🤍 #White flowers, in particular white #crysanthemums, carry special meaning in #Chinese culture. My friend (IG: @__mel_chan__), an artist based in the Netherlands, showcased her wonderful paintings and artworks on white chrysanthemums at (IG: @sinartsgallery) to mark the tragedy (no matter whether the government wants to wipe away this bit of history by not conducting any independent investigation or not) at #PrinceEdward MTR station in #HongKong during the extremely sad and unforgettable events in 2019. Two years on, another sad incident occurred on 1 July 2021 when someone who felt too desperate and killed himself after stabbing a police officer…
Many Hongkongers went to present white flowers to mourn the death of Leung Kin-fai, who stabbed himself to death after stabbing a police officer in Causeway Bay on 1 July 2021, the day the Hong Kong government banned the protests but allowed crowded celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British rule to China.
As expected, the government and the police immediately blamed the dead man for violence and branded him as a “lone-wolf terrorist”, and criticised those who mourn the 50-year-old man’s death as “immoral” and…
Hong Kong — home and memory: nostalgic and aspiring
During the 10-day quarantine in Edinburgh, I have been spending quite a lot of time reminiscing my time in Hong Kong, my hometown. The internet has tremendously shortened the virtual distance with my family and my friends in Hong Kong. Watching Japanese and Korean TV dramas also make me feel that it doesn’t make much difference where I am.
Time and space might have been diminished with the frequent use of social media. Before I left Hong Kong, I kind of tried to convince my family the little meaning of distance…
While the world is looking at how people are physically attacked by the military in Myanmar, we also see here in Hong Kong how people are psychologically and mentally attacked in the courtroom.
As we continue to see the marathon bail hearings for some of the 47 defendants, including former legislators, politicians, lawyers, businessmen and journalists, who are facing the charge of so-called “conspiracy to subvert the state power”, we also saw the drama of how four of them being eventually granted bail following the decision of the Department of Justice to withdraw their appeal against the magistrate’s decision to…
After the Beijing and Hong Kong governments forcibly imposed the so-called “National Security Law” on us on 30 June 2020, I have been feeling more and more difficult to breathe. I bet other Hongkongers (at least those who treasure free speech) might feel the same.
When I started my career in journalism and then in the NGOs, I repeatedly heard from mainland activists exclaiming “Finally, I can breathe some air of freedom” when they first visited Hong Kong.
Now, that’s all gone. The pride of having a sound rule of law system, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and many…
Is the “National Security Law” for Hong Kong really a “law”?
The “National Security Law” for Hong Kong was announced and drafted by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress. While the text was not made public until the last minutes when the National People’s Congress passed the “law”, there is simply no more discussion on the legitimacy of such a “law”.
Some legal academics have been enthusiastically discussing the content of the “law” and ignore the fact about the odd procedure of passing such a “law”, as if procedural justice is no longer an issue in the rule…
Activists from Kazakh human rights organisation Nagiz Atajurt, that has been documenting cases of Kazakhs and other ethnic groups being detained in the internment camps in the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (which is recognised among Kazakhs and other ethnic groups as “East Turkistan”), have demanded an explanation from a Kazakh academic who supported the Chinese government’s persecution of Kazakhs in China and has been recently appointed as the head of a Kazakh government-backed research institute.
Duken Masimhanuly, who was appointed to be the director of R.B.Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies in Kazakhstan on 2 June 2020, defended the Chinese…
Published in Hong Kong Free Press on 4 June 2020
By Patrick Poon
I still remember an evening sometime in November 2008 when I received a Skype message from Liu Xiaobo — “Do you have time to have a brief chat?”.
I was a bit surprised that somebody I read about from the 1989 Tiananmen protests and crackdown suddenly sent me that message. I said: “Sure. Thanks, Mr Liu.” Then, we had a brief conversation, the first time and the only time I had a private conversation with him. …
Published in Hong Kong Free Press on 20 May 2020
By Patrick Poon
Nobody really likes to endure the heat and humidity of Hong Kong’s streets when staging a protest, not to mention the potential risk of arrest and harsh treatment nowadays.
I believe most young people may have preferred to be playing video games and using Instagram before Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attempted to pass the controversial Anti-Extradition Bill in June 2019. But the Hong Kong government and the police managed to ensure the political awakening of the city’s young and middle-aged people who were previously perhaps…
Hongkonger|pursuing PhD at Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III)|Visiting Scholar at University of St. Andrews|NGO consultant|Twitter: @patrickpoon