Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.
AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology.
Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.
Ellie Ng has written for Foreign Policy, the Daily Telegraph, Global Voices Online and others.
Holmes Chan is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. He covers local news with a focus on law, politics, and social movements. He studied law and literature at the University of Hong Kong.
Elson Tong is a graduate of international relations and former investigations consultant. He has also written for Stand News.
Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.
Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.
Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.
Hong Kong Free Press
Hong Kong Free Press is a new, non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.
Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. His writing and photography have been featured in Quartz, Global Post, Huffington Post, Time Out, Vocativ, New Internationalist, Ming Pao and others. He has also contributed to BBC World TV, BBC Radio, Democracy Now, CTV, Russia Today, RTHK Radio, Sky News and Channel News Asia.
Guest contributors for Hong Kong Free Press
Jennifer Creery is a Hong Kong-born British journalist, interested in minority rights and urban planning. She holds a BA in English at King's College London and has studied Mandarin at National Taiwan University.
Hong Wrong lives on at HKFP, offering a mix of news, mildly serious observation & irreverent claptrap chronicling the good, bad and ugly under the Fragrant Harbour’s fading lights.
Global Voices are a borderless, largely volunteer community of more than 800 writers, analysts, online media experts and translators.
Global Voices has been leading the conversation on citizen media reporting since 2005. Global Voices curate, verify and translate trending news and stories you might be missing on the Internet, from blogs, independent press and social media in 167 countries.
Showcasing photographic talent from Hong Kong and beyond.
Tim Hamlett came to Hong Kong in 1980 to work for the Hong Kong Standard and has contributed to, or worked for, most of Hong Kong's English-language media outlets, notably as the editor of the Standard's award-winning investigative team, as a columnist in the SCMP and as a presenter of RTHK's Mediawatch. In 1988 he became a full-time journalism teacher. Since officially retiring nine years ago, he has concentrated on music, dance, blogging and a very time-consuming dog.
Eric is currently a Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. Eric has his finger on the pulse of Hong Kong events and politics. His work has been published on The Guardian, Reuters and ABC News (America).
Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is one of the world’s largest international multimedia news providers, reaching more than one billion people every day. Reuters 2,600 journalists in nearly 200 locations around the globe deliver unparalleled international and national news coverage with speed, impartiality and insight to professionals via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world’s media organizations and directly to consumers on Reuters.com
Ryan Kilpatrick is a local writer, journalist and editor. Formerly National Online Editor for the That's magazine group in China, his work on the history and politics of the region has earned him the CEFC Award in Modern China Studies and has also appeared in China Economic Review, Asian Studies Review, China Green News, e-International Relations, Shanghaiist and various publications at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Journalism programme.
Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.
Hermina is a Hong Kong writer and journalist. She graduated with a degree in politics from Cambridge, and is interested in international affairs, particularly those related to China, the EU and the Middle East. She also enjoys political satire.
Kent Ewing is a teacher and writer who has lived in Hong Kong for more than two decades. He has written for the pre-Alibaba South China Morning Post, The Standard, Asia Times and Asia Sentinel. Allegations to the contrary, he insists he is not a colonial fossil. Follow him on Twitter.
Stanley is a Media and Communications graduate from Goldsmiths College in London. He takes particular interest in visual journalism, having produced photographic and video work on a number of social and political issues. He has also interned at the current affairs service of RTHK’s TV division.
Jun Pang is a Politics and Sociology finalist at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in intersectional approaches to human rights advocacy and democratic development. At university, she is involved in a student think tank, the BME women’s and non-binary people’s network, and a literary magazine.
Varsity is an award-winning magazine created for the tertiary students and faculty of Hong Kong. It is written, edited and designed by students in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
David is the co-director of the China Media Project, a research and fellowship program with the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. A frequent commentator on Chinese media, his writings have appeared in Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, Index on Censorship, the SCMP and others.
The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
Our team of professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. Access to independent, high-quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations.
Gene Lin is a Journalism and Computer Science student at The University of Hong Kong. He worked as a reporter for the 'LIVE: Verified Updates' during the Occupy Central protests. He is also an editor at HKU's first English-language student paper, The Lion Post.
Arthur Lo is an undergraduate student currently on a gap year. During Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement protests, he worked as a fixer, translator and producer for foreign media outlets such as Al-Jazeera.
Paul Benedict Lee
Paul Benedict Lee is an undergraduate law student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Paul has previously contributed to HK Magazine and Radio Television Hong Kong, covering issues ranging from local heritage conservation to arts features. He has also worked as a legal intern at local human rights firm Daly & Associates.
Founded in 2015 and funded by the public, FactWire is a non-profit investigative news agency.
Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist, writer and broadcaster and runs companies in the food sector. He was the founding editor of 'Eastern Express' and founding publisher of 'Spike'. In London he was an editor at The Observer and in Asia has worked for international publications including, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, BBC, Asia Times and The Independent. Vines is the author of several books, including: Hong Kong: China’s New Colony, The Years of Living Dangerously - Asia from Crisis to the New Millennium and Market Panic and most recently, Food Gurus. He hosts a weekly television current affairs programme: The Pulse.
Suzanne Pepper is a Hong Kong-based American writer and Hong Kong resident with a long-standing interest in Chinese politics. In her book, 'Keeping Democracy at Bay: Hong Kong and the Challenge of Chinese Political Reform', Pepper addresses debates surrounding democracy and dictatorship. Her blog follows the developing story of Hong Kong’s democracy movement as it struggles to maintain its coherence amid the growing pressures of integration within the Chinese political system.
Badiucao is one of the most popular and prolific political cartoonists and artists from China, and he confronts a variety of social and political issues head on in his work. He uses his art to challenge the censorship and dictatorship in China via his Twitter account @badiucao. His work was used by Amnesty International, Freedom House, BBC, CNN and China Digital Times and exhibited internationally.
Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.
Asia Research Institute
The Asia Research Institute is an international network of policy experts based at the University of Nottingham in the UK. It provides a platform for commentary and analysis on current events in China and East Asia and aims to provide multiple perspectives from academics and practitioners across the globe. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the CPI or University of Nottingham.
Evan has run several research projects exploring local identity issues. He has written about social, identity and generational issues for the South China Morning Post, China Daily, Asia Sentinel, Suddeutsche, the Indo-Pacific Review and others. He was also a regular contributor to House News. Evan is a columnist and co-director of Hong Kong Free Press.
Medhavi Arora is in her final year at the University of Hong Kong studying Journalism and International Relations. Her print, video and multimedia pieces have been featured in the Times of India and CNN-IBN. She is a former intern at UN Women and has additional experience in sustainability, international affairs and communications.
HK Urbex is a group of visual creators and storytellers on a mission to unearth Hong Kong's derelict abandoned sites.
Kong Tsung-gan is a writer, educator and activist living in Hong Kong. He has lived and worked in China, amongst Tibetans in India, and in a dozen other places in Africa, Europe and North America. His book, Umbrella, combines his knowledge of Hong Kong with his global perspective.
Progressive Lawyers Group
The Progressive Lawyers Group is a group of Hong Kong lawyers dedicated to promoting core values of rule of law, judicial independence, democracy, human rights, freedom, and justice.
Alexander is a lecturer at the Arnhem Business School in the Netherlands and a fellow of the Sima Qian Foundation, advising governments and businesses about how the rise of China affects the global economy. With over ten years of work experience in China, he has written extensively about Chinese business and how free market solutions would solve many of China's problems. He has published books and articles in Dutch and English. On Press Freedom Day 2016 a Dutch collection of his essays was published by Pharos publishers and the proceeds were donated to HKFP.
ChinaChange.org is a website devoted to news and commentary related to civil society, rule of law, and rights activities in China. China Change works with China’s democracy advocates to bring their voices into English and to help the rest of the world understand what people are thinking and doing to affect change in China. On many occasions their reports provided leads for major media outlets, and on others they translated key documents, such as Xu Zhiyong’s The New Citizens’ Movement, long before media and China watchers became aware of them.
