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 | 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
Opinion | Hong Kong Legislative Council elections: why it makes sense to wait a year

For an election to be fair, candidates must have the opportunity to engage with voters, and this can’t happen in a city fighting a new wave of coronavirus infections. Instead, this might be the time for Hong Kong to cool off.

3 Aug 2020 - 6:31AM

For an election to be fair, candidates must have the opportunity to engage with voters, and this can’t happen in a city fighting a new wave of coronavirus infections. Instead, this might be the time for Hong Kong to cool off.

Hong Kong Legislative Council elections: why it makes sense to wait a year
Opinion | Hong Kong elections: the shameful absence of women from politics

Global evidence reveals women have shown political leadership by working across party lines even in the most combative environments. Every political actor contributes to the chronic underrepresentation of women in the halls of power in this city.

27 Jul 2020 - 3:14PM

Global evidence reveals women have shown political leadership by working across party lines even in the most combative environments. Every political actor contributes to the chronic underrepresentation of women in the halls of power in this city.

Hong Kong elections: the shameful absence of women from politics
Opinion | Hong Kong’s class of 2020, bracing for DSE results, is well placed to brave pandemic-ravaged world

This year’s school leavers started the academic year during the height of the protests and ended it amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The times have bequeathed them the ingredients to foster fortitude and compassion and to see the world with clarity.

20 Jul 2020 - 5:05AM

This year’s school leavers started the academic year during the height of the protests and ended it amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The times have bequeathed them the ingredients to foster fortitude and compassion and to see the world with clarity.

Hong Kong’s class of 2020, bracing for DSE results, is well placed to brave pandemic-ravaged world
Opinion | Legco elections: Benny Tai’s ‘35-plus’ strategy will take Hong Kong nowhere

The aim is to win a simple majority in Legco, but the threat to weaponise this advantage is overstated. Playing a game of chicken with Beijing has never worked.

13 Jul 2020 - 9:05AM

The aim is to win a simple majority in Legco, but the threat to weaponise this advantage is overstated. Playing a game of chicken with Beijing has never worked.

Legco elections: Benny Tai’s ‘35-plus’ strategy will take Hong Kong nowhere
Opinion | Why Hong Kong democrats should look to Macau’s opposition lawmakers for inspiration

The opposition bloc hoped to secure 35 seats in the legislature, giving it the power to block government bills, but the national security law might force the pan-democrats to go back to reasonable debate and striving to achieve a consensus.

6 Jul 2020 - 6:48AM

The opposition bloc hoped to secure 35 seats in the legislature, giving it the power to block government bills, but the national security law might force the pan-democrats to go back to reasonable debate and striving to achieve a consensus.

Why Hong Kong democrats should look to Macau’s opposition lawmakers for inspiration
Opinion | When Hong Kong’s lawmakers can’t get their own house in order, no wonder Beijing is stepping in

Toxic politics has crippled Hong Kong. While Beijing officials act quickly on important legislative work in the shape of a new national security law, we cannot even enact a waste disposal charge, vacancy tax on property or an extension to maternity leave

29 Jun 2020 - 7:14AM

Toxic politics has crippled Hong Kong. While Beijing officials act quickly on important legislative work in the shape of a new national security law, we cannot even enact a waste disposal charge, vacancy tax on property or an extension to maternity leave

When Hong Kong’s lawmakers can’t get their own house in order, no wonder Beijing is stepping in
Opinion | National security law: as ‘us versus them’ divisions are amplified, hope fades for Hong Kong

Hongkongers’ issue with the national security law has always been the lack of public consultation. Carrie Lam’s framing of the current discussion as either supporting or ‘demonising’ the law simply sets up Hong Kong for an explosive summer.

22 Jun 2020 - 7:18AM

Hongkongers’ issue with the national security law has always been the lack of public consultation. Carrie Lam’s framing of the current discussion as either supporting or ‘demonising’ the law simply sets up Hong Kong for an explosive summer.

National security law: as ‘us versus them’ divisions are amplified, hope fades for Hong Kong
Opinion | Silence over Cathay Pacific bailout shows lawmakers are complicit in their own demise

Urgent matters such as the Cathay bailout and national security legislation being deemed too important for deliberation by the legislature raise questions over the use of having lawmakers at all. Why were they silent after making Ocean Park and its employees sweat for months over a much smaller bailout?

