As part of my research, I took to the streets of on July 1st,2014-observed as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day-as a participant in the Rally for Democracy that took place in Central Hong Kong. I marched amongst the crowd of Hong Kong people and faced obstacles along the way, as the police were keeping a close eye on demonstrators and controlling their direction. Continue reading “Why I participated in the Hong Kong July 1st Rally”
The plane landed on the island of Lantau in Hong Kong and a sudden rush of excitement and nervousness set over me. Another summer in Hong Kong and a new agenda involving research into the Hong Kong democracy movement and an internship at Crossroads Foundation NGO. After months of patiently awaiting my return I was finally settled into my place in Yau Ma Tei and ready to venture outside.
On July 1st, I will be on the streets doing participatory observations on the protests that will take place throughout Hong Kong. July 1st is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day and also the National Day of Protest. Throughout the day, people will be taking to the streets and protesting for universal suffrage. Last year, while I was in Hong Kong, I witnessed the democracy movement for the first time on this faithful day. I remember that the streets of Wan Chai were crowded with protesters, flags, signs, pamphlets and megaphones echoing the grievances of Hong Kongers. This year I have returned to Hong Kong to research more about this relatively peaceful democratic movement while doing on the ground research and interviews.
I look forward to writing about the democracy movement in Hong Kong and how it affects cultural identity formation. I am blessed to be a part of the Provost Summer Research program which has given me the opportunity to share my experience and research with my peers.