‘Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times’ – a legacy from the intellectual history of Republican China

By Joachim Boittout, originally published in 2019. Enunciated, inscribed on banners, spray-painted and chanted—it is hard to avoid the slogan that has sparked the lightning strikes of power in the streets of Hong Kong since this June: “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times!” (Guangfu Xianggang, shidaigeming in Mandarin, or Gwongfuk Hoenggong, sidoi gaakming in Cantonese). Crafted […]