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Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau is a journalist, researcher and artist covering global identity, human rights, and politics.

Jessie Lau is a journalist, researcher, and artist covering global identity, human rights and politics — with a focus on China and other parts of Asia. Her work has been published by The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and The Economist, among others. She serves as Board Member and Online Editor-in-Chief at NüVoices, and was formerly a staff reporter with the South China Morning Post. Based in London and Hong Kong, she holds a MSc in international history from the London School of Economics, an LLM in international studies from Peking University, and a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Website: www.laujessie.com. Twitter: @_laujessie

Posts by Jessie Lau
January 15, 2021

Hong Kong Begins Internet Restrictions on National Security Grounds

By Jessie Lau
The first blocking of a website has raised concerns that the Great Firewall might be coming to Hong Kong.

January 06, 2021

Hong Kong Police Arrest 53 Pro-Democrats on Subversion Charges

By Jessie Lau
The charges stem from a plan to win a majority in Hong Kong's legislature and use that power to veto the government's budget.
January 04, 2021

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

By Jessie Lau
The case served as a flashpoint for Hong Kong's beleaguered pro-democracy movement.

December 19, 2020

What Apple Daily Means for Hong Kong

By Jessie Lau
The crackdown on Apple Daily and Jimmy Lai is the culmination of a decades-long saga that encapsulates the broader struggle for press freedom in Hong Kong.

December 12, 2020

#MeToo Reckoning Continues in China and Hong Kong

By Jessie Lau
As China held a hearing on a #MeToo icon’s case, Hong Kong was grappling with its biggest sexual harassment scandal yet.

December 07, 2020

Hong Kong’s Civil Servants Under Siege

By Jessie Lau
A civil servant explains the growing pressures facing Hong Kong's bureaucrats.
December 02, 2020

3 of Hong Kong’s Most Prominent Young Activists Receive Jail Sentences

By Jessie Lau
The sentencings of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam confirmed the fears of young Hong Kongers amid a growing number of arrests.

November 19, 2020

The Impact of Hong Kong’s Opposition-Less Legislature

By Jessie Lau
By forcing out pro-democracy legislators, authorities have snuffed out one of the last official channels for voicing dissent and holding the government accountable.

November 11, 2020

Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster Under Siege

By Jessie Lau
The arrest of a freelance journalist in connection with her work on an investigation is just the latest challenge to RTHK’s reporting.

October 21, 2020

As Thailand Protests, Hong Kong Offers Solidarity

By Jessie Lau
The Milk Tea Alliance began online, but has morphed into transnational connections between real world protests.

October 14, 2020

Hong Kong’s National Security Law Creeps Into Education Sector

By Jessie Lau
Critics warn free discussion in schools is under attack amid new restrictions on teaching topics.
September 04, 2020

Who Is the Real Mulan?

By Jessie Lau
The current film has sparked a fierce fight over Mulan’s soul: what she should represent, both as a symbol for women and for Chinese-ness.

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