Alice Wu

Alice Wu

Alice Wu fell down the rabbit hole of politics aged 12, when she ran her first election campaign. She has been writing about local politics and current affairs for the Post since 2008. Alice's daily needs include her journals, books, a multi-coloured pen and several lattes.

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Opinion | Hong Kong budget: nothing bold about the dish served up by Paul Chan

If at all the financial secretary can be called audacious, it is for rolling out austerity measures amid the pandemic.

28 Feb 2021 - 12:45PM

If at all the financial secretary can be called audacious, it is for rolling out austerity measures amid the pandemic.

Hong Kong budget: nothing bold about the dish served up by Paul Chan
Opinion | Paul Chan’s budget must dish up a better future for Hong Kong

After years of promising to diversify the economy and improve liveability, the government must put its money where its mouth is – especially as Hong Kong faces its biggest disruption in decades.

22 Feb 2021 - 6:58AM

After years of promising to diversify the economy and improve liveability, the government must put its money where its mouth is – especially as Hong Kong faces its biggest disruption in decades.

Paul Chan’s budget must dish up a better future for Hong Kong
Opinion | Pro-establishment camp infighting takes focus away from Hong Kong’s pressing problems

The debate on selection of the chief executive has turned vicious, with several of the camp’s ‘deep blue’ faction training their guns on former Legco president Jasper Tsang.

15 Feb 2021 - 8:43AM

The debate on selection of the chief executive has turned vicious, with several of the camp’s ‘deep blue’ faction training their guns on former Legco president Jasper Tsang.

Pro-establishment camp infighting takes focus away from Hong Kong’s pressing problems
Opinion | Why are Hong Kong’s pro-establishment lawmakers fighting ‘ghosts’ in the Legislative Council?

The pro-establishment camp’s move to legislate against the obstructionist tactics of the now absent opposition risks muffling debate and deliberation. They should also worry about rule changes that may put them at a disadvantage later.

8 Feb 2021 - 8:34AM

The pro-establishment camp’s move to legislate against the obstructionist tactics of the now absent opposition risks muffling debate and deliberation. They should also worry about rule changes that may put them at a disadvantage later.

Why are Hong Kong’s pro-establishment lawmakers fighting ‘ghosts’ in the Legislative Council?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s first Covid-19 lockdowns reveal the appalling poverty in our midst

Hong Kong’s targeted lockdowns have brought to light neglected pockets where the poor suffer inhumane living conditions, and we must not look away. It is because of our collective nonchalance that the city has become increasingly unliveable.

1 Feb 2021 - 8:47AM

Hong Kong’s targeted lockdowns have brought to light neglected pockets where the poor suffer inhumane living conditions, and we must not look away. It is because of our collective nonchalance that the city has become increasingly unliveable.

Hong Kong’s first Covid-19 lockdowns reveal the appalling poverty in our midst
Opinion | Trump is out of the White House, but the angry mob he speaks for is still out there

There are legitimate grievances behind the seemingly outlandish words, actions and beliefs of the Trump supporters who laid siege to the Capitol. Whether in the US or Hong Kong, stalled mobility and inequality have serious consequences.

25 Jan 2021 - 5:30AM

There are legitimate grievances behind the seemingly outlandish words, actions and beliefs of the Trump supporters who laid siege to the Capitol. Whether in the US or Hong Kong, stalled mobility and inequality have serious consequences.

Trump is out of the White House, but the angry mob he speaks for is still out there
Opinion | Hong Kong fourth wave: government needs team effort to lift public trust in vaccines

While well-intended, paying people to get the Covid-19 vaccine is risky and sends the message that the civic duty to protect oneself and others is up for sale. Overcoming public uncertainty requires a huge effort to explain the science, clarify information that can be misinterpreted and debunk misinformation.

20 Jan 2021 - 12:12PM

While well-intended, paying people to get the Covid-19 vaccine is risky and sends the message that the civic duty to protect oneself and others is up for sale. Overcoming public uncertainty requires a huge effort to explain the science, clarify information that can be misinterpreted and debunk misinformation.

