About me

I'm a 16-year-old student based in London, although I spent the formative years of my life in Singapore. I currently write for the Shingetsu News Agency and the Instagram account Balance the Ballot and am a freelance journalist. Additionally, I run the youth-focused news organisation The Bigger Picture which aims to amplify youth voices in politics, culture and the arts. I also take street, documentary and landscape photographs and have self-published a photography book contrasting Singapore and London.

In the future, I hope to work as a foreign correspondent within the Asia-Pacific region.

Featured articles

VAST MAJORITY OF JAPANESE BACK FEMALE EMPEROR

A recent Kyodo News survey has revealed that as many as 81.9% of Japanese people support the concept of Japan having reigning empresses, otherwise known as female emperors, with 13.5% against.

Balance the Ballot // 30th October 2019

Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

NORTH KOREA'S "PARADISE ON EARTH" CAMPAIGN

North Korea’s “Paradise on Earth” campaign enticed nearly 100,000 ethnic Koreans to move from Japan to North Korea following the second world war.

Balance the Ballot // 21st October 2019

An image of the five plaintiffs who sued Pyongyang for the "Paradise on Earth" campaign. Image courtesy of Kanae Doi/Human Rights Watch

US HOUSE APPROVES HONG KONG BILLS

The US House of Representatives has passed a number of bills in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.

Balance the Ballot // 18th October 2019

Photo courtesy of Bloomberg

HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES IN TIBET

Ever since the CCP incorporated Tibet into the PRC in 1950, there have been concerns over human rights abuses in the region. Whilst Beijing initially promised Tibet relative autonomy from China, they later compelled Tibet to take part in Mao’s Great Leap Forward economic plan, resulting in the deaths of at least hundreds of thousands of Tibetans. 

Balance the Ballot // 11th October 2019

Image from Rep. Jim McGovern's Medium page

HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS IN XINJIANG

In recent years, China has made attempt to suppress Xinjiang’s majority Muslim population. They started by instituting a host of measures, such as banning “abnormal” long beards, the wearing of veils in public spaces, and giving children names such as “Muhammed” or “Fatimah," with the intention of “countering extremism and terrorism." In attempts to achieve the same goal, China has also detained more than a million Uyghur Muslims in “re-education” camps.

Balance the Ballot // 3rd October 2019

Image courtesy of Reuters

PROTESTORS IN LONDON STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH HONG KONG PROTEST MOVEMENT

Thousands rallied in over 40 cities around the world over the weekend in opposition to totalitarianism, and in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong who also took to the streets en masse. Events were held in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, and other places. Photographer Darcy Miller captured the rally in London.

Hong Kong Free Press // 2nd October 2019

Photo taken by Darcy Miller

HONG KONG SOLIDARITY OF THE STREETS OF LONDON

StandwithHK, a Hong Kong solidarity organization, drove a digivan broadcasting live protest footage from Hong Kong through Central London. StandwithHK wrote on Facebook that the event aimed to “bring [the] current situation in Hong Kong to light and call for global solidarity with Hongkongers in our call for universal suffrage and democracy, and our fight against police brutality.”

SNA // 11th September 2019

Photo taken by Darcy Miller

CARRIE LAM FAILS TO EXTINGUISH THE FLAME OF RESISTANCE

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam formally withdrew the controversial extradition bill last Wednesday, explaining in a five-minute television address that it was done “in order to fully allay public concerns.”

SNA // 9th September 2019

Image courtesy of Sam Tsang

THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS SKIP THEIR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL TO JOIN PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS

On Monday, as many as 9,000 high school and university students skipped their first day of the new school term to participate in pro-democracy demonstrations. Crowds of students gathered outside the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) donned helmets, masks, and goggles, chanting “reclaim Hong Kong!” and waving banners reading...  

Balance the Ballot // 4th September 2019

Image courtesy of Yahoo News

These articles are just a small selection of what I feel to be my best work. See the "words" page for more.

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