Howard Winn has been a journalist for more than 25 years working mostly in Asia. He was until recently Lai See columnist for the South China Morning Post, a column that focused on the lighter side of business and more. He was previously Deputy Editor and Business Editor of the Hong Kong Standard. His work has been published in the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune. His latest work can be found at HowardWinnReports.com
Jason Y. Ng
Jason Y. Ng is a Hong Kong-based lawyer, university professor and writer. He is the bestselling author of Hong Kong State of Mind and No City for Slow Men. His latest tome, Umbrellas in Bloom, is the first book available in English chronicling the 2014 Occupy movement. Ng’s short stories have appeared in various anthologies, and his socio-political commentary blog 'As I See It' and review site 'The Real Deal' have attracted a cult following in the blogosphere. Ng is a contributor to the SCMP, Guardian and Time Out Hong Kong. He is also an outspoken activist for environmental issues, migrant workers' rights, and the city's democratic movement. He makes frequent appearances on university campuses, at literary festivals, and on radio and television shows around Asia.
Richard is a freelance writer and long term resident of Hong Kong. He has a Master's Degree in Chinese Studies from CUHK and describes himself as a noisy muser on all things China. He has travelled extensively in Western China and once owned a trekking lodge high on the Tibetan border. He has a raw style of Opinion Journalism, with special interests in the South China Seas and deciphering Hong Kong's Localist/Independence groups.
Sai is passionate about exploring ways to live on our planet more sustainably, the intersection and integration of work and life, and how to make it healthier. She helps organisations build and sustain their workforces thoughtfully and efficiently, design healthy work cultures and workspaces, and hone their employer brands, with a keen focus on gender parity, diversity, and inclusion. She has degrees in international relations and international law, and has worked in various capacities with tech companies, non-profits, think tanks, and inter-governmental organisations. She is also the founder of The Particular Rover - a travel and hotel review site.
Stuart Wolfendale is a freelance columnist, critic and writer based in Hong Kong. He wrote a long running weekly column in the South China Morning Post, was daily diarist of the Eastern Express, back page columnist of the Hong Kong Standard and contributor to Spike magazine. He also trains people in presentation skills and public speaking.
Benedict Rogers is a writer and human rights activist specialising in Asia. He is the author of six books, including Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads. He is also a former parliamentary candidate and co-founder and Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission in the UK. Ben lived in Hong Kong from 1997-2002 and travels regularly to the region. He is the founder and chair of Hong Kong Watch.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organisation made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
Frank Siu is a financial econometrician working in the private sector. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he takes a keen interest in local affairs, particularly issues of rising social inequality and deepening political uncertainty. He enjoys curry fish balls and rubik's cubes.
Dan Garrett, PhD, is an author, photographer, political scientist, and visual sociologist studying China’s securitization of Hong Kong. His first book examined the Region’s vivacious protest culture and defence of the Hongkonger identity. A second investigating China’s post-Umbrella national security crackdown on protests/protesters and the militarisation of SAR protest policing is in process.
Ilaria Maria Sala
Ilaria Maria Sala is an award winning writer and ceramic artist based in Hong Kong. She has been living in Asia since 1988 - first in Beijing, then Tokyo and Hong Kong, with long detours in Shanghai and Kathmandu. Her byline has appeared in Le Monde, the New York Times, the Guardian, ArtNews, El Periódico and La Stampa, among others. Her latest book is "Letters from China'" (in Italian). Follow her on Twitter.
Nury Vittachi failed to win the Man Booker Prize this year. He also failed to win the Pulitzer Prize. He hopes to make it a clean sweep by failing to win the Nobel Prize for literature. He does not live on The Peak with 20 cats and a parakeet called Trixy. He is not strange.
With two city centre locations in Wan Chai and Central, the Hive is Hong Kong's most stylish coworking space. Our Central location boasts a beautiful, one-of-a-kind 2,000 square foot terrace right in the heart of Hong Kong. Wan Chai is set over five floors with two floors of dedicated desks and hot desks, and three floors of private offices. We also have locations in Kennedy Town and Sai Kung. At the Hive, there is something for everyone.
Iain Lafferty has lived in Hong Kong for the last ten years and is a teacher of mathematics at KGV School. He is a father of two children, both made in China, and a resident and advocate of Sai Kung. In addition, he is a recreational writer and regularly contributes his opinions on everything to anyone who will listen, or not. He occasionally visits Hong Kong Island but often gets lost.
Paul Stapleton is an associate professor at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is a long-time resident of several countries in Asia, where he has been teaching and researching at various universities. He writes about environmental, social and educational issues. In his op-eds, Paul's goal is to shed some light on issues of interest as well as generate a bit of heat.
Offside.hk is Hong Kong's only English platform on local football. It seeks to fill the gap to help people to engage with the sport on a day-to-day basis. Established in 2014, Offside.hk's website and social media feeds feature daily updates, interviews, league data, transfer news, and match reports related to the Hong Kong Premier League as well as the representative team.
Gray Sergeant studied International Relations and History at LSE and since graduating has worked in and around Westminster. He regularly comments on UK-Hong Kong relations. Follow him on Twitter.
Hong Kong Unison
Hong Kong Unison is a charity and NGO which advocates for policy reforms for Hong Kong's ethnic minority residents. It receives no government funding and aims to promote racial equality in the city.
Michael Caster is a human rights advocate, researcher and civil society consultant. He is the co-founder and former associate director of the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, a Beijing-based legal aid NGO that operated from 2009 until 2016 when it was forcibly shut down by the Chinese Government. He holds masters degrees in international law and human rights from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of Utrecht.
Yuen Chan is a journalist who has worked in print, television and radio as a reporter, anchor and presenter and columnist in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. She previously taught journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she oversaw the practicum magazine Varsity. Chan is also a founding member of Journalism Educators for Press Freedom. A native of Hong Kong and London, she loves Hong Kong and Canto culture.
Follow Yuen's blog here.
Friends of the Earth (HK)
Friends of the Earth (HK) was established in 1983 as a charitable organisation. It is one of Hong Kong's most prominent green groups. Our vision is to establish a healthy and sustainable environment for all. As a leading environmental advocacy group, we focus on protecting our local and regional environment; offer equitable solutions to help create environmentally sustainable public policies, business practices and community lifestyles; and engage government, business and community to act responsibly.
Justice Centre Hong Kong consists of committed human rights advocates working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants – refugees, other people seeking protection and survivors of modern slavery.
Ashley is a Hong Kong-based multi-media journalist. She has a special interest in arts and culture. She has worked with the BBC and the Associated Press and holds a journalism degree from the University of Sheffield.
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Go Green Hong Kong
Established in 2011, GoGreenHongKong is Hong Kong's most viewed sustainable living website. It got its start providing objective and unbiased reviews of green products and services. It now also analyses policies and issues relevant to environmental sustainability.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
Michael Leung writes about human rights and socio-legal issues affecting Hong Kong. He is currently a master's student at Harvard Law School and was a graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law and the University of Waterloo. After beginning his career with stints in Big Four accounting firms and international banks, his interests now lie in envisioning a better city where justice and traditional Hong Kong values reign supreme.
Henry Kwok is a critical sociologist of education and policy studies. He used to work as a secondary school teacher and a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Languages at the Open University of Hong Kong. Although now residing in Australia where he is completing his PhD at Griffith University in Brisbane, he keeps a close eye on what is happening in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Universities of Hong Kong and Cambridge.
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HK Chinese, born in Hong Kong, grew up in New Zealand. Graduated from the Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Auckland. Now works at an architectural firm in Hong Kong. Self-taught photographer specialising in architectural and street photography. His photographs have been published in various books. He is now primarily concerned with socio-urban-political issues in Hong Kong, expressed through his photography.
Jennifer Eagleton, a Hong Kong resident since 1997, is a policy committee member of the Hong Kong Democratic Foundation and was an adviser to the University of Hong Kong’s “Designing Democracy Hong Kong” project. Her PhD analyzed how Hong Kong talks about democracy through metaphor. She is a teacher of English and linguistics as well as researcher and editor.
Made in China Journal
Made in China is an open access quarterly journal on Chinese labour, civil society, and rights. Established in 2016 and edited by a group of young scholars, the Journal aims at bridging the gap between academia and the general public, fostering debate about the latest trends in Chinese society, with particular attention to labour and human rights.
