Understaffed, overcrowded: 11 days in Hong Kong’s health system

As a native Hongkonger, I’d always taken the city’s healthcare system for granted. Maybe that’s why I felt so blindsided by my recent experience of being shuffled from one hospital to another — then another — during an 11-day journey through a system clearly lacking in both beds and manpower.  It was a Tuesday morning when I ...

Opinion

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

Like the word "servant" once did, the terms helper and maid serve to perpetuate a mindset where domestic workers are seen as a lesser class of worker, one with fewer rights and...

Swot City: 10 types of teachers you meet in a Hong Kong tuition center

Swot City: 10 types of teachers you meet in a Hong Kong tuition center

Hong Kong is awash with tuition centers, from small offices filled with suspiciously shipped-in foreigners to giant mega-warehouses with tutors who adorn outdoor billboards. There...

Hungry Lawyer: Chiu Tang; a posh palace of Chiu Chow food in the heart of Central

Hungry Lawyer: Chiu Tang; a posh palace of Chiu Chow food in the heart of Central

Chiu Chow cuisine combines the Cantonese focus on seafood and freshness with a number of distinctive dishes like succulent braised goose in dark soy sauce and a unique congee with...

Hungry Lawyer on the Road: Destination dining in Chiang Mai at the surprising Cuisine de Garden

Hungry Lawyer on the Road: Destination dining in Chiang Mai at the surprising Cuisine de Garden

If only the surprises of the year end up as well as the meal did. Hope springs eternal.

Domestic helper, prostitute, or nurse? Living with the Filipina stereotype in Hong Kong

Domestic helper, prostitute, or nurse? Living with the Filipina stereotype in Hong Kong

"I’m not a domestic helper, I’m not a prostitute, I’m not a nurse. I am me." - Julienne Raboca

The Realist: The 7 Kinds of People You Meet on Bowen Road

The Realist: The 7 Kinds of People You Meet on Bowen Road

No matter how hot, cold, or rainy it is, Sweaty Shirtless Man refuses to wear a shirt.

The Realist: My take on Chris Rock’s racist Asian joke at the Oscars

The Realist: My take on Chris Rock’s racist Asian joke at the Oscars

Pre-Reading Note: I’m half Asian so I don’t know how much I get to comment on the Asian experience. But this week I’m going for it, so you can write me angry emails if you...

The Realist: Why we share stories that make us feel better than others

The Realist: Why we share stories that make us feel better than others

Does sharing inspirational quotes on social media really make you stupid, and if so, should it matter?

The Realist | The Wild Long Weekend: Myanmar

The Realist | The Wild Long Weekend: Myanmar

Note: Beep! Beep! Travel Story alert! I like to write these every once in a while to get out of the bubble that’s our fair city because 1) We need it 2) People get tired of my...


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