Anson Au

Anson Au is currently a visiting professor in the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Law at Harbin Institute of Technology and a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto.
Anson Au
Anson Au is currently a visiting professor in the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Law at Harbin Institute of Technology and a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto.

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Opinion | How Hong Kong public hospitals can ease overcrowding without turning to the private sector

More medical residencies, services such as telemedicine and streamlining administrative procedures would reduce the stress on Hong Kong’s public hospitals.

8 Feb 2019 - 5:25PM
How Hong Kong public hospitals can ease overcrowding without turning to the private sector

More medical residencies, services such as telemedicine and streamlining administrative procedures would reduce the stress on Hong Kong’s public hospitals.

Opinion | To beat air pollution, Hong Kong must turn to science and technology

Aside from the current measures, Hong Kong needs scientifically tested ideas that have worked elsewhere, such as green rooftops and energy-generating pavements. Pollution is a public health crisis that requires urgent attention.

27 Jan 2019 - 11:58AM
To beat air pollution, Hong Kong must turn to science and technology

Aside from the current measures, Hong Kong needs scientifically tested ideas that have worked elsewhere, such as green rooftops and energy-generating pavements. Pollution is a public health crisis that requires urgent attention.

Opinion | Stress facing Hong Kong teachers and students is a collective problem we cannot ignore

Though stress is often dismissed as an individual problem, studies on its characteristics show it is a huge public health danger. Stress builds up silently, induces destructive emotions and behaviour, and can even change genes.

6 Jan 2019 - 10:37AM
Stress facing Hong Kong teachers and students is a collective problem we cannot ignore

Though stress is often dismissed as an individual problem, studies on its characteristics show it is a huge public health danger. Stress builds up silently, induces destructive emotions and behaviour, and can even change genes.

Opinion | Three reasons why same-sex marriage is still a no go in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Demographic and political barriers, like Taiwan’s low fertility rate and voter unhappiness, are blocking the legalisation of same-sex marriage. There are lessons for Hong Kong, and the rest of Asia: more has to be done to lay the groundwork for progress.

30 Nov 2018 - 5:23PM
Three reasons why same-sex marriage is still a no go in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Demographic and political barriers, like Taiwan’s low fertility rate and voter unhappiness, are blocking the legalisation of same-sex marriage. There are lessons for Hong Kong, and the rest of Asia: more has to be done to lay the groundwork for progress.

Opinion | Hong Kong should not fear change under China, because even the mainland is changing, too

Hongkongers’ worry of losing their separate identity is misplaced, as no culture can be frozen in time, particularly in a globalised world.

7 Nov 2018 - 6:39AM
Hong Kong should not fear change under China, because even the mainland is changing, too

Hongkongers’ worry of losing their separate identity is misplaced, as no culture can be frozen in time, particularly in a globalised world.

Opinion | US political realities mean Donald Trump’s trade war with China won’t last – and maybe neither will he

Donald Trump and the Republican Party are likely to be given a rebuke in the midterm elections, and the trade war fallout may doom his reelection.

26 Oct 2018 - 2:21PM
US political realities mean Donald Trump’s trade war with China won’t last – and maybe neither will he

Donald Trump and the Republican Party are likely to be given a rebuke in the midterm elections, and the trade war fallout may doom his reelection.

Opinion | Crazy Rich Asians is just a movie. Let’s not confuse Hollywood with reality

Asians need to stop quibbling over whether the representation of Asians in the film is fair. The real problem is we believe the myth that Hollywood is the arbiter of cultural representation.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Crazy Rich Asians is just a movie. Let’s not confuse Hollywood with reality

Asians need to stop quibbling over whether the representation of Asians in the film is fair. The real problem is we believe the myth that Hollywood is the arbiter of cultural representation.

Hong Kong is different from the rest of China, but that’s no justification for advocating separatism

Separatist movements have historically exacted a high price and there are far less drastic ways to ensure that Hong Kong preserves its identity and culture.

22 Aug 2018 - 7:10AM
Hong Kong is different from the rest of China, but that’s no justification for advocating separatism

Separatist movements have historically exacted a high price and there are far less drastic ways to ensure that Hong Kong preserves its identity and culture.

The moral decay of China has been greatly exaggerated

While the bout of Chinese soul-searching in the wake of the recent vaccine scandal is understandable, social science research actually shows a China with a healthy respect for modern cosmopolitan values.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The moral decay of China has been greatly exaggerated

While the bout of Chinese soul-searching in the wake of the recent vaccine scandal is understandable, social science research actually shows a China with a healthy respect for modern cosmopolitan values.

