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.
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’s bizarre e-cigarettes ban will boost traditional tobacco products rather than reduce smoking

A ban on the sale (but not use) of e-cigarettes will only push young people to black markets, or perhaps to traditional tobacco products that may be even less healthy.

17 Feb 2019 - 5:27PM
Hong Kong’s bizarre e-cigarettes ban will boost traditional tobacco products rather than reduce smoking

A ban on the sale (but not use) of e-cigarettes will only push young people to black markets, or perhaps to traditional tobacco products that may be even less healthy.

Opinion | New year, fresh hope? Carrie Lam’s ‘new governance style’ is hardly auspicious for Hong Kong

There’s no need to read fortune sticks to know what looks really ominous for the city this year: Lam’s mishandling of various government proposals, from elderly welfare to toll adjustments, is dashing hope for change.

11 Feb 2019 - 8:48AM
New year, fresh hope? Carrie Lam’s ‘new governance style’ is hardly auspicious for Hong Kong

There’s no need to read fortune sticks to know what looks really ominous for the city this year: Lam’s mishandling of various government proposals, from elderly welfare to toll adjustments, is dashing hope for change.

Opinion | In the Year of the Pig, Carrie Lam must climb down from her high horse and put the people first

The government’s ‘we know best’ attitude to policymaking did it no favours in the Year of the Dog. The Lunar New Year should herald a more humble and consultative approach.

4 Feb 2019 - 10:07AM
In the Year of the Pig, Carrie Lam must climb down from her high horse and put the people first

The government’s ‘we know best’ attitude to policymaking did it no favours in the Year of the Dog. The Lunar New Year should herald a more humble and consultative approach.

Opinion | What Carrie Lam failed to tell her Davos audience about Hong Kong’s welfare system

While the chief executive stressed the importance of building an inclusive society, at the World Economic Forum, the government’s callous attitude to the poor and the elderly is evident in its recent handling of welfare payments.

27 Jan 2019 - 8:59PM
What Carrie Lam failed to tell her Davos audience about Hong Kong’s welfare system

While the chief executive stressed the importance of building an inclusive society, at the World Economic Forum, the government’s callous attitude to the poor and the elderly is evident in its recent handling of welfare payments.

Opinion | Carrie Lam’s welfare cuts should have taught pro-establishment legislators a lesson: no more rubber stamping

The chief executive once congratulated herself for improving relations with Legco, but her changes to elderly welfare payments have instead united rival legislators against her.

20 Jan 2019 - 8:25PM
Carrie Lam’s welfare cuts should have taught pro-establishment legislators a lesson: no more rubber stamping

The chief executive once congratulated herself for improving relations with Legco, but her changes to elderly welfare payments have instead united rival legislators against her.

Opinion | Carrie Lam’s talk of ‘hot kitchens’ in defence of Teresa Cheng insults us all as the justice chief faces a political grilling

Carrie Lam’s pending hike in the welfare age limit caught lawmakers off guard, and they may take out their frustrations on the justice secretary she has sheltered.

13 Jan 2019 - 7:36PM
Carrie Lam’s talk of ‘hot kitchens’ in defence of Teresa Cheng insults us all as the justice chief faces a political grilling

Carrie Lam’s pending hike in the welfare age limit caught lawmakers off guard, and they may take out their frustrations on the justice secretary she has sheltered.

Opinion | Wise words in short supply as Trump, Xi and Tsai get off on the wrong foot in 2019

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen made a provocative New Year’s Day speech following Trump’s commitment to arms sales to the island. Xi Jinping responded with fighting talk, urging Taipei to accept ‘one country, two systems’, though Hong Kong is still struggling with it.

7 Jan 2019 - 3:00AM
Wise words in short supply as Trump, Xi and Tsai get off on the wrong foot in 2019

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen made a provocative New Year’s Day speech following Trump’s commitment to arms sales to the island. Xi Jinping responded with fighting talk, urging Taipei to accept ‘one country, two systems’, though Hong Kong is still struggling with it.

