Unreliable evidence in the case of the missing Hong Kong booksellers

Written by Jackie Sheehan. So, the Chinese authorities – you remember them, they’re the people who had absolutely no idea what had happened to five missing booksellers and publishers from Hong Kong, and certainly had nothing to do with their disappearance – have now paraded Gui Minhai on television confessing that he went back to …

One country, two systems and five disappearances

Written by Jackie Sheehan. As classic mysteries go, the whereabouts of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo isn’t really much of a puzzle: he called his wife on 30 December, the day he disappeared, on a Shenzhen-registered phone to tell her that he was in Shenzhen, was assisting with the case of his four missing …

Masculinities and Talking Politics in China

Written by Lake Lui. 2014 was a fateful year for Hong Kong people—like me—who do research in China. The vibrant discussion of Hong Kong’s political reform, the Occupy Central Movement, and the increasing conflicts between Hongkongers and Mainland Chinese people were heard of in every corner of China, although the news is often misrepresented. Despite the …

What is the role of Hong Kong in China’s “One Belt One Road” plan?

Written by Hak Yin Li. Since China first officially announced the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) plan in 2013, discussions concerning the role of Hong Kong in the plan have increased dramatically. Leung Chung Ying, the Chief Executive (CE) of Hong Kong, stated at the Boao Forum Annual Conference in Hainan in March that Hong …

Hong Kong during World War II: A Transnational Battlefield

Written by Chi Man Kwong. On 30 August, 1945, a combined fleet of British, Australian, and Canadian vessels entered Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong, led by Cecil Harcourt, a British admiral. Expecting the fleet ashore at the Naval Dockyard (modern-day Admiralty) was a cheerful crowd of Hong Kong Chinese and a number of emotionless Japanese …

Legal protection against discrimination of LGBTI people: A tale of three cities in China

Written by Yiu Tung Suen. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are gradually transforming from the ‘others’ in society – who were medically defined as ‘ill’ and legally defined as ‘criminal’ – to citizens whose rights to cultural, social and economic participation are increasingly recognized. The rights of LGBTI people have developed at different …

Linguistic Challenges to China’s Centralizing Control

Written by Susan D. Blum. Challenges to authoritarian states’ control of language can be so complex that they exceed the states’ ability to manage them all. Electronic expression of resistance and increasing embrace of non-Mandarin linguistic varieties reveal powerful linguistic insights in China, which are evident too in the so-called Umbrella Revolution that took Hong …

Exhibiting Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: An end or a beginning?

Written by Denise Y. Ho.  May 17th in Hong Kong marked the opening of a two-week ‘Umbrella Festival’, named after the Umbrella Movement, a pro-democracy sit-in protest that lasted from September to December 2014. The Umbrella Movement was one of the largest political demonstrations the city — once a British colony, now a Chinese “special administrative …

Government transparency reporting and access to information in Hong Kong

Written by Jennifer Zhang. The Hong Kong government has been disclosing the aggregate number of online user data and content removal requests it has sent to service providers since 2010, the correct move to increase transparency and accountability of Internet governance. However, the government has yet to disclose its request-making procedures, and the lack of a …

Hong Kong’s Window on China, Mahathir, and Democratic Change

Written by William Case. We know much about what Southeast Asia’s leaders think of China. They are divided in their outlooks, but we can reasonably group them. Among those in closest proximity to China, some leaders have come to resent what they see as the country’s imperiousness, manifest in the skewed terms of its infrastructural projects …