Human Rights in China
HRIC is a Chinese NGO founded in March 1989 by overseas Chinese students and scientists. We actively engage in case and policy advocacy, media and press work, and capacity building. Through our original publications and extensive translation work, HRIC provides bridges and uncensored platforms for diverse Chinese voices. Our activities promote fundamental rights and freedoms, and raise international awareness of and support for the expanding civil society activism in China.
HK Helpers Campaign
We are an independent Hong Kong campaign formed by a group of local activists to promote the rights of local Foreign Domestic Workers through our three, simple winnable campaign points. Our objective is to amplify the voices of helpers by linking them, and relevant NGOs, with those in the media, law, politics & academia.
Hilton Yip is a writer and copy editor who has worked in Taipei, Beijing, and Hong Kong over the past decade. He has a strong interest in Greater China issues and has travelled extensively through East and Southeast Asia.
Andrew S Guthrie
Andrew S Guthrie was born in New York City, lived for most of his life in Boston, and moved to Hong Kong in 2005. His book of poetry “Alphabet” was released in April 2015 through Proverse Publishing Hong Kong, and his cultural history “Paul’s Records” was released through Blacksmith Books in October 2015.
Yan Sham-Shackleton has written for SCMP, BC Magazine, HK Magazine, PopMatters, hongkong.com and china.com. Her previous blog, Glutter, was nominated for a free speech award by Reporters Without Borders for her writings regarding democracy in Hong Kong and China. Some of her art, theatre and written works are archived in NYU Library’s Riot Grrrls Collection and Glasgow Women’s Library. Her fiction has appeared in journals around the world. She is nearly finished with her novel set during the 1997 handover of Hong Kong.
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Basil Fernando is a Sri Lanka born jurist, author, poet, & a leading human rights activist in Asia. He currently works as Director of Policy and Programmes at the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission. He has played a pivotal role in linking ordinary citizens striving for human rights principles at the grassroots to institutions working for structural reform at the policy level. Basil Fernando is a Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as “The Alternative Nobel Prize”. He received the Award in 2014 “for his tireless and outstanding work to support and document the implementation of human rights in Asia.”
Alfred C. M. Chan
Professor Alfred C. M. Chan is the chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Prior to his appointment to the equality watchdog, he was a practitioner in welfare services for older persons and an academic in social gerontology. Chan has served in various public bodies locally and internationally, including as Chairman of the Elderly Commission. He also acted as a consultant on ageing and social development issues for the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
David Price arrived in Hong Kong in 1978. He wrote weekly columns for the SCMP, its Sunday Magazine and the ‘Village Life’ column for the Hong Kong Independent. He is now a movie screenwriter, although agents and producers, at every turn, would deny this. He was also once an actor, as a search for David Does Dallas would confirm.
Dr. Chloe Lai is a story collector, researcher, writer, teacher, urbanist and NGO administrator. A journalist by training, Dr. Lai runs a non-profit website titled Urban Diary to promote sustainability. The website documents Hongkongers' mundane tales with words, photos, sound and moving images. She believes tales of everyday life is a treasure trove for everyone who wants to understand and improve contemporary urban living. Her journalism background and collected tales contribute to her profound knowledge of the city's past and present. In 2015, Dr. Lai’s work online was turned into a bilingual publication titled Urban Diary. The book was named by the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory & Stand News as one of the top 10 books in Urban Studies.
Watching the sun set, little by little, on Asia's greatest city – with a dash of Hemlock.
WWF Hong Kong
The World Wide Fund for Nature was founded in 1961, with the goal to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. In support of our global mission, WWF-Hong Kong is working to transform Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city.
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Charlotte Chang is a U.S.-born writer and teacher raised in Hong Kong. After graduating from Harvard University, she taught in a secondary school before becoming a freelance writer, translator, and English and German teacher. She covers topics in art and education for publications such as Artomity and SCMP and runs the linguistics-based English-teaching channel "Ms. Charlotte" on YouTube. Read more about her work on
IT Voice advocates for universal suffrage and a free Internet. It supports IT development and aims to enhance the professional status of IT in Hong Kong. All its 20 members are members of the Election Committee of Hong Kong.
Ryan Anderson is a filmmaker and storyteller. He leads OXLAEY, a not-for-profit preserving Asia's cultural heritage through multimedia. You can see more at oxlaey.com.
Viola Gaskell is a photojournalist from Hawaii, where she got her start freelancing for the Maui News and generating content for non-profits. Now based in Hong Kong, Viola’s work focuses on the nuances and contradictions of Hong Kong culture. Her photography and writing can be seen routinely on Rice Media and Zolima City Magazine.
openDemocracy is an independent global media platform publishing up to 60 articles a week and attracting over 8 million visits per year. Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, openDemocracy seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. With human rights as our central guiding focus, we ask tough questions about freedom, justice and democracy. We give those fighting for their rights the agency to make their case and to inspire action.
Free Tibet stands for the right of Tibetans to determine their own future and it campaigns for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet alongside the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected.
Lukas Messmer is a Journalist born and raised in the Swiss alps. A couple of years ago, he bid farewell to old Europe and got tangled up in Asia. After two years in Laos and a year at the University of Hong Kong, he is now based in Shanghai, where he works for Swiss Public TV. He has filmed and written for MSNBC, Al-Jazeera America, Der Spiegel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and others.
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Keshia is the co-founder of Camel Assembly–an international community of creative female leaders–and a Hong Kong born and based writer. She contributes to platforms like Fortune, Forbes, CNN, Huffington Post, South China Morning Post, Tatler and Hong Kong Free Press, amongst others.
A seasoned journalist who has reported for the likes of Der Spiegel, the South China Morning Post, The London Times, CNN and more, Sarah Karacs holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London. She has covered a gamut of topics, from Hong Kong's mounting electronic waste problem, to the nascent industry of sex robots, to China's burgeoning animal right's movement. She keeps a particularly keen eye on Hong Kong's art world.
Bijo Francis is a lawyer from India. He is the Executive Director of the Asian Human Rights Commission, Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award, 2014, also known as ‘The Alternative Nobel Prize’. Bijo’s research interests include constitutional law, legal theory, human rights law & practice, and history. Before joining the organisation he was a partner at ABA Associates and has litigated for Fortune 500 companies like SBI, BPCL, TATA Motors, and IOC.
Gary writes on topics ranging from aboriginal issues to crime and girls' education. His commentary has appeared in The Monitor (Uganda), the Vancouver Sun, the Daily Caller, Scmp.com and other publications. His interest in poverty issues led him to found the anti-poverty campaign TKO Poverty, in 2005 in New York City.
Dr. Bryane Michael is a senior fellow at the University of Oxford and HKU's Faculty of Law. He is a specialist in legal design and has worked in Hong Kong since 2012 on issues such as anti-corruption and financial law reform. He writes on the deep legal and economic principles driving the news.
Toh Han Shih is freelance journalist and writer. He is a Singaporean citizen who has lived in Hong Kong since 2003. In Hong Kong, he has worked as a business reporter for South China Morning Post and in Kroll, a US risk consultancy. Prior to that, he has lived and worked in Shanghai and Beijing in 2003 and 2002 respectively.
Kenneth is an architect currently practising in Hong Kong. He co-founded JOKE architects with Joey Yim in 2010 as a platform for architectural observation, research and design. Coming from an academic background based heavily on the history, theory and criticism of architecture, his interests lie heavily within the realms of architecture beyond building.
Joyce Man is a German Chancellor Fellow and freelance journalist. She was previously a court-beat reporter for the South China Morning Post and has reported from Russia.
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Paul Letters is a historian, journalist and novelist. His latest novel, The Slightest Chance, is set in Hong Kong during World War II. Paul writes freelance for the South China Morning Post, has co-presented 'Backchat' on RTHK’s Radio 3, and produces the fun and educational family podcast series, Dad and Me Love History. Visit his portfolio here.
