June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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‘Joshua Wong is a crime’

Hong Kong | The activist’s disqualification from office was blatantly political, he says
by June Cheng
Posted 10/30/19, 11:36 am

A month ago, pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong stood in front of Hong Kong’s government building to announce his candidacy for district council. Flags bearing Wong’s picture, name, and the district “South Horizons” fluttered in the background as he stood beside former Hong Kong lawmakers who had been disqualified from office due to their political views. 

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Houses divided

Churches | Hong Kong pastors walk a fine line between members who support protests and members who support police
by June Cheng
Posted 10/24/19, 01:22 pm

Outside the Mong Kok police station, the exit of the Prince Edward Station had transformed into a memorial, with hundreds of white flowers stuck into a fence and colorful Post-it notes covering a telephone booth.

Posters and graffiti question what happened on the night of Aug. 31, when police stormed into the subway station and onto the trains pepper-spraying and beating black-clad protesters as well as commuters.

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Socialist soap opera?

China | How Chinese censorship ruined a popular Asian drama
by June Cheng
Posted 10/21/19, 01:47 pm

It’s been 25 years since the TV show Friends was first broadcast in America, and one of its lesser-known legacies is the large number of Chinese millennials who have learned English by watching the show. Television shows allow language learners to hear English spoken in a native accent and used in an everyday context. Storylines also help students remain engaged and teach them about American culture (for better or worse).

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