Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chief Executive Lam Not Thrilled by Gay Games

Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam is usually full of sweet-sounding words and photo op smiles. But her composure was rattled and her inner prejudices revealed at an informal briefing given to diplomats...

Final Chapter for Another Hong Kong Bookstore

Flowbooks, one of the last independent bookstores in Hong Kong, will shut its doors on October 2 due to financial difficulties. The 20-year-old bookstore in Central, which sells mostly secondhand volumes, wa...

China’s Moneybag Friends at Harvard University

The level and sources of funding from China-linked tycoons and institutions for Harvard University is opaque and prodigious, and calls into question just how the dons at the US’s most prestigious educational in...

The Unaffordable City

Thousands of stunning skyscrapers, a glittering sea view of Victoria Harbor and enticing night life in Lan Kwai Fong are not the whole of Hong Kong. Behind the glamorous facade of this first-world city ther...

Sleeping With the Fishes (or the Lawn) in Hong Kong

A man in black burns offerings in the Garden of Remembrance in Cape Collinson, at the easternmost point of Hong Kong Island. Ashes float in the misty rain. On the edge of Hong Kong’s busy downtown, the garden, ...

How Carrie Lam Beggars Belief

She may be Beijing’s openly preferred candidate for Chief Executive of Hong Kong, but lifetime bureaucrat Carrie Lam has a lot to learn about politics. Indeed she seems to have a lot to learn about how 99% of p...

Asia in 2016: Hong Kong

Just as the aftershocks of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement demonstrations of 2014 had calmed down, the Year of the Monkey began in Hong Kong with a violent surprise. In February, the Food and Environment...

Hong Kong Debaters Win on Points

When Team England—a variegated group of articulate high school students – won a stirring victory against 54 competitors at the World Schools Debating Championship in Stuttgart, Germany two weeks ago, defeating ...

The Plight of Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers

Early in the morning on a street in Hong Kong’s Central district, workers rushing to offices, hands occupied with briefcases and Starbucks, pay little attention to a woman in dark colors holding a package. ...

Racism Rears its Head in Hong Kong

Officially-sponsored racism in Hong Kong has taken another leap forward this month with the announcement that the government is considering abolishing visa-free access for visitors from India and Indonesia. Eth...