Justin Bong-Kwan

Justin Bong-Kwan

Justin Bong-Kwan is a practising barrister based in Hong Kong and a freelance writer.

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Opinion | Hong Kong government must be sensitive to the risk of institutional racism in decision-making

Amid the outcry over officials’ careless remarks, a mandatory vaccine proposal and compulsory Covid-19 testing, the government must think carefully about its basis for targeting certain groups.

Amid the outcry over officials’ careless remarks, a mandatory vaccine proposal and compulsory Covid-19 testing, the government must think carefully about its basis for targeting certain groups.

30 May 2021 - 6:59AM
Opinion | BN(O) passport holders fleeing Hong Kong should know Britain has a racism problem

With anti-Asian attacks rising around the world, racism is a concern for those thinking of moving to the UK. Without working to make Britain more inclusive, the socio-economic discontent that led to Brexit could target settlers from Hong Kong.

With anti-Asian attacks rising around the world, racism is a concern for those thinking of moving to the UK. Without working to make Britain more inclusive, the socio-economic discontent that led to Brexit could target settlers from Hong Kong.

7 Apr 2021 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s growing sense of identity as a Chinese city is natural and should be embraced

2020 was a watershed for Hong Kong, with the introduction of the national security law and others that will strengthen its sense of belonging to China. Some Hongkongers will leave, but they will be replaced by others drawn to the possibilities of change.

2020 was a watershed for Hong Kong, with the introduction of the national security law and others that will strengthen its sense of belonging to China. Some Hongkongers will leave, but they will be replaced by others drawn to the possibilities of change.

16 Jan 2021 - 7:14AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s honours system must be recognised as a colonial legacy in disguise

Although British chivalric orders have given way to Hong Kong’s own honours, such as the Order of the Grand Bauhinia, the system remains a problematic symbol of inequality and social divisiveness, and needs to be revamped.

Although British chivalric orders have given way to Hong Kong’s own honours, such as the Order of the Grand Bauhinia, the system remains a problematic symbol of inequality and social divisiveness, and needs to be revamped.

11 Dec 2020 - 6:52AM
Opinion | Black Lives Matter protests offer an opportunity for Hong Kong to examine police attitudes to the city’s racial minorities

The 2009 police killing of a Nepalese man shocked Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities, who have long complained of racial profiling. An inquiry into institutional racism is long overdue. The government must start to remedy any racial injustices in the community.

The 2009 police killing of a Nepalese man shocked Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities, who have long complained of racial profiling. An inquiry into institutional racism is long overdue. The government must start to remedy any racial injustices in the community.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:40AM
Opinion | What coronavirus-weary Hong Kong can learn from Napoleon, Oscar Wilde and Martin Luther King

Hongkongers, used to life in the fast lane, have struggled to adapt to spending more time in their often small homes. History, however, shows that time spent in isolation can be productive.

Hongkongers, used to life in the fast lane, have struggled to adapt to spending more time in their often small homes. History, however, shows that time spent in isolation can be productive.

26 Apr 2020 - 9:34AM
Opinion | What’s ailing Hong Kong? Not just coronavirus-induced panic but also months of mental stress

The Covid-19 outbreak comes at a time when mental health in Hong Kong is at its most fragile in eight years. Hong Kong society is being forced to fight the virus before it can recover from the trauma of the anti-government protests.

The Covid-19 outbreak comes at a time when mental health in Hong Kong is at its most fragile in eight years. Hong Kong society is being forced to fight the virus before it can recover from the trauma of the anti-government protests.

7 Mar 2020 - 7:13AM
Opinion | Don’t let Hong Kong district council election politics detract from the importance of community affairs

Pro-democracy district councillors, having scored a sweeping victory, must not forget their fundamental responsibilities: to counsel the government on community affairs and ensure their constituents’ welfare needs are met.

Pro-democracy district councillors, having scored a sweeping victory, must not forget their fundamental responsibilities: to counsel the government on community affairs and ensure their constituents’ welfare needs are met.

27 Nov 2019 - 6:14AM
Opinion | Dangerous resource for hire? Hong Kong’s triads have a long history of political involvement

The violent attacks in Yuen Long are a reminder that while Hong Kong’s triads are today known to be business-savvy, their special place in society makes them uniquely dangerous.

The violent attacks in Yuen Long are a reminder that while Hong Kong’s triads are today known to be business-savvy, their special place in society makes them uniquely dangerous.

10 Aug 2019 - 12:35PM
Opinion | How Britain’s capitalist experiment has shaped Hong Kong’s attitudes and values, from education to health care and urban planning

Under the British, a policy of laissez-faire capitalism plus the strong Chinese work ethic made the dreams of Hongkongers a reality. Today, however, the endless toil is taking its toll as the city struggles to safeguard the wider public interest.

Under the British, a policy of laissez-faire capitalism plus the strong Chinese work ethic made the dreams of Hongkongers a reality. Today, however, the endless toil is taking its toll as the city struggles to safeguard the wider public interest.

4 Jul 2019 - 9:15AM