Hong Kong fourth wave: government needs team effort to lift public trust in vaccines
Opinion | How Hong Kong school suspensions and nano flats reflect a government blind to its people’s distress

In response to Covid-19, the Education Bureau is relying on a strategy of suspending in-person classes without addressing the worries of already stressed students, teachers and parents.

11 Jan 2021 - 6:48AM

In response to Covid-19, the Education Bureau is relying on a strategy of suspending in-person classes without addressing the worries of already stressed students, teachers and parents.

How Hong Kong school suspensions and nano flats reflect a government blind to its people’s distress
Opinion | What Carrie Lam can do for fed-up Hongkongers: control the pandemic and revive the economy

With the city’s splintered opposition camp posing little threat to her rule, the chief executive should devote her energies to solving the problem of the hour – overcoming Covid-19 to protect public health and people’s livelihoods.

4 Jan 2021 - 6:47AM

With the city’s splintered opposition camp posing little threat to her rule, the chief executive should devote her energies to solving the problem of the hour – overcoming Covid-19 to protect public health and people’s livelihoods.

What Carrie Lam can do for fed-up Hongkongers: control the pandemic and revive the economy
Opinion | In the new year, Hong Kong’s spirit of giving can light the way to better times

In the depths of the pandemic, Hongkongers’ generosity gave this city hope. Here’s to a better year, which we can begin by being mindful of others’ needs and honing our habits of giving.

28 Dec 2020 - 8:47AM

In the depths of the pandemic, Hongkongers’ generosity gave this city hope. Here’s to a better year, which we can begin by being mindful of others’ needs and honing our habits of giving.

In the new year, Hong Kong’s spirit of giving can light the way to better times
Opinion | This winter solstice, let’s put the dark days behind us and start to rebuild Hong Kong

Perhaps the festival can inspire us to begin to confront our shared vulnerability, not only to Covid-19, but also to the social and political contagion that has been spreading among us for years.

21 Dec 2020 - 8:49AM

Perhaps the festival can inspire us to begin to confront our shared vulnerability, not only to Covid-19, but also to the social and political contagion that has been spreading among us for years.

This winter solstice, let’s put the dark days behind us and start to rebuild Hong Kong
Opinion | Amid the gloom over ‘one country, two systems’, a new party offers hope for Hong Kong politics

A new political party in Hong Kong is seeking a better deal with Beijing: an extension of the city’s freedoms by 50 years. Can it succeed where the traditional pro-establishment camp has failed?

14 Dec 2020 - 6:51AM

A new political party in Hong Kong is seeking a better deal with Beijing: an extension of the city’s freedoms by 50 years. Can it succeed where the traditional pro-establishment camp has failed?

Amid the gloom over ‘one country, two systems’, a new party offers hope for Hong Kong politics
Opinion | In leaving women out of her policies, Carrie Lam has made a costly economic mistake

From her privileged vantage point, excused from domestic duties, Lam probably has no idea women’s challenges were largely overlooked in her policy address. Yet leaving women behind will do little to help Hong Kong’s economic recovery.

7 Dec 2020 - 8:02AM

From her privileged vantage point, excused from domestic duties, Lam probably has no idea women’s challenges were largely overlooked in her policy address. Yet leaving women behind will do little to help Hong Kong’s economic recovery.

In leaving women out of her policies, Carrie Lam has made a costly economic mistake
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s epic policy address reveals a sobering truth about Hong Kong

In an address lasting more than two hours, Lam presented policy ideas showing just how far Hong Kong has fallen: the government is scrambling to control the spread of the Covid-19 fourth wave.

29 Nov 2020 - 8:41PM

In an address lasting more than two hours, Lam presented policy ideas showing just how far Hong Kong has fallen: the government is scrambling to control the spread of the Covid-19 fourth wave.

Carrie Lam’s epic policy address reveals a sobering truth about Hong Kong
Opinion | Hong Kong children pay the price for the government’s fumbling over Covid-19

A study of the first two waves of infection found that entertainment venues, not schools, accounted for a wider spread of disease, with the latest spike also linked to dance clubs. The government’s decision to close kindergartens over the common cold reflects its misplaced priorities.

23 Nov 2020 - 4:50AM

A study of the first two waves of infection found that entertainment venues, not schools, accounted for a wider spread of disease, with the latest spike also linked to dance clubs. The government’s decision to close kindergartens over the common cold reflects its misplaced priorities.

