Brian YS Wong

Brian YS 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 | 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.

Elected or not, Hong Kong’s chief executive must serve the people
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.

How Beijing and the Hong Kong government can start healing a fractured city
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.

How Ocean Park can rebrand itself as the face of new Hong Kong
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.

How embracing marriage equality can revive Hong Kong’s image
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

US-China cold war: How Chinese overseas students are getting caught in the crossfire
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.

With national security law in place, Hong Kong’s centrists should now seek universal suffrage
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.

George Floyd protests: lessons for Hong Kong on tackling police brutality and protester violence
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.

Coronavirus: amid the shrill, polarised criticism of China’s response, give credit where it’s due or risk missing important lessons
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.

The West unleashes a new strain of racism in the name of coronavirus prevention
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.

Coronavirus crisis: compassion is in order, for the innocent who are infected and the selfless medical workers – and especially while governing
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.

Hong Kong must heal what the protest crisis has torn apart, not just relationships but also our minds
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.

A New Year’s resolution for Hong Kong’s protesters, police and government: account for the collateral damage of your actions
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.

Hong Kong has a great, stable future – if Hongkongers can connect directly with Beijing
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.

Hong Kong must convince Beijing that political reform within ‘one country, two systems’ can be mutually advantageous
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.

If Hong Kong is to have a future as a plural society, both sides must say no to violence
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.

Hong Kong’s young protesters can’t be pigeonholed, and neither can their problems – they are not so easily dismissed
15 Sep 2019 - 8:18PM
Opinion | To end the violence, both sides must step back but it’s up to Carrie Lam, as Hong Kong’s leader, to broker a ceasefire

Protesters feel that if they stop or restrict themselves to non-violent methods the government will concede nothing. Both sides need to de-escalate, but the responsibility falls on the government to take the initiative.

Protesters feel that if they stop or restrict themselves to non-violent methods the government will concede nothing. Both sides need to de-escalate, but the responsibility falls on the government to take the initiative.

To end the violence, both sides must step back but it’s up to Carrie Lam, as Hong Kong’s leader, to broker a ceasefire
14 Aug 2019 - 6:19AM
Opinion | As antagonism between Hong Kong protesters and police escalates, there’s still hope for healing the rift

While protesters must stop their inflammatory rhetoric, the police must revisit its protocol for handling mass protests, reflect on its belligerence towards protesters and use the opportunity to increase transparency.

While protesters must stop their inflammatory rhetoric, the police must revisit its protocol for handling mass protests, reflect on its belligerence towards protesters and use the opportunity to increase transparency.

As antagonism between Hong Kong protesters and police escalates, there’s still hope for healing the rift
23 Jul 2019 - 3:02AM
Opinion | It’s easy to play the blame game. It’s harder – but necessary – for Carrie Lam to restart dialogue and negotiate Hong Kong’s future

Whatever you think of their actions, a good number of young Hongkongers feel their options have been exhausted. t’s time for political moderates who have Beijing’s ear to step up and broker dialogue between the administration and protesters.

Whatever you think of their actions, a good number of young Hongkongers feel their options have been exhausted. t’s time for political moderates who have Beijing’s ear to step up and broker dialogue between the administration and protesters.

It’s easy to play the blame game. It’s harder – but necessary – for Carrie Lam to restart dialogue and negotiate Hong Kong’s future
4 Jul 2019 - 6:32AM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs a kinder, gentler, listening politics to heal its divisions

If the government could internalise dissenting opinions and concerns, Carrie Lam would find her future years as Hong Kong’s chief executive a far smoother ride

If the government could internalise dissenting opinions and concerns, Carrie Lam would find her future years as Hong Kong’s chief executive a far smoother ride

Hong Kong needs a kinder, gentler, listening politics to heal its divisions
22 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM
Opinion | Same-sex couple benefits ruling a step forward, but equality remains far off in Hong Kong

Ruling is a giant step forward for LGBT activism, but it is by no means adequate as an answer to calls for progress and equality

Ruling is a giant step forward for LGBT activism, but it is by no means adequate as an answer to calls for progress and equality

Same-sex couple benefits ruling a step forward, but equality remains far off in Hong Kong
8 Jun 2019 - 10:47PM
Opinion | Three lessons Hong Kong can learn from Taiwan’s LGBT journey

Taiwan showed that the government can take an active role in shaping consensus, that legislators can speak up for their LGBT constituents and that there is nothing anti-Asian about diversity.