15 Jun 2020 - 6:30AM

Urgent matters such as the Cathay bailout and national security legislation being deemed too important for deliberation by the legislature raise questions over the use of having lawmakers at all. Why were they silent after making Ocean Park and its employees sweat for months over a much smaller bailout?

Silence over Cathay Pacific bailout shows lawmakers are complicit in their own demise
Opinion | When Hong Kong’s pan-democrat lawmakers resort to pranks, the joke is on Hong Kong

Legislators who pull stunts during debates are part of the political problem. The ineffective and hypocritical opposition must share the blame for the city’s dysfunctional politics.

8 Jun 2020 - 7:04AM

Legislators who pull stunts during debates are part of the political problem. The ineffective and hypocritical opposition must share the blame for the city’s dysfunctional politics.

When Hong Kong’s pan-democrat lawmakers resort to pranks, the joke is on Hong Kong
Opinion | National security law: blue or yellow, Hong Kong lawmakers have let down Hongkongers

The protest movement and divisive politics have become Beijing’s justifications for the security law. The opposition and pro-Beijing camp helped put Hong Kong in this predicament, yet few are protecting Hongkongers’ interests now.

1 Jun 2020 - 9:43AM

The protest movement and divisive politics have become Beijing’s justifications for the security law. The opposition and pro-Beijing camp helped put Hong Kong in this predicament, yet few are protecting Hongkongers’ interests now.

National security law: blue or yellow, Hong Kong lawmakers have let down Hongkongers
Opinion | Hong Kong’s public broadcaster RTHK seems to have forgotten its mandate in favour of courting controversy

In the post-truth era, public broadcasters must hold themselves up to high standards of neutrality and reporting the facts. Instead, RTHK has found itself embroiled in one controversy after another.

25 May 2020 - 5:35AM

In the post-truth era, public broadcasters must hold themselves up to high standards of neutrality and reporting the facts. Instead, RTHK has found itself embroiled in one controversy after another.

Hong Kong’s public broadcaster RTHK seems to have forgotten its mandate in favour of courting controversy
Opinion | Ocean Park is not too big to fail. If anything, it has failed Hong Kong and we should shut it down

At this point, a HK$5.4 billion lifeline would only keep the park afloat for another 12 months. Letting it live on borrowed time won’t do it or us any good. Ocean Park, like the MTR, is a Hong Kong brand that has forgotten Hongkongers.

18 May 2020 - 10:28AM

At this point, a HK$5.4 billion lifeline would only keep the park afloat for another 12 months. Letting it live on borrowed time won’t do it or us any good. Ocean Park, like the MTR, is a Hong Kong brand that has forgotten Hongkongers.

Ocean Park is not too big to fail. If anything, it has failed Hong Kong and we should shut it down
Opinion | As the coronavirus crisis abates in Hong Kong, we must do better than return to normal

Covid-19 has upended school, work, travel and social life, opening up new possibilities and exposing structural vulnerabilities. We should build on these experiences to improve our way of life.

11 May 2020 - 10:49AM

Covid-19 has upended school, work, travel and social life, opening up new possibilities and exposing structural vulnerabilities. We should build on these experiences to improve our way of life.

As the coronavirus crisis abates in Hong Kong, we must do better than return to normal
Opinion | Behind the bluster, Beijing is really cracking the whip on pro-establishment lawmakers

Hong Kong’s legislative gridlock has drawn statements from Beijing’s representatives. But democrats’ filibusters are old news. Beijing is likely more disappointed that the pro-establishment camp hasn’t broken the gridlock after months of delay.

4 May 2020 - 6:02AM

Hong Kong’s legislative gridlock has drawn statements from Beijing’s representatives. But democrats’ filibusters are old news. Beijing is likely more disappointed that the pro-establishment camp hasn’t broken the gridlock after months of delay.

Behind the bluster, Beijing is really cracking the whip on pro-establishment lawmakers
Opinion | Why Beijing had surprisingly little to do with Hong Kong’s latest government reshuffle

The reassignment of the constitutional affairs secretary and the appointment of a DAB member have prompted talk that Beijing is involved. But the fact that Patrick Nip has been reassigned, not pushed out, should put to rest such rumours.

