Brian Y. S. Wong

Brian Y. S. Wong

Brian Wong is a DPhil in Politics candidate at Balliol College, Oxford, a Rhodes Scholar (Hong Kong 2020), and the founding editor-in-chief of the Oxford Political Review.

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Opinion | World beyond Greater Bay Area also holds promise for Hong Kong youth

While the Greater Bay Area is an important part of Hong Kong’s future, it is not necessarily the right answer for every young person in the city. There are also opportunities to be had in major mainland cities, rising inland provinces, Southeast Asia and the wider world.

While the Greater Bay Area is an important part of Hong Kong’s future, it is not necessarily the right answer for every young person in the city. There are also opportunities to be had in major mainland cities, rising inland provinces, Southeast Asia and the wider world.

13 May 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Brownface episode a reminder Hong Kong has work to do on racism

The controversial TV episode is only the tip of the iceberg of the city’s failing of residents from ethnic minority communities. Hong Kong’s treatment of domestic workers, Chinese language learners and others shows talk of equality and reform remains lip service at best.

The controversial TV episode is only the tip of the iceberg of the city’s failing of residents from ethnic minority communities. Hong Kong’s treatment of domestic workers, Chinese language learners and others shows talk of equality and reform remains lip service at best.

16 Apr 2022 - 4:45PM
Opinion | How to reverse Hong Kong’s brain drain: give more support to the arts, commerce and the vulnerable

Local and overseas talent are crucial to our city’s prosperity; to keep them, the government must nurture new spaces in which both enterprise and culture can flourish. Most importantly, it needs to end the bureaucratic inertia that has left many struggling to survive during the pandemic.

Local and overseas talent are crucial to our city’s prosperity; to keep them, the government must nurture new spaces in which both enterprise and culture can flourish. Most importantly, it needs to end the bureaucratic inertia that has left many struggling to survive during the pandemic.

24 Mar 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is failing to address the growing mental health crisis among its youth

More than half of all secondary school students in Hong Kong have experienced depression, yet most are unlikely to seek help. Improving services for individuals is vital, but only by addressing structural biases and stigmatisation can we get to the root of the mental illness epidemic.

More than half of all secondary school students in Hong Kong have experienced depression, yet most are unlikely to seek help. Improving services for individuals is vital, but only by addressing structural biases and stigmatisation can we get to the root of the mental illness epidemic.

3 Feb 2022 - 9:45AM
Opinion | Hamster cull: Hong Kong government can surely focus on zero Covid and still show some heart

We must not forget there is a human cost to Hong Kong’s pandemic response, which can be taken seriously without compromising the quest for zero Covid. The pain of Hongkongers, from Covid-19 patients to restaurateurs and pet owners, must not be overlooked.

We must not forget there is a human cost to Hong Kong’s pandemic response, which can be taken seriously without compromising the quest for zero Covid. The pain of Hongkongers, from Covid-19 patients to restaurateurs and pet owners, must not be overlooked.

21 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must build on M+ museum opening to fulfil its cultural potential

More must be done to translate Hong Kong’s unique culture into soft power for the city and the country. The city is uniquely positioned to articulate another side to China’s story, one that complements the cultural vision projected by the mainland.

More must be done to translate Hong Kong’s unique culture into soft power for the city and the country. The city is uniquely positioned to articulate another side to China’s story, one that complements the cultural vision projected by the mainland.

13 Dec 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Three ways to tackle youth poverty in Hong Kong that go beyond fixing the housing crisis

The government should diversify the economy to create more fulfilling jobs with decent pay. Remote areas need to be developed, and broader worries afflicting impoverished youth must be addressed, including mental health and discrimination.

The government should diversify the economy to create more fulfilling jobs with decent pay. Remote areas need to be developed, and broader worries afflicting impoverished youth must be addressed, including mental health and discrimination.

16 Nov 2021 - 9:42AM
Opinion | How the tale of two Hong Kongs can take a more positive turn

The city is now divided into those who support the political changes in the aftermath of the protests and those who mourn the loss of the Hong Kong they once knew. However, it is in everyone’s interests to keep ‘two systems’ alive.

The city is now divided into those who support the political changes in the aftermath of the protests and those who mourn the loss of the Hong Kong they once knew. However, it is in everyone’s interests to keep ‘two systems’ alive.

15 Oct 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Amid an exodus, what Hong Kong needs most is unity

We should heed the words of Xia Baolong: the city needs officials who can contribute to China’s progress by uniting Hongkongers. The rise of boy band Mirror and the performance of our athletes have shown it is possible, however briefly, to bridge the political divide in Hong Kong.

We should heed the words of Xia Baolong: the city needs officials who can contribute to China’s progress by uniting Hongkongers. The rise of boy band Mirror and the performance of our athletes have shown it is possible, however briefly, to bridge the political divide in Hong Kong.

