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Grief, rage, and despair: reflections from an exiled Hongkonger

Hongkongers have always known that we lived on borrowed time. As a British colony and then a supposedly semi-autonomous region under Beijing’s rule, Hong Kong and Hongkongers have never enjoyed political freedom outside of the confines of powerful sovereign states. Five years ago, I joined tens of thousands of other Hongkongers on the annual July […]

‘You cannot kill an idea’: Why Hongkongers will fight on

My friend, an ethnic Uighur, was talking about the act of extinguishing a cigarette on facial ID scanners in Xinjiang. “We can’t protest like you in Hong Kong,” he said. “They would just send us to the camps. So when no one’s looking, we extinguish a cigarette on the facial ID scanners at our apartment […]

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EXCLUSIVE: China expert Jerome Cohen – ‘We can’t give up… when Xi leaves the scene, there will be a return to a better life’

Professor Jerome Cohen – widely respected as the world’s top China law expert – was once feted as “a friend of China” who advocated US engagement with the country amid Cold War hostilities back in the 1960s. These days, the outspoken critic of China’s human rights abuses and Hong Kong’s looming national security law, is […]

Students shocked as prestigious art college SCAD closes Hong Kong campus

By Samantha Chan Just a ten-minute walk from the buzzing flea market and working-class neighbourhood in Sham Shui Po, there stands the Hong Kong campus of the US private art school Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). On a regular Wednesday afternoon, the artistic haven is usually flooded with soft chattering and muffled voices […]

Coronavirus: the pandemic tops a year of tumult for a cult Sai Ying Pun karaoke bar

For the uninitiated, Junels Restobar is easy to miss, tucked away down a nondescript back alley in Sai Ying Pun. But for those in the know, it’s one of the city’s hidden gems: an always-friendly neighbourhood restaurant where customers can belt out karaoke classics over plates heaped with authentic Filipino food. Owner Julie Mangrobang has […]

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Explainer: From ‘five demands’ to ‘independence’ – the evolution of Hong Kong’s protest slogans

What began as a handful of familiar chants against an extradition agreement with China escalated into calls for democratic reform and, eventually, independence. HKFP looks at how a year-long stream of protest slogans evolved to reflect changing protester attitudes. The near-ubiquitous rallying cry “liberate Hong Kong; the revolution of our times” was first coined in […]

Hong Kong protests documentary cut over national anthem law fears

The new national anthem protection law, passed by the Legislative Council this month, has already cast a chilling shadow over creative activity in Hong Kong. A documentary on the Hong Kong protests has become the first casualty. A political art segment in Evans Chan’s We Have Boots (2020) will be cut from the expanded two-hour […]

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Magistrates must improve approach to mental disability in the courtroom

By Daisy Cheung I have read with great disappointment and concern reports of two recent magistrate cases dealing with the topic of mental disability. The first involved a schoolteacher who was found guilty of assault on June 12 at the Fanling Magistrates’ Court. It was reported that the magistrate had questioned the mental state of […]