Chermaine Lee is a multimedia journalist based in Hong Kong. She covers political, human rights, environmental and social issues locally and internationally. Her bylines appear on the Washington Post, BBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, BuzzFeed, South China Morning Post, Deutsche Welle, Hong Kong Free Press, among others. My online portfolio: www.chermainelee.com
A profile of a female frontline protester in Hong Kong's ongoing anti-government protests - Every Friday, Alexa dines at home with her father, a single man who she says is unaware of his daughter’s secret. Afterward, the 21-year-old college student kisses her teddy bear good night.
Could you live an hour from your spouse? The disproportionately expensive housing market in Hong Kong is forcing families to live separately – with few remedies in sight.
Many of Hong Kong’s migrant domestic workers face low wages, poor accommodation and – oftentimes – abuse and debt bondage. With families to support back home, some are forced to make tough choices.
Cheung Muk-gun’s home is an illegal, wooden shack under a highway in one of the poorest areas of Hong Kong, where sky-high property prices and a yawning wealth gap have helped fuel a surge in homelessness.
The NGO put the number of registered street sleepers in Hong Kong at 1,127 in 2017; the number of unregistered people sleeping rough is not known. The reason for the wide gender gap, according to SoCo community organiser Ng Wai-tung, is that homeless men tend to be too proud, and ashamed to ask for help.