“We Can Be Hopeful: A Review of Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s Vigil” by Terrie Ng

We Can Be Hopeful: A Review of Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brinkby Terrie Ng Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history of modern China at University of California, Irvine, tackles the current situation of Hong Kong in his latest book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, published earlier this year. Though a short volume,Continue reading ““We Can Be Hopeful: A Review of Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s Vigil” by Terrie Ng”

“We are Hearts in Cages” by R. T.

We Are Hearts in Cagesby R. T. François, exhausted by five successive nights on high alert, says to me, ‘I’d give my sabre for a cup of coffee!’ François is twenty years old. —René Char, Leaves of Hypnos (1943-1944)  To those two students who never abandoned their sinking campus.  I had one apple in my bag—a potential lunch if nothingContinue reading ““We are Hearts in Cages” by R. T.”

“Illustrating the Hong Kong Protests” by Ordinary Illustrator

Illustrating the Hong Kong Protestsby Ordinary Illustrator 616 “616” depicts the protest in Hong Kong on 16 June 2019. The HKSAR government had said the protesters on 12 June were rioters, which was untrue, and this was demonstrated by the masses of protesters parting to let an ambulance through. On the other hand, the Hong Kong policeContinue reading ““Illustrating the Hong Kong Protests” by Ordinary Illustrator”

“Divergent Views on the Hong Kong Protests” by Michael O’Sullivan

☂☂☂☂☂Divergent Views on the Hong Kong Protestsby Michael O’Sullivan ICOLINThe Protests Make for Good TV The protests make for good TVI’ve let my hair and Netflix goThere’s bombs and guns and tear gas roundsBetter than any other show I protest surf, discredit content threadsTelegram, LIHKG, even check out TVB,The violence, feeds, and content drops areContinue reading ““Divergent Views on the Hong Kong Protests” by Michael O’Sullivan”

Two Poems (詩兩首) by Cao Shuying 曹疏影, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter

☂☂☂☂☂Two Poems (詩兩首)by Cao Shuying 曹疏影, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter AN EYE FOR AN EYE the time came andall of the lights shot into my eyeand were extinguished before that instanti wanted so much to let all this lightlinger like that in our most  cherished, most tender spots all that we love deeply and holdContinue reading “Two Poems (詩兩首) by Cao Shuying 曹疏影, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter”

“Resistance in Hiding” by Katherine Cheng

Resistance in Hidingby Katherine Cheng At 11:00 p.m. on 30 June 2020, the night before the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China and the first anniversary of the storming of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, the sweeping National Security Law was officially enacted. Prior to the release of the details, nobody in Hong KongContinue reading ““Resistance in Hiding” by Katherine Cheng”

Two Poems (詩兩首) by Derek Chung 鍾國強, translated by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho

☂☂☂☂☂Two Poems (詩兩首)by Derek Chung 鍾國強, translated by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho FORGET NOT Forgetting is near. What are we rushing to clamber over?Blood and sweat of three million people only to demand a fictive rope?Are there balloons up there? Only billowing clouds As though the screaming across the city has muted its own criesTurning into fistsContinue reading “Two Poems (詩兩首) by Derek Chung 鍾國強, translated by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho”

“Three Paradoxes” by William Nee

☂☂☂☂☂Three Paradoxesby William Nee As I’ve watched people demonstrate, seen videos of thugs attacking protestors, read supportive tweets and disagreed with news analysis, I’ve felt increasing torn inside about the dynamics of the Hong Kong protests. These thoughts below add nothing of significance to the overall sociological understanding of the protest movement or the politicsContinue reading ““Three Paradoxes” by William Nee”

“The Quiet Revolution” by Jim Pollard

☂☂☂☂☂The Quite Revolutionby Jim Pollard Hong Kong is unique, yet what makes it different from the rest of Asia? From my perspective, the answer is the education system. Now there are major criticisms to Hong Kong public education; some of which are fully justified—but it is not all bad. For many years now, there hasContinue reading ““The Quiet Revolution” by Jim Pollard”

“The Death of Remembrance: A Review of May 35th  《5月35日》” by Curllous Longtemps

The Death of Remembrance: A Review of May 35th (Gengzi Edition Global)《5月35日(庚子版)》by Curllous Longtemps Candace Chong Mui-ngam (playwright), Chan Chu-hei (director), May 35th (Gengzi Edition Global), Stage 64, 2020 June 3 (9:30 p.m.), Live online performance. Retelling history that was buried and denied, May 35th (Gengzi Edition Global)《5月35日(庚子版)》portrayed the desperate attempts of an elderly couple to commemorate their son,Continue reading ““The Death of Remembrance: A Review of May 35th  《5月35日》” by Curllous Longtemps”

