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Marie Jost

A growing number of people in Hong Kong who have taken part in the city’s recent pro-democracy protests are suddenly finding themselves denied entry into China.

The action has shocked many and sparked widespread belief that Chinese authorities have assembled a blacklist with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of names in recent months.

Many recently denied entry attended that same summer protest, which drew one of the biggest pro-democracy crowds in recent years. More than 500 were arrested and released with warnings.

Crazy good singer with Hong Kong roots. Yoyo Sham is the real deal. I hope she gets the success she deserves (and shakes up the Chinese recording industry in the meantime). She brings more than a pleasant voice to her work: she trained as a jazz singer in the West and the vocal control and expression shows. A lot of singers in Hong Kong and China could learn from her (and then we might be spared horrors like Robyn and Kendy).

The gentler side of the Umbrella Movement.

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My friend (actually, little brother by another mother) Leslie Alberto Ho stars in this film. Go and support if you are in HK!

Senior citizens who came out to in support of the Umbrella Movement.

Steve Hui Chun-tak, chief superintendent, police public relations branch's response to Anthony Wong Yiu Ming's letter.

"Hong Kong’s youth cannot understand why they have the freedom to run in student associations without any intervention from their teachers, but the people will not be able to elect Hong Kong’s next leader without Beijing’s intervention."

Another factor in the negative view of the Mainland and the Communist Party, in particular, by Hong Kong's younger generations can be traced to the make-up of the HK people themselves. A large percentage of them are direct decedents of people who fled the Mainland either to escape the Japanese or, an even larger number, who fled the chaos and violence of the Maoist era. Also, if the Mainland is such a wonderful place to live, why do a majority of China's wealthiest citizens leave and never return, settling in Hong Kong, the US, England, Canada, Australia, and other places that have both free markets, a high standard of living, and robust democratic institutions? They also chose to have their off spring educated in the West and many of them never return to China. I hardly think Apple Daily's ideology is the cause of the flight of the wealthy and privileged from China. I wonder how much of Ma's personal wealth from Alibaba is parked off shore in places that the PRC can never touch?

I guess the question I have is: why would civil disobedience look exactly the same in early 20th century India, mid-20th century segregated America, and early 21st century Hong Kong. The societies, laws, social mores, and historical realities of each instance of social disobedience campaigns are significantly different. Also, to reduce the Civil Rights campaign in the US to Martin Luther King, Jr. leading a bus boycott is ludicrous. The Civil Rights movement began in the early 20th century by the formation of the NAACP. There was a lengthy grassroots movement in place long before MLK started the protests that eventually led to the overturning of segregation laws and the passing of the Voting Rights Act. If HK journalists are going to throw around history in their articles, they had better do more research than they seem to be doing to have what they write sound even remotely credible. If I was your prof grading your article, you'd get a D and sent back to the library to do more research before I would accept your essay, Fanny Fung and Jeffie Lam.

Even the Xi Jinping figure is participating in the Gay Pride parade. :) I don't know what would upset fearless leader more--the yellow ribbons or the rainbow flag.

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