Sean McMinn

Sean McMinn

Sean McMinn is an associate professor of language education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and teaches an undergraduate course on digital literacy.

Latest from Sean McMinn

Opinion | Why Hong Kong students spreading racist coronavirus memes and blaming China are playing with fire

The Covid-19 crisis extends beyond Hong Kong politics and China. Singaporeans and Hongkongers have been racially targeted overseas because of the virus. Pinning the virus on China only reinforces bigotry and racism.

25 Mar 2020 - 7:04AM

The Covid-19 crisis extends beyond Hong Kong politics and China. Singaporeans and Hongkongers have been racially targeted overseas because of the virus. Pinning the virus on China only reinforces bigotry and racism.

Why Hong Kong students spreading racist coronavirus memes and blaming China are playing with fire
Opinion | How Hong Kong protest memes can spread hatred, racism and patent falsehoods

Memes work by oversimplification and appeal to raw emotion, they are provocative, incapable of complexities and, in Hong Kong’s case, serve to fan the fires that divide. Meme sharers should think twice.

18 Oct 2019 - 10:37AM

Memes work by oversimplification and appeal to raw emotion, they are provocative, incapable of complexities and, in Hong Kong’s case, serve to fan the fires that divide. Meme sharers should think twice.

How Hong Kong protest memes can spread hatred, racism and patent falsehoods