Vijay Verghese

Vijay Verghese

Vijay Verghese is a Hong Kong-based journalist and editor of the online magazines AsianConversations.com and SmartTravelAsia.com.

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Opinion | Pandemic’s persistence means carefree holidays abroad won’t be returning any time soon

We are being slowly shoehorned into a highly restrictive travel regime that will become institutionalised. The rediscovery of home has its own rewards as those who go abroad will face increasingly tedious procedures, higher costs and long quarantines.

We are being slowly shoehorned into a highly restrictive travel regime that will become institutionalised. The rediscovery of home has its own rewards as those who go abroad will face increasingly tedious procedures, higher costs and long quarantines.

17 Sep 2021 - 2:30PM
Opinion | Hong Kong must step out of the darkness and embrace coronavirus vaccines

Eroding English standards, mistrust of the government and echo chamber chat forums have all contributed to the refusal to get vaccinated. Education and honest information that transcends borders are needed to bring Hong Kong into the light.

Eroding English standards, mistrust of the government and echo chamber chat forums have all contributed to the refusal to get vaccinated. Education and honest information that transcends borders are needed to bring Hong Kong into the light.

12 Jun 2021 - 7:47AM
Opinion | Covid-19 passports trump travel bubbles, but digital security and test efficacy concerns must be addressed

The postponement of the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble showed why such deals are risky and prone to failure. Standardised testing metrics and QR codes are a more stable option, but ensuring data privacy and the reliability of testing remains challenging.

The postponement of the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble showed why such deals are risky and prone to failure. Standardised testing metrics and QR codes are a more stable option, but ensuring data privacy and the reliability of testing remains challenging.

30 Nov 2020 - 8:56AM
Opinion | Capitalist greed is good: can Hong Kong reinvent its economic miracle?

Many long-time residents will say the city has lost much of its can-do hunger and ingenuity, where anything was possible at the right price. Hong Kong’s leaders must earn the people’s trust again as it is the one commodity that cannot be willed into being by decree.

Many long-time residents will say the city has lost much of its can-do hunger and ingenuity, where anything was possible at the right price. Hong Kong’s leaders must earn the people’s trust again as it is the one commodity that cannot be willed into being by decree.

14 Aug 2020 - 8:45PM
Opinion | Protests, national security law and Donald Trump’s response show Hong Kong must act quickly to rebuild confidence

Hongkongers acted as one to contain the spread of Covid-19. This pro-Hong Kong spirit is called for to ensure safeguards are built into the national security law to reassure the international community.

Hongkongers acted as one to contain the spread of Covid-19. This pro-Hong Kong spirit is called for to ensure safeguards are built into the national security law to reassure the international community.

9 Jun 2020 - 6:21AM
Opinion | As the coronavirus crisis creates common ground, Carrie Lam has a rare chance to bridge Hong Kong’s divide

Lam can form a bipartisan task force to tackle Covid-19 issues, start cross-aisle initiatives for, say, medical supplies, and plan long-term investment in education and pensions. To avert fresh upset, she should emphasis her government’s transitional nature.

Lam can form a bipartisan task force to tackle Covid-19 issues, start cross-aisle initiatives for, say, medical supplies, and plan long-term investment in education and pensions. To avert fresh upset, she should emphasis her government’s transitional nature.

21 Mar 2020 - 7:51AM
Opinion | Far from ruining Hong Kong, America’s human rights and democracy bill could be used to cool things down

Pan-democrats could persuade protesters to claim the US-sponsored act as a moral victory, vent their steam through the district council elections and win bigger support to revisit universal suffrage in the Legislative Council.

Pan-democrats could persuade protesters to claim the US-sponsored act as a moral victory, vent their steam through the district council elections and win bigger support to revisit universal suffrage in the Legislative Council.

20 Nov 2019 - 9:49AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s wayward young protesters need taking in hand – by parents, professors and politicians

In the city’s darkest hour, its elders to exert their moral authority. Parents must rein in their children, educators must teach that violence is wrong and politicians must step up and shape Hong Kong’s future.

In the city’s darkest hour, its elders to exert their moral authority. Parents must rein in their children, educators must teach that violence is wrong and politicians must step up and shape Hong Kong’s future.

19 Oct 2019 - 7:05AM
Opinion | Escalating violence is not the answer. It’s time for protesters to withdraw with dignity, to make way for dialogue and reform

Protesters should think long and hard about how their commitment to ‘free Hong Kong’ has actually curtailed citizens’ liberties and freedoms. It’s time to focus energy on wide-ranging dialogue, including on badly needed electoral reform.

Protesters should think long and hard about how their commitment to ‘free Hong Kong’ has actually curtailed citizens’ liberties and freedoms. It’s time to focus energy on wide-ranging dialogue, including on badly needed electoral reform.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:44AM
Opinion | For all Hong Kong’s sake, Carrie Lam must reach out to the peaceful majority, to isolate the radicals and halt the violence

Millions of Hongkongers have protested peacefully, but the small violent minority gets most of the attention. If the chief executive is willing to look past them and engage the silent majority, this story can still end happily.

Millions of Hongkongers have protested peacefully, but the small violent minority gets most of the attention. If the chief executive is willing to look past them and engage the silent majority, this story can still end happily.

12 Aug 2020 - 10:49AM
Opinion | After the extradition protests, it’s time to be pro-Hong Kong, to fix the leadership crisis and liberate the city’s potential

The unprecedented protests have focused an avowedly apolitical and disparate city like never before. Hong Kong’s challenges run deep and can’t be addressed under the current system. Only a change that brings in critical voices can break the impasse.

The unprecedented protests have focused an avowedly apolitical and disparate city like never before. Hong Kong’s challenges run deep and can’t be addressed under the current system. Only a change that brings in critical voices can break the impasse.

20 Jun 2019 - 7:16AM
Hong Kong’s Nobel nominees should aim for the bigger prize: democracy, not ‘self-determination’ from China

The nomination of three student leaders of the Occupy protests for the Nobel Peace Prize has caused a stir, and shines a light on the aims and methods of the city’s young activists.

The nomination of three student leaders of the Occupy protests for the Nobel Peace Prize has caused a stir, and shines a light on the aims and methods of the city’s young activists.

5 Feb 2018 - 7:50PM