already. Tradition says that every year around this time we

Kapok | Another tyranny of numbers

Back in August 2015, I remember musing about the irony that, on the one hand China was the place where the oldest census in the world had been

Made in Macao | O Christmas Gift

While the Christmas season is always a good time with long holidays and festive celebration everywhere, it also makes one appreciate the culture of giving red packets

Macau Matters | University Residential Colleges

Living in a residential college can be a very important experience of university study. While I have never lived in a residential college myself, from many discussions with

Our Desk | Shame on the absence of rights protection

It is still quite absurd that the region does not have laws that protect the rights of its domestic workers. Last week, approximately 25 Filipino and Indonesian domestic

Bizcuits | Rolling, rolling, steamrolling

The power of political control has won over sensitivities as Japan takes its first steps towards legalising gaming. The Japanese Diet, in an “extended, embittered session” to the early

Rear Window | Dead calm

Macau is drifting again on a completely still, dead calm sea of an apparent no pasa nada general mood… apparent indeed. That is to say things are steadily

Views on China | Hong Kong’s double whammy means more pain’s on the way

Hong Kong investors have nowhere to run. Their currency is pegged to the dollar and with Janet Yellen talking about accelerating the pace of interest rate increases,

Kapok | Frustrating exhilaration

Against all odds, the democratic fervour that has engulfed Hong Kong in the past two years appears far from being abated—quite the contrary. The clear cut victory