Freedom of speech in Hong Kong

October 9, 2018—The Hong Kong government rejected an application by Victor Mallet, a British journalist working for the Financial Times and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, to have his work permit extended. The story broke on Friday, October 5, and Hong Kong authorities have declined to explain the decision, despite expressions of concern […]

A pleasant surprise

May 25, 2016 — On Tuesday night, I had a pleasant surprise when I received the following email from the letters editor of the South China Morning Post. I’ve redacted the author’s name, but the letter is otherwise complete. Dear letter writers, I am writing to tell you that this is my last week as […]

Native attractions

May 25, 2016 — Yesterday’s South China Morning Post featured a front-page story about passengers on the Queen Mary 2 being shown a video by British archaeologist John Reich. In the video, Reich reportedly described Hong Kong as an “extremely polluted city,” with “inferior museums” where there was no point in dining-out because passengers, “would […]

Disappointment in Hong Kong’s government

May 24, 2016 — Communications problems—including a failure to manage expectations—is one reason for the growing sense of disappointment in Hong Kong’s government. 1. We’re spoiled. Compared to the kleptocratic thugs in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the bureaucracy of India, or the brutal repression of North Korea, we have it good. But it’s easy to lose sight […]