18 January 2020

Brian YS Wong

Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Political Review
  • Anti-government protesters attend a ‘United We Stand’ rally. Hongkongers must come to terms with the fact that any political reform initiative in the city must not be seen as endangering Beijing's fundamental interests, the author says. Pic: Reuters

    HK people must accept a hard truth before seeking concessions

    - Dec 30, 2019 5:05pm
    Amid the political and economic fallout of the months-long civic disturbances, there are different viewpoints within society in regard to the way forward, with the responses depending on whether the person being queried is pro- or...
  • The Brexit question has been the central campaign issue for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the Conservative Party (left) and his main rival, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: ITV Handout via Reuters

    Some thoughts on the UK general election

    - Dec 11, 2019 4:32pm
    The Dec. 12 general election in the United Kingdom is definitely an election to watch. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the election at the end of October, after an elaborate and intricate series of back-and-forth exchanges with...
  • Hong Kong doesn’t need a revolution, but it definitely needs structural reform, says the author. Photo: HKEJ

    Can Hong Kong still move on?

    - Oct 23, 2019 3:28pm
    The current state of affairs in Hong Kong is not only frustrating but also driving quite a lot of people to despair about the future of this city. The endless political tensions and vandalism, the government’s...
  • Activists march for LGBT rights in Hong Kong in this file picture. The government is facing growing calls to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Reuters

    The case for recognizing same-sex marriage in Hong Kong

    - Oct 23, 2019 9:00am
    In the 18th and 19th centuries, countries around the world saw homosexuality and non-heterosexual relationships as deviance from acceptable norms – from Victorian prudishness in the United Kingdom to thinly concealed religious homophobia in the United...
  • Demonstrators march in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay area during a mass-rally on Aug. 18. The city’s top officials should realize that even moderate and centrist citizens are getting increasingly disillusioned, an observer says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Govt must shed its tunnel vision to resolve crisis

    - Aug 21, 2019 6:52pm
    More than two months into the anti-extradition bill movement, Hong Kong has reached a touch-and-go situation and faces a threat to its system and society unless a way out is found soon. As the crisis continues...
  • Carrie Lam should summon up the courage to face the issues on hand, rather than allow a situation wherein young people and police officers find themselves constantly pitted against each other, observers say. Photo: AFP

    Time for the government leaders to wake up

    - Aug 6, 2019 10:12am
    Hong Kong is now in the midst of a political crisis of immense and unprecedented proportions. Unfortunately, all the city’s leaders did over the past few week was pretend as if everything was fine and that...
  • Climate change fight requires large-scale international coordination and cooperation, which is missing at the moment. Photo: Reuters

    World politics in the context of global warming

    - Jul 8, 2019 10:27am
    As a borderless challenge, global warming is supposed to be dealt with on the international level through multilateral dialogues and cooperation. Unfortunately, as the world leaders all have their own different agendas, politics is taking precedence...
  • Hong Kong has a lot more problems to deal with than just political reforms. Photo: Bloomberg

    I choose to believe

    - May 22, 2019 12:43pm
    There are two choices lying right before me: first, not believing that Hong Kong can resolve its social inequality and the underprivileged can climb up the social ladder; and second, believing that our city can still...
  • A photo shows a healthcare staff member receiving a measles vaccine amid a surge in infections in Hong Kong this year. Authorities have reminded people of the importance of vaccinations, but not everyone is taking the warning seriously. Photo: CNSA

    Why vaccine skepticism is more troubling than measles itself

    - Apr 8, 2019 5:04pm
    The measles outbreak in Hong Kong this year has set the entire city on edge. Recently when I returned to Hong Kong from a Singapore trip, I noticed that airport staff at the arrivals terminal was...