Hong Kong children pay the price for the government’s fumbling over Covid-19
Opinion | The whole of Hong Kong is paying for the recklessness of a few opposition lawmakers

The oath-taking saga of 2016 ultimately triggered the need for Beijing to step in with an interpretation of the Basic Law. When civility is thrown out, the gloves come off. That’s how we arrived at the toxic politics of today.

16 Nov 2020 - 8:55AM

The oath-taking saga of 2016 ultimately triggered the need for Beijing to step in with an interpretation of the Basic Law. When civility is thrown out, the gloves come off. That’s how we arrived at the toxic politics of today.

The whole of Hong Kong is paying for the recklessness of a few opposition lawmakers
Opinion | Hong Kong must get tough on bullying to stop failing its children

Official declarations of ‘zero tolerance’ of bullying ring hollow without policy backup. Hong Kong needs anti-bullying legislation that requires mandatory reporting of such incidents by schools and government institutions.

9 Nov 2020 - 6:49AM

Official declarations of ‘zero tolerance’ of bullying ring hollow without policy backup. Hong Kong needs anti-bullying legislation that requires mandatory reporting of such incidents by schools and government institutions.

Hong Kong must get tough on bullying to stop failing its children
Opinion | Why Hongkongers voting from the mainland might be more trouble than it’s worth

The absentee voting proposal calls into question the limits of ‘one country, two systems’, and the complexities go far beyond mere technicalities like how to validate voter identification.

2 Nov 2020 - 6:54AM

The absentee voting proposal calls into question the limits of ‘one country, two systems’, and the complexities go far beyond mere technicalities like how to validate voter identification.

Why Hongkongers voting from the mainland might be more trouble than it’s worth
Opinion | Why Hong Kong shouldn’t feel threatened by Shenzhen’s success

The celebration of the special economic zone’s 40th anniversary has renewed concerns that Hong Kong is losing out to its neighbour. But is fear and loathing the right response?

26 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

The celebration of the special economic zone’s 40th anniversary has renewed concerns that Hong Kong is losing out to its neighbour. But is fear and loathing the right response?

Why Hong Kong shouldn’t feel threatened by Shenzhen’s success
Opinion | Hong Kong politics: more women can lean in only if barriers are removed

While women have come a long way in academic achievements, they are still held back by traditional biases. Surveys show the public is aware of the additional barriers women face in public life, yet proposals to counter those barriers often amount to mere platitudes.

18 Oct 2020 - 7:52PM

While women have come a long way in academic achievements, they are still held back by traditional biases. Surveys show the public is aware of the additional barriers women face in public life, yet proposals to counter those barriers often amount to mere platitudes.

Hong Kong politics: more women can lean in only if barriers are removed
Opinion | As Hong Kong prepares for a Covid-19 fourth wave, Carrie Lam’s policy address needs to have a real economic impact

The chief executive should spare Hong Kong grand visions or platitudes about the Greater Bay Area, and focus on spelling out how the government will pick up the pieces of a devastated economy.

3 Nov 2020 - 5:59PM

The chief executive should spare Hong Kong grand visions or platitudes about the Greater Bay Area, and focus on spelling out how the government will pick up the pieces of a devastated economy.

As Hong Kong prepares for a Covid-19 fourth wave, Carrie Lam’s policy address needs to have a real economic impact
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp can use the extended Legislative Council term to stay relevant

Opposition lawmakers who stay on must prove themselves even more effective without resorting to the tactics of those who chose to depart. They should also find a viable candidate for the office of chief executive, one who they can nominate and back.

5 Oct 2020 - 8:33AM

Opposition lawmakers who stay on must prove themselves even more effective without resorting to the tactics of those who chose to depart. They should also find a viable candidate for the office of chief executive, one who they can nominate and back.

How Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp can use the extended Legislative Council term to stay relevant
Opinion | Why Hong Kong supermarkets dipping into the public till for coronavirus relief is distasteful

With a recent study showing that the city’s two supermarket chains marked up prices before discounting them, their promises of giving to the needy after receiving government subsidies rings hollow. The Competition Commission and Consumer Council must step in.