Taiwan showed that the government can take an active role in shaping consensus, that legislators can speak up for their LGBT constituents and that there is nothing anti-Asian about diversity.

Three lessons Hong Kong can learn from Taiwan’s LGBT journey
22 May 2019 - 5:59PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s identity crisis is one of its own making

Embracing either Hong Kong localism or Chinese nationalism is not the way forward for a city that has long benefited from its unique mix of East and West. Hongkongers must move away from both extremes.

Embracing either Hong Kong localism or Chinese nationalism is not the way forward for a city that has long benefited from its unique mix of East and West. Hongkongers must move away from both extremes.

Hong Kong’s identity crisis is one of its own making
8 May 2019 - 6:37PM
Opinion | After the Occupy verdicts, both the establishment and pan-democrats have work to do in healing Hong Kong

It’s in the interests of both the pan-democrats and the pro-Beijing crowd to work together on issues of importance to Hongkongers, from housing to education and equality.

It’s in the interests of both the pan-democrats and the pro-Beijing crowd to work together on issues of importance to Hongkongers, from housing to education and equality.

After the Occupy verdicts, both the establishment and pan-democrats have work to do in healing Hong Kong
14 Apr 2019 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s housing crisis can’t wait for long-term solutions

The Lantau Tomorrow Vision will take too long to implement for a city where thousands sleep in substandard subdivided accommodation

The Lantau Tomorrow Vision will take too long to implement for a city where thousands sleep in substandard subdivided accommodation

Hong Kong’s housing crisis can’t wait for long-term solutions
31 Mar 2019 - 4:46PM
Opinion | It’s every Hongkonger’s responsibility to stop mistreatment of our domestic workers

The law and employment contracts that supposedly protect foreign women who come seeking domestic work only go so far, as shown by the recent sacking of a cancer-stricken helper. Hongkongers should demand decent treatment for these invaluable workers.

The law and employment contracts that supposedly protect foreign women who come seeking domestic work only go so far, as shown by the recent sacking of a cancer-stricken helper. Hongkongers should demand decent treatment for these invaluable workers.

It’s every Hongkonger’s responsibility to stop mistreatment of our domestic workers
10 Mar 2019 - 7:03AM
Opinion | Migrant workers are good for Hong Kong and should not be scapegoated for the failures of the elites

Empirically Hong Kong’s migrant workers contribute more than they take away, and morally they are deserving of the same treatment as those raised here.

Empirically Hong Kong’s migrant workers contribute more than they take away, and morally they are deserving of the same treatment as those raised here.

Migrant workers are good for Hong Kong and should not be scapegoated for the failures of the elites
18 Feb 2019 - 8:47AM
Opinion | Calling out racism wherever it is found is everyone’s obligation

We must start taking the problems of our racism towards foreign or minority students seriously, writes Brian YS Wong.

We must start taking the problems of our racism towards foreign or minority students seriously, writes Brian YS Wong.

Calling out racism wherever it is found is everyone’s obligation
27 Jan 2019 - 10:44AM
Opinion | How China’s display of military might is really a force for regional peace and stability

Symbolic acts of militarism help release the pressure of more destructive domestic nationalism, hold the US at bay and add credibility to overtures to Taiwan.

Symbolic acts of militarism help release the pressure of more destructive domestic nationalism, hold the US at bay and add credibility to overtures to Taiwan.

How China’s display of military might is really a force for regional peace and stability
10 Jan 2019 - 3:30AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s dispirited youth can be a force for change by looking beyond politics

While contesting elections is a valuable experience for young people, they could also consider other forms of public service, such as taking part in government schemes or joining non-profit organisations.

While contesting elections is a valuable experience for young people, they could also consider other forms of public service, such as taking part in government schemes or joining non-profit organisations.

How Hong Kong’s dispirited youth can be a force for change by looking beyond politics
14 Dec 2018 - 6:05AM