Those Who Stayed

This podcast features protesters who stayed in their tents outside of the Central Government Offices, six months after police officially cleared out the Occupy Hong Kong sites. Colloquially known as the Timei Village, the protesters’ settle on Tamar Road consisted of tents, art installations and even a make-shift garden.

This feature was broadcasted on June 24, 2015, on 1 2 3 Show, Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 3.

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Hong Kong Youth’s Take on the 2015 Political Referendum

If you asked me, ten years ago today, whether Hong Kong students were actively engaged in politics, the answer would be a resounding “no.” However,  two major civil disobedience movements in the past decade have shattered a common perception of the city’s youth as apathetic and disengaged: protests in 2012 against a proposal for”national and moral education,” and the Occupy Movement in 2014. With more and more students standing at the forefront of protests (around the time I published this podcast, HKU students burned the Basic Law to protest China’s control), some politicians and media began to characterize Hong Kong’s youth as idealistic, radical, and unwilling to consider viewpoints beyond their own.

Dissatisfied with the homogenous characterization of Hong Kong’s young citizens, I spoke with students, young professionals, and district counsellors about their political beliefs and engagement. Specifically, I asked them to share their thoughts on the Chinese government’s proposal for Hong Kong’s chief executive elections. The interviews were conducted around a week before the legislative council was slated to vote on the proposal.

Part One features the voices of secondary school and university students, as well as young working professionals. Part Two features Holden Chow, a young legislative councillor and vice chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

This feature was broadcasted on June 15 and 16, 2015, on the 1 2 3 Show, Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 3.

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Watching from Afar

flickr via Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi : UNDP Nepal

flickr via Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi / UNDP Nepal

This feature looks at the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake through the eyes of Rajnish Yadav and Sabrina Singh, two Nepalese students studying abroad at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. How does it feel to be abroad, while your friends, family and home country are struggling to recover after a devastating natural disaster? Singh and Yadav share their experiences with interrupted Skype calls and unanswered Facebook messages, their insights on challenges facing reconstruction efforts, and plans of action as Nepalese studying abroad.

Published on War News Radio on May 1, 2015. Link to podcast (start at 7:00 mark).


Occupy Hong Kong 2014

A two-part series providing snapshots of Occupy Hong Kong at different points in time and in the movement’s development. Published on War News Radio.

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We published the first part, Voices of Discontent , in October 2014, one week after Occupy began. We spoke to student protesters who braved waves of tear gas, a legislative councillor who took part in the Alliance for True Democracy, and a Hong Kong student studying abroad. Tune in to hear about their goals, worries, and experience taking part in the movement, on the ground and overseas.

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We published Facing the Unknown one month after the first piece. By then, temporary settlements had flourished in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, three of the busiest arteries of Hong Kong. Turning to three legislators across the political spectrum, we examined difficulties that organizers faced in attempts to bargain with the government and build consensus amongst protesters.