5 Reads to Better Understand the Hong Kong Protests

Wondering how the Hong Kong protests have ballooned into millions of people strong, prompting an airport shutdown and calls to #BoycottMulan? Thirty years after the Tiananmen Square protests, these reads give critical context to Hong Kong’s current clashes with mainland China.

“Hong Kong’s Protests Have Cemented Its Identity” by Timothy McLaughlin for The Atlantic

Get the details on the ongoing pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong from this article in The Atlantic. Find out what ignited the uprising, what it means for Hong Kongers’ identity, and what China’s reaction means for the world.

Hong Kong in the Shadow of China by Richard C. Bush

The struggle for democracy in Hong Kong isn’t new. As large numbers of Hong Kongers continue to demonstrate against what many see as the threat of the Chinese government chipping away at the autonomy of the former British colony, take an inside look at the 2014 pro-democracy protests known as the Umbrella Movement.

The Great Firewall of China by James Griffiths

Twitter and Facebook recently removed fake accounts linked to China that falsely portrayed Hong Kong protesters as violent and extreme. But this is hardly the first time the Chinese government has wielded the internet as a weapon for spreading misinformation abroad to advance its national interests and quash dissent. Find out how China censors the internet within its own borders while simultaneously using it as a powerful tool in the global information war.

Bullets and Opium by Liao Yiwu

Secret interviews with survivors of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre reveal how the Chinese government brutally punished young protestors who demonstrated for democratic reforms. This gripping piece of investigative journalism shines light on a dark history that many fear could be repeated in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Police by Chris Emmett

This summer’s protests have been fueled in part by aggressive use of force by police against unarmed demonstrators. This book takes you inside the ranks of the police force, including interviews with officers involved in the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Get a glimpse of the demonstrations from the police side of the barricades, as well as stories of how the force deals with drugs, street gangs, and more.


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