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Asian activists boycott Disney’s ‘Mulan’ citing China’s nationalist propaganda, censorship and police brutality

By Oiwan Lam Activists from a number of Asian countries are calling for the boycott of the film “Mulan,” released by Disney on September 4, on the grounds that production’s lead actor, Liu Yi Fei, has publicly expressed support for the police crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong. The latest release from Disney, “Mulan” is an […]

Cantonese is the key to success for Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities

By Mandy Cheuk, project manager The challenge faced by Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities in acquiring Chinese-language skills is a longstanding issue. The author of the HKFP op-ed “Should we expect non-Chinese Hongkongers to learn Cantonese?” appears to believe that knowing Cantonese in itself does not necessarily help with integration. But in reality, without Chinese linguistic […]

Will China’s color-coded Covid-19 tracking system come to Hong Kong?

By Oiwan Lam With Hong Kong seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases, the city prepares to test its entire population for the new coronavirus by the end of August — while pro-Beijing politicians push to use the test results in a three-color health code system. The color-coded system, implemented in different cities in mainland China, assigns a QR […]

Joint statement: Arrest, harassment and intimidation of journalists in Hong Kong must stop

We, the undersigned, are troubled by the decline in press freedom and democratic rights in Hong Kong and express our deep concern about the ramifications of the imposition of national security legislation by the Beijing authorities. Hong Kong has long been respected as a powerful global economic hub and lively political and democratic space, supported […]

How a skewed translation of ‘Black Lives Matter’ enabled racism on Chinese social media

By Oiwan Lam As the Black Lives Matter protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in the US evolved into a global anti-racism movement, communities around the world were inspired to translate the protest slogan into their own languages. The task, however, isn’t always straightforward. On Chinese social media, there has been a lot […]

Australian university criticized for censoring voices supporting human rights in Hong Kong

By Fiona So In the latest of a string of incidents sparking national debate over undue Chinese influence on Australian university campuses, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) was criticized for its decision to delete an article published on its website that urges the international community to put pressure on China to “wind back recent infringements on […]

Red capital: How Chinese companies exert political influence over Hong Kong

By Heidi Wang-Kaeding To Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, the passing of a new US law that removes Hong Kong’s special economic status fits into their scorched earth, or laam caau, strategy. At its core is the protesters’ belief that the Chinese government has rigged the “one country, two systems” model in Hong Kong and that […]

The zero-waste, immune-boosting superfood that protects lives and the planet

By Liz Thomas Imagine if I told you there was a superfood that adjusted to the needs of people as they consumed it, aiding mental and physical development. A product with immune-boosting qualities so broad and powerful that researchers are investigating its potential for treating Covid-19. What if I also told you it could be […]

New Uyghur stickers foster cultural resistance on messaging platform

By Filip Noubel Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility. While Uyghurs living in China are experiencing unprecedented attacks on their most basic human rights, the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries (an estimated 350,000 people mostly in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and […]

The world must give Hong Kong activists a path to safety

By Brendan Clift In recent days, the prime ministers of the UK and Australia each declared they are working toward providing safe haven visas for Hong Kong residents. In the US, lawmakers passed a bill that would impose sanctions on businesses and individuals that support China’s efforts to restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy. The prospect of a shift from rhetoric […]


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