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Hong Kong must ban bananas

By John Glenis Following a ban on yellow masks during a court hearing, certain people were quick to criticise the move. However, it may just be a fantastic opportunity to build on it, and take the argument a step further. The government is here to safeguard national security and as such, protect us from anything […]

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‘We just want to come home:’ Hong Kong citizens and residents stranded in the UK after gov’t travel ban plead for help

Erica had planned to return to Hong Kong on January 3 after graduating from her master’s studies in London. Now, she has no idea when she will make it home. On December 21, authorities announced a complete ban on commercial flights from the UK to Hong Kong after the country reported a significantly more infectious […]

Skin in the game: Hong Kong protesters facing security law see banned slogan tattoos as ‘last inch of freedom’

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters Eugene and Hong are determined to keep their tattoos depicting the now-illegal slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” They see their skin as the “last inch of freedom” remaining under the Beijing-enacted national security law. When Eugene carefully takes off his hoodie, a striking tattoo featuring the slogan and […]

Hong Kong District Councillor series: Suzanne Wu says many in society are oblivious to gender-based needs

When Suzanne Wu was elected to Yau Tsim Mong district council last year amid a landslide victory by democrats, she hoped to make gender perspectives in policymaking a mainstream issue. Even within the pro-democracy camp, the gender equality advocate said, some colleagues are oblivious of gender-based needs. The district council elections on November 24 last […]

HK 2020 Interview: Barrister Jessica Leung says justice dep’t is endangering Hong Kong’s rule of law

Barrister Jessica Leung says 2020 has left many Hongkongers downcast about the city’s future. Reflecting on developments in the judicial system, she understands why. Courts came under increasing political pressure as cases relating to the 2019 protests were heard. State-run newspapers Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po lambasted a judge who ruled that Hong […]

Hong Kong District Councillor series: Security law soured gov’t attitude towards democrats says Beatrice Chu

Beatrice Chu, a pro-democracy district councillor for more than eight years, says Hong Kong’s new national security law has brought a marked change in official attitudes towards the councils, with some government bodies becoming increasingly unhelpful and condescending. Chu was elected to Tuen Mun District Council in 2012, after losing her first bid in 2008 […]

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Muted vocals: Hong Kong musicians wary of political themes under security law

By Mandy Yim and Emilie Lui Sunny Lam has been creating music videos with political themes since 2014 — but now, he says, he will steer clear of phrases such as “Free Hong Kong, revolution now” or come up with different terminology. Lam has more than 70,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel but is fearful […]