27 Apr 2020 - 7:19AM

The reassignment of the constitutional affairs secretary and the appointment of a DAB member have prompted talk that Beijing is involved. But the fact that Patrick Nip has been reassigned, not pushed out, should put to rest such rumours.

Why Beijing had surprisingly little to do with Hong Kong’s latest government reshuffle
Opinion | Hong Kong must seize the chance of coronavirus disruptions to overhaul its economy and politics

Pathogens have a long history of transforming human life. Covid-19 presents opportunities to change our high-consumption lifestyle, and tackle Hong Kong’s economic and political problems.

20 Apr 2020 - 9:20AM

Pathogens have a long history of transforming human life. Covid-19 presents opportunities to change our high-consumption lifestyle, and tackle Hong Kong’s economic and political problems.

Hong Kong must seize the chance of coronavirus disruptions to overhaul its economy and politics
Opinion | Carrie Lam has finally done a good job on coronavirus relief. Pity about her belated pay cut announcement though

The chief executive deserves credit for saying reassuring things we desperately needed to hear. Now, she just needs to stay ahead of the curve and be alert to public sentiment, no small feat in this time of crisis.

13 Apr 2020 - 6:33AM

The chief executive deserves credit for saying reassuring things we desperately needed to hear. Now, she just needs to stay ahead of the curve and be alert to public sentiment, no small feat in this time of crisis.

Carrie Lam has finally done a good job on coronavirus relief. Pity about her belated pay cut announcement though
Opinion | Coronavirus quarantine murders and domestic violence mean Malaysian ministry’s sexist advice is no laughing matter

The Malaysian women’s affairs ministry putting the onus on wives to maintain harmony in the family during the coronavirus lockdown is particularly insidious given the rise in cases of violence against women worldwide.

24 Apr 2020 - 2:01PM

The Malaysian women’s affairs ministry putting the onus on wives to maintain harmony in the family during the coronavirus lockdown is particularly insidious given the rise in cases of violence against women worldwide.

Coronavirus quarantine murders and domestic violence mean Malaysian ministry’s sexist advice is no laughing matter
Opinion | As Hong Kong fights to contain the coronavirus, Carrie Lam must not distance herself from her public

Hong Kong’s leader has chosen to let public health experts take centre stage instead of speaking directly to the people. This leaves restless and frustrated Hongkongers feeling like they have no choice but to fend for themselves.

30 Mar 2020 - 5:30AM

Hong Kong’s leader has chosen to let public health experts take centre stage instead of speaking directly to the people. This leaves restless and frustrated Hongkongers feeling like they have no choice but to fend for themselves.

As Hong Kong fights to contain the coronavirus, Carrie Lam must not distance herself from her public
Opinion | In Hong Kong, kindness in a time of coronavirus is turning the ugly tide of selfishness

From free online lessons to giveaways to needy families, acts of kindness are gaining traction, but more is needed. Hong Kong can get through this crisis, if those who have the financial means step up and help the less fortunate.

23 Mar 2020 - 7:24AM

From free online lessons to giveaways to needy families, acts of kindness are gaining traction, but more is needed. Hong Kong can get through this crisis, if those who have the financial means step up and help the less fortunate.

In Hong Kong, kindness in a time of coronavirus is turning the ugly tide of selfishness
Opinion | ‘No blue ribbons and dogs’ is a sign that Hong Kong’s democracy movement has gone to the dogs

Hongkongers who indulge violent protesters have unleashed hatred and hypocrisy. Pro-democracy district councillors who discriminate against blue ribbons are doing a disservice to their cause and debasing public service.

16 Mar 2020 - 12:09PM

Hongkongers who indulge violent protesters have unleashed hatred and hypocrisy. Pro-democracy district councillors who discriminate against blue ribbons are doing a disservice to their cause and debasing public service.

‘No blue ribbons and dogs’ is a sign that Hong Kong’s democracy movement has gone to the dogs
Opinion | Has Hong Kong reached a turning point, as a district council backs away from ugly politics?

Proposals to name parks after two late young Hongkongers reeked of political exploitation. When the Sai Kung District Council finally suspended discussions on the park-naming motions, it was a small victory for a better kind of politics.

9 Mar 2020 - 7:38AM

Proposals to name parks after two late young Hongkongers reeked of political exploitation. When the Sai Kung District Council finally suspended discussions on the park-naming motions, it was a small victory for a better kind of politics.

