Philip Yeung

Philip Yeung is a former speech-writer to the president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and currently a freelance speech-writer and ghostwriter to local civic and government leaders. He is a guest lecturer at various tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China on public speaking and academic writing. He was educated at the University of Toronto.
Philip Yeung
Philip Yeung is a former speech-writer to the president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and currently a freelance speech-writer and ghostwriter to local civic and government leaders. He is a guest lecturer at various tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and mainland China on public speaking and academic writing. He was educated at the University of Toronto.

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Opinion | Do we get our money’s worth from the HKMA? It would seem not

The body has never faced public scrutiny, but its silence on recent fraud scams involving gold raise questions about its purpose

3 Feb 2019 - 9:28AM

The body has never faced public scrutiny, but its silence on recent fraud scams involving gold raise questions about its purpose

Do we get our money’s worth from the HKMA? It would seem not
Opinion | Hong Kong must roll back its plan to raise age limit for elderly welfare. But will Carrie Lam admit she’s wrong?

It is cruel to target one of the most vulnerable groups in society to make a point about the need to prepare for an ageing population. Instead, the government should work harder at ensuring more elderly people find work.

17 Jan 2019 - 12:42PM

It is cruel to target one of the most vulnerable groups in society to make a point about the need to prepare for an ageing population. Instead, the government should work harder at ensuring more elderly people find work.

Hong Kong must roll back its plan to raise age limit for elderly welfare. But will Carrie Lam admit she’s wrong?
Opinion | Help our teachers reform Hong Kong’s distorted education system

Hong Kong’s ailing school system, as evidenced by survey findings of unhappy teachers and students, must be fixed. In its role as a trainer of teachers, the Education University must steer teachers to stop teaching to the test.

30 Dec 2018 - 11:51AM

Hong Kong’s ailing school system, as evidenced by survey findings of unhappy teachers and students, must be fixed. In its role as a trainer of teachers, the Education University must steer teachers to stop teaching to the test.

Help our teachers reform Hong Kong’s distorted education system
Opinion | How English testing is failing Chinese students by driving numbers, not proficiency

As the market for English assessments, such as IELTS, grows in China, test designers should ensure that exam questions encourage true language learning.

12 Dec 2018 - 6:37AM

As the market for English assessments, such as IELTS, grows in China, test designers should ensure that exam questions encourage true language learning.

How English testing is failing Chinese students by driving numbers, not proficiency
Opinion | The FCC has behaved like a rude guest, but Hong Kong didn’t need to evict journalist Victor Mallet

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club provoked Hong Kong and China when it gave a separatist a public platform. In testing the limits of freedom of speech, the FCC has contributed to its curtailment, but now is the time for quiet diplomacy to prevail.

8 Oct 2018 - 7:10PM

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club provoked Hong Kong and China when it gave a separatist a public platform. In testing the limits of freedom of speech, the FCC has contributed to its curtailment, but now is the time for quiet diplomacy to prevail.

The FCC has behaved like a rude guest, but Hong Kong didn’t need to evict journalist Victor Mallet
Attention Hong Kong bureaucrats: venture outside your bubble to see how the rest of the city lives – then act

The Hong Kong government take more than it gives, as it sits on massive surpluses and fails to deliver policies, on everything from education to the elderly, that actually help those in need.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The Hong Kong government take more than it gives, as it sits on massive surpluses and fails to deliver policies, on everything from education to the elderly, that actually help those in need.

Attention Hong Kong bureaucrats: venture outside your bubble to see how the rest of the city lives – then act
If Hong Kong encroaches on ‘one country’, don’t cry when China erodes ‘two systems’

Free speech in Hong Kong universities must have limits, if the city is to maintain the delicate balance of ‘one country, two systems’. It is one thing to have students fighting for universal suffrage, and another to have them advocating separation.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Free speech in Hong Kong universities must have limits, if the city is to maintain the delicate balance of ‘one country, two systems’. It is one thing to have students fighting for universal suffrage, and another to have them advocating separation.

If Hong Kong encroaches on ‘one country’, don’t cry when China erodes ‘two systems’
Opinion | It’s not just Carrie Lam: Hong Kong as a whole seems to have forgotten the importance of English

The chief executive snapping at a reporter after an English-language question was more than a faux pas: it shows that the prioritisation of English in this bilingual city has been steadily diminishing.

7 Jul 2018 - 8:57PM

The chief executive snapping at a reporter after an English-language question was more than a faux pas: it shows that the prioritisation of English in this bilingual city has been steadily diminishing.

It’s not just Carrie Lam: Hong Kong as a whole seems to have forgotten the importance of English
Budget surplus can help free our elderly poor from financial prison in Hong Kong

Given Hong Kong’s massive surplus and its problem with poverty – and suicide – among the elderly, it should loosen its requirements for supporting their living arrangements.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Given Hong Kong’s massive surplus and its problem with poverty – and suicide – among the elderly, it should loosen its requirements for supporting their living arrangements.

Budget surplus can help free our elderly poor from financial prison in Hong Kong
Home improvements should not be illegal in Hong Kong – renovate the rules on illegal structures instead

Illegal structures in Hong Kong are common given the high cost of land. It’s time to review the regulations on home improvement.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Illegal structures in Hong Kong are common given the high cost of land. It’s time to review the regulations on home improvement.

Home improvements should not be illegal in Hong Kong – renovate the rules on illegal structures instead
Unruly students in Hong Kong are the product of a failed education system devoid of rich reading 

The rowdy student protest at Baptist University shows secondary schools have failed to cultivate a moral compass in young people. A rich reading programme for both teachers and students would remedy this.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

The rowdy student protest at Baptist University shows secondary schools have failed to cultivate a moral compass in young people. A rich reading programme for both teachers and students would remedy this.

Unruly students in Hong Kong are the product of a failed education system devoid of rich reading 
Why can’t Chinese graduates speak good English? Blame the teaching methods
Why put a recycling plant in an area of Hong Kong where it’s not welcome?
Why pop star Agnes Chan as Hong Kong’s education secretary would be a stroke of genius
Will Hong Kong’s Democrats see reason, or push the city towards futility?
The leader Hong Kong needs
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The leader Hong Kong needs
Hong Kong’s rigid retirement rules make no sense, as city fails to separate brain from brawn
Hong Kong must not revive detested TSA exam
Don’t force Cathay Pacific cabin crew to retire at 55
Blame Hong Kong’s failed education reform for independence activism in schools
Cantonese TV coverage of Olympics is yet another display of ill-informed, nauseating amateurism
Hong Kong is ailing from an attack of selfish doctors
Hong Kong should relax its rules on hawker licences to help the poor
Mistakes and misreadings have put Hong Kong’s TSA dispute in a different class
Wiser use of charity dollars can give Hong Kong’s poorer students a real shot at a proper education
Expired: Hong Kong government's ideas about Chinese medicine are clearly past their sell-by date
Peng Liyuan's fluent English should open our eyes to Hong Kong's falling standards
HKU appointment row is a proxy war waged not for the university's benefit
Hong Kong’s ‘objective’ student evaluations are a blight that need to be removed
At top universities, only original thinkers need apply