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About Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hsiao-Hung Pai is a journalist and writer, whose website is here. Her latest book is Angry White People: Coming Face-to-face with the British Far-right (Zed Books / University of Chicago Press, 2016). Her previous books are Chinese Whispers (Penguin, 2008), which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2009; Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants (Verso, 2012); and Invisible: Britain's Migrant Sex Workers (Saqi, 2013). Hsiao-Hung Pai's work appears in the Guardian, where she reported the Morecambe cockle-picking tragedy, and other publications. Her undercover investigation on undocumented Chinese migrants was the basis for Nick Broomfield’s acclaimed film Ghosts.


Articles by Hsiao-Hung Pai

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Salvini and the racist immigration policy of Italy’s new government is giving a green light to racial violence

Soumaila Sacko was a USB trade union activist. His union had helped represent thousands of migrants working in agriculture in southern Italy.  

‘Happy 18th birthday! You’re out’

Tougher internal controls under Macron are only giving police more powers, allowing them to conduct identity checks in emergency shelters. Brutality towards migrants is likely to become even more common.

Shy radicals

‘“The notion of hate crime does not cover crime committed against people who have become victims simply because they’re different.” He wants Shy Radicals to become a voice for them.’  Book review.

The Islamophobia industry

The prevalence of Islamophobia in liberal discourse is part of the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-migrant racism that many believe to be the territory of the far right. Book review.

Grenfell tower and the people without capital

Contempt for Grenfell residents is representative of the way the city of London treats its global working-class. They were ignored; their disenfranchisement is permanently tied to their lack of citizenship. They have no voice, no representation.

The racist attack on Reker Ahmed was rooted in May's asylum policies

To understand the near-fatal attack of Reker Ahmed in Croydon, we need to look at the bigger picture: prime minister Theresa May’s draconian policies and the hostile media. 

When they call Brexit a ‘working-class revolt’, they mean the white British working class

But from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, to London’s Chinatown, the UK’s vote to leave the EU feels threatening, divisive, and poisonous for Britain’s ethnic minority and migrant communities.

What does Britain’s ‘silent community’ think about Brexit?

The British Chinese population is often dismissed as a ‘silent’ or ‘hidden’ community – but a politically conscious second generation holds strong views on the EU referendum.

Why they built the great wall

In Tadhg O’Sullivan’s beautifuly filmed documentary The Great Wall, the rationale behind ‘fortress Europe’ is interrogated through Kafka’s fable of nation-building, “The Building of the Great Wall of China”. At the Open City Documentary Festival, 21 June 2016.

When acts of humanity break the law, we are truly in dark times

A new book documents Europe’s loss of humanity as refugees struggle to seek a haven away from wars and degradation.

A crisis facing Europe: far right going mainstream

A linkage between anti-refugee and anti-Muslim racism fuels the ambition of far-right movements across the continent.

The English Defence League and the new far-right

A street demo against "Islamisation" shows the potential for the English far-right to regain lost momentum.

Chinese women migrants: the hardest job

An undercover investigation into the working lives of Chinese women in Britain's sex trade brought Hsiao-Hung Pai close to its painful reality.

A breaking rule: partners under pressure

The effect of new rules on family migration into Britain is to leave thousands of marriages in a limbo of enforced separation, reports Hsiao-Hung Pai.

China, the view from the ground

The self-organising efforts of migrant workers and rights activists across China offer a vital insight into the nature and future of modern Chinese society, says Hsiao-Hung Pai.

Chinese migrant workers: lives in shadow

The unregulated work of Chinese immigrants on the margins of a rich western society puts them in a trap with many locked doors, finds Hsiao-Hung Pai.

Migrant labour - the unheard story

Two years after the deaths of twenty-three migrant workers who drowned while cockling on England's Lancashire coast, Hsiao-Hung Pai reports on the economic roots of the disaster, which remain unchanged despite public attention, debate, and new legislation.
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