David Lee

David Lee

David Lee is a contributor to Inkstone and the South China Morning Post.

Tokyo, Melbourne, Hong Kong: the world’s safest cities
Antte Alatalo had a surprise when he first walked around Seoul at night. There wasn’t anything to fear. The Finnish exchange student, 23, said the experience was in contrast to European cities, which were often unnerving after dark. “I have never felt isolated walking alone in Seoul as there are always other people strolling around in almost any part of the city, even late at night,” he said, adding “I have never seen a fight breaking out since I came here.” Among Alatalo and other international visitors, Seoul’s reputation as a safe city has been steadily gaining for years. The bi-yearly Safe Cities Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked it the eighth safest city in the world in 2
Tokyo, Melbourne, Hong Kong: the world’s safest cities
Godfrey Gao death prompts questions of celebrity exploitation
The death of Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao has prompted questions about whether the Chinese and South Korean reality television industry exploits celebrities to satiate audience hunger for evermore extreme situations.  Gao died of sudden cardiac arrest in November during the shooting of Chinese reality show Chase Me – a spin-off from South Korea’s most popular reality show Running Man. In both shows, cast members competed in races and missions every week that involve physical activities such as running, hiding and chasing each other. Gao fell and lost consciousness while making the show, after reportedly suffering from the flu and working for 17 hours before his death. Chase Me was canceled af
Godfrey Gao death prompts questions of celebrity exploitation