Gigi Choy

Gigi is an intern on the Asia desk at the South China Morning Post. She writes about politics, culture and social issues in Asia.
Gigi Choy
Gigi is an intern on the Asia desk at the South China Morning Post. She writes about politics, culture and social issues in Asia.

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Explainer | Explained: Australia's history, politics and ties with China

Since 2007, leadership challenges in the country’s two main political parties have resulted in a rapid turnover of prime ministers.

21 May 2019 - 2:40PM

Since 2007, leadership challenges in the country’s two main political parties have resulted in a rapid turnover of prime ministers.

Explained: Australia's history, politics and ties with China
From Chinese opera to racial tensions in Malaysia, Wikipilation is the digital video library dispelling Eurocentric history one film at a time

Wikipilation is a digital encyclopaedia of 10,000 global films and documentaries aimed at counteracting the Eurocentric dominance of history education, says its Norwegian creator.

5 May 2019 - 8:03PM

Wikipilation is a digital encyclopaedia of 10,000 global films and documentaries aimed at counteracting the Eurocentric dominance of history education, says its Norwegian creator.

From Chinese opera to racial tensions in Malaysia, Wikipilation is the digital video library dispelling Eurocentric history one film at a time
‘A disgrace’: Malaysian woman tried to scam US$700 from grieving Australian parents in missing phone hoax

A Malaysian mum has been charged with blackmail after attempting to demand money from an Australian couple in exchange for a missing phone containing photos of their dying baby – which she did not have.

2 May 2019 - 8:48PM

A Malaysian mum has been charged with blackmail after attempting to demand money from an Australian couple in exchange for a missing phone containing photos of their dying baby – which she did not have.

‘A disgrace’: Malaysian woman tried to scam US$700 from grieving Australian parents in missing phone hoax
Explainer | Explained: dictator Marcos, Duterte’s drug war and Islamic militancy in Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte ran for president in 2016 promising brutal purge of suspected drug dealers. Upon his election, he followed through on his campaign pledge.

21 May 2019 - 12:15PM

Rodrigo Duterte ran for president in 2016 promising brutal purge of suspected drug dealers. Upon his election, he followed through on his campaign pledge.

Explained: dictator Marcos, Duterte’s drug war and Islamic militancy in Philippines
Southeast Asia to suffer intense, more frequent drought without government action: UN and Asean report

The disaster has affected more than 66 million people in Southeast Asia over the past three decades; the study also finds it disproportionately impacts the poor, heightening inequality and increasing the prospect of violent conflict.

25 Apr 2019 - 2:21PM

The disaster has affected more than 66 million people in Southeast Asia over the past three decades; the study also finds it disproportionately impacts the poor, heightening inequality and increasing the prospect of violent conflict.

Southeast Asia to suffer intense, more frequent drought without government action: UN and Asean report
Mahathir, K-pop stars BTS and India’s LGBT ‘beacons of hope’: Asia’s most influential make Time 100 annual list

While Asia’s political heavyweights featured among the world’s influential leaders, South Korean boy band BTS won the readers’ poll for the second year in a row

19 Apr 2019 - 5:52PM

While Asia’s political heavyweights featured among the world’s influential leaders, South Korean boy band BTS won the readers’ poll for the second year in a row

Mahathir, K-pop stars BTS and India’s LGBT ‘beacons of hope’: Asia’s most influential make Time 100 annual list
Indonesia election: Jokowi declares victory while rival Prabowo rejects result

Citing exit polls and quick count surveys, the incumbent president tacitly claimed victory on Thursday as world leaders called to congratulate him.

19 Apr 2019 - 8:59AM

Citing exit polls and quick count surveys, the incumbent president tacitly claimed victory on Thursday as world leaders called to congratulate him.

Indonesia election: Jokowi declares victory while rival Prabowo rejects result
Explainer | Explained: Indonesia’s democratic transition and the role of political Islam

Indonesia was a Dutch colony from the early 19th century until it was occupied by the Japanese from 1942-45.

22 May 2019 - 1:45PM

Indonesia was a Dutch colony from the early 19th century until it was occupied by the Japanese from 1942-45.

Explained: Indonesia’s democratic transition and the role of political Islam
#JusticeForAudrey: Indonesian girl, 14, allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted by 12 high school students

The alleged beating of a 14-year-old girl by 12 high school pupils has sparked outrage on social media, where the hashtag #JusticeForAudrey has started trending internationally.

11 Apr 2019 - 4:24PM

The alleged beating of a 14-year-old girl by 12 high school pupils has sparked outrage on social media, where the hashtag #JusticeForAudrey has started trending internationally.

