‘We just really f***ing love Hong Kong’: Can you criminalise us?

If the Chinese government was really stupid enough to believe that the new national security laws could silence Hongkongers, I guess they were disappointed. The new laws conveniently took effect on the 23rd anniversary of China’s takeover of Hong Kong. Yet despite a historic police ban of the 17-year tradition, on the very first day […]

HKFP Lens: ‘We fear no more’ – Thousands protest Hong Kong security law as police use water cannon, pepper spray

23 years after the Hong Kong Handover, thousands of protesters defied a police ban to march in Causeway Bay in protest of the newly-enforced national security law. Police blocked MTR exits, deployed water cannon, pepper spray and cordoned off main roads. Protesters chanted Hong Kong independence slogans despite the new legislation. A man in possession […]


For Hong Kong democrats, a time to reflect: is there a way forward?

It was exactly six years ago that Benny Tai added an unexpected political spark to the Lunar New Year holiday by introducing a new plan to break the political deadlock. He and his contemporaries had been agitating for democratic political reform since their college days in the 1980s, when Hong Kong was still a colony […]

How Hong Kong’s public political discourse was mainlandised in 2018

We should perhaps spare a thought for Hong Kong officialdom – trapped as it is between Beijing’s current directives and the pre-1997 promises Beijing made about post-colonial Hong Kong being allowed to carry on “unchanged for 50 years.” The promises about existing rights and freedoms were written into Hong Kong’s new Basic Law constitution and […]


How a student’s column in a US college newspaper sparked a fiery debate over ‘Hongkonger identity’

A column entitled “I am from Hong Kong, not China” written for an American college newspaper has sparked a campus-wide debate over what it means to be Chinese. Frances Hui, a journalism student at Boston’s Emerson College, wrote last Monday’s opinion column for her school’s newspaper the Berkeley Beacon. After summarising Hong Kong’s history and recent politics, […]

Hong Kong must accept China with all its flaws to keep its privileges, says ex-official Christine Loh

Hong Kong must accept the China of today with all its flaws. Only then can the city protect its own special privileges. This is according to Christine Loh, a former undersecretary for the environment turned scholar. She has just released a new book alongside law professor Richard Cullen called No Third Person: Rewriting The Hong Kong […]


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