Kwok Scholars
Fall 2020 Newsletter

The Kwok Scholars newsletter is created to build a stronger and more close-knit Kwok Scholars community. It aims to raise awareness of the social issues Kwok Scholars are working on and facilitate collaboration between Kwok Scholars. We hope you will find the newsletter interesting and inspirational.


Kwok Scholars ExpansionThe Kwok Scholarships have expanded to cover more undergraduate and master's programmes offered by Oxford. The Association hopes to attract more students to pursue psychology and environmental related programmes. Please help us spread the word to encourage more talented students to apply for Kwok Scholarships!

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New ScholarsWe have awarded six Kwok Scholarships in 2020 to Guo Dongfang (Oxford MPP), Jack Lam (Oxford MPhil in Politics), Kelly Yung (Cornell hospitality study), Roshan Melwani (Oxford MPP), Sharon Chau (Oxford PPE) and Yannis Lam (Cornell hospitality study). Congratulations and welcome to the Kwok Scholars Family!

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Sample PoolingWith a vision where all citizens are tested periodically and positive cases are successfully isolated, enabling everyone to go about their normal lives, Ayo Chan tells you why Sample Pooling is a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19.

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Oxford Political ReviewAn Oxford-based current affairs publication specializing in bridging the theory-practice gap through connecting the Oxford academic community with established academics and thinkers from across the world. As the Review's Editor-in-Chief, Brian Wong has interviewed prominent scholars and politicians including Noam Chomsky, Kevin Rudd, Shashi Tharoor and Leni Robredo.

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The clock is ticking for TikTokThe impending TikTok deal is an nth dimension chess game with numerous stakeholders involved. Jack Chong has 6 questions for the buyer for the upcoming acquisition.

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Coronavirus & DemocracyThe COVID-19 pandemic, like all other crises, can be an enormous threat to democracy. UK local and mayoral elections have been postponed for a year, as have Hong Kong Legislative Council elections, while President Donald Trump is suggesting postponing the American presidential election. Sharon Chau suggests these delays might set terrible precedents...

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The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the PresentThe Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present, by Joanne Reitano, Routledge. It is an insightful and lively history of the peoples, events and interactions that have formed New York City. Chloe Xu has recently translated this book into Chinese, published by China Renmin University Press.





Brian WongBrian Wong becomes a 2020 Rhodes Scholar. He will be pursuing the DPhil in Politics at Oxford from October 2020. Well done!







Kwok Scholars' Gathering
11 Kwok Scholars and 6 directors of the Association had a lunch on 17 June 2020. Scholars and directors got to know each other and shared ideas about their initiatives.



To our Kwok Scholars community:

I am excited to present to you our inaugural Kwok Scholars Newsletter. Congratulations are in order to our six new scholars for joining our community and bringing our numbers to 30 strong, as well as to our existing scholar, Brian Wong, for receiving the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship – our warmest congratulations to you all!

After reading through the articles submitted by Ayo Chan, Brian Wong, Jack Chong and Sharon Chau for this edition, I can’t help but be very proud of how our Scholars have found new and innovative ways to give back to society, and are thinking critically about very current and relevant issues, from COVID-19 to the sale of TikTok and the future of democracy. I believe this is testament to the diverse interests and insatiable curiosity that define our growing family, and it is my hope that together with the expansion of our scholarships to cover psychology and environmental-related programmes, these unique characteristics will continue to serve our community well and help us grow in size, diversity and reputation.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter, and please do not hesitate to contact Helen Donovan should you have any feedback for improvement. We are open to all suggestions!

Best regards,


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