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Hong Kong in Revolt

Hong Kong in Revolt

The Protest Movement and the Future of China

Au Loong-Yu

A dive into the tumultuous protests in Hong Kong that are forming the identity of a generation.

Hong Kong is in turmoil, with a new generation of young and politically active citizens shaking the regime. From the Umbrella Movement in 2014 to the defeat of the Extradition Bill and beyond, the protestors' demands have become more radical, and their actions more drastic. Their bravery emboldened the labour movement and launched the first successful political strike in half a century, followed by the broadening of the democratic movement as a whole.

But the new generation's aspiration goes far beyond the political. It is a generation that strongly associates itself with a Hong Kong identity, with inclusivity and openness. This book sets the new protest movements within the context of the colonisation, revolution and modernisation of China. Au Loong-Yu explores Hong Kong's unique position in this history and the reaction the protests have generated on the Mainland.

Looking deeper into the roots and intricacies of the movement, the role of 'Western Values' vs 'Communism' and 'Hong Kongness' vs 'Chineseness', the cultural and political battles are understood through a broader geopolitical history. For good or for bad, Hong Kong has become one of the battle fields of the great historic contest between the US, the UK and China.

Au Loong-Yu is a leading global justice and labour campaigner. His most recent book is China's Rise: Strength and Fragility (Merlin Press, 2012). He is one of the founders of Globalization Monitor, a Hong Kong based group which monitors China's labour conditions.

'A timely must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the background, dynamics, and prospects of the ongoing 2019-20 Hong Kong protests.' - Poe Yu-ze Wan, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

'Clear, insightful, thorough and persuasive. It provides firsthand observations of the movement and its different groups and currents which help the reader embrace the diversity and complexity of the unrest. Without a doubt, this is the best book on Hong Kong's astonishing revolt.'<br> - Bruno Jetin, Associate Professor at University of Sorbonne Paris Nord

'A brilliant assessment of the Hong Kong Revolt.&nbsp;Guided by Marxist theory, Au criticises both the Beijing party dictatorship and western capitalist propaganda.' - Bodo Zeuner, Professor in Political Science, Berlin

'The best and most up-to-date guide to the complexity of the Hong Kong revolt and the ongoing movement, from a progressive perspective.' - Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London

1. An Overview
2. Actors
3. Events
4. Issues
5. The Dragon, the Goose, and the Coronavirus
Timeline of the 2019 Hong Kong Revolt
Published by Pluto Press in Aug 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745341460
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745341453
eBook ISBN: 9781786806789

224 pages

135mm x 215mm