Collier Nogues: “The News from Poems: A Dispatch from Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution”

In the first few days of Hong Kong’s protests, the need for context fueled an explosion of journalism in Western media. The BBC’s live feed of the protests was accompanied by timelines, short recaps of recent history, and explications of Hong Kong’s political system. Those were followed widely by longer pieces about Hong Kong’s economic [Continue Reading…]

Adriel Luis: “#OccupyHongKong: Museum of the Future”

“Do you understand that I need to take this route because Hong Kong is going through troubling times?” the driver asked me in Cantonese, as our taxi meandered through the side alleys of Hong Kong Island. It was Friday October 10, and the government had just canceled the talks it had promised to activists who [Continue Reading…]

Henry W. Leung: “This is Not a Tourist Attraction”

“I do not know if you are frightened of the word ‘revolution’ here, but in some places, people are terrified of it.” —Lu Xun in a talk delivered in HK, 1927     The eighteen-year-old I’m tutoring opens his backpack, and there they are: science-lab goggles, thick and green, wraparound. He can’t boycott classes, not [Continue Reading…]

Lucas Klein

Two days after attending the Occupy Central demonstrations in Hong Kong I was in a crowd in Tiananmen Square. Though I have lived in Hong Kong now longer than anywhere else in the broadly Chinese-speaking world, my greatest affinity has been for Beijing—the first home I had in China, where the family I married into [Continue Reading…]

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: “Who Hasn’t Spoken Out?”

One of the songs that has been adopted by the protesters in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Revolution is “Do You Hear the People Sing,” from the English musical adaptation of Les Misérables. The rousing lyrics seem to perfectly capture the yearning and concerns of the democracy fighters in the city, and they have sung it again and again. [Continue Reading…]

Nicholas Wong: “Protests”

International media have prided the ongoing street protests in Hong Kong as the most orderly and unconventionally peaceful. It’s all true—protestors (mainly university and high school students) set up supplies stations in streets with bottled water, biscuits, surgical masks, fruits, towels (in case of another teargas assault), raincoats, and, of course, the iconic umbrellas. Though [Continue Reading…]

Dispatches from Hong Kong

Nicholas Wong: “Protests” “On Oct 3, protestors stationed in Mongkok and Causeway Bay were raided by a big number of Pro-government thugs and triads. They all arrived with a claim that they lived in the neighborhoods and decided to step forward to take back the streets to restore order. Their voice was full of agenda [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Sreedhevi Iyer)

Sreedhevi Iyer: “MFAoC?”   Permission. So much of my time was wasted seeking it. Perhaps it is a marker of upbringing, perhaps an expectation of a social role as a woman of color. To appear grateful and toe the literary line, at least in public. ‘Too white’ is not a term I could even bring [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Kaitlyn Greenidge)

Kaitlyn Greenidge   One of the best pieces of writing advice I heard in my MFA workshop was when my professor asked of a story, “Where is the money coming from?” It’s a simple question that many writers often overlook and gets to the heart of the issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. It’s [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Rigoberto González)

Rigoberto González   I was glad when Junot Díaz broke the lid open on that issue, not because I thought we would be anywhere near a solution, but because I knew we would be closer to a conversation. And indeed, many folks chimed in with testimonies about dealing with the indignities and injustices of being [Continue Reading…]