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2017 and upcoming events and speaking engagements


Keynote speaker at Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Program graduation ceremony co-organized by Wimler Foundation and Ateneo University
Venue: TBD
Date: 22 October
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Guest lecture at Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
Course: International and regional protection of human rights
Topic: Universal suffrage and free expression
Venue: Centennial Campus, Pokfulam
Date:16 November
Time: 6:30pm

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at University of Hong Kong's Domestic Workers Empowerment Project (DWEP)
Topic: "Understanding Hong Kong Culture"
Moderator: Dr. Michael Manio
Venue: Ming Wah Complex, University of Hong Kong
Date: 19 November
Time: 1:30 to 4:00pm

Talk at Independent Schools Foundation Academy
Topic: No City for Slow Men
Venue: Telegraph Bay, Pokfulam
Date: 30 November

Contributor to HK24 (2017 Anthology by Hong Kong Writers Circle)
Release date: December

Guest speaker and prize presenter at 2017 Hong Kong's Top Story Awards
Venue: TBD
Date: 11 December
Time: 7:00pm


2017

Interview with Al Jazeera
Title: "Why Hong Kong has a culture of protest" by Divya Gopalan
Publication date: 1 October

Interview with Vietnam's Luật Khoa
Title: "Hong Kong: The umbrella is raised, after all" by Vy Vy
Publication date: 28 September

Q&A at HKU screening of "JOSHUA: Teenager vs. Superpower
Venue: Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, University of Hong Kong
Date: 28 September

Television interview with Viu TV
Program: "Weekly Re-Viu" withe Reuters' Patrick Fok
Broadcast date: 24 September

Talk at Raffles Institution (visiting from Singapore)
Topic: Hong Kong political development since the Umbrella Movement
Venue: TBD
Date: 22 September

Became member of Hong Kong Journalists Association
Date: 18 September

Interview with Financial Times
Title: "Jail time tests mettle of Hong Kong democrats" by Ben Bland
Publication date: 11 September

Reader at the PEN Hong Kong bilingual reading on human rights as part of the Worldwide Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Venue: Art and Culture Outreach 艺鵠
Date: 6 September

Television Interview with Australia's SBS News
News report: Imprisonment of Hong Kong political activists
Presenter: Katrina Yu
Publication date: 22 August

Panel judge at Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Program Co-organized by Wimler Foundation and Ateneo University
Venue: Migrants Empowerment Resource Center MERC, Central
Date: 20 August
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Interview with La Repubblica
Publication date: 17 August

Interview with Guardian
Publication date: 17 August

Interview with Los Angeles Times
Publication date: 17 August

Interview with Switzerland's Le Temps
Publication date: 15 August

Broadcast of Hong Kong episode of KBS's "Wook's Food Odyssey" travel/food television series on TVB Jade
Air date: 13 August

Appointed Advising Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel
Appointment date: 23 July

Interview with La Repubblica
Publication date: 20 July

Op-ed Published in Guardian
Publication date: 17 July

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at Enrich HK
Topic: "Rights Upon Arrest"
Venue: UNO Co-working Space, Central
Date: 16 July

Interview with USA Today
Publication date: 14 July

Interview with New York Times
Publication date: 7 July

Interview with Guardian
Publication date: 6 July

Radio interview on "China and the World 中國與世界"
Presenter: Johnny Lau Yui-siu
Venue: Radio Free Asia, Admiralty
Broadcast date: 6 July

Interview with Hong Kong Free Press
Publication date: 5 July

Interview with South China Morning Post
Publication date: 5 July

Interview with Ming Pao Daily
Publication date: 5 July

Television interview with CBS News
Presenter: Ben Tracy
Broadcast/publication date: 1 July

Appearance on CBS News

Television interview with Netherlands' NOS TV
Presenter: Marieke de Vries
Broadcast date: 1 July

Television interview with TVB Pearl Evening News
Title: July 1st March
Broadcast date: 1 July

Featured in Reading Lists
Publication date: 1 July

Radio Interview with BBC Radio
Presenter: Carrie Gracie
Publication date: 30 June

Interview with Canada's Globe and Mail
Publication date: 30 June

Television Interview with Australia's SBS News
Presenter: Katrina Yu
Publication date: 30 June

Interview with Korea's Kukmin Daily
Publication date: 30 June

Interview with BBC News
Publication date: 29 June

Interview with USA Today
Publication date: 29 June

Interview with Forbes
Publication date: 29 June

Interview with Guardian
Article: "Chinese president touches down as Hong Kong braces for mass protests" by Tom Phillips and Benjamin Haas
Publication date: 29 June

Interview with Italy's La Repubblica
Publication date: 29 June

Featured in Men with Style Asia
Article: "A Renaissance Man" by Michele Koh Morollo
Publication date: 28 June

Interview with Wall Street Journal
Publication date: 28 June

Interview with Los Angeles Times
Publication date: 28 June

Book Launch of Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place, a PEN Hong Kong anthology
Venue: Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong
Moderator: Adam White
Date: 28 June

Radio interview with RHTK Radio 3
Presenter: Annemarie Evans
Broadcast date: 27 June