“A Summer of Protest Music in Hong Kong” by Ho Chak Law

Do You Hear the People Sing? A Summer of Protest Music in Hong Kongby Ho Chak Law On 9 June 2019, around a million Hongkongers marched in protest against an extradition bill proposed by their Special Administration Region (SAR) government. Under this bill, residents and visitors in Hong Kong risked being sent for trial under the jurisdictionContinue reading ““A Summer of Protest Music in Hong Kong” by Ho Chak Law”

“Leader” by Vinton Poon

☂☂☂☂☂Leaderby Vinton Poon During this movement, apart from “five demands, not one less” (五大訴求,缺一不可), citizens also chant the slogan “liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our time” ( 光復香港,時代革命). This “liberate Hong Kong” slogan was first introduced by Edward Leung 梁天琦during his Legislative Council campaign in 2016. He probably did not expect that his slogan would beContinue reading ““Leader” by Vinton Poon”

Four Poems (詩四首) by Liu Waitong 廖偉棠, translated by Lucas Klein

☂☂☂☂☂Four Poems (詩四首) by Liu Waitong 廖偉棠, translated by Lucas Klein TWO MILLION AND ONE After white snow is black snowafter two million is two million and one.The numbers that come after will always add onto himtattoos coming after will always seep bloodyou cannot remove his raincoat. After yellow is a golden torrentto replace theContinue reading “Four Poems (詩四首) by Liu Waitong 廖偉棠, translated by Lucas Klein”

“Being Water” by Chloe Wong

Being Waterby Chloe Wong I am a second-generation Hong Kong-American. Until I came to Hong Kong last year, I identified as Chinese-American. But something changed in the 11 weeks I lived, breathed, experienced, (and protested) Hong Kong. From August to November of 2019, I was an exchange student in the Faculty of Science at theContinue reading ““Being Water” by Chloe Wong”

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Hong Kong University Presidents” by Susan Blumberg-Kason

☂☂☂☂☂Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: A Look at Hong Kong University Presidents and Their Support for Student Protestorsby Susan Blumberg-Kason In May 2014, my Chinese University of Hong Kong alumni group welcomed then-CUHK President Joseph Sung to a dinner reception in Chicago. At our dinner, President Sung spoke bluntly about the disconnection between youngContinue reading ““Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Hong Kong University Presidents” by Susan Blumberg-Kason”

“Conflict Geometries” by Elizabeth Briel

☂☂☂☂☂Conflict Geometriesby Elizabeth Briel VIOLENCE CONTAINED Bricks glued together across the street from Sham Shui Po police station. We have an idea, a feeling, of what our urban spaces should look like. The textures and materials they’re made of are designed specifically of and for that climate, that place. Drainage, porosity, reflectiveness, everything taken intoContinue reading ““Conflict Geometries” by Elizabeth Briel”

“Never Forget (永不忘記)” by Ronnie Cheng

Never Forget (永不忘記)by Ronnie Cheng As someone from Hong Kong, the protests back home have greatly affected me, as well as friends and family. This piece, “Never Forget” (永不忘記), serves as commentary on how the government has dealt with the protests improperly and irresponsibly. The government also has a history of hoping that people justContinue reading ““Never Forget (永不忘記)” by Ronnie Cheng”

“Combustion Continuum” by Leo Cosmiano Baltar

Combustion Continuumby Leo Cosmiano Baltar I can only eye everything fromhere: the lampshade, peering through partial darkness; weekend magazines, scattered on the floor. I must have forgotten to stack them in pile. Outside, a waterscape. The evening news before me knows no subsiding. It accelerates across the room like exhaust gases exiting a flue. Headlines in spontaneous ignition. A blinding heat. Equal parts consuming and exposing.Continue reading ““Combustion Continuum” by Leo Cosmiano Baltar”

“Thinking Hong Kong’s Freedom in Multiplicity” by Alvin K. Wong

☂☂☂☂☂Thinking Hong Kong’s Freedom in Multiplicityby Alvin K. Wong Since the debate on the extradition law began in early 2019, I started sensing anxiety within myself. I am an academic, and writing in an environment that fosters free expression of ideas, including ones that might be critical of the PRC, is what makes possible theContinue reading ““Thinking Hong Kong’s Freedom in Multiplicity” by Alvin K. Wong”