William Han

William Han

William Han is a lawyer and writer. Born in Taiwan and a citizen of New Zealand, he is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School.

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Opinion | From Aukus to Nato and the EU, there are plenty of lessons from China’s Warring States period

The Alliance of the Six Kingdoms once sought to take on a sole superpower, Qin: there are direct parallels today with the Western Bloc and China.

The Alliance of the Six Kingdoms once sought to take on a sole superpower, Qin: there are direct parallels today with the Western Bloc and China.

10 Oct 2021 - 2:45PM
Asian Angle | If Taiwan is on borrowed time, why do Taiwanese keep calm and carry on?

‘Even if tomorrow this island fantasy comes to an abrupt and fiery end, in a thousand years, history books will record the first culturally Chinese democracy.’

‘Even if tomorrow this island fantasy comes to an abrupt and fiery end, in a thousand years, history books will record the first culturally Chinese democracy.’

16 May 2021 - 8:18AM
Asian Angle | New Zealand’s mundane election: like Narnia to America’s Trumpian apocalypse

‘If Trump dies, perhaps America will be spared a tyrant, but Americans will also be robbed of the opportunity to reject tyranny,’ writes William Han.

‘If Trump dies, perhaps America will be spared a tyrant, but Americans will also be robbed of the opportunity to reject tyranny,’ writes William Han.

10 Oct 2020 - 5:47AM
Opinion | For Asian-Americans, the Trump administration’s attack on affirmative action presents a Faustian bargain

Accusations of discrimination against Asian students by Yale University are just another instance of white American conservatives using the Asian ‘model minority’ myth to attack the interests of others.

Accusations of discrimination against Asian students by Yale University are just another instance of white American conservatives using the Asian ‘model minority’ myth to attack the interests of others.

17 Aug 2020 - 5:50PM
Opinion | New Zealand is a place of refuge from Covid-19. Now for the rest of the world

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the country is now virus-free – but the ‘lonely fortress’ needs the rest of the globalised and interdependent world.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the country is now virus-free – but the ‘lonely fortress’ needs the rest of the globalised and interdependent world.

14 Jun 2020 - 5:49AM
On Reflection | New Zealand looks to be winning the coronavirus war, but does Jacinda Ardern deserve the plaudits?

While the prime minister has won international adulation for her crisis leadership, her government has had its missteps.

While the prime minister has won international adulation for her crisis leadership, her government has had its missteps.

17 Apr 2020 - 5:39AM
Opinion | How I escaped Europe’s coronavirus crisis and made it back ‘home’ to the end of the world

William Han was living in Serbia when Europe’s Covid-19 cases began to mount. As surrounding countries started sealing their borders, he decided it was time to get out.

William Han was living in Serbia when Europe’s Covid-19 cases began to mount. As surrounding countries started sealing their borders, he decided it was time to get out.

12 Apr 2020 - 4:25PM
Opinion | Christchurch shooting: racism in New Zealand isn’t new and in the era of Donald Trump, what public figures say about race matters

Mass killing in the service of extremist politics is new to New Zealand, but the seeds of virulently racist ideas were long ago planted in the country.

Mass killing in the service of extremist politics is new to New Zealand, but the seeds of virulently racist ideas were long ago planted in the country.

18 Mar 2019 - 4:38PM
Asian Angle | Forget Felicity Huffman. Bribes aren’t the real scandal in US college admissions. This is

Why grease the palm of an admissions official when there are perfectly legal ways of cheating your way into America’s top universities? And among the most pernicious is this: the time-honoured tradition of ‘legacy’ places

Why grease the palm of an admissions official when there are perfectly legal ways of cheating your way into America’s top universities? And among the most pernicious is this: the time-honoured tradition of ‘legacy’ places

3 May 2019 - 10:59AM
From the Wall to the Water: chasing ghosts of history in Iran

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to reach Rome, William Han decided to follow his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran. Here is the fourth excerpt from his book

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to reach Rome, William Han decided to follow his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran. Here is the fourth excerpt from his book

8 Feb 2019 - 4:06AM
From the Wall to the Water: talking Chinese politics and dodging IS in Afghanistan

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to reach Rome, William Han decided to follow his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran. Here is the third excerpt from his book

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to reach Rome, William Han decided to follow his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran. Here is the third excerpt from his book

7 Feb 2019 - 9:19PM
From the Wall to the Water: discovering the ruins of Suyab, the birthplace of legendary Chinese poet Li Bai, in Kyrgyzstan

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to reach Rome, William Han decided to follow his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran. Here is the second excerpt from his book

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to reach Rome, William Han decided to follow his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran. Here is the second excerpt from his book

7 Feb 2019 - 9:34PM
From the Wall to the Water: retracing the Old Silk Road to meet the Uygurs in Kashgar

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to contact the Roman Empire, William Han decided to follow in his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran

Enamoured by the tale of Gan Ying, an ancient Chinese explorer who set out to contact the Roman Empire, William Han decided to follow in his path – from Hong Kong to Italy, via the likes of Afghanistan and Iran

7 Feb 2019 - 9:32PM
On Reflection | Yale has many Brett Kavanaughs. One of them peed on my door

News about US Supreme Court nominee jogs a disturbing memory for a fellow graduate. A vision of two faces of America: the privileged and the marginalised. And the ugly privileged are tearing off their masks.

News about US Supreme Court nominee jogs a disturbing memory for a fellow graduate. A vision of two faces of America: the privileged and the marginalised. And the ugly privileged are tearing off their masks.

4 Oct 2018 - 8:06PM