Why giving up your plastic straw won’t save the planet

People should focus on collectively holding governments and large corporations responsible for environmental degradation, rather than on lifestyle changes at the individual level that have a tiny impact.

13 Jul 2018 - 6:12PM
Why giving up your plastic straw won’t save the planet

People should focus on collectively holding governments and large corporations responsible for environmental degradation, rather than on lifestyle changes at the individual level that have a tiny impact.

Opinion | How China is winning the war with the US for scientific hearts and minds

The Trump administration’s anti-Chinese and anti-science biases are producing policies and a working environment that are pushing away talent in research and development, and it is China that will benefit.

24 Jun 2018 - 4:35PM
How China is winning the war with the US for scientific hearts and minds

The Trump administration’s anti-Chinese and anti-science biases are producing policies and a working environment that are pushing away talent in research and development, and it is China that will benefit.

Hong Kong’s HIV problem: prejudice is the real malady in a society where intolerance is still prevalent - and accepted

The cutbacks in government funding for HIV prevention and treatment in the face of rising infection rates among gay men point to an unpalatable truth: discrimination against sexual minorities is tolerated in Hong Kong.

31 May 2018 - 8:51PM
Hong Kong’s HIV problem: prejudice is the real malady in a society where intolerance is still prevalent - and accepted

The cutbacks in government funding for HIV prevention and treatment in the face of rising infection rates among gay men point to an unpalatable truth: discrimination against sexual minorities is tolerated in Hong Kong.

Any attack on the Cantonese language will only strengthen Hong Kong identity – just look at Taiwan’s experience

Taiwan’s experience with the ‘re-Sinicisation’ policies of Chiang Kai-shek’s time shows how such cultural oppression will only lead to hatred, and an awakening of local identity.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Any attack on the Cantonese language will only strengthen Hong Kong identity – just look at Taiwan’s experience

Taiwan’s experience with the ‘re-Sinicisation’ policies of Chiang Kai-shek’s time shows how such cultural oppression will only lead to hatred, and an awakening of local identity.

Hong Kong universities should look beyond the DSE if they want to be world leaders and cultivate innovators

The world’s best universities don’t admit students based on their grades alone. So why does Hong Kong persist with the fallacy?

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong universities should look beyond the DSE if they want to be world leaders and cultivate innovators

The world’s best universities don’t admit students based on their grades alone. So why does Hong Kong persist with the fallacy?

Hong Kong needs a strong feminist movement, and not just for its women

It’s important to give more opportunities for women to speak out about the abuse they’ve encountered and to resist sexist expectations, but men should also know it’s OK to be caring, and to reveal their own stories of abuse.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Hong Kong needs a strong feminist movement, and not just for its women

It’s important to give more opportunities for women to speak out about the abuse they’ve encountered and to resist sexist expectations, but men should also know it’s OK to be caring, and to reveal their own stories of abuse.

Hong Kong must stop clinging to the fiction of racial superiority and treat foreign domestic helpers with respect

Hong Kong people’s racial prejudice against Filipino and Indonesian workers must give way, especially in the face of evidence that race is essentially a fiction.

16 Mar 2018 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong must stop clinging to the fiction of racial superiority and treat foreign domestic helpers with respect

Hong Kong people’s racial prejudice against Filipino and Indonesian workers must give way, especially in the face of evidence that race is essentially a fiction.

Universities are places for education, not political protests that ultimately fail to change anything

The university’s primary role is the delivery of education. While free speech is an integral part of learning, it should not hinder the provision of education itself.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Universities are places for education, not political protests that ultimately fail to change anything

The university’s primary role is the delivery of education. While free speech is an integral part of learning, it should not hinder the provision of education itself.

Three simple rules could change Facebook for the better
Death of SHINee singer Jonghyun shows the extreme pressures of South Korea’s celebrities

Following the death of the SHINee lead singer, we need to take seriously celebrities’ need for privacy and their mental health concerns

2 Mar 2018 - 5:08PM
Death of SHINee singer Jonghyun shows the extreme pressures of South Korea’s celebrities

Following the death of the SHINee lead singer, we need to take seriously celebrities’ need for privacy and their mental health concerns

Hong Kong’s young democracy campaigners risk losing sight of the real changes needed in society
Stigma of mental health problems is where the real fight lies
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