Category: Writing

Perseus’ rough guide for Hongkongers claiming asylum in the United Kingdom

Having spoken to a lot of Hongkongers, either actual people wishing to seek asylum, or “parents” assisting pro-democracy protesters flee Hong Kong, there seems to a variety of misunderstanding about claiming asylum in the United Kingdom, and so I thought I’d write this rough (and brief) guide of some key points. This may not be…
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Could the computers of Hong Kong’s Immigration Department be saying “no” to people emigrating to the United Kingdom?

Originally published by Eat News, 22 December 2020 From today (22 December 2020), Hong Kong has banned all passenger flights from the UK. The Hong Kong Government banned flights from the UK for reasons of public health, due to a new strain of Coronavirus having been discovered in the UK. Despite Hongkongers having demanded that…
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The real loser looks to be neither Biden nor Trump

Originally published by Eat News, 12 November 2020 For those who did not use mail-in ballots, people in the United States took to the polls to cast their ballot on 2 November in the 2020 Presidential Elections. Although there are 11 Presidential Candidates, in reality the race was only ever going to be called between…
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The Trump Card

Originally published by Eat News, 2 November 2020 It is not unfair to describe Donald Trump as a divisive figure. Since his election as President of the United States in 2016, his policies have seen very public and outspoken support and condemnation from both sides of the political spectrum in the United States. Like those…
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Hongkongers find themselves as inadvertent victims of the UK’s “hostile environment” towards migrants

Originally published by Eat News, 20 October 2020 Since the Chinese Communist Party announced its intentions to enact a National Security Law for Hong Kong, the international community has been seeking to dissuade the Chinese Government from such a draconian course of action, breaching the guarantees offered to the peoples of Hong Kong of “one…
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Social media needs more humanity

Originally published by Eat News, 29 September 2020 In 2019, Emersys reported that an estimate of 3.2 billion people around the world use social media, with people spending on average more than an hour-and-a-half on social media every day. With the use of social media being so widespread, it is not surprising that Ofcom, the…
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Update: New advice from the Home Office for BNOs currently living in the UK

Originally published by Hong Kong Watch, 25 September 2020 On 23 September 2020, the Home Office published an update to their BNO Leave Outside the Rules policy (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/british-nationals-overseas-in-hong-kong). This short note should not be seen as legal advice, but some general observations on the update published by the Home Office yesterday. You should seek independent…
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Has Mulan brought honour to the Disney family?

Originally published by Eat News, 15 September 2020 There is often a lot of excitement associated with releases of Disney films, and Mulan was no different. The long-awaited live action remake of Disney’s Mulan finally opened in the Mainland of China this weekend following a straight to streaming release on Disney+ in other countries earlier…
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Analysis: The pandemic means the Home Office must be flexible when dealing with BNOs

Originally published by Hong Kong Watch, 4 September 2020. By Benedict Rogers and Perseus When it was announced that China’s National People’s Congress would be legislating national security laws for Hong Kong, the United Kingdom Government responded by proposing an overhaul of its Immigration Rules in order to provide better access to British Nationals (Overseas)…
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Perseus: Hongkongers’ thoughts on the UK Government’s BNO visa scheme

Originally published by Eat News, 24 August 2020. With the United Kingdom Government having set out at the end of July details of its policy for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) (“BNOs”), more and more Hongkongers are starting to arrive in the United Kingdom, wishing to take advantage of the United Kingdom Government’s scheme for…
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