Brian YS Wong

Brian YS Wong is a Master of Philosophy student of politics (political theory) at Wolfson College, Oxford University.
Brian YS Wong
Brian YS Wong is a Master of Philosophy student of politics (political theory) at Wolfson College, Oxford University.

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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.

14 Aug 2019 - 6:19AM

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
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.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:02AM

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
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.

4 Jul 2019 - 6:32AM

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
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

22 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM

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
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

8 Jun 2019 - 10:47PM

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
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.

22 May 2019 - 5:59PM

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
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.

8 May 2019 - 6:37PM

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
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.

14 Apr 2019 - 8:30AM

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
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

31 Mar 2019 - 4:46PM

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
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.

10 Mar 2019 - 7:03AM

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
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.

18 Feb 2019 - 8:47AM

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
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.

27 Jan 2019 - 10:44AM

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
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.

10 Jan 2019 - 3:30AM

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
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.

14 Dec 2018 - 6:05AM

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
Opinion | He Jiankui’s genetic adventurism might setback the progress of a valuable science

The creation of genetically modified babies who are said to be able to resist HIV infection flouts ethical and legal standards.

7 May 2019 - 1:03PM

The creation of genetically modified babies who are said to be able to resist HIV infection flouts ethical and legal standards.

He Jiankui’s genetic adventurism might setback the progress of a valuable science
Opinion | The path to a vote for all in Hong Kong begins with dialogue with China’s Communist Party

Having open and competitive elections in Hong Kong serves the interests of both Hong Kong and the mainland’s Communist leaders.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:46PM

Having open and competitive elections in Hong Kong serves the interests of both Hong Kong and the mainland’s Communist leaders.

The path to a vote for all in Hong Kong begins with dialogue with China’s Communist Party
Opinion | Hong Kong’s frustration with Beijing is no excuse for nostalgia for the British empire

Hongkongers who miss British rule should be mindful of how its other colonies, from India to states in the Middle East and Africa, suffered so that Britain could prosper.

28 Sep 2018 - 5:49PM

Hongkongers who miss British rule should be mindful of how its other colonies, from India to states in the Middle East and Africa, suffered so that Britain could prosper.

Hong Kong’s frustration with Beijing is no excuse for nostalgia for the British empire