#JusticeForAudrey: Indonesian girl, 14, allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted by 12 high school students
Malaysia’s Kelantan Crown Prince to marry Swedish national on April 19, months after king brother’s shock abdication

Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra will marry 33-year-old Swedish national Sofie Louise Johansson in a ceremony ‘on a moderate scale’

8 Apr 2019 - 10:15PM

Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra will marry 33-year-old Swedish national Sofie Louise Johansson in a ceremony ‘on a moderate scale’

Malaysia’s Kelantan Crown Prince to marry Swedish national on April 19, months after king brother’s shock abdication
For millennial Asian travellers, here’s how to avoid a raw deal when booking trips online

Flight aggregators can sometimes give you a raw deal, the Hong Kong Consumer Council says. Seasoned travellers suggest taking the time to do price comparisons with airline websites.

7 Apr 2019 - 5:15PM

Flight aggregators can sometimes give you a raw deal, the Hong Kong Consumer Council says. Seasoned travellers suggest taking the time to do price comparisons with airline websites.

For millennial Asian travellers, here’s how to avoid a raw deal when booking trips online
Explainer | Gandhi to cow vigilantes, fake news and ‘watchman’ Modi: India’s election explained

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promising voters he’s India’s ‘watchman’. Religious violence, unemployment, demonetisation, fake news and big-name opposition are some of the things he should have seen coming.

11 Apr 2019 - 5:58PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promising voters he’s India’s ‘watchman’. Religious violence, unemployment, demonetisation, fake news and big-name opposition are some of the things he should have seen coming.

Gandhi to cow vigilantes, fake news and ‘watchman’ Modi: India’s election explained
In Singapore, even wanting to egg a minister gets you in trouble with the police

A 20-year-old posted online that he would like to emulate the actions of an Australian teen who had hit a senator with an egg. Then a police investigation was launched.

30 Mar 2019 - 10:58AM

A 20-year-old posted online that he would like to emulate the actions of an Australian teen who had hit a senator with an egg. Then a police investigation was launched.

In Singapore, even wanting to egg a minister gets you in trouble with the police
Singapore Airlines bomb hoax: flight from Mumbai escorted by fighter jets after pilot raised alarm

A woman and a child were detained for questioning but police said no suspicious items were found. Singaporean passenger Vijay Singh described the situation as ‘something right out of a movie’.

29 Mar 2019 - 6:12PM

A woman and a child were detained for questioning but police said no suspicious items were found. Singaporean passenger Vijay Singh described the situation as ‘something right out of a movie’.

Singapore Airlines bomb hoax: flight from Mumbai escorted by fighter jets after pilot raised alarm
Starved, beaten with hammer, forced to sleep with dog: worst domestic worker abuse cases of Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia

The Singaporeans jailed this week for ordering their domestic worker to eat her own vomit were not a one-off. From Hong Kong’s Erwiana to an Indonesian beaten with bamboo, here are Asia’s most notorious cases of helper abuse.

26 Mar 2019 - 10:40AM

The Singaporeans jailed this week for ordering their domestic worker to eat her own vomit were not a one-off. From Hong Kong’s Erwiana to an Indonesian beaten with bamboo, here are Asia’s most notorious cases of helper abuse.

Starved, beaten with hammer, forced to sleep with dog: worst domestic worker abuse cases of Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia
Explainer | Explained: Thailand’s politics and monarchy

These are the players and the situation on the ground as the junta-led Southeast Asian nation gears up for its first election since 2011.

19 Mar 2019 - 5:58PM

These are the players and the situation on the ground as the junta-led Southeast Asian nation gears up for its first election since 2011.

Explained: Thailand’s politics and monarchy
‘Traumatised and paranoid’: Malaysians in New Zealand struggle after Christchurch terrorist attack

While there is caution and anxiety among the community, the people of Christchurch and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have been commended for their sensitivity.

22 Mar 2019 - 8:38AM

While there is caution and anxiety among the community, the people of Christchurch and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have been commended for their sensitivity.

‘Traumatised and paranoid’: Malaysians in New Zealand struggle after Christchurch terrorist attack
New Zealand shootings: ‘How do you tell a child some people don’t like you because you’re Muslim?’

Sumeera Dawood, who moved from South Africa in 2016, says the attacks were ‘completely out of the blue’.

23 Mar 2019 - 9:06AM

Sumeera Dawood, who moved from South Africa in 2016, says the attacks were ‘completely out of the blue’.

New Zealand shootings: ‘How do you tell a child some people don’t like you because you’re Muslim?’
New Zealand shooting: 49 killed, more than 40 wounded in mass shootings at Christchurch mosques

A rifle-wielding gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques on Friday in New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting. A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder.

18 Mar 2019 - 3:51PM

A rifle-wielding gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques on Friday in New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting. A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder.

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed, more than 40 wounded in mass shootings at Christchurch mosques
Details emerge of Chinese national Cui Yajie’s grisly death as her Singaporean lover Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock stands trial

Her Singaporean lover has pleaded not guilty, saying he did not murder her but killed her after being provoked into a ‘sudden fight’, according to his lawyer.

14 Mar 2019 - 9:21AM

Her Singaporean lover has pleaded not guilty, saying he did not murder her but killed her after being provoked into a ‘sudden fight’, according to his lawyer.

