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Past Events: 2016

Media coverage and speaking engagements in 2016



Book launch of Hong Kong Future Perfect (2016 anthology by Hong Kong Writers Circle) Venue: Art and Culture Outbreak Bookshop, Wanchai Date: 15 December
Guest Speaker at 2016 graduation ceremony of St. James' Settlement's "Read, Write, Fun" Program to help dyslexic children Venue: St. James Settlement Jockey Club Social Services Building, Wanchai Date: 10 December

Interview with Bloomberg News Article: "Hong Kong Gets Chance to Heal Division as Leader Steps Aside" by David Tweed and Ting Shi Publication date: 9 December
Umbrellas in Bloom featured in Los Angles Review of Books Article: "Some China-related Holiday Gift Book Ideas" by Jeffrey Wasserstrom Issue: 7 December
Interview with CNN Article: "'They want us to be silent': Hong Kong lawmaker under threat vows to fight" by James Griffiths Publication date: 25 December
Featured in Rights Review of University of Toronto International Hum…

The Young and the Reckless 廢青新政

Oathgate, the political firestorm that started two months ago and has dominated the headlines ever since, is showing no signs of dying down. Like a molten lava flow, the slow-motion disaster continues to threaten everything in its destructive path: the city’s rule of law, the recent Legislative Council election results, the fledgling anti-establishment coalition, and the already dwindling trust between Hong Kong and mainland China.
It all started with a bad idea gone wrong. At the swearing-in ceremony in October, Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎) and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang (梁頌恆) – firebrands who ran on a pro-independence platform and were among half a dozen young candidates voted into Legco – draped themselves in a banner bearing the slogan “Hong Kong is NOT China” and used an archaic racial slur to refer to the People’s Republic in their oath.

By now it is clear that the two overplayed their hand and underestimated Beijing’s resolve to stamp out any and all secessionist ideologies. The …