MA student at Georgetown University @georgetownsfs @asianstudiesgu. Five years in Hong Kong. Former journalist with @business @Storyful.

Washington D.C.
Joined February 2012
Personal news: I've moved to Washington DC to attend Georgetown's @asianstudiesgu program. It's a little under one year since I left Hong Kong, so thank you to those who still follow this page. Any long-time followers I have in DC who may never have said hello, now's the time.
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An apparent shift towards using the pinyin rendering of Tibet in official translations is underway, according to @cnmediaproject. "In 2022, the use of “Xizang” seems to have been standardized by MOFA within this list of sovereignty-sensitive territories." chinamediaproject.org/2022/0…
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Featuring two senior journalists from Hong Kong
We are pleased to present "Media Freedom in Asia," the inaugural event of the ✨Georgetown Asia Media Fellows Program✨! Join us on Oct. 7 for a talk on democracy, independent media, and the future of Hong Kong's media landscape. ⬇️RSVP HERE⬇️ eventbrite.com/e/media-freed…
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"And if the goal of these hawks is to revisit the Sino-British relationship and possibly end diplomatic relations, then they should say so." Whether one agrees or disagrees with the invitation, this is a point worth making.
Xi is set to send close ally Wang Qishan to the Queen's funeral as a show of respect. But 4 MPs are campaigning against Chinese presence at the event altogether. At best, this is an unseemly politicisation of the Queen Me on the UK's own wolf warriors 👇 spectator.co.uk/article/it-s…
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In 1975, HKU's Students Union accused the colonial government of using the Queen's visit to create an illusion of prosperity when Hong Kong was beset by social problems HK is "China's sacred territory" and a visit by Britain's monarch is a great insult to HK people, the SU added
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Fascinating to watch the reaction to the Queen's passing in HK this week and compare it to the mood among some in 1975. The HKUSU president at the time, Mak Hoi-wah, would later become a longtime member of the HK Alliance. He resigned last year just before the Alliance dissolved
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Among other things, this bill would create a Taiwan Security Assistance Initiative for the U.S. to provide military financing amounting to $4.5 billion over four years. Reflective of the perception among some in Congress that Taiwan isn't modernizing its military fast enough.
BREAKING: #SFRC overwhelmingly approves my Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, which bolsters our Taiwan policy and strengthens our relationship to maintain stable cross-Strait deterrence in the face of the threat of Chinese aggression. foreign.senate.gov/press/dem…
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The bill's section on sanctions directs the President to make a determination on whether the Chinese government is "knowingly engaged in a significant escalation in hostile action in or against Taiwan." If the determination is made, sanctions would be imposed on China's leaders.
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The bill directs the Secretary of State to enter into negotiations with Taiwan's representatives in DC to change their office's name to the “Taiwan Representative Office.” Entering into negotiations doesn't make a name change inevitable, but still, the conversation would happen.
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There's three months left in the current Congress for the bill to be voted on, and there's a lot of fairly dramatic policy changes in it that the administration will want to weigh in on. Even a watered-down version of this passing into law would potentially have a big impact.
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Although recent data was likely compiled using different methodology, it nevertheless calls into question the perception that Putonghua is going to replace Cantonese for Chinese-language education in Hong Kong. Cable News' reporting from 3.5 years ago
The Cable TV reporter who produced this, Yeung Leung-kit, has shared some thoughts that are worth translating The title of his essay is "Speak Cantonese, made to write lines?" based on what students in Tin Shui Wai said in the second part of the report facebook.com/news.lancet/pho…
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Professor Si Chung-mou from EdUHK told Cable News that use of Putonghua is out-of-sync with Hong Kong's examination system, where assessment is carried out in Cantonese. Meanwhile, teaching Chinese in Putonghua is a long-term government aspiration rather than a concrete policy.
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The five speech therapists convicted of sedition were sentenced to 19 months in prison. The judge said nobody in Europe is allowed to use their free speech to deny the Holocaust, and asked the defendants why they felt they could use theirs to deny that Hong Kong is part of China
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This comment came during a lengthy reprimand by the judge, where he asked the defendants to reflect on whether their picture books had been truthful The judge did so because the defendants' time already spent in custody means they're expected to finish their sentences next month
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During mitigation, the second defendant, Melody Yeung, said she did not regret standing on the side of the sheep. Yeung added that she believed that what was on trial in this case is the correct view of history, not whether the group had committed sedition by spreading rumours.
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In passing sentence, the judge said that there was clear evidence that fear and hatred had been instilled in the minds of children as a result of their exposure to the picture books. The judge added that this had sown the seeds of instability in China and in Hong Kong.
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The judge said it was morally wrong for the defendants to say that HK and China are separate, regardless of how they feel about the HK or Chinese governments. Mitigating factors included the defendants' clear prior record and their co-operation in limiting the scope of the trial
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Read the reasons for sentence here: legalref.judiciary.hk/doc/ju… Since defendants in other sedition cases have typically been pleading guilty and not going to trial, this case is a useful reference point for how the courts are interpreting the offences when a trial does take place.
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In 1944, the U.S. contemplated invading Taiwan as a prelude to future action on Japan's main islands, but settled on invading Okinawa. Interesting piece on why the 1944 plan was set aside, and how the operational considerations might still apply today. warontherocks.com/2022/09/no…
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The judgment is available for reading here: legalref.judiciary.hk/doc/ju…
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