Anson Au

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 | K-pop deaths show East Asia must end the stigma, and the solitude, that surrounds mental health

The deaths of Sulli and Goo Hara are signs of a deep mental health crisis in East Asia that isn’t talked about enough. To combat it requires more community outreach and specialised resources for reaching specific groups.

30 Nov 2019 - 10:57AM

The deaths of Sulli and Goo Hara are signs of a deep mental health crisis in East Asia that isn’t talked about enough. To combat it requires more community outreach and specialised resources for reaching specific groups.

K-pop deaths show East Asia must end the stigma, and the solitude, that surrounds mental health
Four key areas where Hong Kong’s protest movement has come up short
Opinion | Pushing forward the fight for LGBT equality in Hong Kong

LGBT minorities must create their own movement in the city, where conservative opposition is strong

1 Jun 2019 - 8:54PM

LGBT minorities must create their own movement in the city, where conservative opposition is strong

Pushing forward the fight for LGBT equality in Hong Kong
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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

13 Sep 2018 - 12:09PM

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.

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

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.

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

12 Aug 2018 - 2:55PM

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.

The moral decay of China has been greatly exaggerated
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

25 Jun 2018 - 5:44PM

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.

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

27 Apr 2018 - 9:05PM

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

25 Apr 2018 - 11:44AM

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 needs a strong feminist movement, and not just for its women
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 people’s racial prejudice against Filipino and Indonesian workers must give way, especially in the face of evidence that race is essentially a fiction.

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

7 Feb 2018 - 7:08PM

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.

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

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

Death of SHINee singer Jonghyun shows the extreme pressures of South Korea’s celebrities
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