“We Are All Hongkongers” by Sara Tung

☂☂☂☂☂We Are All Hongkongersby Sara Tung 31 August 2019 On 12 September 2001, the day after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the French newspaper Le Monde carried on its front page the headline “Nous sommes tous Américains”. We are all Americans. In the summer of 2019, we are all Hongkongers. Continue reading ““We Are All Hongkongers” by Sara Tung”

“Other Umbrellas” by Paola Caronni

☂☂☂☂☂Other Umbrellasby Paola Caronni Like totem poles on sacred land,big yellow umbrellas stand fixedon the Mediterranean shore.They stand in rowswith their extended welcoming ribs,and flutter in the salty breezeor mid-year drizzle. Other umbrellastussle in the subtropical summer dampnessof the stifled Fragrant Harbour.Teargas and pepper spraylower their proud ferrules.Beanbag roundsclatter their vulnerable canopies. Umbrellas once brightContinue reading ““Other Umbrellas” by Paola Caronni”

“Value 3: Fairness, Impartiality, and Compassion in All our Dealings” by Jason S Polley

☂☂☂☂☂Value 3: Fairness, Impartiality, and Compassion in All our Dealingsby Jason S Polley Take Five.(New Territories Rooftop.)On the privilegiosity of the limousine caste.I never thought that Hong Kong would become this situation because no one would know that the government is being so strong to refuse to apologise and doing any change for this TheContinue reading ““Value 3: Fairness, Impartiality, and Compassion in All our Dealings” by Jason S Polley”

Three Poems (詩三首) by Jacky Yuen 阮文略, translated by Nick Admussen

☂☂☂☂☂Three Poems (詩三首) by Jacky Yuen 阮文略, translated by Nick Admussen TRAVELLERS  Want to rent the sort of residencewith a window opening onto vast fields of starsA light boat at the dock, ready to row out into the universeBehind the house there’s a train stationwhere overnight trains shuttle between our world and kingdom comeOn itsContinue reading “Three Poems (詩三首) by Jacky Yuen 阮文略, translated by Nick Admussen”

“Roads ∙ Square ∙ Roads (道路 ∙ 廣場 ∙ 道路)” by Stuart Lau 劉偉成, translated by Karen Hung Curtis

☂☂☂☂☂Roads ∙ Square ∙ Roads by Stuart Lau 劉偉成, translated by Karen Hung Curtis ROADS ∙ SQUARE ∙ ROADS When roads are opened by umbrellasinto a squarecars stop to erase our memorywith their wheelswe look for the rain we’ve been praying forthe heart of the square has no centreour armour, take roots in dreamsthe rainContinue reading ““Roads ∙ Square ∙ Roads (道路 ∙ 廣場 ∙ 道路)” by Stuart Lau 劉偉成, translated by Karen Hung Curtis”

“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”

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”

“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”

“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”

“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”