Hong Kong Protesting

We publish a diverse range of works about the ongoing Hong Kong protests and showcase works from the Cha feature “Umbrella Movement Five Years On & Beyond”. Please see the Table of Contents for all entries.

“Long Night’s Journey into Day: A Monologue Play” by Jennifer Anne Eagleton

Long Night’s Journey into Day: A Monologue Playby Jennifer Anne Eagleton The play takes place over the course of one night and the next morning, starting from around 7:00 pm on Tuesday 12 November 2019. Hong Kong is in ferment over a proposed extradition law. Despite the turmoil and uncertainty our protagonist decides to goContinue reading ““Long Night’s Journey into Day: A Monologue Play” by Jennifer Anne Eagleton”

“The Last Fire on a Day that Can’t be Named” by Cleo Adler

The Last Fire on a Day that Can’t be Namedby Cleo Adler 25 June 2020 Summer silently crept in amid hysteria over masks and hand sanitiser. In those days of beautiful sunshine—sometimes punctuated by erratic storms—we spent our days staring at pixellated videos and black screens. After the previous hectic five months, not wearing aContinue reading ““The Last Fire on a Day that Can’t be Named” by Cleo Adler”

“Hedgehogs in Fog” by Nicole Lai

Hedgehogs in Fogby Nicole Lai June 2019, Admiralty. How to cite: Lai, Nicole. “Hedgehogs in Fog.” Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, 01 Nov. 2020, hkprotesting.com/2020/11/01/fog/. Photograph © Oliver Farry. After graduating from the MA in Literary and Comparative Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, Nicole Lai now works in the field of education innovation at Hong Kong University ofContinue reading ““Hedgehogs in Fog” by Nicole Lai”

“Hong Kong: A City of Disappearances” by Sharon Yam

Hong Kong: A City of Disappearancesby Shui-yin Sharon Yam As a former British colony and later a Special Administrative Region under Beijing’s now-broken promise of “50 years unchanged”, disappearances have always been a motif of Hong Kong. From Ackbar Abbas’s book on decolonisation and disappearance in Hong Kong culture, to the dystopian film Ten Years,Continue reading ““Hong Kong: A City of Disappearances” by Sharon Yam”

“Up Against the Walls” and “The Social Life of Bricks” by Ilaria Maria Sala

Two Poemsby Ilaria Maria Sala UP AGAINST THE WALLS Do the walls talk, where you are now? Do they scream? Do they burst out with exclamation marks?Or maybe they are silenced, like ours? I often wonder if you can understand meIf you can understand all of usAs we are here, up against the wallsLetting our eyes glideContinue reading ““Up Against the Walls” and “The Social Life of Bricks” by Ilaria Maria Sala”

“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”

“Fiction, Films, and the Hong Kong Protests of 2014-2019: Three Vignettes” by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Fiction, Films, and the Hong Kong Protests of 2014-2019: Three Vignettesby Jeffrey Wasserstrom I would like to use the opportunity of contributing to this site to introduce my latest book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, in an unusual way—by offering up a trio of vignettes. My academic training was in archive-based historical work, but theseContinue reading ““Fiction, Films, and the Hong Kong Protests of 2014-2019: Three Vignettes” by Jeffrey Wasserstrom”

“Bear” by Elizabeth Hay

Bearby Elizabeth Hay Hong Kong is a late-night city. It always has been. I imagine my grandfather forty years ago, when his hair was black and shiny with Brylcreem. What did he get up to here? Before I was his favourite, his little girl. He had been handsome, and he got rich. Today my grandmother,Continue reading ““Bear” by Elizabeth Hay”

“An Elephant of Foam—Under COVID-19” by Chan Lai-kuen

An Elephant of Foam—Under COVID-19by Chan Lai-kuen July 2020 You know and I knowThere is something hereAn elephant of foamJust we do not talk about itAbout where it comes fromThey know and we knowAnd they know that we knowWhere it comes fromAnd how it floatsA blanket around meA blanket around youIt’s bigIt’s warmIt’s the colourContinue reading ““An Elephant of Foam—Under COVID-19” by Chan Lai-kuen”

“Life Cycles” by Dawn Lo

Life Cyclesby Dawn Lo Chinook fingerlings tumble out of their nets. The little fish take a few moments to orient themselves in wild waters as the current knocks them tail overhead. Everything is new, but natural, as they are. See how they adapt. They steady themselves, bending and ebbing with the river’s flow, like grassContinue reading ““Life Cycles” by Dawn Lo”

“National Security Law: A Short Comic Strip” by Sharon Lam

National Security Law: A Short Comic Stripby Sharon Lam Sharon Lam is an architectural designer and writer living in Hong Kong. Her debut novel, Lonely Asian Woman, was nominated for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in 2020. Visit her website for more information.

“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”

“There is a Season Waiting Behind This One” by Collier Nogues

There is a Season Waiting Behind This Oneby Collier Nogues Editor’s Note: This poem was specially commissioned for “The Writing Life Beyond COVID-10: A Virtual Residency” (3-9 August 2020, jointly organised by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and the newly founded Mongrel Writers Residence. Photograph © Oliver Farry. How to cite: Nogues, Collier. “There is a Season Waiting Behind ThisContinue reading ““There is a Season Waiting Behind This One” by Collier Nogues”

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”

“The Reality of Modern Resistance: A Review of Unfree Speech” by J. Sorel

The Reality of Modern Resistance: A Review of Unfree Speech by J. Sorel Given his current status on the world stage, the first English-language publication from Joshua Wong was destined to be a monumental event, regardless of its content. Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act Now! (co-written with JasonContinue reading ““The Reality of Modern Resistance: A Review of Unfree Speech” by J. Sorel”

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