Book review: When Tigers Ruled the Sky vividly evokes Flying Tigers’ war with Japan

They were ‘the soundest investment China ever made’ – American outlaw pilots hired to fight the Japanese. Historian’s book recalls the bravery of the wildly outnumbered flying aces over China and Burma during the second world war

Read at the South China Morning Post.


Global Change Institute chief Ove Hoegh-Guldberg says problem-solving is key to success

High-powered marine biologist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg traces his yearning to pursue a scientific career back to the age of seven: “I was a rather strange kid,” says Hoegh-Guldberg, 56, who runs the University of Queensland’s $32-million Global Change Institute.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald


Book review: Among the Headhunters – amazing true story of wartime grit in Burma

On August 2, 1943, a twin-engined C-46 plane broke down over Japanese-occupied Burma. Nobody aboard had used a parachute before, which meant everyone on the dicey “hump route” between India and China needed to learn the ropes fast. Read at the South China Morning Post 


Planetary professor Phil Bland thanks his lucky stars

Imagine chasing flashes of bright, white light for a living. Sporadically, Curtin University planetary science professor Phil Bland, 46, does just that, tailing fireballs across the desert. His work is wonderful, he says, even when he feels at a low ebb or “knackered”.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald


Book review – CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping by Kerry Brown – ‘peasant emperor’ in spotlight

China expert Kerry Brown traces the ascent of China’s president, from manure carrier to conduit of the country’s hopes in a book that’s too deferential and could have used more personal insights. Read at the South China Morning Post.


Clive Berghofer: an early bird who gets the worm – but he gives a lot away as well

Even now, aged 81, self-made multimillionaire Clive Berghofer starts work at 6.30am sharp. Committed to giving back to the community, the big-hearted real-estate mogul says he has already donated $80 million to charity.

“And I’ll give away a lot more before I’m finished,” says the Toowoomban, who cites commonsense as the key trait his work requires – he has never put things on paper.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald


Book review: fighting Bruce Lee and other stories from 4 decades of Chinatown history

Imagine challenging Bruce Lee to a fight. After meeting the Hong Kong-raised prodigy in 1959 in Seattle, Japanese-American fighter Tak Kimura did just that. Read at the South China Morning Post.


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