Bound Feet in China Circa 1900s vs. Niqabs in Quebec Circa Now

Cynthia Cheng My great-grandmother had bound feet.  Almost every girl in China had it done in those days, a very painful procedure.  This was eventually outlawed with the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the birth of the new Republic in 1911 (though there were plenty of rural women who continued with the procedure – […]

Macanese Cuisine: A Blend of East and West

Cynthia Cheng “Portuguese” Chicken Macanese Fried Rice Macanese food, like Macau itself, is a mix of east and west.  During trip to Hong Kong, we were able to escape over to what many people consider the “Vegas of the East” on a day trip.  Though actual gambling in the casinos was not part of the […]

Peak Historical Gallery and Tram Video

Until the 1880s, the only way to get up to the Peak was by sedan chair.  The tram, which took three years to build, finally opened in 1888 and ran on steam engine.  In the 1920s, it was replaced by electricity.  Originally used to take British expats to their homes, today, the tram carries over […]

Travel: Hong Kong Series

Cynthia Cheng Hong Kong Harbour in the evening.  Picture © YTWong/istockphoto Prospere Magazine will be writing a series of articles about Hong Kong starting Saturday, December 19.  Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, reverted back to Chinese rule in 1997 after 99 years as a British Colony.  As a result of colonialism, the culture […]

Poll Results: Half are watching, Half are not!

Last week’s question: Are you watching the Olympics? I’m not to surprised at the results.  This year’s Olympics is kind of controversial, and I think some people in Toronto are still a little bit bitter that Beijing was awarded the Games.  However, 50% of you said you were watching, while 40% said that you aren’t […]

Cynthia's Thoughts: The Chinese Women's Gymnastics Team Age Controversy

There’s been a lot of talk about how the athletes on the Chinese Women’s Gymnastics team are underage ( in order to qualify for the Olympics, you have to be 16 or turning 16 the year you compete), because they look so young. In fact, Sports Illustrated recently published an article claiming that one of the girls, […]

SAR for Tibet? It’ll Never Happen!

Question: There are lots of people who believe that Tibet should be independent of China. However China believes otherwise. Would making Tibet a Special Administrative Region (SAR) be a better solution? 14.3% said: Of course it is. It’s just that the media won’t talk about stuff like that.

European is the way to go….for clothes that is

Last week’s poll question: Wardrobe Quality or Quantity: Spend more on a few basic pieces or less on many? 75% said: I like the concept of the European wardrobe, so yes, I’ll spend on fewer pieces…