Inspiring Tri­umph

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

t’s not of­ten that i get teary read­ing one of our cover sto­ries. In fact, it’s never hap­pened be­fore. But half­way through this month’s fea­ture on Sharie Ross-tse my eyes welled up. Men don’t cry, of course. Rather, our eyes sweat. Ei­ther way, I was reach­ing for a tis­sue. I’ve known Sharie for over a decade—i worked for her par­ents in the early noughties, when they owned Hong Kong Tatler. My per­sonal con­nec­tion to Sharie and her fam­ily made the story of how she was di­ag­nosed with can­cer par­tic­u­larly heavy.

Maybe it’s also be­cause I’ve got a cou­ple of kids who are now roughly the same age as hers when she got the dev­as­tat­ing news back in 2010. I can’t im­age how aw­ful it would have been for Sharie and her fam­ily to go through what they did. Her jour­ney from the hell of ini­tial di­ag­no­sis through her long, slow re­cov­ery—as told in the deft prose of fea­tures edi­tor Melissa Twigg—is a tes­ta­ment to the in­domitable spirit of this amaz­ing in­di­vid­ual ( Woman of Hope, page 174).

Now fully re­cov­ered and fight­ing fit (just look at her go in spin class!), Sharie is turn­ing her ef­forts to help oth­ers by pro­mot­ing the Hong Kong Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s can­cer fund. Sharie has been in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Women of Hope, a city­wide cam­paign that calls on Hongkongers to vote for inspiring women in a range of fields, in­clud­ing health, the en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture. The cam­paign cul­mi­nates this month at an event on June 11 where the eight win­ners will be an­nounced. Hong Kong Tatler is proud to be a sup­porter of the cam­paign, which we be­lieve will raise aware­ness of the as­sis­tance the Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal can pro­vide to those living with can­cer.

Else­where in this is­sue we ex­plore the Ama­zo­nian rain­for­est in style on a luxury cruise ( The Jun­gle Boat, page 224), jet off to Co­gnac for Hen­nessy’s 250th an­niver­sary fes­tiv­i­ties ( Cel­e­bra­tory Spirit, page 208) and check out the lat­est five-star es­capes, in­clud­ing a luxury camp on the Ti­betan plateau ( From East to West, page 222). Closer to home, we talk to Hong Kong’s so­ci­ety sin­gle­tons about the highs and lows of mod­ern-day dat­ing and meet the elite match­ing­mak­ing pro­fes­sion­als who are here to help ( Make Me a Match, page 182). Stephen Short pre­views a joint ex­hi­bi­tion by Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher Juer­gen Teller and Chi­nese sculp­tress Xiang Jing that says as much about con­tem­po­rary cul­ture as it does about con­tem­po­rary art ( Teller About It, page 188). And our ex­ten­sive fash­ion cov­er­age in­cludes a rav­ish­ing pho­to­graphic study of Chanel’s lat­est haute cou­ture col­lec­tion ( The Se­cret Gar­den, page 110) and ef­fort­lessly easy sum­mer en­sem­bles set against a neon-laden back­drop ( Tokyo Daze, page 118).

Sum­mer’s here. Run along a beach. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Sharie would agree.

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