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South China Morning Post
  1. Chinese students in the United States are battling a wave of negative sentiment induced by the Covid-19 pandemic and the souring of the bilateral relationship over the trade war.A 21-year-old Chinese student, who went to the US eight years ago and is now studying at Johns Hopkins University, told the BBC that “as a Chinese living in the US, [she was] very scared now”. Now stranded the US because of pandemic-related flight cuts, and people back home wary that they are a risk to China’s success…
  2. With the imposition of the national security law and subsequent relaxation of immigration rules in some Western countries to cater to anxious Hongkongers, I have seen some of my friends frantically research online and renew their British National (Overseas) passports. While many in my parents’ generation roll their eyes and voice their disbelief, I wholeheartedly support my friends’ decision to contemplate moving abroad.I was lucky to live in the UK for more than 12 years, receiving an…
  3. Over the past few years, the Hong Kong pro-democracy camp’s political strategy has remained fairly static. With the exception of the five demands and broader calls for political reform, pan-democrats have been largely reactive, consistently focusing their political capital on opposition to the government’s recent legislation and policy.The problem with these tactics is that they do nothing to address the causes of public discontent. No doubt the recent protests were a response to the government…
  4. Some say Hong Kong is the “new Berlin”, without specifying whether it’s the eastern or the western half; some say we resemble Manchuria during the Russo-Japanese war, fought over by superpowers eyeing its rich resources. Whichever allusion is used to interpret the current situation, one must not forget these wars came to an end. Order was ultimately restored.The China-US hostility will end one day and order in this city will also be restored. But one would be a fool to expect things to “go back…
  5. The celebrated late American comedian George Carlin once said: Language is a tool for concealing the truth. He believed that some words were a “grotesque evasion” of reality. His wisdom and moral courage are sorely missed across the Pacific.There is increasingly empty language such as “wide public support” used by politicians when they introduce controversial policies, as if that on its own justifies the lack of voter mandate. This kind of language is especially ironic where citizens are not…
  6. It is true when people say the youth are the future; we hold immense power and can use our voices – and not hostile behaviour – to initiate positive change and make the world a better place. Education is a simple route to empowering the youth. I don’t mean just the traditional form of studying through textbooks; we also need to learn how to understand each other’s cultures.Because the United States has such different customs from those in my own culture, when I arrived there as an international…
  7. Every time you turn on the TV there is something on the national security law. How it is meant to help Hong Kong. How it is damaging Hong Kong. How it has unified international opinion on Hong Kong, China and the “one country, two systems” principle.Ask yourself why the law was imposed by Chinese authorities. There are two clear answers. One, in 23 years our elected officials were unable to implement it; and two, the violent protests that rocked Hong Kong for six months last year. These were…
  8. Blessed are the people of Macau. We have been enjoying a rather free lifestyle compared with people in cities all over the world since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“Macau tightens entry requirements for arrivals from coronavirus-hit Hong Kong”, August 7).My wife and I recently went to the cultural centre for a concert sponsored by the Macau government, where the Macau Orchestra played Beethoven’s Symphony No 3, the Heroic Symphony. The symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon…
  9. I share the grief of the Taiwanese people on the passing of former president Lee Teng-hui. Lee was the chief architect of Taiwan’s transition from one-party dictatorship into a promising democracy, which makes him one of my political heroes. In his 12-year presidency, Taiwan became the beacon of democracy in the Chinese-speaking world while also managing to eradicate poverty and sustain a high-income status. Taiwan’s experience with Covid-19 is a strong case for democratic government when…
  10. With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging, it has been nearly eight months that the world has been on high alert in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Hand hygiene, social distancing and mask wearing have almost become second nature to everyone.However, aside from the physical well being, mental health deserves as much attention in the current pandemic, as the constantly looming threat of infection, coupled with people’s own anxiety, may take a toll.The fact that there is currently neither…