Raquel Carvalho

Hong Kong

Raquel Carvalho

Asia Correspondent

Raquel Carvalho is Asia Correspondent for the Post. She joined the newspaper in 2014. Most of her investigative and in-depth stories have been focused on human rights, cross-border security, illicit trade and corruption. She was previously the chief reporter at a Portuguese daily newspaper in Macau, where she moved to from Europe in 2008.

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Stanley Ho: how the Macau casino tycoon’s love life shaped his success

Ho had four women he called his wives, and a complex network of family relations that were sometimes shaken by fights over power and money.

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Ho had four women he called his wives, and a complex network of family relations that were sometimes shaken by fights over power and money.

Stanley Ho: how the Macau casino tycoon’s love life shaped his success
Stanley Ho: the Macau casino tycoon who set his sights far beyond the gambling table

Involved in formulating the Basic Law for Hong Kong as well as Macau, he was also known for visionary plans such as leasing the cities to the UN.

27 May 2020 - 3:45AM

Involved in formulating the Basic Law for Hong Kong as well as Macau, he was also known for visionary plans such as leasing the cities to the UN.

Stanley Ho: the Macau casino tycoon who set his sights far beyond the gambling table
Asia’s next coronavirus flashpoint? Overcrowded, neglected prisons

Covid-19 is poised to cut a swathe through the region’s cramped, underfunded prisons but neglect and a lack of testing mean the true extent of the crisis may never be known.

10 May 2020 - 11:04AM

Covid-19 is poised to cut a swathe through the region’s cramped, underfunded prisons but neglect and a lack of testing mean the true extent of the crisis may never be known.

Asia’s next coronavirus flashpoint? Overcrowded, neglected prisons
How coronavirus pushes Hong Kong domestic workers into debt traps

Job uncertainties and pressure to support their families under lockdowns mean domestic workers are more vulnerable to harassment by money lenders.

3 May 2020 - 7:45AM

Job uncertainties and pressure to support their families under lockdowns mean domestic workers are more vulnerable to harassment by money lenders.

How coronavirus pushes Hong Kong domestic workers into debt traps
Coronavirus: ‘I don’t want to infect my children,’ says Hong Kong sex worker

Sex workers in Asian cities are facing greater health risks and violence amid the pandemic – and their income is drying up.

18 Apr 2020 - 11:57PM

Sex workers in Asian cities are facing greater health risks and violence amid the pandemic – and their income is drying up.

Coronavirus: ‘I don’t want to infect my children,’ says Hong Kong sex worker
Hong Kong domestic workers ‘angry’ at exclusion from coronavirus relief measures

Union leaders and advocates say domestic workers should also receive cash handouts designed to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

10 Apr 2020 - 6:30AM

Union leaders and advocates say domestic workers should also receive cash handouts designed to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Hong Kong domestic workers ‘angry’ at exclusion from coronavirus relief measures
‘Children in a dog cage’: how coronavirus puts Asia’s most vulnerable at greater risk of homelessness, human trafficking

Closed schools and job losses are making impoverished children easy prey for predators, while lockdowns leave victims of trafficking and domestic abuse more trapped than ever.

5 Apr 2020 - 9:46AM

Closed schools and job losses are making impoverished children easy prey for predators, while lockdowns leave victims of trafficking and domestic abuse more trapped than ever.

‘Children in a dog cage’: how coronavirus puts Asia’s most vulnerable at greater risk of homelessness, human trafficking
Bernardita Catalla, the Philippines’ former consul general to Hong Kong, dies of coronavirus in Beirut

Catalla was Manila’s ambassador to Lebanon at the time of her death. In Hong Kong, domestic workers’ union leaders recalled her as ‘a good consul general who tried to listen to opinions’.

2 Apr 2020 - 8:43PM

Catalla was Manila’s ambassador to Lebanon at the time of her death. In Hong Kong, domestic workers’ union leaders recalled her as ‘a good consul general who tried to listen to opinions’.

Bernardita Catalla, the Philippines’ former consul general to Hong Kong, dies of coronavirus in Beirut
Coronavirus: China helps while US sanctions ‘terrorise’, says Iran’s Hong Kong envoy

As Tehran’s man in Hong Kong accuses US sanctions of hurting its efforts to fight Covid-19, experts say the crisis will increase Iran’s reliance on Beijing.

24 Mar 2020 - 11:56PM

As Tehran’s man in Hong Kong accuses US sanctions of hurting its efforts to fight Covid-19, experts say the crisis will increase Iran’s reliance on Beijing.

