Sneezes & Sinophobia

BY ANASTASIA CHOO I am British-born Chinese. I am the second-generation daughter of Hong Kong immigrants who came over to the UK in the 1960’s and set up a successful business. My sisters and I grew up in leafy Hertfordshire and attended state schools where we were subjected to the occasional joke but didn’t suffer too badly from racism as people took us for who … Continue reading Sneezes & Sinophobia

Taixit Holds Strong

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Taiwanese voters re-elected incumbent president Tsai Ing-Wen in a landslide election on Saturday 11th January which translates as a sharp rebuke to Beijing and its attempts to intimidate Taiwan into China’s fold. Tsai won over 8 million votes, or 57% of the vote share, leading her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a crushing victory with a landslide in presidential and legislative elections. … Continue reading Taixit Holds Strong

Is calling a Westerner a 鬼佬 Gwei Lo offensive?

BY ANASTASIA CHOO A recent court case filed by a British worker (with dual Australian citizenship), Francis William Haden, against Leighton Contractors (Asia) for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination has ignited much debate and outrage from some quarters on Chinese social media. Haden claims he was referred to as “Gwei Lo” and excluded from projects and prevented from hiring fellow Australians to work on a … Continue reading Is calling a Westerner a 鬼佬 Gwei Lo offensive?

7 Cocktails for Mother’s Day

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Aside from flowers and breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, impress the Mama in your life with one of these easy cocktails: Tea Tini –  It’s tea time and Mum will sure enjoy this light short drink on a Spring afternoon. Ingredients: 50ml vodka 30ml iced tea (sweet) 10ml lemon juice (fresh) Garnish: ​lemon wedge Garnish: sugar for glass rim Method: Pour … Continue reading 7 Cocktails for Mother’s Day

8 Chinese New Year Traditions

BY ANASTASIA CHOO As Chinese New Year is fast approaching this Friday 16th February, I am having my house spring cleaned or as the Chinese say, “Sweeping of the Dust” which represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the New Year. Pretty much all the top traditions of Chinese New Year serve one purpose: to … Continue reading 8 Chinese New Year Traditions

Fluffy Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

BY NONI CHRISTOPOULOS Serves approximately 4 Ingredients:  1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any other variety of milk) 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt Maple syrup, for serving Fresh berries or fruit of your choice   Method:  In a large … Continue reading Fluffy Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

Autumn Apple Roses

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Is there anything that feels more nostalgic or autumnal than a basket of freshly picked apples? Each year in October a friend brings me an abundant mix of Cox’s Orange Pippins, Worcester Pearmain and Egremont Russets from her orchard to celebrate a delicious harvest.  As an apple grower she is aware that traditional English apples are in danger of becoming some dwindling … Continue reading Autumn Apple Roses

The Holly Rose Interview

BY ANASTASIA CHOO It’s a warm sunny afternoon and I am sitting in an idyllic converted church chapel in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside in the delightful company of singer and song writer Holly Rose. Holly was the lead singer of platinum selling band Semisane in South Africa in 2004 followed by a successful solo career in the UK and two outstanding album releases.  … Continue reading The Holly Rose Interview

Chia Seed Pudding

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Chia seeds are mini food powerhouses and they have been called the world’s healthiest whole food for good reason.  They are filled with protein, have more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than berries, and more Omega-3 than Salmon.  Emerging research suggests that including chia seeds as part of a healthy diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides … Continue reading Chia Seed Pudding