The meaning behind LGBT+ terms

Language plays an important role in increasing awareness about sexual and gender minorities, who have been marginalised throughout history and, still today, do not have access to equal rights and protections in Hong Kong.  Just like any other developing situation, LGBT+ terms continue to evolve alongside society’s understanding of sexual and gender identity issues. For […]

When Two Worlds Collide: Eaton Workshop opens in Hong Kong

“I think it was his outsider status, and that sense of always searching,” says Katherine Lo, founder and president of Eaton Workshop, a new hotel brand with locations in Washington DC and Hong Kong. In the co-working space of Eaton DC, we’re discussing Lo’s personal connection to Holden Caulfield, the angst-riddled protagonist of American classic […]

LGBT is Not Me: Why LGBT+ umbrella terms fall short

In January 2020, Emoji standardiser Unicode Consortium unrolled a lineup of 117 new Emojis to the excitement of social media users around the world. Nestled among the new beetle, baby seal, potted succulent and fondue icons were a series of gender-inclusive options.  The expanded collection includes male, female, agender and androgynous Emojis feeding babies and […]

Malagasy human trafficking victims seek refuge in Hong Kong

Article updated on 5 October 2020. Four years ago, a 22-year-old university graduate from Madagascar named Anna Rakoto* saw an online advertisement for a fashion retail job in Fuzhou, China, and eagerly applied. With guaranteed training, a decent salary, and potential connections to major international brands, it seemed like a dream. Her application was quickly […]

Intersectional Discrimination: What it's like to be a queer ethnic minority woman in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the concept of intersectionality is relatively new. Yet the overlapping categorisations of race, class, gender and sexuality that together create interdependent systems of discrimination is a reality with which queer ethnic minorities are deeply familiar.  Every day, news reports detail instances of discrimination on the basis of race, gender or sexuality, and […]

NGO Focus: Chinese Medicine without Borders

In a wooden shed built on the beach of Infanta, a semi-rural town in the Philippines with about 70,000 residents, men and women lie on mattresses placed on the floor. They are here to receive traditional Chinese therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, and scraping. Others wait to pick up various forms of herbal medicine. Situated […]