Is Chairman Xi taking China back to the Cultural Revolution?

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Before considering today’s parallels with the Cultural Revolution, first let’s deal with the characterization of China’s current leader as Xi Zedong, or if you prefer, Mao Jinping. Accusations of a Xi personality cult are accumulating, and incidents like last month’s poetic outpouring by Xinhua News deputy director Pu Liye provide compelling evidence. …

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 …

Chinese and Other Asian Youth Tourists’ Souvenir Purchases in Hong Kong

Written by Hilary du Cros. What do the young Chinese from the People’s Republic of China and their peers in Asia consider travel mementos and souvenirs? Does it make a difference whether a youth tourist comes from PRC or somewhere else in Asia in this area of inquiry? Research in Hong Kong has showed a trend …

Bao Zhuoxuan’s arrest and Mong La-China relations: Business as usual

Written by Alessandro Rippa. On October 6, 2015, Bao Zhuoxuan, the teenage son of human rights lawyer Wang Yu and activist Bao Longjun was apprehended alongside two friends at a guesthouse in Mong La, Myanmar, near the Yunnanese border. He was then allegedly taken back to Inner Mongolia where he was put under close surveillance. Although …

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 …