I had been in Hong Kong briefly exactly a year before I gave that talk, at a time when the 2014 protests were still underway and this, as well as the nature and interests of the audience that came to hear me speak, gave a special meaning to that part of the festival.
Pro-democracy members of Hong Kong's legislature blocked passage of a Beijing-backed proposal for electoral reform in the
Matthew Torne, a British filmmaker, is coming to Southern California soon to show and discuss his documentary Lessons in Dissent, which analyzes the 2012 Hong Kong protests that were triggered by plans to bring mainland style patriotic education to the former Crown Colony.
Seven installations by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei sprout amid the rusting steel bars, broken windows and peeling paint of a cellblock, a dining hall, hospital ward, and a forced labor facility.
As city police slowly shrink protesters' turf, the people of Hong Kong and democracy voyeurs around the world are taking stock and asking: what happened here? After all the celebration, chaos, and court orders, has anything actually changed?
By Clare Baldwin and James Pomfret The protesters are demanding free elections for the city's next leader in 2017 rather
We live in a complex world and the sheer quantity of trying to keep track of things will sometimes flood the most devoted news junkie. With all of this happening, there's probably not much happening now that that Hong Kong thing or whatever it was has stopped happening, right? Wrong.
Policemen rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. (Photo credit: XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty
"No results," predicted Stanley Chan, an elderly demonstrator at the hotly contested Mong Kok protest site. "We know that
Foreign media has titled this movement the 'Umbrella Revolution.' This is hardly a revolution. 'Umbrella Movement' is a more