This week the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary as months of pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Hong Kong. The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with Mainland China. Concerned that the bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the one country two systems principle, many Hong Kongers took to the streets. All these months later, the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the bill but the demonstrations have continued - the issues have become a lot bigger getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese Imperialism. Music in the Middle: “Chaos” by DJ Sun from his album Qingxi courtesy of Soular Productions.
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Michelle Chen, Journalist/Labor Historian CUNY and Co-Producer of the Belabored podcast.
Joy Ming King, Student Organizer/Member, Lausan Collective