15 Aug 2021 - 2:30PM
Opinion | Why Gay Games give Hong Kong a chance to bolster its fading reputation

Hosting the Gay Games has the potential for a large economic windfall and a morale boost after several difficult years. Also, while most Hongkongers support legalising same-sex marriage, hosting the Games does not amount to an endorsement of marriage equality.

Hosting the Gay Games has the potential for a large economic windfall and a morale boost after several difficult years. Also, while most Hongkongers support legalising same-sex marriage, hosting the Games does not amount to an endorsement of marriage equality.

18 Jun 2021 - 8:13AM
Opinion | An economic argument for protecting transgender rights in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a mixed record on trans rights, which is a shame, given its status as an international city. Even putting aside the well-being of trans individuals, legal protection is integral to restoring Hong Kong’s attractiveness to foreign talent.

Hong Kong has a mixed record on trans rights, which is a shame, given its status as an international city. Even putting aside the well-being of trans individuals, legal protection is integral to restoring Hong Kong’s attractiveness to foreign talent.

20 May 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Behind the myth of Asian-American success lies institutional racism

The dangerous myth that Asian-Americans ‘have it easier’ because of their work ethic and studious culture erases the suffering and predicaments of Asian migrants.

The dangerous myth that Asian-Americans ‘have it easier’ because of their work ethic and studious culture erases the suffering and predicaments of Asian migrants.

2 May 2021 - 1:11AM
Opinion | Time for Hong Kong to protect its LGBT community from discrimination

For politicians seeking to spark hope, there are few better ways than enacting laws protecting same-sex couples. We have a vibrant gay scene and an administration that is, on balance, more openly tolerant of LGBT individuals than many in the region. We should consolidate our advantage.

For politicians seeking to spark hope, there are few better ways than enacting laws protecting same-sex couples. We have a vibrant gay scene and an administration that is, on balance, more openly tolerant of LGBT individuals than many in the region. We should consolidate our advantage.

29 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Can Hong Kong be run by patriotic officials who are not Beijing sycophants?

To address Hong Kong’s yawning inequalities and lagging competitiveness, we need leaders who can competently reconcile Hongkongers’ interests with those of China as it continues to rise.

To address Hong Kong’s yawning inequalities and lagging competitiveness, we need leaders who can competently reconcile Hongkongers’ interests with those of China as it continues to rise.

17 Mar 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Elected or not, Hong Kong’s chief executive must serve the people

Hong Kong should keep the practice of electing its leader, even if it is by a small committee, in view of its inherited mix of Western political values and Chinese cultural norms. But a leader’s performance is not contingent on how he or she is selected.

Hong Kong should keep the practice of electing its leader, even if it is by a small committee, in view of its inherited mix of Western political values and Chinese cultural norms. But a leader’s performance is not contingent on how he or she is selected.

2 Feb 2021 - 6:46AM
Opinion | How Beijing and the Hong Kong government can start healing a fractured city

Beijing must know that Hong Kong desperately needs transparent and competent governance if it is to avoid more violence on the streets. The Hong Kong government must put residents first, especially with regard to livelihood issues.

Beijing must know that Hong Kong desperately needs transparent and competent governance if it is to avoid more violence on the streets. The Hong Kong government must put residents first, especially with regard to livelihood issues.

8 Jan 2021 - 9:30AM
Opinion | How Ocean Park can rebrand itself as the face of new Hong Kong

Ocean Park could be Hong Kong’s next cultural heart, with rent-free spaces for struggling artists and revamped theatres for major concerts. Its open spaces and gorgeous views could host fine dining and boutiques as well eco-tourism and extreme sports.

Ocean Park could be Hong Kong’s next cultural heart, with rent-free spaces for struggling artists and revamped theatres for major concerts. Its open spaces and gorgeous views could host fine dining and boutiques as well eco-tourism and extreme sports.

18 Oct 2020 - 10:20AM
Opinion | How embracing marriage equality can revive Hong Kong’s image

The political establishment, from pro-government parties to businesses, should embrace same-sex marriage as it is in their political and economic self-interest. As societies grow more tolerant on LGBT issues, Hong Kong cannot afford to appear out of touch.

The political establishment, from pro-government parties to businesses, should embrace same-sex marriage as it is in their political and economic self-interest. As societies grow more tolerant on LGBT issues, Hong Kong cannot afford to appear out of touch.

24 Sep 2020 - 7:17AM
Opinion | US-China cold war: How Chinese overseas students are getting caught in the crossfire

US hostility is dashing the hopes of many ordinary Chinese seeking a more liberal life, even as jingoistic pressure grows on them to not be seen as Chinese traitors and sell-outs

US hostility is dashing the hopes of many ordinary Chinese seeking a more liberal life, even as jingoistic pressure grows on them to not be seen as Chinese traitors and sell-outs

7 Sep 2020 - 1:07AM
Opinion | With national security law in place, Hong Kong’s centrists should now seek universal suffrage

As both ends of the political spectrum wage an ideological war, centrists must articulate a cogent, progressive and reformist vision to fix the long-standing governance problems, and stand up for the city’s values.

