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Hsiao-Hung Pai

Freelance Journalist and Writer

Ms Hsiao-Hung Pai was born in Taiwan and came to Britain in 1991. She holds masters' degrees from the University of Wales (Critical & Cultural Theory), University of Durham (East Asian politics and history) and the University of Westminster (Journalism).

Hsiao-Hung Pai works as a freelance journalist, writing for the Guardian and many UK-Chinese publications. She covered the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy for the Guardian.

In order to understand the plight of other Chinese migrants, she went undercover and is the only journalist working in Britain who has truly penetrated the world of undocumented Chinese migrants.

Nick Broomfield’s recent film, Ghosts, was based on her work. Hsiao-Hung Pai is the author of Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour (published by Penguin in April 2008).

She was nominated for EMMA’s ‘Best Print Journalism’ in 2004, and won a Feature of the Year commendation from WorkWorld Media Awards. In 2008, she was shortlisted for Glen Dimplex New Writers Award, and her book, Chinese Whispers, was chosen as one of the most “worth talking about books” by World Book Day. Hsiao-Hung Pai is a member of the National Union of Journalists.

Hsiao-Hung Pai works mainly in London and the UK.

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Updated on 16 November, 2008


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I have just finished 'Chinese Whispers'. It is a stunning indictment of theway migrant workers, aka human beings,are treated by companies and organisations in the relentless pursuit of profit. I sing a song called 'On Morecambe Bay, written by Kevin Littlewood and refashioned with Kevin's agreement by Christy Moore. I am concerned too that the names of those who died should be commemorated here in Britain (with family permission). Likewise I feel the same way about the 58 Chinese people who were found dead in a lorry container on 18 June 2000. It didn't even make the top news story in many newspapers. Their names should be spoken and remembered. I am a member of the North Devon Sunrise Migrant Support Group. There will be shared experience here. I am also from Eire and know the exploitation of Irish workers, particularly in the building trade Thank you Hsiao-Hung Pai for this illuminating and deeply moving account. It stands as a bracon in ther struggle against exploitation of ordinary human beings.

Posted by Dave Clinch  on  15/05/12  at  03:12 PM

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