Vaudine England started her journalism career at newspapers in Hong Kong. She has lived in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, reporting on South East Asia and Hong Kong ever since. Her 1998 biography of the curmudgeonly philanthropist Noel Croucher recently led her into writing more Hong Kong histories. She’s convinced that deep in hidden archives lie many more untold stories of Hong Kong and its place in the region.
Lantau News covers development, taxis, roads, cattle, car parks and all the other issues that grip Hong Kong's largest island.
Peter Dahlin is the co-founder and director of now defunct Chinese NGO ‘China Action’ which operated 2009 to 2016 to assist, train and help Chinese lawyers, journalists and small NGOs work to promote rule of law and protect human rights.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation working to create lasting change in the lives of the children, families, communities living in poverty. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. As followers of Jesus, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. World Vision was established by Dr. Bob Pierce, an American journalist, in 1950. At present, we are working in nearly 100 countries. World Vision focuses on children because when they are fed, sheltered, schooled, protected, valued, and loved, a community thrives.
Amnesty International Hong Kong
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.
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Shirley Yam is a journalist and broadcaster who started off in politics but changed track to enter China finance and business, which she finds much more fascinating. She spent 11 years writing Money Matters, an award-winning weekly column at the South China Morning Post. Shirley is now the Senior Editor of REDD Intelligence.
Maggie is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist covering a wide range of stories from adventure travel news to the daily lives of obscure artists. She graduated with a degree in Eastern European politics from UCL and recently completed her Masters in Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. She is interested in documentary filmmaking and enjoys anything out of the ordinary.
Evan Jones is the Programme Coordinator at the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) based in Bangkok, Thailand. APRRN is an open and growing network of more than 300 organisations and individuals working together to advocate for the advancement of refugee rights across the region.
Ben relocated to Hong Kong in 2012 to work as a pilot for one of Asia's major airlines. Previously, he spent several years in the military where he completed flying training before converting to civilian operations. Ben also works as a freelance journalist writing for a variety of publications on topics ranging from airline operations to travel.
Sharon K. Hom is Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, and Professor of Law Emerita at the City University of New York School of Law. Hom taught law for 18 years, including training judges, lawyers, and law teachers at eight law schools in China. Her non-law book publications include Chinese Women Traversing Diaspora: Memoirs, Essays, and Poetry (ed.,1999). In 2007, she was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “50 Women to Watch.” Born in Hong Kong, she lives in New York with her family and 12 rescued cats.
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Kirsten Han is a Singaporean freelance journalist and Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, a platform for Southeast Asian journalism, research, art and community-building. Her bylines have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and Asia Times, among others. She also curates We, The Citizens, a weekly newsletter on Singaporean current affairs.
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) is a non-profit international organization that has been defending press freedom for more than 32 years. Thanks to a local network of correspondents investigating in 130 countries, 13 offices worldwide, and consultative status at the United Nations, we are able to have a global impact on defending press freedom and freedom of information.
Joe Alvaro has worked at various academic institutions in the greater China area for nearly 20 years, including six years at City University of Hong Kong. His published research focuses on the critical analysis of China's political discourse as it appears in the state-run English press. He holds a PhD in discourse studies and is currently a faculty member at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar.
Junko Asano is a PhD candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford researching Indonesian domestic workers. She has previously written for South China Morning Post on ethnic minority youths.
Christopher Niem is a Hong Konger who writes about politics, sports, and philosophy. In particular, he is interested in how Hong Kong’s nascent political system is evolving.
Ben MacLeod is an urban designer in Hong Kong.
Charles Mok is the Legislative Councillor representing the Information Technology Functional Constituency. He has been serving the ICT industry for more than 20 years. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Professional Commons, Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation and Founding Chairman of the Internet Society Hong Kong.
Charles is active in public services with a view to upholding the core values of Hong Kong of which include democracy, liberty, human rights, rule of law and integrity.
Selina hunts for story ideas when she's too lazy to cook or to do her laundry, or takes photos when none of the above appeal. She previously wrote for AFP Beijing and covered the HK Occupy movement for AP, she also reported for a newspaper in France. Selina is currently studying investigative reporting at the Columbia Journalism School.
Sofus Ho is a graduate from the University of Hong Kong. He has previously written on social and legal issues in Hong Kong. Sofus has also researched on Hong Kong and Chinese politics, gender equality, cultural diversity and empowerment of minorities.
Resolve Foundation is a nonprofit initiative in Hong Kong that empowers future community leaders through social justice fellowships. Resolve's vision is for an inclusive Hong Kong, where every voice has a say in its future.
Alexander Chan is a Hongkonger with a fond interest in China & Hong Kong’s political and socioeconomic development, especially issues related to social mobility. He holds an MPP from Oxford University and is currently a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University. He also writes for the South China Morning Post and the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government’s Blog.
Tom has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist covering business, finance and economics, including seven years writing Monitor, the South China Morning Post’s flagship daily column. After his original career as a geologist was cut short by the last collapse in commodity prices, Tom entered journalism as the traditional refuge of the otherwise unemployable.
Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He is a leading scholar in the areas of Business and Human Rights and India-China Constitutional Law, and has published extensively in these areas. He is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal. In 2014, he was elected a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He is committed to promoting human rights globally, including by tweeting and regularly writing op-eds on a wide range of topical issues.
Sunil KC is a freelance researcher and writer based in Hong Kong. He writes on topical issues that affect Hong Kongers, especially the city's most vulnerable communities. His topics of interest involve the ethnic minority community, poverty, labour, health, migration, and the environment.
Hillary has a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a second major in sociology from the University of Hong Kong. She has experience writing for various start-ups and is also a freelance editor.
Peter Irwin is the Program Manager and Spokesperson at the World Uyghur Congress in Munich, Germany, where he works primarily as the UN representative for Geneva-based human rights mechanisms as well as with national governments and civil society. He is a MSc graduate of Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he conducted research on China's engagement at the UN and its relationship to the framing of the Uyghur issue internationally.
Dr. Karen Lee, an environmentalist and nature lover. Born in Hong Kong, Karen studied and worked in the UK and Australia for almost 10 years. She believes that having sustainable lifestyle is the way to maintain the beautiful nature. She is currently studying for a postgraduate diploma of journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
As part of the WMA programme, the WMA Commission engages image makers to provide in-depth studies of an annual, socially relevant theme, and seeks to extend public interest locally and globally. Each year, the WMA Commission invites entries for proposals from artists and image makers to create new photo-based work in Hong Kong with a focus on the theme. The programme is a WYNG Foundation initiative.
Kevin Carrico is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Monash University. He is the author of The Great Han- Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today, and the translator of Tsering Woeser’s Tibet on Fire. He is currently researching the emergence and implications of the idea of Hong Kong independence. Wen Wei Po reporters love his work so much that they literally follow him around Hong Kong.
Mark Simon is a Senior Executive with Next Media and writes the Second Opinion Column in Apple Daily.
Dr. Chapman Chen has a Ph.D. in Sinology an is the founder of Dr. Cantonese. He is a translator, a linguist, and a green, vegan activist. Chen has 30 years of professional experience in interpreting and translation, taught at universities for a decade.
Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Kent Foran is a photographer and teacher based in Hong Kong. His work is focused on people and their environments, and exists in a space between street, documentary and fine art photography, with a special emphasis on the odd and the inexplicable within the everyday. His work has appeared in many international publications, and he has had three solo exhibitions in Hong Kong. Currently, three pieces are on display at the Seattle Centre on Contemporary Art as part of their show on contemporary Asian art, and he was selected in early 2015 as one of Hong Kong’s ten best emerging photographers by DRKRMS Media.
Begona Blanco is a Journalism masters student at the University of Hong Kong University. She has a passion for politics and travel, and has written for lifestyle magazine Sassy. Born and raised in Spain, she lived in Ireland for few years where she studied journalism.
Dr. Chrisann Palm is a lecturer in accountancy at Queensland University of Technology. She grew up in Hong Kong in the 80s and moved to Australia in the mid 90s, first as a student and subsequently as a migrant after working in Hong Kong for a few years since completing her degree in 1998. Although she has called Australia home for nearly two decades, she held strongly her Hongkonger identity.
