Those in Hong Kong who are still holding on to the values of democracy and freedom of speech are facing a fast-approaching collision with Beijing’s communist regime. And it is impossible to examine Hong Kong politics outside the context of the 1997 Handover. … More Why Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover matters now more than ever
Last night in London I attended Amnesty International’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil which commemorates the horrific events of June 4th 1989 and the thousands of people (namely students) who died, many of whom remain unidentified. Each year the London vigil draws together a combination of protesters and journalists who were in Tiananmen in 1989, mothers … More London’s Tiananmen Vigil: Why 1989’s Tiananmen Massacre still matters
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The handover of Hong Kong saw the return of six and a half million people to the same autocratic regime from which their elders had fled less than 50 years previously. And so, in 1997, the seed was sown for an inevitable and prolonged fight for true universally suffrage, albeit a fight that could often be selectively ignored. … More Hong Kong’s youth-driven democracy struggle
Hong Kong had been a British colony from 1841 and the 1st of July 1997 marked a significant day in history: the handover of British Hong Kong to China and the end of the British Empire. The handover also marked the return of six and a half million people to the same autocratic regime from which their elders had fled less than fifty years previously. … More Why Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover still matters
About a month ago, I read a book called ‘Can We Live Here?’ by Sarah Alderson. It’s a true story that follows Sarah and her husband as they quit their London jobs, pack up/sell everything they own and set out to find a new home in the world, with their three-year-old daughter in tow (dressed in a tutu). I won’t give … More Can I live here? (Or here, or here…?)
World, hello again. If anyone still reads this blog (hi Mum?), sorry for the 4 month disappearance. Life and a touch of laziness happened but fear not, the dark days are over and I’m back with the time and will to write, plus things to write about. Hurrah. As the title of this post suggests, I’ve … More I’ve left my job to travel and tell stories!
2015 was definitely one of the fastest years I’ve had and was over before I knew it. Although it was a great year, I initially thought not an awful lot happened in it, but on reflection, a lot actually did! … More Farewell 2015
Despite having been to Hong Kong several times before, I’d never ventured the short ferry hop across to Macau. It’s always one of those ‘I’ll do it next time’ things. This Hong Kong visit was finally the time. I was ready to explore the tiny ex-Portuguese colony by myself but my Hong Kong cousin kindly … More Macau: Miniature Portugal in the heart of Asia
1. It’s ok to feel bewildered/lonely/scared sometimes! I definitely felt all three throughout my first two days in Hong Kong. I put it largely down to jet lag and unexpected culture shock but I also squeezed too many new things and met too many new acquaintances on my first day. I would have been better letting … More 8 things I learnt on my (brief) solo travels