Six Chapters — One Hundred and Twenty Years

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University    It is three years to the day since we inaugurated China Heritage by publishing the essay ‘A Monkey King’s Journey to the East’. In our discussion of the incoming president of the United States of America we observed that: The Chinese Communist Party under its Chairman of Everything, Xi Jinping, hasn’t had to confront such an erratic and populist leader since Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution fifty years ago.… Read

Dust and Spring in Beijing

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University   The following essay by Xu Zhangrun has been translated with the author’s permission. *** In His Dark Materials — a trilogy by the novelist Philip Pullman — the concept of ‘Dust’ or ‘Rubashov Particles’ is used to indicate consciousness and independent thought.… Read

Talking to My Mother About Hong Kong

Hong Kong Apostasy   Yangyang Cheng is a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University, and a member of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Born and raised in China, Cheng gained a Bachelor degree in Science from the University of Science and Technology of China’s School for the Gifted Young and, in 2015, she completed a doctorate in Physics at the University of Chicago. … Read

Superfluous Words

Hong Kong Apostasy   The veteran journalist and commentator Lee Yee has been writing about Hong Kong’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China for over forty years. During the Hong Kong Uprising of 2019 he has expressed his views, his concerns and anguish, in the regular column that he contributes to Apple Daily, a leading independent media outlet in the city.… Read

The Best is Like Water

Hong Kong Apostasy   The exhortation ‘be water’ — that is remain fluid, flexible and fast-moving — encapsulated the approach of protesters during the Hong Kong Uprising of 2019. Although Bruce Lee (李小龍, 1940-1973), the martial arts hero of Hong Kong cinema, is quoted as the modern source of this strategy, water as symbol, metaphor and meaning has a venerable history in Chinese thought and culture.… Read

I Will Not Submit, I Will Not Be Cowed

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University
Voices of Protest & Resistance (XXXI)   On the 5th of October, Xu Zhangrun 許章潤 reprinted an essay that he had written earlier this year, on the 23rd of March, just two days after he had effectively been ‘cashiered’ by Tsinghua University, the Beijing educational institution at which he had for many years been a prominent professor of law.… Read

The Double Ninth in 2019 — Settling Scores, Fleeing The Qin and Eating Crabs

Hong Kong Apostasy   The 7th of October 2019 is the Ninth Day of the Ninth Month of the Lunar Calendar, a day that marks the Double Ninth Festival. In ‘New Sinology Jottings’ 後漢學劄記 we previously noted that the Double Ninth or Double Brightness Festival 重陽節 is a celebration of the autumn, a time of late bounty, seasonal change, lingering beauty and finality.… Read

Voiceless, but Not Silent

Hong Kong Apostasy   In this chapter of The Best China we introduce a sign-language version of ‘Bring Back the Glory to Hong Kong 願榮光歸香港’, the city’s popular protest song cum anthem, and translate an interview with its creator Jason Wong Yiu-pong (黃耀邦, 1993-), a deaf choreographer and sign-language interpreter.… Read

Writing Home on China’s Seventieth Birthday

The Best China   Yangyang Cheng is a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University, and a member of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Born and raised in China, Cheng gained a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Science and Technology of China’s School for the Gifted Young and, in 2015, she completed a doctorate in Physics at the University of Chicago.… Read

Abiding Until Daybreak

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University
Voices of Protest & Resistance (XXX)   In both the May Fourth Era (1917-1927) and during the post-Mao decade (1978-1989), Chinese intellectuals hailed the country’s intellectual and cultural rebirths as an ‘Enlightenment’.… Read

The Hundredth Day Declaration

Hong Kong Apostasy   On 20 September 2019, a ‘Hundred Day Declaration’ 百日宣言 titled ‘Liberate Hong Kong — The Hundredth Day Declaration: Our Resolute Fight for Universal Suffrage and Battle against State Violence’「光復香港」百日宣言’ was released on LIHKG.… Read

China, The Man-Child of Asia

Hong Kong Apostasy   In this chapter of ‘The Best China’, two prominent commentators — Lee Yee 李怡 and To Kit (陶傑, Chip Tsao, 1958-) — discuss the pathology of the power-holders in Hong Kong and Beijing.… Read

Singing for Hong Kong

Hong Kong Apostasy 紐西蘭歌唱香港   Previously, Hong Kong, The Best China series has featured the unofficial anthem and protest song ‘Bring Back the Glory of Hong Kong’ 願榮光歸香港, along with an interview with its composer.… Read