Chrisann started the Yellow Ribbon Campaign in Australia in September 2014 to pledge support for the Umbrella Movement. She is an organiser of the United for Democracy: Global Solidarity with Hong Kong, as well as one of the founding members of the 2047 Hong Kong Monitor group .
Lyn Yang is a Master of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. She has a great passion for visual storytelling, and has published several video stories about lifestyle, art and culture in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Zareen Chiba is a Hong Kong-based a medical student, global health advocate and freelance writer of Chinese-Indian descent. She covers international health, science and technology issues as well as disaster and humanitarian policy. Currently, she writes for the Hong Kong Medical Journal, the Independent Skies Magazine and various global health blogs. She seeks to bridge the communication gap between the scientist and the layman, and to inspire the interdisciplinary spirit of scientific discovery and humanitarian medicine in the community.
Stella Wong is a Hong Kong journalist and Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. She focuses on local political and social issues and her work has been published by The Standard, Australian TV broadcaster SBS and Taiwan's Commonwealth magazine.
Trey Menefee is an independent analyst in Hong Kong. He blogs at comparativist.org.
Teng Pei-ju is a journalist based in Taipei, Taiwan, covering mostly politics and diplomacy.
Ruixue Zhang is studying a Master of Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and plans to pursue a career in video journalism. She is interested in reporting on technology, business, the environment, agriculture and rural China.
Jingan Young is a Hong Kong born playwright and journalist. She is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post, The Guardian and London Review of Books blog. She has also written for Coconuts HK, Nylon Magazine Singapore and worked with the BBC World Service during the Occupy protests. Her play "FILTH (Failed in London Try Hong Kong)" ran during the 42nd HK Arts Festival in 2014. Her next play is on Thatcher's time in Hong Kong. She holds a BA in English with Film Studies from Kings College London and a MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford.
Clarence is a journalist in New York and formerly worked at Stand News.
Audrey Eu Yuet-mee is a former legislative councillor and former Civic Party chairman.
International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network is a coalition of more than 180 Tibet organisations, campaigning for an end to human rights violations in Tibet and restoring rights to the Tibetan people.
Yvonne is a researcher and programme writer for Thomson Reuters' Legal Media Group, previously with The Economist Group in Hong Kong. She is also a regular contributor for China Daily Asia, Global Risk Insights and the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada.
HK Transparency Report
HK Transparency Report promotes government accountability and the protection of personal privacy online by documenting and monitoring the extent to which the Hong Kong government requests user data from Internet Service Providers or demands the removal of content from ISPs.
Chermaine Lee is currently studying Journalism at the University of Hong Kong as a masters student, after working at a yacht magazine, Asia-Pacific Boating. She is interested in social issues, art and culture, and environmental. She also writes for the Hong Kong Arts Centre's Cultural Masseur Webzine.
The Wanchai Commons
Homegrown in Hong Kong, Kate Lewington is a digital storyteller with a penchant for creative and cultural movements. She is currently producing video content for Filmages Ltd. whilst doing freelance writing and filming in between.
David Missal is a German freelance journalist covering China and Hong Kong. He is interested in politics and human rights issues in the region. At the moment he is pursuing a master's degree in journalism at The University of Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong Watch
Hong Kong Watch provides independent, comprehensive analysis and thought leadership on freedom and human rights in Hong Kong. Established in 2017, it seeks to investigate the status of rights, freedoms and rule of law in the city, raising concerns with the UK government and the wider international community should violations of the Basic Law and Sino-British Joint Declaration take place.
A former naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance journalist and writer based in Hong Kong. Over the last decade, his work has been published in many leading international online and print publications ranging from the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and South China Morning Post to Sunseeker Magazine and Fragrant Harbour. A former graduate of the London School of Economics, he has a special interest in Asian business and politics and a passion for maritime issues and the sea.
SupportHK.org provides a platform for people from all walks of life to both sign and start their own petitions to address environmental problems in Hong Kong that affect us all. We bring people together to support each other, share ideas and ultimately change the system for the better.
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BBC World News
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Kristian is preparing for a career in agriculture and forestry. He is currently undertaking an internship at Wildroots Organic Farm. A frequent contributor to HK's #1 sustainable living website gogreenhongkong.com, he writes mostly on modern agriculture and sustainability. He is also involved in efforts to educate HKers on the joy of growing. Kristian aims to help conserve forests through sustainable farming practices.
Paul G. Harris
Paul G. Harris is the Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. He is the author/editor of two dozen books on global environmental politics, policy and ethics. Learn more about Paul's work on his website.
Marcus Wang is a reporter covering local business, culture, lifestyle and religion. He has a passion for visual storytelling and research. He is currently studying a Master of Journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
Jojje Olsson is a Swedish journalist and author based in Asia since 2007, currently living in Taipei. He has contributed to over 100 Swedish publications and published five books on China.
John Choy is a Hong Kong-based freelance photographer. He has been staff photographer for Mingpao, Next Magazine, City Magazine, the Hong Kong government and others. John has held photo exhibitions at the Fringe Club, JCCAC, City University and other places, featurng a variety of topics such as reselttlement estates, farming communities, urban environment and local festivals.
Tony Read is a pastor who writes on social justice issues in Hong Kong.
Sida Wang is a Hong Kong-based multimedia journalist who recently completed her journalism masters at the University of Hong Kong. She also holds a BA Honours degree majoring in Communication Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
She is now pursuing a career in video journalism and has a passion for visual storytelling. Wang has covered lifestyle, sports, arts and culture stories in Hong Kong and is the winner of the 2018 Mick Deane scholarship for video journalism.
Mark Pinkstone is an Australian journalist with 50 years experience in Hong Kong newspapers, magazines and with the Hong Kong government. He previously served as Chief Information Officer with the Government Secretariat prior to 1997, and as head of the government's overseas public relations section.
Elise Xia is a former multimedia producer at Channel 8 News, Mediacorp in Singapore. She is interested in video production, travel and food, and is currently completing a Master of Journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
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Aaron Mc Nicholas
Aaron is a Hong Kong journalist working on the video team at Storyful news agency. He also has a strong interest in local Hong Kong politics. Prior to moving to the city, Aaron worked as a program researcher for TV3 and contributed written pieces to TheJournal.ie in his native Ireland. He graduated from Dublin City University with a BA in Journalism.
Rose Tang is a Brooklyn-based writer, artist and activist from Sichuan. She campaigns on human rights in the United States, China, Hong Kong and Tibet. Tang's activism stems from her survival from Tiananmen Massacre as a student protester.
Nigel Reading is a Hong Kong/Australia raised, London educated, ARB-UK-registered architect and designer. He is of Anglo-Australian nationality, Eurasian heritage and is a 3rd generation Hong Kong permanent resident. He's a design, construction and operations optimisation pioneer and via the Asynsis principle - a sustainable design, glocal-savvy, thought-leader. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, founding member of the RIBA-HK chapter, UCL Built Environment Club HK+SH, member Lighthouse Club HK and recently became USGBC LEED GA accredited. He practices in Hong Kong, Shanghai & London and has taught design in London & Shanghai (Architectural Association School and L'ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique). Reading has been published in AD Magazine, The Architect's Journal, Perspective, China Daily, South China Morning Post and on Ted.com. Follow his work here.
Because we know emotional distress does not discriminate or choose its time, we are always here for our callers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Because suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Hong Kong, we have to do as much as we can, despite limited resources, to raise emotional health awareness and to encourage people in need to seek emotional support. Hotline: 2896 0000.
PILnet is a global non-profit organization that connects the legal profession around the world to ensure that law serves the interests of all. With offices in Beijing, Budapest, London, Hong Kong, Moscow and New York, and with the support of partner law firms and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), PILnet works to engage, empower, and enable those who use law to represent the public interest.
Ark Eden is dedicated to restoring a connection and respect for nature and the preservation of natural environments, particularly Lantau Island. It employs educational and well-being programmes such as organic permaculture farming and environmental leadership programmes, as well as eco-restoration projects such as native tree planting.
Alfred Ho is an architect who focuses on urban research. Graduating from the University of Hong Kong and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Alfred is an expert on living spaces and public spaces. He has written for several local media including Stand News on topics like department stores and theme parks.
