Jessie Lau, The Diplomat

Jessie Lau

The Diplomat

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Past articles by Jessie:

‘Patriots Only’: Hong Kong’s New Election System in Action

Changes to Hong Kong’s election system, as well as the overarching national security law, have all but killed any formal political opposition. → Read More

How the Chinese Communist Party is policing the past to secure its future

What a “historical nihilism hotline” and a new party resolution tell us about Xi Jinping’s vision for China. → Read More

Will new Olympics rules exclude or include transgender athletes?

Backlash against transgender and non-binary competitors in Tokyo has highlighted the problems preventing inclusion in sports at all levels → Read More

‘The world has become bigger’: fighting for trans rights in Hong Kong

Despite its cosmopolitanism, Hong Kong society still holds conservative views on gender and sexuality. But a new generation is changing this → Read More

Hong Kongers Plan Mass Prayer in Solidarity With Palestine

After police denied permission for a protest, advocates planned a prayer to raise local awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. → Read More

Post-National Security Law, Hong Kong Struggles to Remember Tiananmen

For the second year in a row, the customary June 4 vigil has been banned by authorities. → Read More

Hong Kong’s Transgender Community Speaks Out Against Stigma

A new survey sparks discussion on discrimination against transgender people. → Read More

Hong Kong Domestic Workers Decry Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Activists say the community is being singled out unfairly, a continuation of long-standing discriminatory practices. → Read More

A Beijing-Born Director Made Oscar History. Why Isn’t China Celebrating?

The case of Chloe Zhao represents the increasing pressures on ethnic Chinese creators abroad. → Read More

Hong Kong Tries to Boost Flagging COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

With public trust in tatters, vaccine hesitancy has become a serious hurdle for the government’s pandemic strategy. → Read More

Less Democracy, More ‘Patriots’: Hong Kong’s New Electoral System

The most significant government reforms since the city’s handover in 1997 consolidate Beijing’s control over Hong Kong’s government. → Read More

Legal Challenges Look to Advance LGBTQ+ Rights in Hong Kong

A court case filed by a gay widower highlights Hong Kong’s conservative approach to gender. → Read More

Meet the Hong Kong Sign Language Interpretation Group Translating Politics and Human Rights

A grassroots organization is working to boost the deaf community’s ability to take part in Hong Kong’s most important political debates. → Read More

Hong Kong’s Crackdown Moves With Dizzying Speed

The events of the last week spell the end of any formal political opposition in Hong Kong. → Read More

A Trust Deficit Is Hindering Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Response

In the wake of the national security law, public trust in the government has reached new lows. That is inevitably impacting Hong Kong’s pandemic response. → Read More

Myanmar’s Protest Movement Finds Friends in the Milk Tea Alliance

Transnational solidarity – including shared protest tactics and strategies – between Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan now stretches to include Myanmar’s anti-coup movement. → Read More

As British Migration Scheme Opens, More Hong Kongers Opt for Life in Exile

The BNO scheme, which took effect this week, is attracting Hong Kongers who no longer feel safe in their home city. → Read More

In Hong Kong, COVID-19 and Racism Make an Ugly Mix

In Hong Kong, the pandemic has fanned the flames of a more silent epidemic: systematic racism. → Read More

Hong Kong Begins Internet Restrictions on National Security Grounds

The first blocking of a website has raised concerns that the Great Firewall might be coming to Hong Kong. → Read More

Sentences for ‘Hong Kong 12’ Spark Outrage From Pro-Democrats

The case served as a flashpoint for Hong Kong’s beleaguered pro-democracy movement. → Read More