🌊 Quarantining school children
16.3.21 | Can we eradicate human trafficking by 2030?
Today’s High Tide is lacking in memes, which is unfortunate because there is nothing that gets my day started quite like an elite-tier meme to have a laugh at. What’s your favourite HK (or not HK-related) meme? Send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to feature it on the next High Tide.
– Jasmine Lee
News Reel 🗞️
After a U-Turn decision on Saturday prevented sending a class of 8 to 9-year-olds from Kellett School to government quarantine facilities, the CHP has ordered 35 students of the same age from Harbour School into isolation.
The US Consulate closes after two staff members test positive for COVID-19. The two cases were found during the latest lockdowns in the Mid-Levels.
Adults aged over 30, students aged over 16 studying outside of HK, and helpers will be able to apply for COVID vaccination appointments as of 9 AM today.
HKMAO deputy director Zhang Xiaoming is in Hong Kongto discuss electoral reform with its lawmakers, warning thedebate about the plans should not go outside of Beijing’s parameters.
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Shooting for the Moon 🌕
The Moon Goal Program, launching today, sets a timeline to end forced labour in supply chains around the world by 2030. This announcement coincides with CNN’s #MyFreedomDay, an initiative that raises awareness amongst students on the issue of human trafficking and what can be done to help. CNN will be airing a virtual panel with students and experts in Asia at 9 AM HKT on CNN’s website and on CNN International from 12 PM HKT, focusing on the textile and seafood industries.
For those of you who have read yesterday’s High Tide, you’ll recognise The Mekong Club from CEO Matt Friedman’s feature on the #Impact podcast episode we shared, which we recommend listening to if you haven’t yet.
After graduating from college, Phil Rosen dropped everything, packed up, and moved to Hong Kong where he stayed with his family in the walled village of Kat Hing Wai. He launched a travel blog, taught English to locals, and ventured all through Southeast Asia meeting people, seeing places, and writing about it all the while.
There are stories from Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, and more. Phil’s musings on travel and life after college, escaping expectations, and the lifelong chase for freedom ring truer today than ever before.
Every chapter gets closer and closer to answering the question, "What are people really supposed to do in life?"
Photo courtesy of Netflix.
Hong Kong movie “Better Days” received the Oscar Academy nomination for Best Foreign Language Films, making it the first time a Hong Kong-born director has been nominated. It stands alongside other films such as “The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia) and “Another Round” (Denmark).