Coronavirus: China helps while US sanctions ‘terrorise’, says Iran’s Hong Kong envoy
Iranians find little to celebrate as spectre of coronavirus hangs over Persian New Year

Iranians speaking to This Week in Asia see no end to the outbreak, with some forced to change their traditions during a period usually marked by travel and communal celebrations.

22 Mar 2020 - 2:16AM

Iranians speaking to This Week in Asia see no end to the outbreak, with some forced to change their traditions during a period usually marked by travel and communal celebrations.

Iranians find little to celebrate as spectre of coronavirus hangs over Persian New Year
Coronavirus: Manila lockdown sparks fears among Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong

Some are concerned about the safety of their relatives in the Philippines as well as about the quarantine measures they may face if they return home.

13 Mar 2020 - 11:06PM

Some are concerned about the safety of their relatives in the Philippines as well as about the quarantine measures they may face if they return home.

Coronavirus: Manila lockdown sparks fears among Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong
‘Kingdoms of women’: how modernity threatens Asia’s female-centric societies

Communities centred around women have existed for centuries in China, India and Indonesia, but an influx of tourists, technology and new ideas is rapidly changing their way of life.

8 Mar 2020 - 4:22PM

Communities centred around women have existed for centuries in China, India and Indonesia, but an influx of tourists, technology and new ideas is rapidly changing their way of life.

‘Kingdoms of women’: how modernity threatens Asia’s female-centric societies
Unsung heroes: 5 Asian women transcending gender roles

From motherhood in Hong Kong to protests in India, menstruation huts in Nepal and life as a lesbian domestic worker, five women share their perspectives.

8 Mar 2020 - 4:20PM

From motherhood in Hong Kong to protests in India, menstruation huts in Nepal and life as a lesbian domestic worker, five women share their perspectives.

Unsung heroes: 5 Asian women transcending gender roles
Coronavirus fuels rise in Hong Kong domestic worker sackings

Reasons cited for the dismissals range from arguments over leaving the house on days off, to employers claiming they have lost their jobs or are leaving the city.

1 Mar 2020 - 10:19AM

Reasons cited for the dismissals range from arguments over leaving the house on days off, to employers claiming they have lost their jobs or are leaving the city.

Coronavirus fuels rise in Hong Kong domestic worker sackings
Stressed, isolated: Migrants face increased mental health risks amid coronavirus crisis

Researchers call for equal access to health services, as migrant workers report increased levels of stress and anxiety amid the crisis.

28 Feb 2020 - 7:05PM

Researchers call for equal access to health services, as migrant workers report increased levels of stress and anxiety amid the crisis.

Stressed, isolated: Migrants face increased mental health risks amid coronavirus crisis
Coronavirus: Anxious Asian countries want China flight ban, says new poll

Of those surveyed, 84 per cent want a blanket ban on all air travel from the mainland, while residents of Hong Kong and Japan believe the situation will worsen in the next month.

20 Feb 2020 - 2:38AM

Of those surveyed, 84 per cent want a blanket ban on all air travel from the mainland, while residents of Hong Kong and Japan believe the situation will worsen in the next month.

Coronavirus: Anxious Asian countries want China flight ban, says new poll
Hong Kong’s first Filipino domestic worker infected with coronavirus ‘in good spirits’

The 32-year-old woman is in isolation at a local hospital and says she has no symptoms including fever or coughing, according to Manila’s top envoy.

20 Feb 2020 - 2:15PM

The 32-year-old woman is in isolation at a local hospital and says she has no symptoms including fever or coughing, according to Manila’s top envoy.

Hong Kong’s first Filipino domestic worker infected with coronavirus ‘in good spirits’
Coronavirus: Hong Kong families await return of thousands of stranded domestic helpers as the Philippines lifts travel ban

A 32-year-old becomes first Filipino maid to be infected with Covid-19 in the city as local total reaches 62.

19 Mar 2020 - 12:27AM

A 32-year-old becomes first Filipino maid to be infected with Covid-19 in the city as local total reaches 62.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong families await return of thousands of stranded domestic helpers as the Philippines lifts travel ban
Bride trafficking, a problem on China’s belt and road

As Beijing’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure drive expands across Asia, experts say the greater regional connectivity may have an unwanted by-product: a rise in human trafficking.

3 Mar 2020 - 12:33PM

As Beijing’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure drive expands across Asia, experts say the greater regional connectivity may have an unwanted by-product: a rise in human trafficking.

Bride trafficking, a problem on China’s belt and road
Coronavirus game changers? Hong Kong, Macau universities are developing tests that work in less than an hour

Slow screening processes have hampered the fight against the coronavirus. But university teams are working on portable devices that offer results in as little as 30 minutes.

