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Past Events: 2014

Media coverage and speaking engagements in 2014


Guest speaker at 2014 Hong Kong's Top Story Awards
Venue: Hong Kong Central Public Library, Causeway Bay
Date: 20 December

Appearance on D100 Radio
Show: "Running the race" with presenter Edward Chin
Topic: What's Next for the Umbrella Movement
Date: 7 December

Book launch party for Queen of Statue Square, a new anthology of short stories
Venue: Orange Peel, Lan Kwai Fong
Date: 6 December

Panel: "Hong Kong stories" 
Venue: Room 202, Duke of Windsor Building, Wanchai
Date: 9 November

Featured in Apple Daily
Date: 9 November

Guest lecturer at Department of Politics, New York University
Title: "The Umbrella Revolution," moderated by Professor Shinasi Rama
Venue: NYU Library Building
Date: 6 November

Guest lecturer at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University
Title: "The Umbrella Revolution," moderated by Professor Stéphanie Balme
Venue: Room 918, International Affairs Building
Date: 6 November

Featured in City Magazine
Title: "Connecting people, sharing lives"
Issue: November 

Guest lecturer at Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Title: "The Umbrella Revolution"
Venue: Room 3, Falconer Hall
Date: 29 October 

Guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Title: "The Umbrella Revolution"
Venue: Room 1001, Ignat Kaneff Building
Date: 31 October 

Featured in the Netherland's De Volkrant
Title: "I will not miss the champagne in Hong Kong"
Issue: 15 October 

Featured in Apple Daily
Date: 11 October 

Featured author and guest speaker at Chinese University Morningside College writers' series
Venue: Morningside College, CUHK, Shatin
Date: 10 October 

Featured in Apple Daily
Date: 8 October 2014

No City for Slow Men selected by German-Swiss Int'l School book club/guest speaker at book club meeting
Venue: Highcliff, Stubbs Road
Date: 7 October 2014

Featured in media research company Cision
Date: 7 October 

Featured in Voice of America 
Date: 6 October 

Appearance on Voice of America
Show: "Daily download" with presenter Doug Bernard
Topic: Update on the Umbrella Revolution
Date: 6 October 

Article "My Six Hours in Admiralty" appeared in the Netherlands' De Volkrant
Date: 4 October

Appearance on RTHK Radio3
Show: "1 2 3 Show" with presenter Noreen Mir
Topic: "Tutoring students at Admiralty protest site"
Date: 3 October 

Featured in the Netherlands' De Volkrant
Title: "With trembling hands I wiped my tears away"
Issue: 3 October 

Featured in Apple Daily
Date: 30 September 

Date: 29 September 

Appearance on Malaysia's BFM Business Radio
Show: "Current Affairs" with presenter Sharaad Kuttan
Date: 29 September

Panel judge at Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship Program co-organized by Wimler Foundation and Ateneo University
Venue: Migrants Empowerment Resource Center MERC, Central
Dates: 24 August & 21 September 

Release of Queen of Statue Square, a new anthology of short stories
Contribution: "Neville's Painting"
Date: 13 September 

Appointment as Adjunct Lecturer at Faculty of Law of Hong Kong University, LLM Program
Course: International Securities Law
Appointment date: September 2014
First lecture: Spring 2015

Endorsed Starr Lam's new book The Starr College Guide
Date: 15 September

Category: vegetarian dishes
Venue: Chinese Culinary Training Institute, Pokfulam
Date: 14 August

Featured in China Daily
Date: 1 August 

Featured in Apple Daily
Date: 10 July 

Appearance on RTHK Radio3
Show: "HK heritage" with presenter Annemarie Evans
Date: 5 July 

Appearance on Malaysia's BFM Business Radio
Show: "Current affairs" with presenter Sharaad Kuttan
Date: 1 July 

Author panelist at 2014 Cooler Lumpur Festival hosted by the British Council
Venue: Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
Date: 20 - 22 June 

Second printing of No City for Slow Men
Date: 1 June

Featured in Apple Daily
Date: 29 May 

Speaker at inaugural "Thought Leadership Luncheon" hosted by Latham & Watkins
Venue: 18/F, One Exchange Square
Date: 22 May 

Became music critic for TimeOut magazine
Inaugural review: Gounod's Faust by Opera Hong Kong
Date: 12 May

Appearance on RTHK Radio3
Show: "Something for the Weekend" with presenter Tim Littlechild
Date: 11 May 

Moderator at 2014 Intellectual Property Conference at Hong Kong University Faculty of Law
Topic: "Charting the new frontiers of intellectual property: protection of fashion brands"
Venue: HKU, Pokfulam
Date: 10 May

Guest presenter and book signing at Harvard Club Book Award 2014
Venue: Diocesan Boys' School Auditorium
Date: 9 May 

Date: 28 April

Venue: LPCUWC, Shatin
Date: 15 April 

Official Book Launch of No City for Slow Men
Venue: Bookazine, Lynhurst Terrace
Date: 12 April 

No City for Slow Men book launch

Guest speaker at author event at Yew Chung Community College
Venue: YCCC, Kowloon Bay
Date: 10 April 

Title: "Hong Kong - no city for slow men"
Date: 25 March 

Local personality to promote Hong Kong at HK Tourism Board Public Relations Summit 2014
Venue: Soho
Date: 4 March

Featured in Philippine newspaper The Sun
Title: "Defender of migrant workers' rights"
Issue: 1 March 

Guest speaker at Hong Kong University Faculty of Arts
Title: "From blog to book"
Venue: HKU, Pokfulam
Date: 18 February

Second appearance on RTHK Radio3 
Topic: No City for Slow Men 
Show: "Asian Threads" with presenter Reenita Malhotra Hora
Date: 1 February 

Appearance on RTHK Radio3
Topic: No City for Slow Men 
Show: "Around Town" with presenter Andrew Dembina
Date: 28 January 

Short stories "Going North" and "Going South" featured in Beijing-based literary site The Anthill
Date: 24-25 January 

Featured in TimeOut magazine
Title: "Pick up the pace"
Issue: 22 January 

Essay "Maid in Hong Kong - Part 3" featured in Philippine newspaper The Sun
Issue: 16 January

Featured in cover story in South China Morning Post Young Post
Title: "Mr. Do-it-all"
Date: 16 January

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2017 and upcoming events and speaking engagements


Talk at Independent Schools Foundation Academy
Topic: No City for Slow Men
Venue: Telegraph Bay, Pokfulam
Date: 30 November
Moderator at Enrich HK panel discussion Topic: Impact of financial literacy education
Venue: BNP Paribas, Two IFC Date: 11 December Time: 12:30pm

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
Speaker for Enrich HK's "Ask the Experts" series Topic: TBD Date: January 2018

Legal workshop for foreign domestic workers at University of Hong Kong's Domestic Workers Empowerment Project (DWEP) Topic: "Understanding Hong Kong Culture" Venue: TBD Date: February 2018

2017
Interview with NOW TV
Topic: Ho's corruption case and U.S. federal court procedures Interview date: 24 November

Interview with Apple Daily 蘋果日報
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