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The record Hong Kong voter turnout of 71.2 percent of the 4.1 million registered voters in last Sunday’s 18 District Council elections, in which the pro-democratic candidates crushed their pro-government opponents who had dominated the district council seats, was a stunning victory for democracy.  The pan-democrats...

Reading the makeup of the new balanced Indonesian cabinet Indonesian President Joko Widodo had put together as I was sipping my morning coffee on the beachfront in Batam, Indonesia, last weekend, looking across the Malacca Straights at Malaysia to my left, and the rising sun above fighting its way to get through the...

Hong Kong will survive the current turmoil. Hongkongers are survivors and been there before. Not only those born in Hong Kong, but those of us who are immigrants from America, China, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Canada, Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East and everywhere else on earth. We survived back...

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s announcement on Aug 20 that she wants to set up a platform for dialogue with the protestors was DOA though she assured that she and her principal officials “are committed to listening to what the people have to tell us.” Listening is not enough. It is about doing, not just...

I never cease to be amazed at how expensive health care is in America. There is no reason for health care to be expensive and out-of-reach of millions of Americans. Listening to the debates about health care in America, and why it has become a major issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential and congressional elections —...

“When Hong Kong stands up, the world will follow,” lyrics written by Vietnamese-American Trui He in his song Sea of Black, about Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill protests, are ringing true across Hong Kong. Millennials in Hong Kong are standing up for their rights using the 21st century’s disruptive technologies and...

Watching millions of fellow Hongkongers taking to the streets of the territory to express their opposition and stop the government’s extradition treaty, I couldn’t believe how I was complimented, hi-fived and back-slapped by fellow American news watchers in New York. “You should be proud of your fellow Hong Kong...

Sitting in the pool at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, with the full moon of the Mid-Autumn Festival shining down over the city state that hosted the Trump-Kim summit, I couldn’t help reflect on the pool scenes in the movie Crazy Rich Asians. The hotel symbolized and played a major supporting role...

Free Speech and its limits headlined the news in the U.S., Hong Kong and globally last week, because of a couple controversial political events in Hong Kong and America, resulting in a discourse of what free speech means and what are its limits.  With clear threats that there is a price to pay if its limits are...

The weekend of March 24-26, 2017, was a reminder that the Deep Political Establishment unofficial government in Washington D.C., Beijing and Hong Kong, still rule and dominate political and economic policies — and peoples’ lives — across the Pacific Ocean at the dawn of the 21st-century. Donald Trump, the...

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