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Amy Wu
Amy Wu is a writer based in California who writes about cross cultural issues. Amy has over 20 years of experience working as a journalist at international media organizations including Time, Gannett, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Deal. She spent six years working in Hong Kong and has worked and traveled throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She earned her masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and her bachelors degree in history from NYU.

Entries by Amy Wu

Pink Blogosphere: Writing As Healing

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Illness can find a channel for expressing hope, meaning, inspiration and knowledge exchange through blogging as a communication form. When I attended a conference for young breast cancer survivors last fall in Philadelphia, it struck me that many of the women maintained a blog devoted to her journey or to...

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Hong Kong's 'Alternative' Revolution: Facebook, House News, and Passion Times

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Amidst the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the future of Hong Kong's political state, is a slant of sun when it comes to freedom of press -- social media.

Yes, thank heavens for Facebook, Google and the World Wide Web.

Social media, the wide reach of the Internet and...

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Ravaging Infectious Disease and a Muted Media

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Amidst the media's frenzied coverage of the Ebola disease and the more recent viruses including H1N1 and SARS, exists a part of history that is now little mentioned or perhaps forgotten--the Great Influenza of 1918. Indeed there are perennial lessons that physicians, public officials and the press, can learn from...

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A Chinese Artist Offers Irreverence and Hope With His Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Meet the invisible man. Once you get to know him, he will grow on you.

The invisible man is also known as Liu Bolin, a Beijing-based Chinese artist, a member of Generation X, a fast...

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Open Forums: Can't We All Just Get Along?

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 6:26 PM

The complex relationship between Hong Kongers and Mainlanders recently resurfaced (this time in the YouTube universe) when a video of a young child from Mainland China urinating in Hong Kong streets went viral.

What a mess. In the video a crowd of Hong Kongers are...

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The Times' Breast Cancer Brouhaha

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:12 PM

The brouhaha over readers mixed reactions over The New York Times' front page photo of a breast cancer conqueror enrages me.

As a young breast cancer survivor (I am 37 and was diagnosed with breast cancer last May, and had a lumpectomy and completed radiation), I am outraged by...

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China Indoctrinating Journalists? Think Again

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 5:46 PM

There is an interesting, or more precisely non-interesting, thing happening in China now when it comes to the media.

The government appears to be cracking down on journalists. Nothing new. The government appears to be cracking down on the Internet. Yawn. The government is force feeding journalists Marxist theory...

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Uninsured but OK

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 7:04 AM

I recently had a health care epiphany after I was thrown a brief medical crisis. Bad news: The apricot-sized lump that I found in my left breast turned out to be D.C.I.S., a non-invasive early stage of cancer. "If I were you I'd get it taken care of immediately," the...

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Choices, Choices

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:53 AM

HONG KONG -- The June 4th festivities -- no call it events, or how about activities -- are starting full force. Here in Hong Kong pro-democracy groups like The Democratic Party and Civic Party are preparing for the annual vigil to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square...

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Boston Tragedy -- One Click Away

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:59 AM

HONG KONG, China -- Boston seems so far away -- another world -- a city transformed by an act of sheer evil. This morning in Hong Kong I opened my iPod, logged onto Facebook and learned about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

Friends from afar, scattered around various...

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Across the Border (Again)

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Shenzhen is sexy and semi-appealing. I never thought I'd say this.

Fifteen years ago I crossed the border and instantly wanted to turn around. The border crossing experience was similar to walking into Tijuana. Once is enough. The crowds bore the uncanny resemblance and appeal of a mosh pit....

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Escape From Hong Kong to China

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:08 AM

I did something crazy this past week. During Chinese New Year's -- the biggest holiday of the year and at a time when most people avoid Mainland Chinese like the plague (think about all of those migrant workers and Mainlanders who are returning home) -- I bought a train ticket...

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Ringing in 2013 With Protests

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:44 AM

HONG KONG-- Happy New Year. The protesters are back again, fresh off the heels of New Year's Eve countdown the night before. Fresh from the fireworks in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor to ring in the new year. On New Year's Day they packed Causeway Bay, one of the...

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Party Line, Party Time? The Dish on China's Press

(7) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 5:35 PM

Transparency is seemingly non-existent in the media universe in China -- but maybe, just maybe, that is changing. Alas with the advent of those slick Samsung smartphones, citizen journalism is slowly but surely surfing across the border. Alas the media in China and freedom of information remains a hot topic...

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Pushing for Global Campuses á la US-China

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 6:37 PM

There is a video tucked away on YouTube where Michelle Obama addresses students at Howard University about the importance of studying abroad as part of the "100,000 Strong Initiative." The initiative supports American students who want to study abroad in China and is backed by both...

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Deciding on Homeland

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 4:54 PM

For a week, Washington D.C. was home. I led a handful of college students here to observe the U.S. presidential elections and cover the event as cub reporters. For the first few days we camped out in a hotel blocks from the White House and braved Hurricane Sandy.


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Hold That Punch

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 3:09 PM

China bashing has become the preferred sport in this presidential election. Both President Obama and Governor Romney have done a good job throwing punches at the obvious boogeyman: China.

Within the last several months the China complaints have been on the uptick. China doesn't play fair. China is a...

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The Importance of English

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Hong Kong's English level is on the decline. Most people in Hong Kong know this, and treat it as yet another post-97 reality. Even worse, some educators and young people regard it with a shrug, as they question the importance of English. Disclaimer here: the young people I am referring...

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Happy National Day -- Bah Humbug

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:20 PM

October 1-- It is National Day in Hong Kong. Yay. My friends in Hong Kong and I are reaping the benefit of this Mainland Chinese holiday, which marks the founding day of the People's Republic of China. There's the long weekend (read vacation and R&R). There are the fireworks spectacular...

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Hong Kong's Textbook Season

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 4:52 PM

The protestors are back again, thankfully. In recent days the college kids have surfaced -- attired in black headbands and T-shirts that read "Freedom." they are pitching tents alongside concerned parents, and boycotting classes outside of the Hong Kong Government headquarters. Their presence is both a relief and a concern...

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