The idea that ‘immigrants are coming to our country and taking our jobs’ has been given a lot of recognition over the last five years, to the delight of some and despair of others. The idea that technology is coming to our country and taking our jobs, on the other hand, is given less recognition, to the delight and despair of no one. When the … Continue reading The inevitable spread of ‘Chinaphobia’
I’ve been back in the UK for just over a week now, having spent the last 13 months predominantly in China, but post-Corona in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Philippines. Obviously I knew what I was flying back to, and I knew that soon after hastily returning, the country was going to go into full lockdown. But lockdown is a last resort, not … Continue reading One virus. Two continents. Two very different responses.
For the last nine months I have been living in Shenzhen, where I can see the mountains of Hong Kong from my apartment building. I cross the boarder about once a month, and each time it looks more and more like a war zone. When I first visited Hong Kong back in March, it reminded me a lot of London. The infrastructure is very similar, … Continue reading Hong Kong heading somewhere scary
I’ve been living in China for the last five months. Here are a few potentially interesting things I’ve observed (about Shenzhen at least – a huge city in the south that makes up a tiny part of this mega country): 1.) When it comes to technology, these guys are a step ahead. This is particularly notable here in Shenzhen. Back in the UK I had … Continue reading A few potentially interesting things about China
Escaping the barraging beast of Brexit is one of many refreshing things about being in China. Either because it’s not happened yet, because it will happen at some point, or because it still isn’t clear what it means, no one in Britain seems happy with the state of Brexit. Chinese politics may be quite beastly itself, but here I don’t feel surrounded by the same … Continue reading The elephant in the room