Television interview with Thailand's Voice TV News
Presenter: Prapapoom Eiamaom
Venue: University of Hong Kong
Broadcast date: 25 June

Interview with Italy's Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
Article: "La città che cambia e non dorme mai" by Francesco Palmieri
Publication date: 25 June

Interview with Telegraph
Publication date: 24 June

Featured in France's ARTE
Publication date: 20 June

Radio interview with Swedish Radio
Presenter: Palmira Mbenga
Broadcast date: July

Guest speaker at "Handover Anniversary Event" presented by Bookazine and Blacksmith Books
Venue: Bookazine, Prince's Building
Date: 14 June

Interview with Reuters
Article: TBD by Pak Yiu
Interview date: 13 June
Publication date: 1 July

Television interview with Reuters
Presenter: Brittyn Clennett
Interview date: 13 June
Broadcast date: 1 July

Co-editor of and contributor to Hong Kong Noir, an Akashic Books publication
Appointment date: 6 June
Release date: fall/winter

Essay "Butcher's Atonement featured as cover story by SCMP Young Post
Publication date: 4 June

Global release of Netflix documentary "JOSHUA: Teenager vs. Superpower"
Date: 27 May

Appearance in Netflix's award-winning film

Interview with Help for Domestic Workers
Publication date: 26 May

One of 40 international personalities, including five Nobel laureates, to express support for Catalonia's referendum
Date: 17 May

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at Philippine Consulate General
Topic: "Understanding Hong Kong Culture"
Venue: Philippine Consulate General, Admiralty
Date: 14 May

Keynote speaker and featured author at Polytechnic University's Writing Roundtable 2017
Topic: "Engaging the Aliterate"
Venue: PolyU English Language Centre, Hung Hom
Date: 19 May

Interview with Help for Domestic Workers
Publication date: 8 May

Became a member of Progressive Lawyers Group
Start date: 23 April

Topic: Feature writing
Moderator: David Bandurski
Venue: Eliot Hall, Pokfulam
Date: 20 April

Interview with Spain's PEN Català
Article: "Raffaella Salierno entrevista Jason Y. Ng" by PEN Català President Raffaella Salierno
Publication date: 19 April

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at Wimler Foundation
Topic: "Know Your Rights"
Venue: Euro Trade Centre, Central
Date: 16 April

Talk at Germany's Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (visiting from Germany)
Topic: Hong Kong Pro-democracy movement
Moderator: Professor Tim Nicholas Rühlig
Venue: Queen Victoria Street, Central
Date: 4 April

Featured in Spain's Yuanfang Magazine
Interviewer: John Prskalo
Publication date: 4 April

Talk in Barcelona presented by PEN Català and VilaWeb
Venue: VilaWeb Studio, Barcelona
Date: 31 March

Interview with Barcelona's VilaWeb
Presenter: Andreu Barnils
Broadcast date: 28 March

Interview with Sweden's Svenska Dagbladet
Publication date: 27 March

Interview with Italy's La Repubblica
Publication date: 28 March

Interview with Irish Times
Publication date: 27 March

Interview with Los Angeles Times
Publication date: 27 March

Interview with Bloomberg News
Publication date: 26 March

Interview with Italy's La Repubblica
Publication date: 26 March

Interview with Irish Times
Publication date: 26 March

Interview with CNN
Publication date: 24 March

Venue: Picturehouse Central/Barbican Centre, London
Date: 11-12 March

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at Pathfinders HK
Topic: "Rights Upon Arrest"
Venue: Pathfinders, Tai Kok Tsui
Date: 7 March

Korean broadcast of Hong Kong episode of KBS's "Wook's Food Odyssey" travel/food television series
Air date: 5 March

Co-hosted Hong Kong episode of "Food Odyssey"

Panelist at Carnival, an art project advocating freedom of expression by Amnesty International HK
Topic: "Out Run" screening and discussion
Venue: KONG Art Space, 3 Staunton Street
Date: 26 February

Commencement of spring semester at Faculty of Law of University of Hong Kong, LLM program
Course: International Securities Law
Venue: Centennial Campus, Pokfulam
Dates: 10 Feb - 3 March

Book launch of Hong Kong Future Perfect (2016 anthology by Hong Kong Writers Circle)
Venue: Bookazine, Prince's Building
Date: 9 February

HONG KONG State of Mind and Umbrellas in Bloom named "Best Non-fiction Books About Hong Kong" by Culture Trip, a global travel and culture site
Date: 3 February

Interview with Sunday Times
Publication date: 29 January

Master of ceremony at a 1,500-guest corporate annual ball
Co-host: Scarlet Wong
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Grand Hall, Wanchai
Date: 21 January

Hosting a corporate annual ball with Scarlet Wong

"Read for Love" flash-mob by PEN Hong Kong
Venues: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Central Ferry Piers, Central
Date: 20 January

Umbrellas in Bloom selected by German-Swiss Int'l School Book Club/guest speaker at book club discussion
Venue: Liberty Exchange Restaurant & Bar
Date: 17 January

Co-editor of and contributor to Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place, a PEN Hong Kong anthology
Appointment date: 2 January
Release date: June

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