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 literature and law student at the University of Hong Kong. She reviews local music and drama performances and has previously contributed to The Underground HK and HKELD. Her piece on the Umbrella Revolution was featured as the cover story on Qmunicate, the student magazine at Glasgow University. She is formerly the editor-in-chief of HKU multimedia blog hKUDOS. She has also interned at law firms Daly & Associates and DLA Piper.
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.
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.
Ellie Ng has written for Foreign Policy, the Daily Telegraph, Global Voices Online and others.
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.
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.
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).
Tom is the Editor-in-Chief and co-director of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media and is completing an MA in Journalism at 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, DPA, EPA and others. He has also contributed to BBC World TV, BBC Radio, Democracy Now, CTV, Arise TV, Russia Today, RTHK Radio, Sky News and Channel News Asia.
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.
Guest contributors for Hong Kong Free Press
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Elson Tong is a graduate of international relations and former investigations consultant. He has also written for Stand News.
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.
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.
Kent Ewing is a teacher and writer who has lived in Hong Kong for more than two decades. He was a regular contributor to Asia Times Online from 2003 to 2014, writing extensively on politics and business in Hong Kong and on the mainland. He covered the rise and fall of former Chongqing communist party boss Bo Xilai for ATol as well as Hong Kong’s Occupy movement and the sensational abuse suffered by Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih at the hands of her Hong Kong employer. He has also written for the South China Morning Post, the Standard and Asia Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter.
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.
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.
David is the editor of the University of Hong Kong's China Media Project website and 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. He received a Human Rights Press Award in 2007 for an investigative piece about China's Internet censorship guidelines. David is a producer of Chinese independent films through his Hong Kong production company, Lantern Films.
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
China Policy Institute Blog
The China Policy Institute (CPI) 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.
HK Urbex is a group of visual creators and storytellers on a mission to unearth Hong Kong's derelict abandoned sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded following a record crowd-funding in Hong Kong 2015, FactWire is a non-profit investigative news agency.
A. Jacobus has a PhD in Literary History and writes about artistic entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial artists. He is an Asian at heart but by birth a Dutchman who stands out like a sore thumb. His collection of essays, for readers of Dutch, can be found here. Launched on Press Freedom Day 2016, proceeds from the book go to Hong Kong Free Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 new tome, Umbrellas in Bloom, is the first book available in English to chronicle the occupy movement of 2014. 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 blogosphere. Ng is a contributor to the South China Morning Post and Time Out Hong Kong. He is also an outspoken activist for environmental issues, migrant workers' rights, and the democratic movement in Hong Kong. He makes frequent appearances on university campuses, at literary festivals, and on radio and television shows in Asia.
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.
Dan Garrett is a photographer and researcher studying China’s securitization of Hong Kong. Previously a career national security professional, Dan provided strategic threat analysis for the U.S. Department of Defense. He has lived and worked in Asia for more than a decade, and is a final-year PhD candidate at the City University of Hong Kong.
His first book, "Counter-Hegemonic Resistance in China’s Hong Kong: Visualizing Protest in the City", examined the Region’s vivacious protest culture and defense of the Hongkonger identity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist, writer and broadcaster. He has written for the Guardian, South China Morning Post, Daily Telegraph 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. He was previously a correspondent for the BBC and consultant editor for The Asia Times.
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.
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.”
Sai Pradhan is a communications and executive recruitment professional, and an ardent explorer of better ways to live on our planet without destroying it in the bargain.
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.
Karen Cheung & Tom Grundy
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.
Henry Kwok is a senior lecturer teaching sociology of education, curriculum studies and educational policy at the School of Education and Languages of the Open University of Hong Kong. He was educated at the Universities of Hong Kong and Cambridge.
Tom Grundy & Kris Cheng
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.
Charlotte Chang is a U.S.-born writer raised in Hong Kong. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, she studied German Literature and wrote a column on education for the Harvard Crimson. She was a secondary school teacher in Hong Kong for two years before becoming a freelance writer, teacher, and translator. She now covers topics in education and the arts for publications such as SCMP and Art Radar. Read more about her work on
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben MacLeod is an urban designer in Hong Kong.
Chloe Lai is a seasoned writer, an award-winning journalist and sustainable living practitioner. Currently, she is running Urban Diary, an online magazine that promotes urban sustainability. Urban Diary is a collection of interviews with various extraordinary individuals who practice sustainable lifestyles in Hong Kong.
Educated at the universities of Cardiff, Oxford and Hong Kong, Paul Letters is a political commentator, historian, journalist and novelist. His first novel, A Chance Kill, is a World War II thriller/love story. He writes freelance for the South China Morning Post and contributes to publications ranging from the academic I B Review to luxury lifestyle magazine Baccarat. Paul is currently working on a novel centred upon of the true story of a mass escape from Hong Kong during World War II. On RTHK’s Radio 3, he broadcasts a history show which is also available as a podcast. Visit his portfolio here.
Watching the sun set, little by little, on Asia's greatest city – with a dash of Hemlock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kong Tsung-gan (江松澗) is a writer, educator, human rights worker, democracy activist, freedom advocate, and full-time parent, paid for none of the above, struggling and failing and persevering at each.
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.
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.
Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist, writer and Conservative candidate. He is East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), where he specialises in Burma, Indonesia and North Korea, and oversees the organisation’s work in the rest of the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Audrey Eu Yuet-mee is a former legislative councillor and former Civic Party chairman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keshia Hannam is an Australian/British/Indian editor born and based in Hong Kong. She is a food, society and travel writer who has probably spent more time at boarding gates than at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wanchai Commons
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.
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.
Ellie Ng & Tom Grundy
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.
Chantal Yuen and Todd Darling
Junko Asano is a graduate student of Development Studies at the University of Oxford writing on Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong. She has previously written for South China Morning Post on ethnic minority youths, and seeks to further explore the dialectic between ethnicity and the urban fabric.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryann Chan is a photojournalist and freelance photographer. His photos have appeared in InMedia.
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.
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.
Trey Menefee is a lecturer at the Education University of Hong Kong. He blogs at comparativist.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lantau Confidential covers development, taxis, roads, cattle, carparks and all the other issues that grip Hong Kong's largest island.
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.
Dan Garrett & Adrian Lo
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.
Joshua Wong and Jeffrey Ngo
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.
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.
Jojje Olsson is a Swedish writer based in Beijing. He contributes to a range of Swedish magazines and is currently authoring his third book about China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is currently teaching journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she oversees 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.
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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.