Articles on Hong Kong protests

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A Buddhist monk releases birds, symbolizing the spirits of the victims of the 2004 tsunami. This Chinese tradition of analogy was taken up by the demonstrators in Hong Kong. Samantha Sin/AFP

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

Hong Kong protesters deeply identify with nature, a reference to the current environmental crisis but also a fluid conception of collective action that is inscribed in ancient Chinese tradition.
While tariffs have a direct impact on exporters in the US and China, third-party countries like New Zealand are more affected by non-tariff barriers. EPA/Aleksandar Plavevski

NZ remains unscathed by US-China trade war, but that’s no reason for complacency

So far, New Zealand exporters have not been affected by the trade war between the US and China, but the Hong Kong crisis could easily embroil any foreign company.
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.

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