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Jason Hung

Jason Hung

Jason Hung is a Ph.D. in Sociology candidate at the University of Cambridge.

He holds an MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics (LSE); an MA in Education, Gender and International Development from University College London (UCL); and a PG Cert in Human Rights and Development Management at the Open University (UK). He previously held research affiliations at Stanford University (2019), King’s College, London (2018-19), University of California, Berkeley (2018), and the University of Warwick (2017, 2016). He works as a freelance columnist at Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. In addition, Jason works as a co-founder of a social initiative known as Book4Kids, which secures second-hand English kid books donated by Asia’s bookstore owners and ships these learning materials to Tanzania for orphans to learn English.

Posts by Jason Hung
February 26, 2021

China’s Soft Power Grows in the Philippines

By Jason Hung
China is using a targeted expansion of its pop culture and media in the Philippines to promote pro-China narratives and content.

January 27, 2021

Hong Kongers Are Still Reluctant to Move to the Mainland

By Jason Hung
Hong Kongers are not keen to relocate to China’s Greater Bay Area, despite encouragement from Xi Jinping.
December 12, 2020

How Can Shenzhen Replace Hong Kong?

By Jason Hung
China is planning to focus on Shenzhen as a new global hub. Will it work?

October 23, 2020

A Trickle of Chinese Tourists Return to Thailand, With Hopes of More to Come

By Jason Hung
The arrival of the first Chinese tourists in Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa program is a good sign for the Thai economy.

October 02, 2020

How Can Hong Kong Weather the Storm of Plunging Property Prices?

By Jason Hung
Between COVID-19 and the new national security law, foreign investors may be losing their taste for the Hong Kong market.

September 25, 2020

Hong Kong-Indonesian Couples Caught in the Middle Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By Jason Hung
Plans for a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Indonesia have been put on hold, disappointing couples who have been left separated by closed borders.
September 25, 2020

Is Press Freedom Dying in Hong Kong?

By Jason Hung
New restrictions on police-recognized press accreditations raise the specter of hand-picked media coverage.

April 24, 2020

Casino-Heavy Macau Looks to End COVID-Induced Slowdown

By Jason Hung
Macau should start to lift border restrictions in order to boost its tourist-dependent economy.

April 14, 2020

China Has a New Target in Its COVID-19 Battle: Africans

By Jason Hung
China should apologize for -- and admit to -- the discriminatory policies against African communities.

April 03, 2020

Hong Kong’s Refugees in the Time of Coronavirus

By Jason Hung
Hong Kong’s most marginalized – including refugees – are at particular risk. Time for the government and society to take action.

April 01, 2020

Delivery People Are Risking Their Lives to Keep Asia Running. Here’s What People Are Doing to Say Thank You.

By Jason Hung
Asia’s army of gig workers is especially vulnerable -- and especially vital -- amid the pandemic.
March 25, 2020

COVID-19 and Protests Need Not Cripple Tourism-Heavy Hong Kong

By Jason Hung
The city is well-positioned to weather both challenges, but it will take innovative policy thinking.

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