Simon Cartledge

Simon Cartledge is the author of A System Apart: Hong Kong’s Political Economy from 1997 until Now (Penguin, 2017). He has lived in Hong Kong since 1991.

Diary: Young Hong Kongers

Simon Cartledge, 29 July 2021

‘These kids are fucked,’ my American friend said. We were standing on the Harcourt Road flyover, looking down at some of the thousands of people surrounding the central government offices in Hong Kong. It was 12 June 2019, a Wednesday. The previous Sunday, a million people had marched through the streets. The following Sunday, it was two million. The protesters’ initial...

From The Blog
2 June 2020

In normal circumstances, on Thursday evening I would be going to Hong Kong island’s Victoria Park for the annual vigil remembering those who died in Beijing on the night of 3-4 June 1989. But this year the gathering has been banned. The ostensible reason is a Covid-19 rule limiting public groups to a maximum of eight people.

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