Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP)

I was an intern reporter for media startup Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) from June to August 2015. HKFP is a new, progressive, English language news source for Hong Kong. It is also not-for-profit, free-of-charge and completely independent, with the mission of bridging the gap between Chinese and English reporting in the city.

Following my exchange semester at DMJX, I have been working as a freelance reporter for HKFP, delivering HK & China content for the news outlet.

You can view the complete list of stories (>100) I’ve written for HKFP here: hongkongfp.com/author/echeung

HKFP newsroom

Me at the HKFP newsroom. Photo: MSNBC.

HKFP has been featured in various international and local media outlets, including BBC World, Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, RTHK The Pulse, Stand News, inMediahk, Initium Media, and others. In an interview with international broadcaster BBC World News, co-founder Tom Grundy explained why it was necessary to have an independent English language news source in Hong Kong:

We only had nine staff when HKFP was at the starting phase. As an intern reporter, I was responsible for pitching story ideas, doing research, and writing up news stories for the media outlet, with the focus of Hong Kong & China (and sometimes, international) content. I have written a total of 108 articles for HKFP, ranging from hard-news stories like politics, business and crime, to lighter stories like HKBuzz and trending news on social media.

You can also read some selected articles here on my blog:

(including: HK News, Sinobeat, World & HKBuzz)



March 3, 2016 – Mong Kok clashes have not changed China’s support for Hong Kong, says CPPCC spokesperson

The spokesperson for the annual plenary session in Beijing condemned the Mong Kok unrest on Wednesday, but said the Chinese government will continue to support Hong Kong in its 13th five-year plan. Wang Guoqing, spokesperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), denounced … → continue reading

CNN blocked Tianjin explosion

August 13, 2015 – CNN, local Chinese media struggle to report on Tianjin explosion

A CNN reporter was blocked by unidentified men from reporting live on the Tianjin explosion outside a hospital on Thursday morning. At around noon, state-run Xinhua news agency reported that 44 people had been killed, including … → continue reading

HK News

Edward Leung

February 29, 2016 – Localist group gets ballot boost: ‘We’ll be back in September’

Edward Leung Tin-kei, a candidate from localist group Hong Kong Indigenous, won more than 15 percent of the total votes in the New Territories (East) by-election on Sunday, signalling a possible strong showing for localist groups in the upcoming general election to the legislature in September… → continue reading

Chan Han-pan Starry Lee

August 11, 2015 – Pro-Beijing party considers endorsing special powers act to investigate lead-in-water scandal

Pro-Beijing DAB party said it might support invoking special powers of the legislature to investigate the lead-in-water scandal, signalling a shift in tone since it voted down an identical bill in July. DAB legislator Ben Chan Han-pan said the decision was in response to … → continue reading



February 15, 2016 – Staying put: HSBC keeps HQ in London, rejecting move to Hong Kong

Global banking giant HSBC has announced that it will keep its headquarters in London, after a review that could have seen it move the company back to Hong Kong. The decision was made by the bank following a board meeting on Sunday. The bank said the decision was unanimous. → continue reading

MH370 relatives

August 8, 2015 – Mixed reactions to discovery of MH370 debris on Reunion Island

A piece of flaperon debris on Reunion Island has been confirmed as part of missing flight MH370, prompting mixed reactions to the global aviation mystery. On Thursday, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak announced that the wing debris … → continue reading


Chinese train standard fail

August 7, 2015 – 70% of Chinese train components fail safety standards, China’s railway operator reveals

Over 70 percent of train parts produced by 10 Chinese manufacturers were found to fail safety tests, as concerns arise over the safety of Chinese trains that will enter service in Hong Kong starting from 2018. The China Railway Corporation, the country’s national railway operator, examined 14 train components … → continue reading


Hiroshima Peace Memorial

August 6, 2015 – Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bombing while China accuses Japan of not reflecting its past

Japan commemorated the 70th anniversary of the US’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday amid Chinese state media accusations that the country was not reflecting on its past. Residents of Hiroshima were seen coming together to remember the historical day … → continue reading


Chinese teachers experiment

August 5, 2015 – Chinese teachers blast UK students as undisciplined in British school experiment

Chinese teachers have blasted UK students as being undisciplined during a four-week teaching experiment at a secondary school in Hampshire, South East England. The experiment, which was featured in a BBC documentary entitled “Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School”, involved five Chinese teachers taking over a 50-pupil class … → continue reading

HK News (explainer)

DAB minions

August 4, 2015 – Explainer: Pro-BJ lawmakers dress up as ‘minions’ in controversial city cleanup campaign

Pro-Beijing politicians have dressed up as “minions” at the kickoff ceremony of a campaign to promote street cleanliness, in conjunction with the government’s citywide cleanup initiative. The events raised concerns with pan-democratic lawmakers that the government may be indirectly helping pro-Beijing district councillors … → continue reading


Gao Yanmin with her students.

July 31, 2015 – Chinese teacher ‘almost fired’ after revealing she was abducted over 20 years ago

A Chinese teacher in rural China was “almost fired” by local authorities after recent news reports revealed that she had been abducted and sold to a village 21 years ago. Tencent news reported on Thursday that the woman, Gao Yanmin, is now a primary school teacher … → continue reading

HK News

Made in China trains

July 23, 2015 – MTR orders HK$6bn in China-made trains to replace UK-built fleet

Hong Kong’s railway operator has ordered HK$6 billion worth of trains from China, in an effort to replace the city’s fleet of UK-made first-generation locomotives, which have been in service for up to 36 years. In a statement released on Wednesday, MTR Corporation said that … → continue reading

HK News (explainer)

parallel traders hygiene

July 15, 2015 – Explainer: Sheung Shui shambles as parallel traders leave a trail of waste

Trails of litter left by parallel traders transporting frozen meat have become a common sight in Sheung Shui, a northern town in Hong Kong close to the Chinese border. In a video uploaded by netizen LostDutch, parallel traders can be seen packing frozen beef on the streets … → continue reading

HK News

birth control hong kong

July 10, 2015 – ‘Have as many kids as you like’, urges Hong Kong family planning association as population ages

Hong Kong’s Family Planning Association released a new television advertisement on Thursday that told families in the city to have as many children as they wish.The advertisement, which is aired on television stations across the city, said that families should … → continue reading


cctv gundam

July 2, 2015 – Chinese state media shows ‘Gundam’ as evidence of Japanese military aggression

China’s state broadcaster CCTV was seen using images of manned “mobile suit” robots from Japanese science-fiction franchise Gundam on Tuesday during a programme about alleged Japanese military aggression towards the country. The programme, Focus Today, invited experts to discuss the threat … → continue reading

And more here:


August 13, 2015 – China encourages ‘2.5 days off’ a week to boost domestic spending

August 11, 2015 – Over 99% of Chinese cities hide debt levels, Tsinghua University study reveals

July 9, 2015 – UN rights chief expresses ‘concern’ over new National Security Law

HK News

July 30, 2015 – Passengers caught evading MTR first class fare spark outrage online

July 23, 2015 – Family firms priced out as chain stores dominate up to 96% of mall space – survey

July 16, 2015 – More newspaper closures only a matter of time, says HKJA leader

July 6, 2015 – Tutorial school draws controversy with ‘better station in life’ ad

July 2, 2015 – Two shouting matches on July 1st pro-democracy march route


August 4, 2015 – HKBuzz: Defaced minions in Hong Kong mall devastate netizens

July 21, 2015 – HKBuzz: Chinese kindergarten kids perform perfectly synchronised ‘basketball dance’ on national TV

July 15, 2015 – HKBuzz: Did an HKTV drama predict the lead contamination scandal?

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