Non-English Majors and the Publishing Industry

Back in the day when I was looking for a full time work, I was astounded that publishing jobs tend to look for either journalism or English majors.  I can understand why they prefer someone with a journalism background, but English?  Why aren’t other liberal arts majors listed?  I find it interesting that HR would […]

History and Science Museums in Hong Kong

Exhibit of a wedding procession from the Hong Kong Museum of History Want to get away from the touristy, gimicky stuff?  The Hong Kong Museum of History and its neighbour, the Hong Kong Science Museum are places for you to go to.  For those interested in history and culture (but not necessarily into more traditional cultural pieces), […]

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 […]

Write Under a Different Name?

Recently, James Chartrand came out of the closet.  Not to announce homosexuality, but to announce that she is in fact a she. Historically, many female writers have done just that – George Eliot, Georges Sands and even the Bronte sisters, who wrote under Acton, Curer and Ellis Bell.  But today?  Who would have thought? According to […]

Medieval Portugal VI: Mosterio da Batalha and Mosterio da Santa Ana

K. Lau Webitor’s Note: In this final installment of Medieval Portugal, we take a look at two of Portugual’s monasteries which date back to the 1100s. Mosteiro de Batalha, Leiria In 1385, Joao I, facing the stronger Spanish forces in the battle of Aljubarrota, made a vow to build a superb church in honour of […]