Details emerge of Chinese national Cui Yajie’s grisly death as her Singaporean lover Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock stands trial
Explainer | Explained: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)

Apec promotes economic growth, cooperation, and trade and investment liberalisation in the Pacific Rim. Its members are referred to as economies, not states, so delegates from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan can all participate.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:36AM

Apec promotes economic growth, cooperation, and trade and investment liberalisation in the Pacific Rim. Its members are referred to as economies, not states, so delegates from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan can all participate.

Explained: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)
Explainer | Explained: Asia’s aviation success stories – and its biggest flight disasters

From budget airlines and a boom in passengers to the mystery disappearance of MH370 and the Lion Air crash, Asia’s aviation sector has seen stunning highs – and devastating lows.

12 Mar 2019 - 4:59PM

From budget airlines and a boom in passengers to the mystery disappearance of MH370 and the Lion Air crash, Asia’s aviation sector has seen stunning highs – and devastating lows.

Explained: Asia’s aviation success stories – and its biggest flight disasters
Explainer | Explained: gay rights, LGBTQ and same-sex marriage in Asia

Taiwan and Australia are beacons of progress on LGBTQ issues, while India is improving (but Hong Kong not so much). Meanwhile, Indonesia and Malaysia are going backwards.

12 Mar 2019 - 5:21PM

Taiwan and Australia are beacons of progress on LGBTQ issues, while India is improving (but Hong Kong not so much). Meanwhile, Indonesia and Malaysia are going backwards.

Explained: gay rights, LGBTQ and same-sex marriage in Asia
Asia’s vegetarian culture fuelled a global trend. But is going meatless good for your health?

Saving the world, and its animals – there’s a lot to be said for going vegetarian. But sceptics, Chinese medicine practitioners among them, say without a balance, your body may pay the price

9 Mar 2019 - 6:19PM

Saving the world, and its animals – there’s a lot to be said for going vegetarian. But sceptics, Chinese medicine practitioners among them, say without a balance, your body may pay the price

Asia’s vegetarian culture fuelled a global trend. But is going meatless good for your health?
Vegan pork in Hong Kong, impossible burgers in Singapore: how investors grew fat on Asia’s fad for mock meat

A multibillion-dollar industry wants meat-eaters to embrace plant-based alternatives –but why eat mock meat when the real thing is half the price and twice as tasty?

9 Mar 2019 - 6:18PM

A multibillion-dollar industry wants meat-eaters to embrace plant-based alternatives –but why eat mock meat when the real thing is half the price and twice as tasty?

Vegan pork in Hong Kong, impossible burgers in Singapore: how investors grew fat on Asia’s fad for mock meat
Royal mess: From a palace murder to a purged princess, Asia’s aristocrats have been rocked by scandal

Like their counterparts in the West, the gilded lives of Asian aristocrats have been beset by tragedy, scandals and punctuated by periods of socio-political tension

26 Feb 2019 - 4:20PM

Like their counterparts in the West, the gilded lives of Asian aristocrats have been beset by tragedy, scandals and punctuated by periods of socio-political tension

Royal mess: From a palace murder to a purged princess, Asia’s aristocrats have been rocked by scandal
Explainer | Explained: Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges US$4.5 billion was siphoned from 1MDB between 2009 and 2014.

28 Mar 2019 - 6:35PM

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges US$4.5 billion was siphoned from 1MDB between 2009 and 2014.

Explained: Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal
Explainer | Explained: how the Korean peninsula was divided

Following the second world war, two separate governments were established in 1948 – one backed by the US in the South, the other backed by the Soviet Union in the North.

6 Mar 2019 - 4:07PM

Following the second world war, two separate governments were established in 1948 – one backed by the US in the South, the other backed by the Soviet Union in the North.

Explained: how the Korean peninsula was divided
What does Year of the Pig have in store for Modi, Abe and other Asian leaders? We asked four fortune-tellers

With elections looming in India, Indonesia and Australia, we asked four of Hong Kong’s best known soothsayers what the future holds

1 Feb 2019 - 5:58PM

With elections looming in India, Indonesia and Australia, we asked four of Hong Kong’s best known soothsayers what the future holds

What does Year of the Pig have in store for Modi, Abe and other Asian leaders? We asked four fortune-tellers
Big brother Huawei kitted out this Philippine city. Is China watching?

Huawei’s state of the art surveillance systems at a Philippine ‘safe city’ spark paranoia that a Chinese big brother is watching. But the driving force behind the use of Chinese technology could be private sector greed rather than a sinister, snooping state

28 Jan 2019 - 7:23PM

Huawei’s state of the art surveillance systems at a Philippine ‘safe city’ spark paranoia that a Chinese big brother is watching. But the driving force behind the use of Chinese technology could be private sector greed rather than a sinister, snooping state

Big brother Huawei kitted out this Philippine city. Is China watching?