BY MEI LIN CHAN The first of October 2019 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and Beijing is pulling out all stops for a day replete with fireworks, fanfares and a huge military parade. To ensure all goes smoothly, authorities have been ramping up security in the capital (and online) for weeks. During rehearsals for a military … Continue reading Hong Kong Dominates China’s 70th
BY ANASTASIA CHOO A recent court case filed by a British worker (with dual Australian citizenship), Francis William Haden, against Leighton Contractors (Asia) for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination has ignited much debate and outrage from some quarters on Chinese social media. Haden claims he was referred to as “Gwei Lo” and excluded from projects and prevented from hiring fellow Australians to work on a … Continue reading Is calling a Westerner a 鬼佬 Gwei Lo offensive?
BY PATRICK WIGHTMAN It appears that the words of the French leader Charles de Gaulle ring true today in Catalonia: “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; Nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” On the question of Catalan independence, the British press has tried its best to sell the public a “love story”: a democratic people, who … Continue reading Veritatis Splendor
BY AMANDA CUMMINS Certain smells, and I mean smells in a good way, take one racing back to a certain time and a certain place. One thing which triggers my memory bank is a sudden whiff of the scent my mother wore which brings a smile of remembrance: the swish of a many-layered skirt, pearls around her neck and a kiss at bedtime before going … Continue reading Trinidad Thyme
BY MIKE TOWERS Whether Hillary Clinton wins or not on Tuesday, it seems evident that the Democratic Party see her now as merely a get-over-the-line candidate. Whether it’s failing health or one of many brewing scandals that does for her, she hardly appears to have the necessary wind in her sails to last more than part of one term as President. This would leave her … Continue reading Rock & Hard Place – The Clintons