Tag: Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, Petrol Bombs, Masks and … Goodbye Letters.

“When you find this letter, I might have already been arrested or killed.” This is how a 22-year-old protester in Hong Kong began what he worries could be the last letter to his family. He used the pseudonym “Nobody”; like most of the young people who have been confronting the police on the front lines, […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Plan to March Despite Attacks and Police Ban

Video As violence escalates between demonstrators and the police in Hong Kong, protesters have started writing “last letters” to their loved ones, in case they don’t return. These notes chronicle the mental and emotional state of frontliners coming to terms with risking death for their beliefs.CreditCreditOrlando de Guzman/The New York Times HONG KONG — Protesters […]

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Hong Kong Court Rules Against Same-Sex Unions

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court ruled Friday against allowing same-sex unions in the city, a setback for efforts to broaden recognition of such partnerships in Asia. The decision by Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance upheld a government policy prohibiting such unions. It came five months after Taiwan’s government became the first in […]

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Taiwan Urges Hong Kong to Investigate Killing That Helped Stir Protests

HONG KONG — Taiwan is pressing the Hong Kong authorities to intensify their investigation of the murder suspect whose case helped instigate the city’s ongoing protest movement, signaling a reluctance to intervene in a sensitive political issue. The suspect, Chan Tong-kai, told the Hong Kong police that while on a Valentine’s Day trip to Taiwan […]

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Why the Protests in Hong Kong May Have No End in Sight

HONG KONG — Resolving the increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong will most likely fall to an influential group of Beijing’s local allies. The trouble: They don’t agree on much. The fissures raise the likelihood that unrest in Hong Kong could fester for months or even years. That could further hurt the city’s economy, create […]

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Beijing Thinks Washington Has ‘Sinister Intentions to Destroy’ Hong Kong

The Chinese government slammed Washington lawmakers’ “sinister intentions to destroy” Hong Kong, claiming the city has no “so-called human rights and democracy issues” and that the U.S. is showing “a naked double standard.” Beijing was reacting to legislation passed on Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening expressing support for the pro-democracy protesters who have taken over […]

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Hong Kong Leader’s Annual Speech Is Disrupted by Jeering Lawmakers

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy lawmakers drove Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, from the legislative chamber on Wednesday as she prepared to make a speech outlining policy ideas for dealing with Hong Kong’s roiling crisis. As Mrs. Lam entered the chamber to deliver her annual policy address, lawmakers repeatedly jeered and shouted at her as […]

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

It has been almost a decade since the last time LeBron James faced widespread backlash. Fans in Cleveland burned his jersey. They threw rocks at a billboard with his face on it. James was maligned as a narcissist by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a letter that was widely mocked. And […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Are Targeting Starbucks. Apple Could Be Next.

HONG KONG — One company is the world’s largest coffee chain. Another runs a Japanese restaurant empire. A third makes some of the most popular online games on the planet. The global businesses — Starbucks, Yoshinoya and Activision Blizzard — would seem far removed from the political discontent in Hong Kong. But to some of […]

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LeBron James Calls Houston Rockets GM ‘Misinformed’ Over Tweet That Could Cost NBA Billions of Dollars—and Twitter Reacts

It’s often been said that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences, and LeBron James has made it clear that the now frayed relationship between the NBA and China is a direct result of one thing: a lack of consideration. In speaking to reporters on Monday for the first time since Houston Rockets general […]

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What’s Happening With the Hong Kong Protests?

At first, the hundreds of thousands of peaceful Hong Kong demonstrators who took to the streets this June were focused on contentious, local legislation that would have allowed extraditions to the Chinese mainland. But as the list of demands grew in the semiautonomous territory, and as clashes between the police and the protesters increased, the […]

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Mandy Lee’s Food Is Pretty, But the Emotions Behind It Aren’t Always

What most food bloggers sell is a fantasy: something curated and aspirational, the rough edges of emotion smoothed into something more palatable, and the food served alongside sentimental stories. Mandy Lee of Lady and Pups, a self-described “angry food blog,” wants to talk about the uglier side of cooking: the obsessive side that kept her […]

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Homemade Bomb Detonated for First Time in Hong Kong Protests

ImageParts of a homemade bomb that targeted police officers in Hong Kong on Sunday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times HONG KONG — A homemade bomb was detonated in Hong Kong on Sunday amid violent protests, the police said on Monday, indicating an escalation in the street-level arms race between police officers and the […]

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With No End to Unrest in Sight, Hong Kong’s Economic Pain Deepens

HONG KONG — It was the second day of Golden Week, usually one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping periods, and Matthew Tam and his co-workers at a jewelry store were looking as lonely as a band of Maytag repairmen, surrounded by display cases of luxury watches with nary a customer in sight. Sales at the […]

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Police Officer is Stabbed in Hong Kong During Flash-Mob Protests

A police officer was stabbed in Hong Kong on Sunday, police officials said, in what appeared to be an escalation of the street violence that has gripped the city for months, as flash-mob gatherings unfolded across town. The gatherings, in more than half of the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s 18 districts, were the first significant unrest […]

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A Healthy Fear of China

“I have seen the future, and it works,” the left-wing journalist Lincoln Steffens famously declared, after observing Bolshevik Russia in its infancy. What was intended as a utopian boast soon read as a dystopian prediction — but then eventually, as Stalinist ambition gave way to Brezhnevian decay, it curdled into a sour sort of joke. […]

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Blizzard, Like Any Corporation, Can’t Be Trusted To Care About Anything Past Profits

As much as any corporation says it will espouse certain values, you can absolutely count on them to drop those values if it threatens their bottom line. Blizzard’s recent actions against a player coming out in solidarity with the Hong Kong protests are a prime example of this. Even with employees asking management to explain […]

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Blizzard Doesn’t Respect the Human Rights of Its Customers, Major Rights Organization Says

Blizzard’s censorship and sanctioning of a Hearthstone player who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters is a human rights issue that demonstrates the video game company doesn’t respect the humanity and basic rights of its customers, a prominent international human rights organization said Friday. Access Now, which defends the digital rights of people around […]

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China’s Political Correctness: One Country, No Arguments

Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the internet. When censors deleted it, he complained to his family. They weren’t sympathetic. “How can you support Hong Kong separatists?” they asked. […]

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