Monthly Archives: February 2010

POLITICS – HK Time Out Magazine – Column #21

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…

Hunt for a scapegoat

Mao Zedong’s adage ‘to kill the chicken to scare the monkey’ sums up nicely the plight of HK super activist Christina Chan, whose bail expires later this month. Chan, however, is no chicken – the HKU student rose to (in)famy as the face of the local Tibetan justice movement and ‘Post-80s’ generation dissenters. Her politics, which would be considered mild and mainstream in many other territories, have earned ‘feisty’ Christina notoriety amongst the pro-establishment camp.

ACTIVISM – Letter in The Standard

Printed in today’s Standard with regards to the Guangzhou Rail Link protests.

“It was most exasperating to be amongst the vast majority of peaceful protesters, who sat for hours and days outside LEGCO earlier this month, only to see the scene depicted as a war-zone by the local media. At no point were there more than a dozen demonstrators resisting and pushing police lines. As usual, they were surrounded and outnumbered by photographers, with sharpened elbows, eager to capture the most sensational angle. Most concerned citizens who turned up had been busy chanting, watching live LEGCO footage and sharing ideas and food, yet the focus is permanently on a few anomalous seconds of supposed ‘violence’.