London’s Tiananmen Vigil: Why 1989’s Tiananmen Massacre still matters

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

Hong Kong’s youth-driven democracy struggle

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

World Refugee Day 2017: Stories of survival and how you can help

I’m going to take a moment out here to talk about something much more important and serious than travelling and I hope you will take something away from this. This week is World Refugee Week and today, the 20th June, is World Refugee Day. You will have certainly heard a lot about refugees in the … More World Refugee Day 2017: Stories of survival and how you can help

Taipei: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and learning from history

My first walking tour of Taipei by Tour Me Away ended at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and I went with another British girl from my tour group to see the changing of the guard inside. The Memorial Hall was also where I began to get a true understanding of Taiwan’s painful modern history. The changing of the guard reminded me of the … More Taipei: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and learning from history

How to survive a Trump presidency

In classic American style, the US has gone bigger and better than Brexit and elected Donald Trump as their next President. *Inhales sharply*. Deep breaths everyone. The impossible has happened. A reality TV star will hold the world’s most powerful office. I doubt even The Donald himself truly saw this coming. But good old democracy has blindsided us once again. … More How to survive a Trump presidency

Shanghai: Nanjing Road and chatting Chinese politics with a local

Another Shanghai classic is the boisterous Nanjing Road, just a short walk from the Bund. It’s perhaps the shopping mecca of Shanghai. Get ready for some hustling along the pavement until you reach the main pedestrianised area of Nanjing Road (split into East and West). You’ll see lots of policemen with glow-y sticks and whistles, seemingly randomly … More Shanghai: Nanjing Road and chatting Chinese politics with a local