On this week’s episode of The Dialog Weekly podcast, three specialists clarify why extra persons are pondering of leaving Hong Kong after China’s clampdown on dissent – and the alternatives they face about the place to go. And we hear about new analysis that discovered a brand new technique to pace up the seek for one of many universe’s most elusive enigmas: darkish matter.
Since China imposed a brand new Nationwide Safety Regulation on Hong Kong in mid-2020, the scenario for political protesters has develop into rather more harmful. Lots of these concerned in current pro-democracy protests are being rounded up and arrested.
Many Hong Kongers are actually fascinated with leaving – and on this episode we hear from specialists researching what’s influencing these selections. Sui Ting Kong, assistant professor in sociology at Durham College, who has been interviewing Hong Kongers about the best way political participation impacts their on a regular basis lives, units out three alternative ways folks have described the choice emigrate. For one group – those that say they’re “fleeing from catastrophe” – she says: “They discover it actually tough to reconcile the concept of shifting away from Hong Kong whereas they’ve invested a lot vitality, sacrificed a lot within the motion, to make Hong Kong a greater place for themselves.”
On the finish of January, the UK authorities opened up a brand new visa route for individuals who qualify for British Nationwide Abroad (BNO) standing. We hear from Peter Walsh, a researcher on the Migration Observatory on the College of Oxford, who explains the historical past of BNO standing, how the brand new visa route will work and why the UK authorities has no clear concept about how many individuals will apply.
Hong Kong: China crackdown is prone to increase migration to UK
But it surely’s Taiwan, not the UK, which is probably the most engaging migration vacation spot for Hong Kongers. Tsungyi Michelle Huang, professor of geography at Nationwide Taiwan College, tells us about her analysis on how Hong Kongers’ attitudes in direction of Taiwan have shifted in recent times. However she says that there’s some suspicion rising in Taiwan a few current improve in migration from Hong Kong. “Taiwanese are frightened whether or not most of the Hong Kongers who’ve immigrated to Taiwan are literally mainlanders,” she tells us, “due to this mistrust of the Chinese language.”
In our second story, we’re joined by Benjamin Brubaker, a physicist on the College of Colorado, Boulder, who’s on the hunt for darkish matter. Darkish matter is invisible, however it accounts for 85% of the matter within the universe. You’ll be able to’t detect it and it’s matter, so, “darkish matter”. Primarily based on a bunch of clues – from how galaxies transfer to how gentle bends in area – we all know darkish matter has to exist, however nobody has ever discovered what it truly is.
Physicists all over the world are working particular detectors to attempt to discover proof of a darkish matter particle. However that is an extremely sluggish course of. Brubaker has labored on the Haystac detector that appears for one of many potential darkish matter particles known as an axion. He simply printed a paper explaining how he and his colleagues used know-how from the quantum computing world to hurry up the seek for darkish matter.
The seek for darkish matter will get a pace increase from quantum know-how
And to finish this week’s episode, Luthfi Dzulfikar, affiliate editor at The Dialog in Jakarta, recommends a few tales by teachers in Indonesia.
The Dialog Weekly is produced by Mend Mariwany and Gemma Ware, with sound design by Eloise Stevens. Our theme music is by Neeta Sarl.
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