As Long as There is Resistance, There is Hope by Kong Tsung Gan

Essays on the Hong Kong freedom struggle in the post-Umbrella Movement era, 2014-2018

I got this as a ‘gift’ for donating to the Hong Kong Free Press which is an not-for-profit English-language newspaper. I was already a fan of this author after reading his book, Umbrella: A Political Tale from Hong Kong, and wanted to read his latest essays. The author is a passionate supporter of HK and is an active participant in the demonstrations, and marches he writes about. His essays at times repeat certain events and positions of his because these essays were all previously published elsewhere.

This book is an important historical document because we can’t leave it to China to record the history of what is happening in Hong Kong. I live in Taiwan, so this issue is dear to my heart, and we are on the front lines of Chinese aggression, along with Hong Kong, Tibet, and East Turkestan (Xinjiang). Just writing this book an act of defiance, and bravery by the author. Writing this book shows China that not all of us will be cowed by their intimidation tactics and encourages others to stand up and speak the truth.

As I was reading this, Hong Kong is in the middle of a fresh campaign of resistance sparked by the attempt of the HK government to pass an extradition law with China. These new protests, already going on for 6 months, are a testament to the beautiful title of this book - As Long As There is Resistance, There is Hope and the resilience of the HK people.

I’m happy to support this author, support HK, and support the brave reporters at Hong Kong Free Press by reading this book. If you want to understand what’s really happening Hong Kong, read books by this author and read the news on HKFP.

Fight on brothers and sisters in HK! Resist. Jia you!

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #97 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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