As both ends of the political spectrum wage an ideological war, centrists must articulate a cogent, progressive and reformist vision to fix the long-standing governance problems, and stand up for the city’s values.

2 Aug 2020 - 11:00AM
Opinion | George Floyd protests: lessons for Hong Kong on tackling police brutality and protester violence

The events in the US highlight the terrible consequences of insufficient checks and balances on police power. Using brute force only sows greater discontent, radicalisation and long-term instability. Addressing the causes of violence is harder but more effective.

The events in the US highlight the terrible consequences of insufficient checks and balances on police power. Using brute force only sows greater discontent, radicalisation and long-term instability. Addressing the causes of violence is harder but more effective.

6 Jun 2020 - 9:36PM
Opinion | Coronavirus: amid the shrill, polarised criticism of China’s response, give credit where it’s due or risk missing important lessons

A lack of nuance in critiquing China’s response is neither accurate nor helpful, and any serious discussion can only proceed by acknowledging Beijing’s successes as well as failures. As Europe and the US struggle with the pandemic, useful lessons may be lost.

A lack of nuance in critiquing China’s response is neither accurate nor helpful, and any serious discussion can only proceed by acknowledging Beijing’s successes as well as failures. As Europe and the US struggle with the pandemic, useful lessons may be lost.

24 Mar 2020 - 1:53AM
Opinion | The West unleashes a new strain of racism in the name of coronavirus prevention

The Covid-19 outbreak has become an excuse for some to justify their prejudice. They cherry-pick Chinese eating habits and conduct to bolster a sense of cultural superiority, and sneer at Asian public health practices while demonising an entire people in the guise of protecting public health.

The Covid-19 outbreak has become an excuse for some to justify their prejudice. They cherry-pick Chinese eating habits and conduct to bolster a sense of cultural superiority, and sneer at Asian public health practices while demonising an entire people in the guise of protecting public health.

23 Feb 2020 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Coronavirus crisis: compassion is in order, for the innocent who are infected and the selfless medical workers – and especially while governing

Some empathy and understanding in these extraordinary times will go a long way, especially in governing, to forestall panic and help everyone pull through.

Some empathy and understanding in these extraordinary times will go a long way, especially in governing, to forestall panic and help everyone pull through.

5 Feb 2020 - 11:08AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must heal what the protest crisis has torn apart, not just relationships but also our minds

Hong Kong’s overstretched public health system is being put to the test by a growing number of people showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. More resources, creative ideas and a willingness to respect differences are needed to overcome this mental health crisis.

Hong Kong’s overstretched public health system is being put to the test by a growing number of people showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. More resources, creative ideas and a willingness to respect differences are needed to overcome this mental health crisis.

19 Jan 2020 - 10:41AM
Opinion | A New Year’s resolution for Hong Kong’s protesters, police and government: account for the collateral damage of your actions

Both the protesters, who target Hong Kong’s prosperity, and the government, which is playing a waiting game, should realise their strategies hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Both the protesters, who target Hong Kong’s prosperity, and the government, which is playing a waiting game, should realise their strategies hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

1 Jan 2020 - 5:38PM
Opinion | Hong Kong has a great, stable future – if Hongkongers can connect directly with Beijing

That Beijing was stunned by pro-government parties’ landslide defeat suggests a lack of transparent communication. It would benefit both sides if direct channels were established between Hongkongers and mainland officials.

That Beijing was stunned by pro-government parties’ landslide defeat suggests a lack of transparent communication. It would benefit both sides if direct channels were established between Hongkongers and mainland officials.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:39AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must convince Beijing that political reform within ‘one country, two systems’ can be mutually advantageous

Hong Kong can make the case that democratisation will produce leaders who are better able to manage Hong Kong and improve the city’s ability to serve China’s interests as an economic superpower.

Hong Kong can make the case that democratisation will produce leaders who are better able to manage Hong Kong and improve the city’s ability to serve China’s interests as an economic superpower.

6 Nov 2019 - 6:59AM
Opinion | If Hong Kong is to have a future as a plural society, both sides must say no to violence

Indiscriminate violence, whether deployed by protesters or pro-government thugs, destroys Hong Kong’s reputation for pluralism. If both sides turn a blind eye to violence perpetrated by affiliates, hopes for democracy will recede further.

Indiscriminate violence, whether deployed by protesters or pro-government thugs, destroys Hong Kong’s reputation for pluralism. If both sides turn a blind eye to violence perpetrated by affiliates, hopes for democracy will recede further.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:08AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s young protesters can’t be pigeonholed, and neither can their problems – they are not so easily dismissed

There is no single grievance and no magic bullet. The government should stop inferring and start listening to the plurality of young people’s views, give them a greater voice in policymaking and commit to genuine political reform.

There is no single grievance and no magic bullet. The government should stop inferring and start listening to the plurality of young people’s views, give them a greater voice in policymaking and commit to genuine political reform.

15 Sep 2019 - 8:18PM