GREG GIRARD in conversation with LOUISA LIM and SAMPSON WONG
From afar, it would appear that Hong Kong qualifies as a city poised to fall, not in one fell swoop, but gradually, as Beijing methodically introduces measures to remove or degrade the personal rights and freedoms long enjoyed in the territory. With the arrests of pro-democracy activists and a sweeping new national security law, we appear to be witnessing the slow death of a once open society, a once great city.
Louisa Lim is familiar with Chinese government efforts to control an angry and resentful populace. Her book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, looks at the lives of individuals and families impacted by the killing of unarmed demonstrators in Beijing on June 4, 1989, and the Chinese government’s success in creating a collective forgetting, an erasure of history. Lim is currently working on a new book about Hong Kong.
Our conversation will explore the question: How much of Hong Kong can be taken away before Hong Kong is no longer recognisable as we have known it? Will Hong Kong be able to escape the fate of becoming, as the oft-quoted phrase goes, “just another Chinese city”? To help address these questions we will also be in conversation with Sampson Wong, an artist and academic based in Hong Kong.