Hong Kong Police Raided Apple Daily Newspaper HQ, Arrested 5 Executives

Next Digital Headquarters in Hong Kong (by Tim Wu via Wikimedia Commons) At around 7 a.m. today (June 17) the National Security branch of the Hong Kong police raided the headquarters of news media outlet Apple Daily's parent company Next Digital, detaining 5 executives on charges of violating the National Security Law (NSL). Apple Daily… Continue reading Hong Kong Police Raided Apple Daily Newspaper HQ, Arrested 5 Executives

Chinese Communist Party Official Calls Opponents of One-Party Rule The “Real Enemies” of Hong Kong

Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building (centre-left, formerly Prince of Wales Building, by Yomasro Lauij Rowuppe via Wikimedia Commons) Since taking over the former British colony of Hong Kong in 1997, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dismantled the freedoms and civil liberties that the city enjoyed, in violation of the Joint Declaration… Continue reading Chinese Communist Party Official Calls Opponents of One-Party Rule The “Real Enemies” of Hong Kong

Hong Kongers Find Creative Ways to Commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Crackdown Despite Government Ban

Hong Kong event commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, 2005 (by laihiu / Lai Ryanne via Wikimedia Commons) After the Hong Kong government banned the annual commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, Hong Kongers have found new and creative ways to voice their support for human rights and remember the pro-democracy student movement that was violently… Continue reading Hong Kongers Find Creative Ways to Commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Crackdown Despite Government Ban

The End of an Era – Taiwan Apple Daily News Print Edition Shuts Down

Taiwan Apple Daily head office (by Solomon203 via Wikimedia Commons) On 17 May 2021 the popular news outlet Apple Daily Taiwan shut down its print edition after 18 years. The company's management cited the pandemic as well as the global decline of print media due to the internet as the main reasons why the paper… Continue reading The End of an Era – Taiwan Apple Daily News Print Edition Shuts Down

Will New Law Amendment Prevent People From Leaving Hong Kong?

On 4 December 2020 the Hong Kong government introduced the 2020 Immigration (Amendment) Bill (2020年入境(修訂)條例草案) for the alleged purpose of "fulfilling the international obligation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the Convention on International Civil Aviation". But critics of the Bill argue that its scope is excessively broad and vague, and that it… Continue reading Will New Law Amendment Prevent People From Leaving Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Baptist Convention Leader Lo Hing-choi Flees to UK to Escape Political Persecution

The former leader of the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong, Reverend Lo Hing-choi (羅慶才), has fled to the United Kingdom to escape political persecution amid a crackdown on pro-democracy figures. The Baptist Convention of Hong Kong announced on its website that Reverend Lo submitted his resignation on April 20 "for personal reasons", just ten days… Continue reading Hong Kong Baptist Convention Leader Lo Hing-choi Flees to UK to Escape Political Persecution

Will Hong Kong’s Free Media Be Banned? – How The Crackdown on Free Speech in the Former British Colony Is Intensifying

In 2015 Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (林榮基), the founder of "Causeway Bay Books,” known for its salacious books critical of the Chinese Communist leadership, was detained by mainland China's Customs officers in the city of Shenzhen. After he was taken onto a 7-seater car and driven to a police station, he was interrogated by… Continue reading Will Hong Kong’s Free Media Be Banned? – How The Crackdown on Free Speech in the Former British Colony Is Intensifying

Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, it has become increasingly difficult for academics to do research in mainland China, say two Taiwanese scholars interviewed by Hong Kong-based news outlet Apple Daily. According to professor Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢), head of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies of Taiwan's National Cheng-Chih University… Continue reading Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

The Rise and Decline of Hong Kong – From the British Colonial Era to the Chinese Communist Takeover

Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest 2019 (by Studio Incendo via Wikimedia Commons) On 30 June 2020, the unelected, Communist Party-controlled legislature of the People's Republic of China (PRC) passed by a unanimous vote a new national security law for the former British colony of Hong Kong. According to Article 1, the law was enacted for the… Continue reading The Rise and Decline of Hong Kong – From the British Colonial Era to the Chinese Communist Takeover

Hong Kong identity and Chinese nationalism – A clash of civilizations

Hong Kong skyline In 2012 thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest against a government proposal to introduce a new Chinese national education curriculum into Hong Kong schools. The curriculum, modelled after the so-called "patriotic education" taught in mainland China, would have included material that praised the Chinese Communist Party… Continue reading Hong Kong identity and Chinese nationalism – A clash of civilizations