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 | 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.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:40AM

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.

Black Lives Matter protests offer an opportunity for Hong Kong to examine police attitudes to the city’s racial minorities
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.

26 Apr 2020 - 9:34AM

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.

What coronavirus-weary Hong Kong can learn from Napoleon, Oscar Wilde and Martin Luther King
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.

7 Mar 2020 - 7:13AM

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.

What’s ailing Hong Kong? Not just coronavirus-induced panic but also months of mental stress
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.

27 Nov 2019 - 6:14AM

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.

Don’t let Hong Kong district council election politics detract from the importance of community affairs
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.

10 Aug 2019 - 12:35PM

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.

Dangerous resource for hire? Hong Kong’s triads have a long history of political involvement
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.

4 Jul 2019 - 9:15AM

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.

How Britain’s capitalist experiment has shaped Hong Kong’s attitudes and values, from education to health care and urban planning