7 Feb 2020 - 4:31PM

Slow screening processes have hampered the fight against the coronavirus. But university teams are working on portable devices that offer results in as little as 30 minutes.

Coronavirus game changers? Hong Kong, Macau universities are developing tests that work in less than an hour
‘It’s chaos’: Hong Kong’s domestic workers call for help amid coronavirus outbreak

Many are growing anxious as they are unable to get masks and hand sanitiser, while some are being fired as their employers leave the city as the crisis grows.

4 Feb 2020 - 4:22PM

Many are growing anxious as they are unable to get masks and hand sanitiser, while some are being fired as their employers leave the city as the crisis grows.

‘It’s chaos’: Hong Kong’s domestic workers call for help amid coronavirus outbreak
Nepal to probe why 1,000 migrant workers die in Asia, Middle East each year

Some 1,000 Nepalese die every year in countries such as Malaysia and Qatar, where stadiums for the 2022 Fifa World Cup are being built.

2 Feb 2020 - 2:16PM

Some 1,000 Nepalese die every year in countries such as Malaysia and Qatar, where stadiums for the 2022 Fifa World Cup are being built.

Nepal to probe why 1,000 migrant workers die in Asia, Middle East each year
Macau’s calm, organised handling of coronavirus crisis puts Hong Kong panic in perspective

A controlled distribution of face masks to residents is among the measures it has been lauded for taking, while desperate Hongkongers queue for hours.

1 Feb 2020 - 5:30PM

A controlled distribution of face masks to residents is among the measures it has been lauded for taking, while desperate Hongkongers queue for hours.

Macau’s calm, organised handling of coronavirus crisis puts Hong Kong panic in perspective
Evelyn Yang spoke out against sexual violence. What does that mean for Asian women?

Yang, married to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, last week spoke up about her sexual assault by a gynaecologist.

31 Jan 2020 - 1:33PM

Yang, married to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, last week spoke up about her sexual assault by a gynaecologist.

Evelyn Yang spoke out against sexual violence. What does that mean for Asian women?
Abused, fighting for justice: the ordeals of Asia’s migrant domestic workers in 2019

Domestic workers are in dire need of protection as cases of exploitation are rampant, with thousands losing money and children every year.

25 Dec 2019 - 1:00PM

Domestic workers are in dire need of protection as cases of exploitation are rampant, with thousands losing money and children every year.

Abused, fighting for justice: the ordeals of Asia’s migrant domestic workers in 2019
UN migration agency, Hong Kong firm launch blockchain tool to prevent exploitation of domestic workers

The UN has identified 84 human trafficking victims – most of them female domestic workers – in the city over the past two years.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:07AM

The UN has identified 84 human trafficking victims – most of them female domestic workers – in the city over the past two years.

UN migration agency, Hong Kong firm launch blockchain tool to prevent exploitation of domestic workers
They stole my mother’s organs: a Vietnamese human trafficking victim on going to the UK

Nguyen was just a child when he and his mother were captured in Vietnam. He was trafficked to the UK and forced to work on a cannabis farm before finally being rescued.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:17AM

Nguyen was just a child when he and his mother were captured in Vietnam. He was trafficked to the UK and forced to work on a cannabis farm before finally being rescued.

They stole my mother’s organs: a Vietnamese human trafficking victim on going to the UK
Why are so many Vietnamese risking their lives with human traffickers to reach the UK?

The 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck in Essex are just the tip of the iceberg; thousands of others are working illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:15AM

The 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck in Essex are just the tip of the iceberg; thousands of others are working illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants.

Why are so many Vietnamese risking their lives with human traffickers to reach the UK?
‘What do I tell them?’ When children ask about Hong Kong protests

Violent street clashes and youngsters on the front lines – these are the memories of 2019 for many of the city’s children. Psychologists worry about the toll.

2 Dec 2019 - 9:40AM

Violent street clashes and youngsters on the front lines – these are the memories of 2019 for many of the city’s children. Psychologists worry about the toll.

‘What do I tell them?’ When children ask about Hong Kong protests
Writers ‘can’t turn blind eye’ to migration issues in Trump’s America, says author Cristina Rivera Garza

The award-winning author says writers in Trump’s America play a crucial role at a time of harsh migration policies and hate speech against foreigners.

18 Nov 2019 - 12:42PM

The award-winning author says writers in Trump’s America play a crucial role at a time of harsh migration policies and hate speech against foreigners.

Writers ‘can’t turn blind eye’ to migration issues in Trump’s America, says author Cristina Rivera Garza