Bizcuits: …But names will never hurt me

Along with their Chinese generational names carefully crafted by the Chinese side of our family, we were going give our daughter the western name Lily (thereby Lili Li); after all,

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The reader who guesses which foreign community is the fastest growing in Macau. Talkers were told that it is Northern European. You’ll never guess, so here it is: the Swedes.

Vox Parva: Spirit of a century-old missionary remains in Ka Ho

What can be considered immortal in this secular world? Would it be a celebrity, a 100-story high-rise building, or a UNESCO façade visited by millions of people every week? All

World Views: Soda tax bubbles up

Is it smart to impose a sin tax on soda? Many Americans hate the idea, considering it an imposition on personal freedom. Congress, likewise, won’t go near it anytime soon. But

Our Desk: Dis-communication

Throughout my 18 months as a journalist, the one expression I have heard most often from government officials is “continue to communicate with the public and collect more opinions.” I

Rear Window : There is always room for one more

The theory in use must be the one about the hypothetical ever-accommodating can of sardines: you squeeze a little and there you go… one more added to the dead school.

World Views | Deal averts European crisis but exposes EU malaise

With their tentative agreement on financial aid for Greece, the euro zone’s finance ministers have paused a drama that could still end in disaster and that should never have happened

HK Observer | Capital and due diligence

While much of Hong Kong’s freedom is being chipped away at, it’s heartening to see the stout application of the rule of law in several high-profile cases in the past

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Talkers confirmed our recent leak about Mecca leaving his post as COO at Galaxy. But our sources are now saying he’s moving out of Cotai. Actually out of Macau. Why?

Artifacts: Ramming the point

It’s that time of year again where everything gets even more chaotic than usual. The world’s largest human migration is firmly underway as the whole of China gets down to

Our Desk | A journey in the city

A boat cruises through the Mekong River as seen from the Lao province of Khammouane, a picture caption published by the Bangkok Post reads. The setting sun’s rays rest gently

Insight: When things aren’t what they seem

1. Álvaro Santos Pereira, a former Portuguese economy minister who now works for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), recently published a book about his experience as a

Kapok | Is that normal?

One thing is certain: it is indeed pervasive! And it is meant to be so! It has almost become a mantra, one that everybody repeats in all circumstances, as if

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  Counselor: Convince of what, for Christ sake? Westray: That this is some sort of coincidence. Because they don’t really believe in coincidences. They’ve heard of them. They’ve just never seen

World Views | Fighting hackers one acronym at a time

Give a warm welcome to the newest member of the U.S.’s national cybersecurity family, the mellifluously named Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. The new agency, unveiled this week, will be modeled

World Views: More stimulus isn’t the answer to China problems

Few buzz phrases scare economists more than “new paradigm.” If such things existed, Japan would still dominate the world economy, risk would have been eliminated from Wall Street, and the

World Views: Be west-coast American, or east-coast Chinese

A very senior journalist at the Financial Times once said to me: “Be American.” The person meant be positive. Don’t fear failure. Don’t worry about setbacks. Have the courage to

Rear Window: New adjustment

Chan Wai Kuong, the new director of the Judiciary Police, broke the news during PJ’s annual meeting with the local media that gaming-related crimes have increased year-on-year by 16%. Translating

Bizcuits: Now a resident, now you’re not

One of the issues close to the hearts of many of us is our Macau residency status. On the flippant side, there is that secretly held little elitist pleasure of

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Rumor has it that there’s gonna be more changes in “the” industry at high levels. After Adelson announced he will be replacing Tracy at Sands, it seems the waves of

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