Opinion | Justice chief Teresa Cheng doesn’t think she owes Hong Kong any explanation about the CY Leung case. She’s clueless

The justice minister wanted the public to focus on her department’s work, not her illegal structures scandal. Now, ironically, after the saga of the CY Leung case, she’d rather they didn’t scrutinise her work too closely.

31 Dec 2018 - 9:23AM
Justice chief Teresa Cheng doesn’t think she owes Hong Kong any explanation about the CY Leung case. She’s clueless

The justice minister wanted the public to focus on her department’s work, not her illegal structures scandal. Now, ironically, after the saga of the CY Leung case, she’d rather they didn’t scrutinise her work too closely.

Opinion | What is Hong Kong doing for its cold, hungry, stressed and depressed primary school kids? Not nearly enough

Hong Kong must recognise that it needs to do more for children suffering from depression, kids on welfare, and even gifted children. But how much of the educational system is the city ready to change?

24 Dec 2018 - 7:37AM
What is Hong Kong doing for its cold, hungry, stressed and depressed primary school kids? Not nearly enough

Hong Kong must recognise that it needs to do more for children suffering from depression, kids on welfare, and even gifted children. But how much of the educational system is the city ready to change?

Opinion | How Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou became the face of the trade war – and of Hong Kong’s discontent

Hongkongers have been unhealthily obsessed with the Huawei executive’s three Hong Kong passports. But this diversion from the trade war actually reflects a crisis of faith in the Hong Kong government.

17 Dec 2018 - 6:45AM
How Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou became the face of the trade war – and of Hong Kong’s discontent

Hongkongers have been unhealthily obsessed with the Huawei executive’s three Hong Kong passports. But this diversion from the trade war actually reflects a crisis of faith in the Hong Kong government.

Opinion | A mother is an asset, not a burden, to society. When will Hong Kong realise this?

When Hong Kong penalises women for becoming mothers, we shouldn’t be surprised when an increasing number say they don’t want to have a family. It’s up to the government do more to change attitudes in society

10 Dec 2018 - 10:26AM
A mother is an asset, not a burden, to society. When will Hong Kong realise this?

When Hong Kong penalises women for becoming mothers, we shouldn’t be surprised when an increasing number say they don’t want to have a family. It’s up to the government do more to change attitudes in society

Opinion | Why the world should thank, not blame, the ‘crazy’ gene-editing Chinese scientist

Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s shocking creation of genetically edited babies has finally woken up the world to the dangers of DNA editing – and of leaving important issues in the hands of a few.

3 Dec 2018 - 6:18AM
Why the world should thank, not blame, the ‘crazy’ gene-editing Chinese scientist

Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s shocking creation of genetically edited babies has finally woken up the world to the dangers of DNA editing – and of leaving important issues in the hands of a few.

Letters | Are Hong Kong’s environmental policies actually doing more harm than good?

With two of Secretary for Environment Wong Kam-sing’s projects proving hard to implement, he needs to craft policies that are as well thought out as they are well-intended.

25 Nov 2018 - 7:36PM
Are Hong Kong’s environmental policies actually doing more harm than good?

With two of Secretary for Environment Wong Kam-sing’s projects proving hard to implement, he needs to craft policies that are as well thought out as they are well-intended.

Opinion | Hong Kong gets the crowds it wants from building the mega bridge. Oops

Officials’ failure to foresee the disruptive visitor influx from the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge boggles the mind, but is hardly the only example of government incompetence. Think Typhoon Mangkhut travel chaos, for one

19 Nov 2018 - 7:03AM
Hong Kong gets the crowds it wants from building the mega bridge. Oops

Officials’ failure to foresee the disruptive visitor influx from the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge boggles the mind, but is hardly the only example of government incompetence. Think Typhoon Mangkhut travel chaos, for one

Opinion | Rampant racism in Hong Kong is why the government’s defence of its human rights record falls flat

The UN Human Rights Council rightly took Hong Kong to task over its handling of the advocacy of democracy and autonomy in the city. But it is the government’s failure to address the everyday racism here that is most galling.

11 Nov 2018 - 3:42PM
Rampant racism in Hong Kong is why the government’s defence of its human rights record falls flat

The UN Human Rights Council rightly took Hong Kong to task over its handling of the advocacy of democracy and autonomy in the city. But it is the government’s failure to address the everyday racism here that is most galling.

Opinion | Hong Kong isn’t dead (yet), but it has lost its edge

Hongkongers lost their way after the handover, becoming complacent even as the rise of mainland China chipped away at Hong Kong’s confidence.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:21AM
Hong Kong isn’t dead (yet), but it has lost its  edge

Hongkongers lost their way after the handover, becoming complacent even as the rise of mainland China chipped away at Hong Kong’s confidence.

Opinion | Hong Kong by-elections have become a case study in the pitfalls of too much democracy

The infighting in both the pan-democrat and pro-establishment camps results in a parade of the same old faces and issues come election day. Repeated by-elections are leading to voter fatigue that will ultimately set back the city’s political development.

29 Oct 2018 - 3:41PM
Hong Kong by-elections have become a case study in the pitfalls of too much democracy

The infighting in both the pan-democrat and pro-establishment camps results in a parade of the same old faces and issues come election day. Repeated by-elections are leading to voter fatigue that will ultimately set back the city’s political development.

Opinion | From tolls to reclamation, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s policies show open disdain for the very people she should be serving
  • The chief executive’s work ethic is not in question, but her interest in the people and their opinions is another matter.
22 Oct 2018 - 3:17PM
From tolls to reclamation, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s policies show open disdain for the very people she should be serving
  • The chief executive’s work ethic is not in question, but her interest in the people and their opinions is another matter.
Opinion | The men who are out to steal a march on Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam

Two of Hong Kong’s former chief executives clearly have it in for the city’s current leader. One is trumpeting his own think tank’s land reclamation plan while the other might be trying to mount a political comeback.

15 Oct 2018 - 7:22AM
The men who are out to steal a march on Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam

Two of Hong Kong’s former chief executives clearly have it in for the city’s current leader. One is trumpeting his own think tank’s land reclamation plan while the other might be trying to mount a political comeback.

Beijing expects Carrie Lam to pass one more test: the enactment of Article 23 national security laws

The Hong Kong chief executive’s shining report card – the joint checkpoint, the ban on the National Party – is not enough for the central government. She needs to take note of the calls for action from Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong’s man in Beijing.

9 Oct 2018 - 1:16PM
Beijing expects Carrie Lam to pass one more test: the enactment of Article 23 national security laws

The Hong Kong chief executive’s shining report card – the joint checkpoint, the ban on the National Party – is not enough for the central government. She needs to take note of the calls for action from Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong’s man in Beijing.

Opinion | With Donald Trump bringing xenophobia back, it’s an awful time to be a Chinese abroad

China bashing is back in fashion, months into the US-China trade war. Ill-behaved Chinese tourists and Beijing’s calls for national rejuvenation make things worse for ethnic Chinese overseas.

1 Oct 2018 - 3:00PM
With Donald Trump bringing xenophobia back, it’s an awful time to be a Chinese abroad

China bashing is back in fashion, months into the US-China trade war. Ill-behaved Chinese tourists and Beijing’s calls for national rejuvenation make things worse for ethnic Chinese overseas.

Jack Ma would ‘rather die on the beach than in my office’. Now there’s a lesson for Hongkongers

Jack Ma’s retirement plans, announced on his 54th birthday, should inspire us to rethink our priorities by aiming for a healthy work-life balance and not pushing our children into the rat race.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Jack Ma would ‘rather die on the beach than in my office’. Now there’s a lesson for Hongkongers

Jack Ma’s retirement plans, announced on his 54th birthday, should inspire us to rethink our priorities by aiming for a healthy work-life balance and not pushing our children into the rat race.

Opinion | Hong Kong must bravely confront the problems of ‘one country, two systems’

The analysis by Hong Kong Vision of the root of the problems is spot on, and at least two of the recommendations – to formalise the liaison office’s responsibilities in Hong Kong, and initiate work on both Article 23 legislation and political reform – are worthy of consideration.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Hong Kong must bravely confront the problems of ‘one country, two systems’

The analysis by Hong Kong Vision of the root of the problems is spot on, and at least two of the recommendations – to formalise the liaison office’s responsibilities in Hong Kong, and initiate work on both Article 23 legislation and political reform – are worthy of consideration.

When it comes to maternity leave, Hong Kong is no beacon of progress for the rest of China

Local politicians who oppose the government’s idea to increase paid maternity leave for working mothers are a disgrace, and set us back in our effort to be a truly modern global city.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
When it comes to maternity leave, Hong Kong is no beacon of progress for the rest of China

Local politicians who oppose the government’s idea to increase paid maternity leave for working mothers are a disgrace, and set us back in our effort to be a truly modern global city.

Opinion | Wake up to the crazy rich-poor divide in Hong Kong, and the government’s role in perpetuating the misery

One in five Hongkongers lives below the poverty line, while one in seven is a millionaire and the government has an embarrassment of riches. So, why isn’t it doing more to help those in need?

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Wake up to the crazy rich-poor divide in Hong Kong, and the government’s role in perpetuating the misery

One in five Hongkongers lives below the poverty line, while one in seven is a millionaire and the government has an embarrassment of riches. So, why isn’t it doing more to help those in need?

Opinion | For the love of their children, parents must cure themselves of the compulsion to compete at all costs

Yet another survey result of unhappy Hong Kong children begs the question why parents who are dismayed by the news still continue to pile on pressure for their kids to excel.

19 Aug 2018 - 8:13PM
For the love of their children, parents must cure themselves of the compulsion to compete at all costs

Yet another survey result of unhappy Hong Kong children begs the question why parents who are dismayed by the news still continue to pile on pressure for their kids to excel.

Opinion | MTR scandal brings low Hong Kong’s arrogant ‘tyranny of experts’

The MTR chairman, the transport minister and the pro-Beijing bloc have all promoted a ‘cult of expertise’ to avoid accountability for shoddy construction work on the Sha Tin-Central link, but this scandal has demonstrated that even technicians can fail.

13 Aug 2018 - 10:56AM
MTR scandal brings low Hong Kong’s arrogant ‘tyranny of experts’

The MTR chairman, the transport minister and the pro-Beijing bloc have all promoted a ‘cult of expertise’ to avoid accountability for shoddy construction work on the Sha Tin-Central link, but this scandal has demonstrated that even technicians can fail.

Opinion | Eunice Yung’s pregnancy means it’s time to discuss maternity leave for Hong Kong lawmakers

With the upcoming additions to legislator Eunice Yung’s family, the Legislative Council needs to address its lack of formal leave time for new parents.

5 Aug 2018 - 6:50PM
Eunice Yung’s pregnancy means it’s time to discuss maternity leave for Hong Kong lawmakers

With the upcoming additions to legislator Eunice Yung’s family, the Legislative Council needs to address its lack of formal leave time for new parents.

Opinion | Attempt to cover up Sharon Lam’s attempted rape should silence #MeToo’s critics forever

The way that both mainland police and Hainan Airlines tried to help a Hong Kong film director’s attempted rapist dodge legal consequences shows the extent authorities will go to harass victims of sexual assault into silence.

30 Jul 2018 - 8:55AM
Attempt to cover up Sharon Lam’s attempted rape should silence #MeToo’s critics forever

The way that both mainland police and Hainan Airlines tried to help a Hong Kong film director’s attempted rapist dodge legal consequences shows the extent authorities will go to harass victims of sexual assault into silence.

Why Hong Kong should not believe ‘Beijing man’ Lau Siu-kai’s take on the troubles of a separatist party

Lau’s suggestion that the ultimatum against the Hong Kong National Party resulted from Beijing’s pressure on local officials raises questions beyond the fate of a minor political party. Those questions include whether his voice should carry the weight that it does.

3 Oct 2018 - 1:42PM
Why Hong Kong should not believe ‘Beijing man’ Lau Siu-kai’s take on the troubles of a separatist party

Lau’s suggestion that the ultimatum against the Hong Kong National Party resulted from Beijing’s pressure on local officials raises questions beyond the fate of a minor political party. Those questions include whether his voice should carry the weight that it does.

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