NEITHER OPTIMISTIC NOR PESSIMISTIC

A favorite question during the July 1, 2017 holiday celebrations here last month was whether people were optimistic or pessimistic about Hong Kong’s future. It was also a favorite question 20 years ago, ahead of Hong Kong’s July 1, 1997 return to Chinese rule. If...

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DONE DEAL: Chief Executive Carrie Lam

  Posted:  March 27, 2017   This is the way they like it. Old loyalists said after Hong Kong’s 2014-15 election reform proposals were vetoed that if it was up to them, the proposals would never be resuscitated and reintroduced. They were supposed to fulfill...

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BASIC LAW CONSTRAINTS

  Posted:  Feb. 16, 2017   Everyone is always thinking in terms of Hong Kong’s struggle to maintain its identity and define an autonomous political future given the constaints of its Beijing-drafted Basic Law constitution. But there is another way to...

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NEVER SAY DIE!

  Posted:  Jan. 20, 2017   It’s just as well that democrats mustered some of their old fighting spirit for the New Year’s Day protest march because they’re going to need that and a lot more besides (Jan. 4 post).   The array of challenges calls to mind an...

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2017: OFF TO ANOTHER FIGHTING START

  Posted:  Jan. 4, 2017   No need to debate the pros and cons of holding a New Year’s Day march this year. The Yuan Dan 【元旦】... Day One of the New Year ... march is an on-again off-again tradition, depending on the mood of day and issues at hand. In 2015...

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ANOTHER RISK WORTH TAKING?

  Posted:  Nov. 3, 2016   (Due to a temporary website malfunction, this article was originally posted on Nov. 1, at http://suzannepepper.wordpress.com/)   Against all the local norms of proper public behavior, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists have...

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DIVISION AMONG LOCALISTS

  Posted:  Oct. 5, 2016   As everyone knows by now, Hong Kong democrats and their movement have always been defined by their disunity. It’s a fact of local political life. The number of pro-democracy political parties represented in the new Legislative...

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