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Sharon Hom : I would like to start with a question about the genesis of the idea to organize a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park. When was it first organized? Who were the conveners? What were the goals?
Since 1997, an estimated 217,000 mainlanders have immigrated to Hong Kong. They are sometimes called the “new immigrants, ” as distinct from those who came from the mainland when the city was under British rule. Currently, the HKSAR government permits 150 mainlanders per day to become permanent...
Bao Pu (New Century Press) : There is one contrasting example of record keeping in the mainland. We were just working on a book on Mao’s great famine. A Hong Kong scholar went to dozens of archives on the mainland at the central and provincial levels. He was able to get meticulously-kept records of...
There are two main points I would like to make, which are based on my own experience in running an en
Perhaps you all have read about the following story that happened in Guatemala. During the 36-year civil war that ended in 1996, thousands and thousands of people had been executed, and made to disappear by the national secret police. For years, human rights advocates had tried to nail down those...
In our earlier discussion, we talked about if we have a case, whether we always want to get it into the media. I believe that this is almost always beneficial, but the trick is how. Before you do that, you have to understand the media landscape. Hong Kong has a very peculiar media environment...
Emily Lau (Hong Kong Legislative Council, China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group) :
I will share something not from the bigger political picture or focused specifically on human rights,
I think I could say that rule of law, or the aspirations for rule of law, is something that is in com
China is a country with a lot of problems of what political scientists call “stateness. ” That is to say, the state itself is not a subject of broad consensus, with respect to both its geographic boundaries or to its membership. There are a lot of examples of important parts of China that are not...

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