Articles on Hong Kong protests

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Hong Kong protesters shelter behind a thin barrier – and umbrellas – as police fire tear gas and encircle a group of demonstrators. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Is there hope for a Hong Kong revolution?

Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.
Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally in Hong Kong in October 2019. Protesters threw basketballs at a photo of James. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

LeBron James and the NBA’s missed opportunity to protest Hong Kong injustice

Protest, or the lack of it, can reveal one's priorities and values. In failing to stand up to China, LeBron James and the NBA told us something about theirs.
Chinese students come to Australia to study for the same reasons as other international students. from shutterstock.com

Students from China may defend their country but that doesn’t make them Communist Party agents

The majority of students from China come to Australia to learn English and be exposed to a different culture. This helps them get a competitive edge over graduates in their home country.
The biggest difference between the current protest movement and the 2014 Umbrella Movement is the striking solidarity among the various groups of demonstrators. Everyone feels they are ‘in the same boat’ together, new research shows. Roman Pilipey/EPA

New research shows vast majority of Hong Kong protesters support more radical tactics

A survey of 8,000 Hong Kong protesters shows that participants increasingly feel that radical protests are the most effective way to make the government heed public opinion.
Police separate pro-China and pro-Hong Kong students at an August 16 protest outside the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Kelly Barnes/AAP

Why Chinese and Hong Kong students clash in Australia: the patriotic v the protest movement

The protests in Hong Kong have led to clashes between Chinese students here in Australia. What is it that makes those from mainland China so patriotic towards their country and leadership?
As the violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam hasn’t signalled she is willing to seriously negotiate with the protesters. Jerome Favre/AAP

Like ‘shooting water’: why the Hong Kong government must accept that compromise is the only way forward

After weekend, another spasm of violence in Hong Kong. Why isn't the protest movement petering out after 12 weeks, and what will the government eventually do in response?
The Hong Kong protests have drawn massive and diverse crowds. AP Photo/Kin Cheung

How Hong Kong’s protests are affecting its economy

While the political and long-term consequences of the protests are still impossible to know, Hong Kong is already experiencing some short-term economic impacts.

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