March For Our Lives: Students should be afraid of finals, not guns

A few days following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, I remember reading the story of a concerned mom online. Her seven-year-old daughter had come to her in tears because she thought she could no longer wear her favorite Sketchers Twinkle Toes Light Up shoes to school; a school shooter would …

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Hong Kong’s third-world sewage facilities: A Proposed Solution

In a world with an ever-rising global population, sewage is one of the biggest polluters of waterways on an international scale. It causes water quality to be degraded, natural services and aquatic life from ecosystems to be harmed, and diseases and infections in humans and animals, ranging from hepatitis A to cholera (caused by E. coli). …

The “root” of Hong Kong: Chinese officials on Basic Law

Secondary school students across Hong Kong listened to Li Wei's live speech. As the chairman of the Basic Law Committee, Li clarified the relationship between the Chinese constitution and Hong Kong's legal foundation. While some students jotted down notes, others, perhaps not understanding Mandarin, dozed off after a mere five minutes of Li's speech. Li …

Hong Kong vs Taiwan: Comparing lives in two different places

Having lived in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, here I'll recount some of the differences between the two places. Accompanied by comics from Taiwanese artist Jie Jie. 1. Air Quality. Hong Kong citizens have gotten used to the higher-than-average level of PM 2.5, and even when the AQI number rises, they continue on their day …

The Hong Kong-China Train: Bringing over not only passengers, but laws

It's the latest controversial plan in Hong Kong: one that would allow Chinese mainland law to apply in Hong Kong territory. Hong Kong has unveiled a plan to build a high-speed train that links West Kowloon to the Shenzhen border - an attempt to streamline operations at the upcoming Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, due …

Liaoning and OOIL: The show(s) of force in Hong Kong

Liaoning, China's first operational aircraft, arrived in Hong Kong Friday morning (July 7, 2017), just days after the Chinese President Xi Jin-ping warned the city against independence forces. As protests raged on behind him, he warned Hong Kong that challenges to the Beijing government was "impermissible". The political climate around Hong Kong and Beijing has grown …