STRAW POLLING: Another Unexpected Outcome

As the blows continued to rain down throughout 2017 … from Beijing, the Hong Kong government, and the local courts … democrats and sympathizers worried openly that their movement might not be able to survive with its energy and integrity intact. They worried that the...

2018: ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER DEFIANT START

By the end of 2017, the political themes here were all doom and gloom (Dec. 28, 2017 post).  Democracy movement activists worried that they and the wider concerned public would not be able to absorb the accumulated blows suffered during the past year and survive with...

2017: PESSIMISM WINS

Further on that favorite question everyone was asking last July when Hong Kong was celebrating the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule:  the question was whether people should be optimistic or pessimistic about the future and what the next 20 years might...

DRIVING THE MESSAGE HOME: Political Study for All

The political scene in Hong Kong today, following President Xi’s 19th party congress confirmation of Beijing’s cross-border intentions, is reminiscent of events soon after the first big anti-Beijing protest march on July 1, 2003. That was when half-a-million people...