Has Hong Kong reached a turning point, as a district council backs away from ugly politics?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s financial secretary proves he’s a cut above his boss and fellow ministers – in political acumen

Paul Chan did a masterful job managing expectations before announcing a budget featuring a crowd-pleasing HK$10,000 handout. Hong Kong needs more such measures, which address the needs of ordinary people, not massive funding for improving the rule of law.

1 Mar 2020 - 7:57PM

Paul Chan did a masterful job managing expectations before announcing a budget featuring a crowd-pleasing HK$10,000 handout. Hong Kong needs more such measures, which address the needs of ordinary people, not massive funding for improving the rule of law.

Hong Kong’s financial secretary proves he’s a cut above his boss and fellow ministers – in political acumen
Opinion | Don’t be so quick to mock Hong Kong’s misfortunes, Singapore. Your time could come, too

Hongkongers in a panic about the coronavirus epidemic are upset at being called ‘idiots’ by Singaporean minister Chan Chun Sing. He should understand Hong Kong is experiencing a complete breakdown in trust, which could happen to any city.

25 Feb 2020 - 2:54PM

Hongkongers in a panic about the coronavirus epidemic are upset at being called ‘idiots’ by Singaporean minister Chan Chun Sing. He should understand Hong Kong is experiencing a complete breakdown in trust, which could happen to any city.

Don’t be so quick to mock Hong Kong’s misfortunes, Singapore. Your time could come, too
Opinion | As the coronavirus spreads, Hong Kong must fight the epidemic of fear and awaken the Lion Rock spirit

Hong Kong’s resilience has been weakened by months of social unrest and government ineptitude but we must resist the urge to succumb to our worst instincts.

17 Feb 2020 - 9:00AM

Hong Kong’s resilience has been weakened by months of social unrest and government ineptitude but we must resist the urge to succumb to our worst instincts.

As the coronavirus spreads, Hong Kong must fight the epidemic of fear and awaken the Lion Rock spirit
Opinion | Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong is facing a shortage of masks, toilet paper and leadership

Hongkongers are scrambling to buy supplies while the Hong Kong government scrambles to respond to the public health crisis. A crisis is a real test of leadership – and the Carrie Lam administration seems to be failing.

1 Mar 2020 - 5:38PM

Hongkongers are scrambling to buy supplies while the Hong Kong government scrambles to respond to the public health crisis. A crisis is a real test of leadership – and the Carrie Lam administration seems to be failing.

Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong is facing a shortage of masks, toilet paper and leadership
Opinion | China coronavirus outbreak: the plague of fear and prejudice could be just as lethal

The panicked buying of protective masks and hoarding of food in Hong Kong is a reminder that we should protect ourselves against a contagion of fear, and the rumour-mongering and xenophobic behaviour it triggers.

3 Feb 2020 - 7:59AM

The panicked buying of protective masks and hoarding of food in Hong Kong is a reminder that we should protect ourselves against a contagion of fear, and the rumour-mongering and xenophobic behaviour it triggers.

China coronavirus outbreak: the plague of fear and prejudice could be just as lethal
Opinion | How contagion from the China coronavirus holds a lesson for colour-coded Hong Kong

Yellow or blue businesses have been all the rage in Hong Kong, as if drawing a circle around ourselves will keep us safe from those we disagree with. But here’s a newsflash: the Wuhan coronavirus doesn’t care which side of the political divide you’re on.

27 Jan 2020 - 6:40AM

Yellow or blue businesses have been all the rage in Hong Kong, as if drawing a circle around ourselves will keep us safe from those we disagree with. But here’s a newsflash: the Wuhan coronavirus doesn’t care which side of the political divide you’re on.

How contagion from the China coronavirus holds a lesson for colour-coded Hong Kong
Opinion | Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s political playbook should be essential reading for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

While both Tsai and Lam faced a challenging year, the Taiwanese leader shrewdly capitalised on the crisis in Hong Kong to claim herself a massive election win.

20 Jan 2020 - 10:09AM

While both Tsai and Lam faced a challenging year, the Taiwanese leader shrewdly capitalised on the crisis in Hong Kong to claim herself a massive election win.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s political playbook should be essential reading for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam