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 | Don’t allow the anti-vaccine movement to spread through Hong Kong

Measles is making a global comeback because of misinformation and ignorance. The Hong Kong government needs to dispel the false claims and ensure all the facts are freely available, to avoid an epidemic in the densely-populated city.

15 Apr 2019 - 7:30AM

Measles is making a global comeback because of misinformation and ignorance. The Hong Kong government needs to dispel the false claims and ensure all the facts are freely available, to avoid an epidemic in the densely-populated city.

Don’t allow the anti-vaccine movement to spread through Hong Kong
Opinion | What Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu’s perfectly timed trip to Hong Kong reveals about Beijing

Kaohsiung’s Han Kuo-yu pulled off an impressive political tightrope walk during his trip to Hong Kong and the mainland. But the success of his visit and a remark made by Hong Kong lawmaker Abraham Razack also speak volumes about Beijing’s tolerance.

8 Apr 2019 - 9:02AM

Kaohsiung’s Han Kuo-yu pulled off an impressive political tightrope walk during his trip to Hong Kong and the mainland. But the success of his visit and a remark made by Hong Kong lawmaker Abraham Razack also speak volumes about Beijing’s tolerance.

What Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu’s perfectly timed trip to Hong Kong reveals about Beijing
Opinion | Shopaholic Hong Kong: stop buying so many clothes if you really want to save the planet – ditching that plastic straw isn’t enough

With a recent study finding that fibres found in deep-sea creatures came from textiles, it’s time for everyone in this city to realise that our obsession with fast fashion is killing Planet Earth.

1 Apr 2019 - 7:13AM

With a recent study finding that fibres found in deep-sea creatures came from textiles, it’s time for everyone in this city to realise that our obsession with fast fashion is killing Planet Earth.

Shopaholic Hong Kong: stop buying so many clothes if you really want to save the planet – ditching that plastic straw isn’t enough
Opinion | From hope to despair: how Carrie Lam’s governance is putting ‘one country, two systems’ at risk

If plummeting public confidence in the government translates into an electoral defeat for the pro-establishment camp, it may set alarm bells ringing for Beijing, putting at risk the city’s high degree of autonomy.

24 Mar 2019 - 5:06PM

If plummeting public confidence in the government translates into an electoral defeat for the pro-establishment camp, it may set alarm bells ringing for Beijing, putting at risk the city’s high degree of autonomy.

From hope to despair: how Carrie Lam’s governance is putting ‘one country, two systems’ at risk
Opinion | The true heartbreak of the US college admissions scandal is it’s routine

‘Legacy places’, wealthy donations, pricey tutors and education consultants – the education systems in Hong Kong and elsewhere routinely favour the wealthy even without this most recent outrage.

18 Mar 2019 - 9:20AM

‘Legacy places’, wealthy donations, pricey tutors and education consultants – the education systems in Hong Kong and elsewhere routinely favour the wealthy even without this most recent outrage.

The true heartbreak of the US college admissions scandal is it’s routine
Opinion | How can Hong Kong make up lost ground with Shenzhen? Start by treating women better

Hong Kong is deep in a rut so it’s no wonder the city is falling down many regional and international rankings. If it can’t even address its miserable record on women’s safety and opportunities, then it deserves to be forgotten.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:36AM

Hong Kong is deep in a rut so it’s no wonder the city is falling down many regional and international rankings. If it can’t even address its miserable record on women’s safety and opportunities, then it deserves to be forgotten.

How can Hong Kong make up lost ground with Shenzhen? Start by treating women better
Opinion | Paul Chan: Finally, Carrie Lam’s government has someone who will level with the public

Paul Chan successfully lowered public expectations for his most recent budget and, most unusually for this government, has showed the ability to apologise sincerely.

4 Mar 2019 - 6:12AM

Paul Chan successfully lowered public expectations for his most recent budget and, most unusually for this government, has showed the ability to apologise sincerely.

Paul Chan: Finally, Carrie Lam’s government has someone who will level with the public
Opinion | Calm down, the Greater Bay Area spells neither doom nor salvation for Hong Kong

Hongkongers would appreciate the government spelling out the plan to link cities in Pearl River Delta region in pragmatic terms instead of indulging in grandiose sloganeering. Meanwhile, the usual predictions of doom also ring hollow.

25 Feb 2019 - 9:47AM

Hongkongers would appreciate the government spelling out the plan to link cities in Pearl River Delta region in pragmatic terms instead of indulging in grandiose sloganeering. Meanwhile, the usual predictions of doom also ring hollow.

Calm down, the Greater Bay Area spells neither doom nor salvation for Hong Kong
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Hong Kong by-elections have become a case study in the pitfalls of too much democracy
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
  • The chief executive’s work ethic is not in question, but her interest in the people and their opinions is another matter.
From tolls to reclamation, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s policies show open disdain for the very people she should be serving
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

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.

The men who are out to steal a march on Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam
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

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.

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

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.

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

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