Paul Stapleton

Paul Stapleton

Paul Stapleton is a long-time resident of several countries in Asia, where he has been teaching and researching at various universities. He writes about environmental, social and educational issues. In his op-eds, Paul's goal is to shed some light on issues of interest as well as generate a bit of heat.

Latest from Paul Stapleton

Opinion | As Canadians languish in Chinese jails, Meng Wanzhou blogs about her ‘hardship’

The Huawei CFO’s tin-eared blog about her ‘rough road ahead’ is in sharp contrast to the grim fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, denied access to lawyers, with no trial date set. Between Canadian rule of law and Beijing’s ‘hostage diplomacy’, there is a clear deficit of fair play.

The Huawei CFO’s tin-eared blog about her ‘rough road ahead’ is in sharp contrast to the grim fate of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, denied access to lawyers, with no trial date set. Between Canadian rule of law and Beijing’s ‘hostage diplomacy’, there is a clear deficit of fair play.

25 Dec 2021 - 5:54AM
Opinion | Dealing with Hong Kong’s other serious ‘hot’ problem

The city uses too much air conditioning, contributing to record heat, and the government must take measures to reverse this dangerous trend

The city uses too much air conditioning, contributing to record heat, and the government must take measures to reverse this dangerous trend

17 Aug 2019 - 7:21PM
Opinion | Want creative self-starters? Free Hong Kong youths from the classroom

To better prepare our youths for a brave new technologically different world, education needs to change, starting with experiential, out-of-classroom self-learning.

To better prepare our youths for a brave new technologically different world, education needs to change, starting with experiential, out-of-classroom self-learning.

13 May 2019 - 9:00AM
Opinion | How Google Translate may disrupt English classes, and every other subject, in Hong Kong schools

Machine translation is advanced enough to produce believable versions of primary school students’ compositions. What are the implications for the way English and other subjects are now taught in Hong Kong?

Machine translation is advanced enough to produce believable versions of primary school students’ compositions. What are the implications for the way English and other subjects are now taught in Hong Kong?

16 Jan 2019 - 6:43AM
Opinion | Time to consider nature as well as nurture in Hong Kong’s education system

Universities should take the lead in looking at student’s all-round achievements, not just their exam scores, when considering applicants

Universities should take the lead in looking at student’s all-round achievements, not just their exam scores, when considering applicants

3 Nov 2018 - 7:08PM
A Hong Kong airport fourth runway may be good for business, but it would be terrible for the environment

The discussion surrounding a fourth runway for Hong Kong’s airport has ignored the high carbon footprint of air transport.

The discussion surrounding a fourth runway for Hong Kong’s airport has ignored the high carbon footprint of air transport.

30 Jun 2018 - 6:05PM
Opinion | Traditional or simplified? Debate on Chinese characters should be decided by pragmatics, not politics

It is understandable that Hongkongers want to preserve traditional Chinese characters but the writing on the wall is in favour of the simplified script.

It is understandable that Hongkongers want to preserve traditional Chinese characters but the writing on the wall is in favour of the simplified script.

12 Jun 2018 - 7:33PM
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English in Hong Kong may be getting better, so forget the nitpicking

There may be signs of an actual improvement in how the locals are speaking English, and that most of the complaints are coming from native speakers who can’t be bothered to learn any Cantonese

There may be signs of an actual improvement in how the locals are speaking English, and that most of the complaints are coming from native speakers who can’t be bothered to learn any Cantonese

13 Mar 2018 - 7:02PM
Celebrity golfers should stay out of Hong Kong housing issues

Celebrity golfers should stick to sport and the Hong Kong government to common sense on the issue of whether the Fanling golf course should be sacrificed for housing.

Celebrity golfers should stick to sport and the Hong Kong government to common sense on the issue of whether the Fanling golf course should be sacrificed for housing.

4 Feb 2018 - 5:27PM
Why inching forward on traffic fines and parking fees won’t halt Hong Kong’s congestion woes

The government’s reluctance to substantially raise penalties for traffic violations and parking meter fees indicates a lack of commitment to curbing congestion and pollution. However, the unrestricted growth in the number of private cars on the roads is the real problem.

The government’s reluctance to substantially raise penalties for traffic violations and parking meter fees indicates a lack of commitment to curbing congestion and pollution. However, the unrestricted growth in the number of private cars on the roads is the real problem.

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