Hilary Clarke

Hilary Clarke

Hilary is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a freelance writer.

Location
London
The Chinese ‘guardians‘ of Italy’s coffee culture
“Chinese bars are everywhere, and the cappuccino is in a state of shock.”  So go the translated lyrics of a slightly xenophobic 2013 Italian pop song by the Milanese duo “Il Genio.” It is about Chinese migrants taking over neighborhood cafes in northern and central Italy. Six years later and, according to an article in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera earlier this month, 11.5% of bars in Milan are run by first- and second-generation migrants from China. Italy has one of the highest Chinese populations in Europe, with more than 300,000 officially registered and many more living there illegally. Around 90% of them come from China’s Zhejiang province. The Chinese first arrived in Mila
The Chinese ‘guardians‘ of Italy’s coffee culture
American and British spy chiefs play down a split over Huawei
Spy chiefs in an American-led intelligence-sharing group have played down a split among member countries over the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The Daily Telegraph reported that the United Kingdom – part of the Five Eyes spying alliance with the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – agreed on Tuesday to allow Huawei to build noncore parts of the country’s 5G system. Britain’s reported decision set itself apart from Australia and the US, which have banned Huawei from their 5G networks entirely. Huawei, a leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks, has faced resistance in some Western markets over fears Beijing could spy on communications and gain a
American and British spy chiefs play down a split over Huawei
London’s Chinatown falls silent to protest ‘fishing raids’
On Tuesday, the cleavers of London’s Chinatown will hang in mid-air. The jasmine tea will be left steeping in teapots. The roaring woks will fall silent. The waiters and chefs of Chinatown’s 100 or so restaurants will be downing their menus and ladles and striking for five hours, against what they believe are heavy-handed immigration raids. These have been termed “fishing raids,” because their victims say that it feels like authorities are “fishing” for illegal immigrants. The final straw came earlier this month, when a raid on the Chinatown’s Joy Luck Restaurant prompted dramatic scenes. A video that went viral shows a grey-haired woman push past officers and dash in front of an immigration
London’s Chinatown falls silent to protest ‘fishing raids’