28 Sep 2020 - 8:47AM

With a recent study showing that the city’s two supermarket chains marked up prices before discounting them, their promises of giving to the needy after receiving government subsidies rings hollow. The Competition Commission and Consumer Council must step in.

Why Hong Kong supermarkets dipping into the public till for coronavirus relief is distasteful
Opinion | A hostile Covid-19 vaccine race and testing shambles won’t keep the world safe

Instead of getting a handle on the pandemic and fighting Covid-19 together, some leaders are making bad decisions. It’s appalling that leading nations have refused to join a global effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

21 Sep 2020 - 1:53AM

Instead of getting a handle on the pandemic and fighting Covid-19 together, some leaders are making bad decisions. It’s appalling that leading nations have refused to join a global effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

A hostile Covid-19 vaccine race and testing shambles won’t keep the world safe
Opinion | As Hong Kong’s busy children return to schools, time to rethink the point of education

We should stop being so overly competitive that we break our children and risk mental health problems. Teaching kindness and consideration instead would increase resilience – and the chance of happiness.

14 Sep 2020 - 3:14PM

We should stop being so overly competitive that we break our children and risk mental health problems. Teaching kindness and consideration instead would increase resilience – and the chance of happiness.

As Hong Kong’s busy children return to schools, time to rethink the point of education
Opinion | In Hong Kong, separation of powers has been a non-issue since 1987

Beijing’s position has been consistent since Deng Xiaoping made it clear that Hong Kong would not follow the Western model: Hong Kong’s political system is executive-led, as laid out in the Basic Law.

7 Sep 2020 - 6:17AM

Beijing’s position has been consistent since Deng Xiaoping made it clear that Hong Kong would not follow the Western model: Hong Kong’s political system is executive-led, as laid out in the Basic Law.

In Hong Kong, separation of powers has been a non-issue since 1987
Opinion | Hong Kong’s pandemic fatigue: we’re sick of Covid-19 and a government we can’t trust

The public has been diagnosed with ‘anti-epidemic fatigue’ by officials. If they really understood what that meant, they would know why Hongkongers aren’t rushing to join the mass-testing programme for Covid-19.

31 Aug 2020 - 9:48AM

The public has been diagnosed with ‘anti-epidemic fatigue’ by officials. If they really understood what that meant, they would know why Hongkongers aren’t rushing to join the mass-testing programme for Covid-19.

Hong Kong’s pandemic fatigue: we’re sick of Covid-19 and a government we can’t trust
Opinion | Hong Kong third wave: government must be sensitive to the average person’s plight

Infection numbers are falling but pandemic fatigue remains a risk. The government’s leadership is crucial – its recovery battle plan must be centred on people’s needs and demands.

24 Aug 2020 - 6:18AM

Infection numbers are falling but pandemic fatigue remains a risk. The government’s leadership is crucial – its recovery battle plan must be centred on people’s needs and demands.

Hong Kong third wave: government must be sensitive to the average person’s plight
Opinion | Beijing’s decision to extend Hong Kong’s Legislative Council term shows simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

By issuing a concise resolution extending Legco’s term by a year without barring any lawmakers, Beijing sidestepped pan-democrat outrage and left the pro-establishment camp to fight its own battles.

17 Aug 2020 - 5:56AM

By issuing a concise resolution extending Legco’s term by a year without barring any lawmakers, Beijing sidestepped pan-democrat outrage and left the pro-establishment camp to fight its own battles.

Beijing’s decision to extend Hong Kong’s Legislative Council term shows simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
Opinion | As the coronavirus unleashes a mental distress epidemic in Hong Kong, time to face our vulnerability

Nearly three-quarters of Hongkongers show depressive symptoms, a significant rise over last year. In addition to introducing mental health metrics into policymaking, each one of us must boost our mental health literacy and stop stigmatising mental illness.

10 Aug 2020 - 8:04AM

Nearly three-quarters of Hongkongers show depressive symptoms, a significant rise over last year. In addition to introducing mental health metrics into policymaking, each one of us must boost our mental health literacy and stop stigmatising mental illness.

As the coronavirus unleashes a mental distress epidemic in Hong Kong, time to face our vulnerability