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Petra Loho is an alumna of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia and recently graduated with a Masters of Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been published both in print and online by CBS, Hong Kong Free Press, the Corporate Wellness magazine, China Contact magazine and a number of Hong Kong trade magazines.
David Cameron is the Prime Minister of Britain and leader of the UK Conservative Party. He helped form and led the country's first coalition government since World War II. When elected in 2010, he was Britain's youngest leader is almost 200 years.
Ben Olmsted is a tree-hugging, bleeding-heart liberal Californian who has chosen Hong Kong as his adopted home since 1995.
Laurel Chor is an award-winning journalist and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong. As a photographer, writer and filmmaker, she focuses on stories about China’s impact on the environment around the planet.
Joyce Wu is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in WORLD Magazine and HK Magazine. She has also authored a doctoral dissertation on Baudelaire's poetry and has a PhD in Romance Studies from Duke University. She previously taught French at Duke and English at Hong Kong Baptist University's College of International Education. Her interests include the arts, culture, language, theology and politics.
Sophie Li is completing a masters of journalism at the University of Hong Kong. She worked at Pear Video as a video producer intern for 18 months during her undergraduate studies. Li has a passion for video news production and has covered human stories both in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
ADM Capital Foundation and Civic Exchange
Civic Exchange is an independent public policy think tank based in Hong Kong. It undertakes research in three major ideas: air quality, nature conservation and urban environment, with an overarching framework of promoting wellbeing.
ADM Capital Foundation is an impact-driven foundation with a focus on environmental issues. Also based in Hong Kong, it works towards resolving challenges in relation to marine biodiversity, water security, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance.
Vincent Wong is an Adjunct Professor and William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He frequently writes on human rights, freedom of the press, and migrant justice issues.
Rufixation is a Facebook page that promotes ruins photography. Singchan, the photographer behind the page, has been interviewed by RTHK, SportSOHO, Metropop and other media outlets. He has also written about ruins in Hong Kong and other countries in InMedia.
Eleanor Huang is currently pursuing a Master of Journalism at The University of Hong Kong. She has written features on lifestyle, culture and the arts and believes that everyone has a precious story to tell.
The Spanish Cultural Association of Hong Kong
The Spanish Cultural Association of Hong Kong aims to promote the Spanish language and culture in Hong Kong. It organises Spanish courses for toddlers, kids, teenagers and adults in small group set-ups, as well as exam preparation lessons. It also promotes Spanish events and activities on a regular basis open to the general public.
Alexander Görlach serves as an affiliate Professor to Harvard University College, Adams House, in the "In Defense of Democracy"-Program by the F. D. Roosevelt Foundation, as a senior fellow for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a fellow to the Center for the Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, UK. Alex holds PhDs in linguistics and comparative religion and works on narratives of identity, politics and religion, liberal democracy, secularism, pluralism and cosmopolitanism. He is the founder of the debate magazine The European that he also ran as its editor in chief from 2009-2015. Alex is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He publishes saveliberaldemocracy.com.
Nina Chan Sze Ni
Nina Chan Sze Ni is a student studying an MA in International Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Aung Kaung Myat
Aung is a journalism student currently studying at the University of Hong Kong. He writes about politics and the culture of Myanmar on his Medium blog and is interested in social issues, culture and economics.
Born and educated in Hong Kong, Benny Tai Yiu Ting is an associate professor in law at the University of Hong Kong. He specialises in constitutional and administrative law, and is one of the convenors of the pro-democracy Occupy Central with Love and Peace protest movement.
Formed in 2011 in Hong Kong, the WYNG Foundation is a philanthropy that supports both local and international academic, artistic and urban initiatives by facilitating collaborations among institutions and individuals. One of the Foundation’s programmes is the WYNG Media Award (WMA) series, which, through photography, film and literature, engages the public, and promotes positive change. Another initiative is TrailWatch, a mobile application and online community that enables users to track and share their hiking experiences, while surveilling the conditions of Hong Kong’s country parks.
Urban Spring has the sole mission to make Hong Kong free of disposable plastic through sustainable solutions in different locations and occasions. Its network of safe, well-designed and well-maintained water stations - “WELL#” -
can be found at fixed locations, including schools, malls and transport hubs. Urban Spring’s vision is to redefine the way water is consumed outside of the home by creating a refill network of filtered drinking water across Hong Kong, thus removing the need to buy bottled water. Urban Spring also provides both indoor and outdoor solutions to facilitate the hosting of bottle-free events of various scales and at different locations, eliminating the need to buy, transport, store and chill drinking water at events. Working closely with the community, Urban Spring believes Hong Kong can reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles if there is a refreshing, safe, viable, convenient and fun alternative.
David C. Bates
David C. Bates is a copywriter and editor based in Hong Kong. Originally from Virginia in the United States, he now lives on the island and works on Lantau. He earned an MA in English Studies from the University of Hong Kong in 2013. His first short story was published this April in Drunken Boat, an online journal of the arts.
Ruby Ye is a student journalist based in Hong Kong. She has covered culture, lifestyle, arts, and LGBT rights stories locally and in mainland China. After working as a journalist for two years in Beijing, she is now completing a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
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Angela Gui is a UK-based, Sweden-born grad student and daughter of detained Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai. Since her father's abduction from Thailand in October 2015, she has actively been campaigning for his release by raising awareness of his situation. In April, she testified at a U.S. Congress hearing on the Long Arm of Beijing, and has been advocating for her father as a guest in TV and radio shows. She has also written for Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter.
Matthew Stinson has lived in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin since 2004, where he has worked as a professional educator and freelance writer for publications like Forbes China and Agenda Beijing. In addition, he is a talented amateur photographer whose work was featured in the book Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton. His background is in politics, international relations, and Chinese studies, and he has written extensively on international conflict, technology, and Chinese social and economic development. Follow his work on Twitter.
Laura Mannering has 20 years of experience as a journalist. She was previously AFP’s bureau chief for Hong Kong and Taiwan where she covered major international stories including the Umbrella Movement. She is now based in Europe focusing on politics, human rights and social issues.
The Women's Foundation
The Women’s Foundation (TWF) is a Hong Kong registered not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong. TWF is focused on challenging gender stereotypes, increasing the number of women in decision-making and leadership roles, and empowering women in poverty through ground-breaking research, innovative and impactful community programmes, and education and advocacy.
Plastic Free Seas
Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based environmental charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through awareness and action campaigns. They provide education to students on the issue of plastic marine pollution, empowering young people with local solutions so that they can make a difference and help solve this global problem. They aim to reduce people's reliance on single-use plastic which will help stop the flow of rubbish into the sea.
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Bon Bong is a philosophy, mathematics, and Cantonese enthusiast. As a Laidlaw Scholar, Bon researched the philosophy of logic and language. He is founder of CBPDO, the first Cantonese British Parliament-style debate tournament in Hong Kong.
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Afore Hsieh is a freelance journalist based in Taipei. She has a strong passion for telling human-related stories. Afore has reported news and feature stories both in Taiwan and abroad.
Andrew Barclay (白安俊) is a Sydney-based journalist interested in all things Middle Kingdom. He has previously worked in finance and speaks Mandarin. He has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Delia von Pflug
Delia von Pflug is a Hongkonger, born and raised, who currently studies Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. She is polishing her skills as a polyglot, and loves reading in-depth features about the universal language of sports.
Originally from Hong Kong, Frances Hui is a senior journalism student at Emerson College with a minor in political science.
Rachel Yan is a student journalist of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong.
Sarah Moran is a Freelance Journalist based in Hong Kong covering social issues, culture, and lifestyle topics for various media outlets. Her work has previously appeared in Time Out Hong Kong, Localiiz, and others.
Ann Cao is a master's student at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. She holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of Liverpool in the UK.
The Splice Newsroom
Splice is the business intelligence behind media transformation in Asia. We report on trends, talent and media startups.
PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations. Founded in 1921, PEN International connects an international community of writers from its secretariat in London. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN operates on five continents.
The Asian Feminist
The Asian Feminist is a feminist social-social media platform for women of Asian heritage. We cover women's issues and empowerment from more than 50 countries in Asia and beyond.
