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Andy Yee

Andy Yee is a technology policy expert. He is currently a Public Policy Director for Visa in Greater China, handling policy issues related to digital payments, economic growth and financial inclusion. Prior to Visa, he served for four years as a Public Policy Analyst for Google in Asia Pacific. This entailed internet policy issues including technology innovation, free expression, privacy and intellectual property. Earlier in his career, he has held permanent and visiting roles in public institutions and investment banks, including the Hong Kong Government, the European Union Delegation to China, UBS and Crédit Agricole.

He is a published author on politics, technology, and Asia. His works have appeared in academic and policy journals including the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Global Asia and Internet Policy Review, and the media including Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post and Asia Sentinel. He was a regular contributor to citizen media Global Voices and China blog ChinaGeeks. To date, his writing has been mentioned by publications ​such as The New York Times, the Guardian and IMF magazine Finance & Development.

He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and a master’s degree in Pacific Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. While at Cambridge, he spent a year on exchange at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, and has completed the MIT Fintech: Future Commerce certificate course. He speaks Mandarin, English, Japanese and Cantonese.

(Last updated: October 2016. Website: ahkyee.com)

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Latest posts by Andy Yee

How Social Commerce Tightens China's Grip on the Internet

A deal between e-commerce firm Alibaba Group and Sina Weibo, China's most popular microblogging service, has been heralded as a jump-start to the era of social commerce in China. But...

Language War in the Hong Kong Book Fair

A Cantonese-Mandarin language war broke out in a talk given by movie director Pang Ho-cheung for the 2012 Hong Kong Book Fair. To serve the big mainland Chinese market, the...

Taiwan: Democracy with a Confucian Face?

Politicians and academics have long debated whether Confucianism is compatible with democratic and civic values. Han Han's recent visit to Taiwan, and his high admiration of culture, freedom and democracy...

The Future of Sino-US Relations: Ask Andrew Nathan

Xiaomi (twitter: xiaomi2020) is organizing an interview with Andrew Nathan, an internationally renowned expert on US-China relations from Columbia University. Submit a question or vote on a question that's already...

Why do I wish to see Hong Kong's independence

Amid a series of social and cultural clashes between Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong netizen Marie Meow has written an open letter (English translation here) on Facebook exploring...

Hong Kong Rethinks its Relationship with Mainland China

15 years after Hong Kong's return to mainland China, Hong Kongers have little mood for celebration. Tensions run deep between Hong Kongers and mainlanders. Bloggers and social critics explore recent...

Unhappy Hong Kong Envious of Taiwan's Democracy

Having witnessed Taiwan's 2012 presidential election, Derrick Tao, a Hong Kong photographer, made a video (with English subtitles) to contrast democratic development of the two societies. As a prosperous but...

China: Leadership jockeying ahead of the 18th Party Congress

As the 18th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party approaches, Joshua Rosenzweig ponders about who will become the next head of the Central Politico-Legal Commission (CPLC). Dubbed the  “security...

China’s Stability Machine and the Detention of Chen Guangcheng

As waves of visits to fight for the release of China's blind activist Chen Guangcheng are turned back by the violence organized by the local government, Chinese bloggers explore the...

China: “Do you have memories from before you were kidnapped?”

A new crowd-funded documentary, Living with Dead Hearts, tells the story of the thousands of children in China who are victims of kidnapping. Through interviews with both parents and formerly...

China: Interview with a digital dissident

Tom from Seeing Red in China interviews Xiaomi (twitter: @xiaomi2020), one of the organizers of Yizhe, a group which translates Western journalism on China so that they are more accessible...

China: A water calligraphy dot matrix printer

Danwei has produced a video interview with Nicholas Hanna, a media artist who has built a tricycle that can paint Chinese characters with water on the ground as it moves....

China: “Free Lunch” for Rural Students via Micro-Donations

To help improve education in rural China, a new project by Guangzhou-based charity activist Liang Shuxin called “Free Lunch” is raising online micro-donations to deliver lunch meals to impoverished school...

China: Guangdong Model Making a Comeback?

Back in July this year, the two ‘cake theories’ articulated by the Communist Party of China (CPC) chiefs of Guangdong province and the Chongqing municipality stirred a public debate about...

Malaysia: Video salutes Generation 709

Following the formation of Generation 709 by young Malaysians to call for free and fair elections in the country, the Cantonese-speaking Malaysian music group EVYbody has created a video (with...

China: Soaring number of female political prisoners

The Dui Hua Foundation's Human Rights Journal explores the issue of the fast growing number of female political prisoners in China. This presents unique challenges, including male-on-female violence, childbirth in...

China: The broken education system in the countryside

Tom, an American who works in education in rural China and blogs at Seeing Red in China, shares his first-hand teaching experience in the Guangxi province, and analyses some of...

China and Britain: how do they compare?

A British who has settled in China recounts his observations about the differences between the daily life in China and Britain, and how Britain has changed since he last visited...

A Letter From China to the Norwegian Killer

Many Chinese netizens could not comprehend the atrocities committed by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway. In their eyes, Norway is a paradise, where people enjoy a high standard of living...

China: Know more about activist Wang Lihong

Wang Lihong, one of many lesser known activists jailed in China, is facing imminent trial. The blog Free Wang Lihong has published a detailed English biography of her. Amnesty International...

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