Monthly Archives: July 2009

POLITICS – HK Time Out Magazine – Column #8

I’m currently contributing a short, light-hearted political column to Hong Kong Time Out Magazine. Below is the uncut, original version of my latest piece…

The good activist
Direct action and civil disobedience often involve effecting change by raising public awareness and so those involved inevitably open themselves up for scrutiny. Some dismiss activists as ego-maniacal, but most of us seek the spotlight for a just cause (not ourselves). Certainly some element of ego will be in play, as you need to be of an outspoken and confident persuasion – few revolutions are led by insecure, timid types. However, many local activists have discovered that you regularly have to put your reputation and liberty on the line to highlight an issue.

POLITICS – HK Time Out Magazine – Column #7

I recently started writing a short, light-hearted political column for Hong Kong Time Out Magazine. Below is the uncut, original version…

Not So Super

The UK has embraced ‘green guilt’ in recent years; we Brits can barely step out of bed without feeling pangs over our carbon footprints. Consumer activism has had a real impact on issues like fair trade, packaging and ethical alternatives with big retailers quick to respond in order to compete. In the Fragrant Harbour, however, we’re only just cottoning on to the evils of plastic bags and a term such as ‘food miles’ remains as foreign as central heating.

ACTIVISM – Annual Democracy Rally, Hong Kong 5

I attended the 2009 annual democracy rally in Hong Kong in the wake of Donald Tsang suggesting that he “represents” Hong Kong people in suggesting the events of June 4th, 1989 should be considered in light of the subsequent ‘economic progress’ China has made…

Activism - Democracy rally, Apple Daily 2.7.09 – Apple Daily – click to view

Contrary to what the newspaper says in Cantonese, I did not swear or try to speak Chinese during the protest.