Xinyu Liu is an undergraduate student at Hong Kong Baptist University studying journalism. She has a strong passion for reporting and gives focus to social issues such as land supply.
PathFinders Limited is an independent, secular and non-partisan humanitarian services organisation with tax-exempt charitable status in Hong Kong. Since our founding in 2008, PathFinders has helped over 5,200 vulnerable babies, children and migrant women with social welfare, education & community outreach, healthcare and legal support. PathFinders Limited is an organisation in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since August 2017.
Brendan is a Hong Kong-based lawyer, journalist and publisher. He teaches law at the University of Hong Kong, has authored several legal textbooks, and served as Editor of Hong Kong Lawyer magazine during an Asia Pacific publishing career spanning more than a decade. He writes regularly on business for the SCMP and co-hosts current affairs programme Backchat on RTHK Radio 3. As a keen musician and scuba diver, he also writes on the arts and environmental issues.
Christopher Balding is an associate professor at the Fulbright University Vietnam and previously taught at Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School HSBC Business School. He writes regularly for Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, and others.
Angus is a multimedia journalist and correspondent. He has experience with breaking news, investigative and feature stories. He recently travelled to the Syrian-Lebanon border with VICE to report on the global refugee crisis.
Erin Hale is a journalist currently based in Hong Kong who has had work published in The South China Morning Post, Marie Claire, The Southeast Asia Globe, Forbes.com among other outlets. She is a correspondent for Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA).
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Suhas Bhat is a reporter from India. Formerly a long-term resident in southeast Asia, he is now based in Hong Kong.
Move or Stay
Whether you are a native in Hong Kong, have lived in this city for some time, or are intended to move into or move out of Hong Kong, we aim to offer you new perspectives to stimulate more discussion on the city.
Rhea is a Hong Kong-based journalist interested in gender issues and minority rights, whose work has appeared in a number of publications across Asia. She is also on the 2019 Diversity List: a list of ethnic minorities that are qualified and committed to serve on Hong Kong government committees.
After a trip to China in 1977-78, Magnus Fiskesjö studied Chinese at Lund University in his native Sweden. He's been a student of all things Chinese ever since. From 1985-88, he served as Cultural Attaché at Sweden's embassy in Beijing, and from 2000-2005 as Director of Sweden's Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, in Stockholm. Since 2005, he has taught anthropology and Asian studies at Cornell University in the US. His recent research has focused on China's forced confessions, including as practiced in the Xinjiang camps.
Li-ting Lin has a bachelor degree in Communication Studies and is currently studying a Master of Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. She has work experience in graphic design and advertising and is particularly interested in using multimedia to tell stories related to the environment and animal welfare.
Claudia Mo is a Hong Kong legislative councillor and a vice chairperson of Hong Kong First.
Founded in 2017, Walk DVRC has a vision for a more walkable and liveable Central Business District beginning with the revitalisation of a decaying Des Voeux Road Central. It aims to transform a vital, yet broken, central thoroughfare into a dynamic public realm. Walk DVRC’s mission includes linking the critical artery to the cultural and heritage sites, such as Tai Kwun, Man Mo Temple and Western Market, that surround it.
Sharron Fast is a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC). She joined the JMSC in 2016 from the HKU Faculty of Law, where she lectured and conducted research at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL). Her research there focused on criminal law and human rights issues. She is the former editor of the CCPL Rights Bulletin and the Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong.
Vincent Wong Shing-kai
Vincent Wong Shing-kai is a student at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong. He believes in the power of good journalism to benefit today’s information society.
Douglas co-founded Goods of Desire with Benjamin Lau, a fellow architect and home design aficionado. Starting with a small shop in Ap Lei Chau, G.O.D. has grown into an established, multi-faceted lifestyle brand selling home furnishings, fashion and premium gifts with a distinct Hong Kong flair. Through his work, Douglas would like to inspire future generations of designers to seek inspiration from Hong Kong and foster pride in the community.
Abandoned HK is a photography project that documents abandoned places in Hong Kong. It started in 2013 on Facebook and is now a regular contributor for Stand News. Photos are taken with Canon 6D.
Mona Chu is a bilingual writer interested in bridging communication across communities separated by languages. She is on a hunt for stories lost in translation.
Mona writes a weekly English column in Ming Pao Daily, and contributes to the Stand News, Inmedia, Wa!gazine in Chinese. She also runs and edits the online art media at artalk.hk. She is currently working on a series about diaspora in big cities and welcomes suggestions.
When not writing Mona hikes, swims, cooks, travels, and most often of all, bugs people. That’s how she finds stories.
Jeffery GU Mengyan is a graduate student in the MA International Journalism program at Hong Kong Baptist University. He has worked as an intern for Changshu TV and Shanghai Butterfly FM, mainly in charge of content production.
Babette is a Hong Kong-based award-winning fashion, lifestyle and beauty journalist. She was a fashion and beauty columnist for China Daily Lifestyle Premium, Editor of S Style Magazine and has freelanced for a wide array of global publications. She is currently completing a PhD analysing Chinese fashion media.
Ryann Chan is a photojournalist and freelance photographer. His photos have appeared in InMedia.
Rachel Cartland was an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government 1972-2006. She currently undertakes consultancy, journalism and voluntary work associated with social issues.
Echo Wang Jing is a journalist based in Shanghai. She works for the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She has written for Lonely Planet and has worked as a freelancer for other media such as Sixth Tone on topics such as tech, property markets and social development in China.
Alan Leong, SC graduated from the University of Hong Kong and University of Cambridge. He has been a Legislative Councilor representing the Kowloon East since 2004 and has been the leader of Civic Party since 2011. He has been practicing at the Bar since 1985, and in 1998 became one of the first Senior Counsel appointed after the handover. In 2007, Alan ran against Donald Tsang, the then Chief Executive, in the first ever contested chief executive election held since the handover.
Tom Yam a member of the Citizens Task Force on Land Resources, a group of professionals dedicated to broaden and facilitate the debate on critical issues including sustainable development, the optimal use of land, and the conservation of resources.
The Young Reporter
The Young Reporter is an English language news publication produced by international journalism students at Hong Kong Baptist University. It started as a print magazine in 1969.
Chantal Yuen and Todd Darling
Flora Yan is majoring in political science and communications at the University of Washington in Seattle. As an aspiring China observer, she is conducting research related to the impact of propaganda on public opinion and public policy, the role of propaganda in totalitarian countries and the connection between human rights and foreign policy.
Glacier Kwong is the spokesperson for Keyboard Frontline and an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong. She has been interviewed by international media outlets such as CNN and Algemeen Dagblad, a Dutch daily newspaper. She has previously written for the CNN, InMedia and Passion Times.
Tom Grundy & Catherine Lai
Zach Hines worked at HK Magazine from 2005-2015 and was the Editor-in-Chief from 2008-2015. He is currently a screenwriter in Los Angeles, and is prepping his debut novel, NINE, for publication by Harper Collins in 2017.
Qian Gang is a veteran Chinese journalist and media scholar whose career spans the reform era. Starting his journalism career in the late 1970s at a reporter for the People’s Liberation Army Daily, Mr. Qian was later managing editor of Southern Weekly, a leading mainland newspaper known under his tenure for its independent streak. He also is one of the founders of China Central Television’s News Probe, a weekly investigative news magazine. Qian Gang’s award-winning book, The Great China Earthquake, an account of the earthquake that struck Tangshan in north China in 1976, remains a landmark work of reportage and is required reading for Hong Kong secondary school students. Mr. Qian’s current interest and expertise focuses on the evolving political discourse of the Chinese Communist Party as revealed through official state media.
Tiffany Wei, originally from the US, is a master's student at the London School of Economics completing a degree in European Union Politics with a specialisation in the Regional and Domestic Politics of Europe. She is currently writing a master's thesis on undemocratic practices in Hungary and hopes to pursue a PhD in comparative politics.
Jimmy Lam is a “post-80s generation” freelance photographer. He began documenting protests on the front line in 2013, when he was shocked by the injustice of the HKTV controversy. Jimmy is the author of “Umbrella Citizen”, a 900-page photography book that chronicles the 79-day long Umbrella Movement.