A Protracted People’s Struggle

Hong Kong Apostasy   The leader of the Chinese People’s Republic, Xi Jinping, came of age at a time when political struggle not only suffused every aspect of the nation’s life, it was advocated, glorified and reveled in by the rulers.… Read

An Anthem to Restore Hong Kong

Hong Kong Apostasy   ‘Sons and daughters of Hong Kong,
Let us March together for what is right!
This is the Revolution of Our Times! …’ 同行兒女,為正義,時代革命⋯⋯ In streets shrouded in tear gas; in bustling malls throughout the territory; at sweat-soaked sports fields — no matter where you have been or what time of day or night it is, for the last two weeks these lines from ‘Bring Back the Glory of Hong Kong’ have echoed through crowds everywhere in our city, and they have touched us deeply.… Read

A Summer of Blood and Tears — according to six Hong Kong high-school students

Hong Kong Apostasy   Opponents and critics of the young protesters in Hong Kong have often derided them as 廢青 fèi qīng — ‘chavs’, ‘wastrels’, ‘fainéants’, ‘good-for-nothings’, ‘slackers’ or ‘garbage youth’ — and we have previously featured a portrait of ‘Hong Kong Wastrels’ in China Heritage (see ‘Cockroaches That Would Slay Dragons’, 1 September 2019).… Read

Leaf Margin — a poem by P.K. Leung

Hong Kong Apostasy   On 1 July 2017, China Heritage marked the twentieth anniversary of mainland China extending suzerainty over Hong Kong by publishing translations, commentaries and art works under the collective title of ‘The Best China’.… Read

For We Are Like Olives

Hong Kong Apostasy    This latest chapter in our series devoted to the 2019 Hong Kong Protest Movement features a powerful declamation published under the collective name ‘A Group of Concerned Hong Kong Citizens’.… Read

Freedom-Hi & #ProtestToo

Hong Kong Apostasy   Kitty Hung Hiu Han (洪曉嫻, 1989-) is an educator and writer and Lester Shum (岑敖暉, 1993-) is an activist and a former student leader currently serving as an assistant to Eddie Chu Hoi-dick (朱凱廸, 1977-), a prominent pro-democracy lawmaker.… Read

Cockroaches That Would Slay Dragons

Hong Kong Apostasy   In late-1970s Hong Kong, if you lived in a basement apartment and worked in a subterranean editorial office, like I did, you often heard the word gaat6 zaat6, the Cantonese term for ‘cockroach’.… Read

The Mission of Our Times in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Apostasy   The title of the following essay by the venerable Hong Kong political analyst Lee Yee 李怡 — ‘The Mission of Our Times’ 時代使命 — compresses two slogans that, in their origin and import, could not be more different.… Read

Holding Hands in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Apostasy   In this chapter of ‘Hong Kong Apostasy’ five writers reflect on the citywide mass protest held on the evening of Friday 26 August 2019. Called ‘The Hong Kong Way’ 香港之路 that protest brought together 210,000 people who, standing shoulder to shoulder, created a human chain through the city that was approximately sixty kilometres in length.… Read

Auntie Carrie, puh-leeze!

Hong Kong Apostasy   Lester Shum (岑敖暉, 1993-) is an activist and a former student leader of the pro-democracy protests — the ‘Umbrella Movement’ — in Hong Kong in 2014. From April 2014 to March 2015, he was deputy secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS).… Read

Hong Kong’s Acclimation

Hong Kong Apostasy   Tsang Chi-ho (曾志豪, 1977-) is best known for his work with Ng Chi Sum (吳志森, 1958-) on Hong Kong Headliner, previously featured in our series on the 2019 Anti-Extradition Bill Protests in Hong Kong.… Read

How Dare You Hong Kong People Resist!

Hong Kong Apostasy   Kitty Hung Hiu Han (洪曉嫻, 1989-) is an educator and writer. During her undergraduate years with the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at Hong Kong Chinese University she was active both in the university’s Tolo Poetry Society 吐露詩社 and the student newspaper.… Read

Like Water, Boiling Water

Hong Kong Apostasy   Canny Leung Chi-Shan (梁芷珊, 1968-) is a well-known Hong Kong businesswoman, investor, songwriter, author and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Maxi House 萬事屋 as well as being a board member of the Hong Kong Football Association.… Read

The Nobility of Failure

Hong Kong Apostasy A journalist from Apple Daily 蘋果日報, a leading independent media outlet in Hong Kong and Taiwan, uses the ancient expression 英雄遲暮 yīng xióng chí mù ‘heroic twilight’ to describe the celebrated and prolific novelist, screen writer essayist and commentator Ni Kuang (倪匡, 1935-), who is also known as Ngai Hong.… Read