“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne ANAS ALZAHRANI WRITES — When non-native English speakers decide to learn English in a different country, the first locations that come to mind are the U.S and England, where English is the first language. Command over the English…Full Article You Might Want to Head to Asia to Learn English
Dear Professor – We are Asia’s premier journalism school offering a masters in journalism programme that is considered by many to be the region’s most selective and cutting-edge while also being affordable. Our faculty is made up of top experts and veteran journalists reporting on China, business and finance in…Full Article HONG KONG: PASSING ON AN INVITATION FROM A FAMOUS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
TOM PLATE WRITES – Hong Kong is exceptional, of course. It is an object of desire worldwide — a known global gem, a gold-medal metropolis. It attracts not just business people but holiday seekers. It has glamor. It has an amazing film industry. It probably has more raging shopaholics per…Full Article HONG KONG: XI JINPING GOVERNMENT MAKING THE WRONG ENEMIES
[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] TABITHA THEARD WRITES – Bi-Visibility Day began in 1996, when American LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) Rights activists Wendy Curry, Michael Page and Gigi Raven Wilbur noticed a lack of representation for bisexuals in queer movements. Thus, they organized to…Full Article Asians Around the World are Showing Up for Bi-Visibility Month
YI NING WONG WRITES — LGBT issues in Hong Kong have rarely generated high levels of widespread public support. So how is it that Hong Kong’s top court just ruled in favor of a lesbian British expat applying for her wife’s dependent visa? That’s just what happened on July 4th,…Full Article HONG KONG: A MINOR VICTORY FOR LGBT RIGHTS, OR A MAJOR SIGN OF MORE JUSTICE TO COME?
TOM PLATE WRITES – How best to make beautiful music? Loud or soft? Fast or slow? How best to compose a new world order – loud or soft? Fast or slow? In orchestral history, in 1962, superstar tensions surfaced at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The egos of rising pianist-powerhouse Glenn…Full Article HONG KONG: SCMP COLUMNIST MAKES CASE ‘BERNSTEIN-GOULD’ PRECEDENT COULD MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC IN SINO-US RELATIONS
TOM PLATE WRITES – Recent U.S. presidents, at least in public, would speak of China only after the vetting of practically every word, as if an errant one might prove seriously chancy. The bilateral was too complex, the stakes too high, the relationship freighted with too many tensions to have…Full Article ONE COLUMNIST’S VIEW: INSIDE THE ‘MIND’ OF DONALD J. TRUMP
BHAVAN JAIPRAGAS OF THE SOUTH CHNA MORNING POST WRITES – If you find yourself peeved by the hawkish tone of most US commentaries about China’s rise, you should blame East Coast Americans who dominate the conversation about ties between the two major powers . In his new book YO=YO DIPLOMACY,…Full Article HONG KONG: ‘US CHINA POLICY – A TALE OF TWO COASTS’
YI NING WONG writes – Hong Kong’s infamous city Lan Kwai Fong is well known for manifesting the city’s bustling spirit into a unique nightlife culture. Popular bars and clubs are only a few feet away from each other, attracting endless crowds and earning the city a reputation as Hong…Full Article HONG KONG: EXPLORING THE EMERGING DRAG SCENE IN HONG KONG
KATELYNN BARKLEY WRITES — To protest or not to protest? In Hong Kong, this has become a loaded question. On August 17, Hong Kong’s high court sentenced the pro-democratic, Umbrella Movement leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong, to several months in jail. The Chinese media has branded the…Full Article HONG KONG: THE SHAKY ROAD TO PRESERVING DEMOCRACY
TOM PLATE WRITES – Does the central government of China and the Chinese Communist Party possess the political wisdom and emotional range to handle all the many difficult challenges that catch the world’s eye precisely because of the centrality of China’s key role? Since the 1997 handover from Her Majesty’s…Full Article HONG KONG: WHY THE COMING ELECTION MATTERS GREATLY TO CHINA-U.S. RELATIONS
YI NING WONG WRITES – It wasn’t until Ip Man (2008), a Hong Kong martial arts film, that Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen gained international attention. This led to his Hollywood debut, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016). He has since arguably been America’s favorite Chinese action star,…Full Article HONG KONG: JUST ANOTHER JACKIE CHAN?
TOM PLATE WRITES – Not far down the freeway from my own university is the University of California Irvine, for years the faculty home of one of the West Coast’s better-known China-watchers/worriers. He is the controversy-prone professor Peter Navarro, of the Paul Merage School of Business. For the foreseeable future,…Full Article HONG KONG: KEEP THE PEACE
ON AMERICA’S INAUGURATION DAY, 20 JAN., THIS NEWS ANALYSIS BY LMU’S PROF TOM PLATE APPEARED IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, FOR WHICH PLATE WRITES A REGULAR COLUMN ON SINO-US RELATIONS — Only a relatively few sprinkles fell on President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade. By contrast absolute doubt and worry…Full Article HONG KONG: TRUMP COMES UP SHORT – FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE