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Ling Woo Liu
Ling Woo Liu
Ling Woo Liu is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a communications director at social justice nonprofits. Earlier in her career, she spent a decade as a journalist, including a stint as a writer for TIME in Hong Kong.

In 1910 Dr Wu Lien-teh travelled to Harbin in northeast China to lead the fight against an outbreak of plague. He pioneered he use of face masks to combat infection, and inspired descendants to follow him and become doctors.

Slurs that dehumanise people can linger in the public domain, especially if the media is complicit in their use, as several US examples show. It's time for Hong Kong to stop the degrading name-calling.