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: 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.

21 Mar 2019 - 5:43PM

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’.

18 Mar 2019 - 3:53PM

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.

6 Mar 2019 - 4:06PM

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?
Playgrounds in Hong Kong are uninspiring, but one NGO is trying to change that with an area that hits all the right notes

The size of a football pitch, Tuen Mun Park was designed with children in mind, and unlike some other city parks, it isn’t in the least bit dull.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:02AM

The size of a football pitch, Tuen Mun Park was designed with children in mind, and unlike some other city parks, it isn’t in the least bit dull.

Playgrounds in Hong Kong are uninspiring, but one NGO is trying to change that with an area that hits all the right notes
Hong Kong paralympian applies sports dedication to second love – blog on barrier-free restaurants

Ho Yuen-kei is boccia world No 4 and training for Tokyo 2020, but in her spare time she runs a blog on the most wheelchair accessible restaurants in the city.

19 Jan 2019 - 9:23AM

Ho Yuen-kei is boccia world No 4 and training for Tokyo 2020, but in her spare time she runs a blog on the most wheelchair accessible restaurants in the city.

Hong Kong paralympian applies sports dedication to second love – blog on barrier-free restaurants
HK$8 meals served with a side of job coaching at this Hong Kong lunch club with a difference

Four centres run by French Chamber Foundation aim to help unemployed people and low-income workers find new jobs and improve their lives.

12 Jan 2019 - 11:06AM

Four centres run by French Chamber Foundation aim to help unemployed people and low-income workers find new jobs and improve their lives.

HK$8 meals served with a side of job coaching at this Hong Kong lunch club with a difference
Irvins apologises for dead lizard discovery in popular salted fish skin snack

The dead reptile was found in a packet after half the bag had been eaten

3 Jan 2019 - 7:25AM

The dead reptile was found in a packet after half the bag had been eaten

Irvins apologises for dead lizard discovery in popular salted fish skin snack
Poisonous cane toads mating with mangoes, snakes and killing crocodiles: Australia battling an infestation of ‘epic proportions’

Native to the US and Americas, the amphibian was introduced to control a beetle outbreak, but the experiment failed spectacularly

3 Jan 2019 - 5:39PM

Native to the US and Americas, the amphibian was introduced to control a beetle outbreak, but the experiment failed spectacularly

Poisonous cane toads mating with mangoes, snakes and killing crocodiles: Australia battling an infestation of ‘epic proportions’
From hotpot horror to a hologram bride, these offbeat Asia stories were well-read in 2018

Some ended in tragedy while others seemed more like the stuff of fiction

31 Dec 2018 - 6:20AM

Some ended in tragedy while others seemed more like the stuff of fiction

From hotpot horror to a hologram bride, these offbeat Asia stories were well-read in 2018
From Malaysia’s 25-year-old minister to North Korean defector activists, these people’s stories fascinated Asia in 2018

Individuals whose unique experiences helped define 2018 look back on a tumultuous year and share their hopes for 2019

27 Dec 2018 - 4:36PM

Individuals whose unique experiences helped define 2018 look back on a tumultuous year and share their hopes for 2019

From Malaysia’s 25-year-old minister to North Korean defector activists, these people’s stories fascinated Asia in 2018
The not-so-beautiful game: how the FA stifled women’s football for 50 years and paved the way for today’s vast gender gap
This Year in Asia: our most popular stories from 2018

From that election in Malaysia to dating sites in Singapore and a storm over the ethnicity of the Philippines’ Miss Universe, here are 12 of the most popular This Week in Asia stories from 2018

24 Dec 2018 - 9:24AM

From that election in Malaysia to dating sites in Singapore and a storm over the ethnicity of the Philippines’ Miss Universe, here are 12 of the most popular This Week in Asia stories from 2018

This Year in Asia: our most popular stories from 2018
Hong Kong’s women footballers fight misconceptions and time constraints forcing them to move abroad to pursue love of the game

First Hong Kong female turned pro in 2017 after moving to Australia, and more have moved away to pursue a career in football

22 Dec 2018 - 8:50PM

First Hong Kong female turned pro in 2017 after moving to Australia, and more have moved away to pursue a career in football

Hong Kong’s women footballers fight misconceptions and time constraints forcing them to move abroad to pursue love of the game
Philippine lawmaker wants holiday to honour South China Sea ruling in favour of Manila

Duterte critic Gary C. Alejano of the Magdalo Party-List says move would inspire Filipinos and promote national pride.

21 Dec 2018 - 3:10AM

Duterte critic Gary C. Alejano of the Magdalo Party-List says move would inspire Filipinos and promote national pride.

Philippine lawmaker wants holiday to honour South China Sea ruling in favour of Manila
Death by stigma: the cancer myths that kill Asians

It isn’t contagious, a trial from God, caused by a jinx or immoral behaviour, yet beliefs such as these are preventing many Asian sufferers from getting the early treatment that could save their lives

20 Dec 2018 - 6:15PM

It isn’t contagious, a trial from God, caused by a jinx or immoral behaviour, yet beliefs such as these are preventing many Asian sufferers from getting the early treatment that could save their lives

Death by stigma: the cancer myths that kill Asians
Huawei’s banned, but where’s the backlash in New Zealand?

Sources say there has been no uptick in overt racism or economic turbulence. But some observers feel the country has been caught up in the US-China trade war, and there has been more debate over Beijing’s ties with Wellington.

1 Dec 2018 - 10:58PM

Sources say there has been no uptick in overt racism or economic turbulence. But some observers feel the country has been caught up in the US-China trade war, and there has been more debate over Beijing’s ties with Wellington.

Huawei’s banned, but where’s the backlash in New Zealand?
Smelly lunch, tiger mom: what’s your Subtle Asian Trait?

A Facebook group with 700,000 members is helping Asian immigrants have the last laugh when it comes to the racist stereotypes they have experience abroad.

24 Nov 2018 - 2:05PM

A Facebook group with 700,000 members is helping Asian immigrants have the last laugh when it comes to the racist stereotypes they have experience abroad.

Smelly lunch, tiger mom: what’s your Subtle Asian Trait?
Forced labour a sore topic between South Korea and Japan as court verdict looms
  • Since 2012, there have been flurry of lawsuits seeking to overturn historical legal decisions favouring Japanese firms who used conscripted workers. But experts say wrangling in courts may be a setback for reconciliation efforts
22 Nov 2018 - 7:40PM
  • Since 2012, there have been flurry of lawsuits seeking to overturn historical legal decisions favouring Japanese firms who used conscripted workers. But experts say wrangling in courts may be a setback for reconciliation efforts
Forced labour a sore topic between South Korea and Japan as court verdict looms