Alok Sharma is the British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Reading West in May 2010.
Sumichhya is an undergraduate at the University of Hong Kong, double majoring in Bachelor of Journalism and Sociology. Her work mostly focuses on feature pieces about social issues, as well as personal features.
Paul studied science and law at Cambridge before being called to the Bar. He first worked in Hong Kong in 1975 and is an HKSAR permanent resident. He currently works in finance – banking, funds management, corporate finance; and lectures intermittently on securities law.
He has fenced for Hong Kong internationally and writes on the arts as well as politics and finance.
Justin Sweeting is Music Director at Magnetic Asia (organisers of Clockenflap & Sonar Hong Kong) and has promoted shows at Grappas Cellar since 2008 under the banners of YourMum, The People’s Party and Far East Far Out.
Catherine Lai and Tom Grundy
Sherry He is a storyteller based in Hong Kong with a masters in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. She is interested in visual storytelling and human interest topics.
Jason Chao is a high-profile democracy, human rights and LGBT rights activist based in Macau. He is a member of Macau Conscience and the former president of the New Macau Association.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment. It is present in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific.
Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women
Established in 1997, Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women is a non-government charitable organisation that works to raise awareness of sexual violence against women.
Designing Hong Kong
Designing Hong Kong is a non-profit organisation that promotes interventions wherever it sees bad planning. It advocates the adoption of sustainability, quality of life and good design as core values in planning and development.
Alexandra Cheung is a second-year student at the University of Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in the campus newspaper, the Lion Post.
Frontline Tech Workers
Frontline Tech Workers is founded by a group of socially aware IT workers, who are committed to making use of their expertise to defend their sector and Hong Kong.
Amanda Xinyan Peng
Amanda Peng is a journalism student who is studying her master’s degree at the University of Hong Kong. Passionate about video news production, Amanda is particularly interested in covering human interest stories.
Dhanada Kanta Mishra
Dhanada Mishra has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and is a professor in India. He is currently visiting the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a Research Scholar. He has a strong professional interest in climate science as well as a personal interest in activism against climate change. He has published regularly in leading newspapers in India both in his mother tongue Odiya and nationally in English. He is a founding member of Extinction Rebellion in Hong Kong.
Lord Patten served as the last British governor of Hong Kong from 1992-1997, overseeing the city's handover to China. He is the author of several books on international affairs, including East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future, and First Confession: A Sort of Memoir.
Dr Claudia Astarita is a non-resident Fellow at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne. She is also Lecturer at SciencesPo, Le Havre Campus.
Jack Hazlewood is a student from London, England. He is the spokesperson and co-founder of the London-based pressure group Brits For Hong Kong, which supports self-rule in Hong Kong and campaigns for the UK government to honour its moral and legal obligations to Hong Kong. He writes about Hong Kong and Chinese politics, with a particular focus on the rise of localism in Hong Kong.
Annabelle arrived in Hong Kong on a hot Saturday in the summer of 2015, after 15 hours in the air. The next day, on her way to explore her new workplace, she was shocked by the scene on the elevated pathway in Central. After digging into what's behind the scene, she decided to write about the stories of the migrant domestic workers as a way to raise awareness about the underpinning issues and call for action in the community.
Benjamin is a freelance writer and teacher from London, now based in Hong Kong. He writes and edits for literary journals and pens short stories.
Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, has served on the U.S. National Security Council, State Department and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with the United Nations in Cambodia, and as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society. He is the author of five books.
The Hon. Mrs. Regina Ip joined the Hong Kong government in 1975, rising to the position of Secretary for Security and resigned in 2003. She is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, the chairperson of the New People’s Party and Savantas Policy Institute, Co-Chair of the Maritime Silk Road Society, and a member of the Executive Council for the fifth term of the HKSAR Government.
Thaddeus Hwong is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University in Canada and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Business Law and Taxation of Monash University in Australia. View academic web page at York University.
Wing Kui Brian Ng is a student at the University of Chicago, where he co-directed a public symposium on the Umbrella Movement with Regina Ip, Alan Leong, and American academics. His writing has appeared on Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Business Insider, the Chicago Maroon, and the South China Morning Post. A Hong Kong native, he's interested in poetry, economics, aesthetics, software development, and food.
John is a refugee in Hong Kong. Like many people seeking asylum here who have fled from persecution and grave human rights abuses in their countries of origin, he faces real security risks and is in a vulnerable situation in Hong Kong. For reasons of confidentiality and in order to protect his identity, his real name, country of origin and biographical details have not been disclosed.
Originally from France, Raphael Blet is a final year journalism major who has called Hong Kong home since 2011. Passionate about culture, social sciences and politics, Hong Kong fulfils all his interests.
Scott volunteers with a handful of migrant domestic worker advocacy groups in Hong Kong. He is also a fiction writer and previously taught creative writing at Kennedy Town's Harbour School.
Kaitlyn is a senior at The University of Hong Kong majoring in China Studies and Journalism. A bilingual storyteller and Hong Kong transplant, she has interned at the US Department of State, Live Nation Entertainment, and the South China Morning Post. In her free time she enjoys surfing (or attempting to) and volunteering at her church.
ADM Capital Foundation
ADM Capital Foundation is an impact-driven foundation with a focus on environmental issues. Also based in Hong Kong, it works towards resolving challenges in relation to marine biodiversity, water security, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance.
Edward Lau belongs to a new breed of political activists conceived by the Umbrella Movement. He has spent much of his career working as a project officer for NGOs, specialising in education and community service. Ed holds an LLB degree from the the University of London and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Non-profit Management at the University of Hong Kong.
Kris Cheng & Jennifer Creery
Worker News is an independent media outlet with a mission to uncover the voices of workers underpinning our city growth and development. It is founded and operated by workers without any government or corporate funding, and is backed solely by member donations, public contributions and NGOs.
Clean Air Network
The Clean Air Network is an independent NGO that encourages the public to speak out about the health impact of air pollution. Our vision is to build a Hong Kong with clean air. To achieve this vision, CAN is dedicated to driving policy change through building knowledge, strategic cooperation and advocating for collaborative solutions.
Christine Loh is the Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government. Prior to taking office in September 2012, she was the CEO of the non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange, which she founded in 2000 after stepping down from the Legislative Council. Loh has had a long career in policy and politics, having also been a legislator from 1992 to 1997 and 1998 to 2000. Prior to that she was a senior business executive in commodities trading. Loh is a lawyer by training; has served on many non-profit and for profit boards both in Hong Kong and abroad, and she is a published author of many books and papers on politics, environment and history.
Julian M. Groves
Julian M. Groves is an Associate Professor of Social Science Education in the Division of Social Science at HKUST. He teaches and conducts research on migrant domestic workers, youth, gender, and education in Hong Kong.
Zhou Wenxuan is a postgraduate majoring in journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Zhou is always excited to meet regular people with uncommon stories, and is interested in using video to tell engaging stories about culture.
Joshua Wong is the secretary general of the Demosistō party and founder of student activism group Scholarism. He is best known for leading fellow students in the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, a massive protest that demanded genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong. He was named one of TIME magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2014 and was nominated for TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.
TrailWatch is a mobile application and community that enables individuals, groups and institutions to log their hikes, share their hiking experiences with other users and help surveil the conditions of Hong Kong’s country parks by reporting incidences of suspected damage.
Dan Garrett & Adrian Lo
Vision First was established in 2009 as an independent NGO to improve the livelihood of refugees in Hong Kong. Today we stand at the intersection of refugee rights, theory and practice. Responding to refugee members who advise on strategic development, Vision First evolved over the years to meaningfully engage the community in shaping a deeper understanding and respect of refugee rights.
Pui Chung Dominic Chiu is a student at the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he was President of his university's Hong Kong Students' Association in 2014 during which he co-directed a symposium on the Umbrella Movement featuring Regina Ip, Alan Leong and various US academics. He ran a blog on Christianity and is an active Associate of Lumen Christi, an educational institution based in Chicago promoting scholarly research in Catholic spiritual, intellectual and cultural traditions. He is interested in economics, science fiction, philosophy, and movies.