[Updated on April 30, 2016]
[June 7, 2016] INTERVIEW: Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong Takes the Fight to Beijing
[April 29, 2016] One in five young people pessimistic about HK future: survey ; [Sep 25, 2015] Youth more pessimistic about Hong Kong’s future
[Jan 23, 2016] An examination of the idea that HK youth are “trash youth” 我係廢青?
[Mar 27, 2016] Out with the old: The political awakening of a new generation of Hongkongers
[Oct. 21, 2015] Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong on Xi’s UK visit, human rights and democracy
[Oct. 13] Joshua Wong seeks judicial review of election age limit: Sparks ‘Rule by the old’ debate
[Sep 26] The teenager who defied China: Joshua Wong was one of the faces of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution and now he has drawn a roadmap for democracy
[Sep 29] Elsie Tu criticizes young people for being irrational 佔領一周年】梁愛詩指許多青年不講理 不放心香港交予不理性謀發展的人
[Dec. 2, 2015] China Daily: Self-righteousness closes the eyes and minds of our youth
[Dec. 7, 2015] Hong Kong companies adopt Shenzhen interview tactic — It may be to check if a job applicant is ona mainland blacklist for political reasons
[July 15] Students with top scores had participated in the occpy movement 多名狀元曾經佔領
[June 29] Scholarism leader Joshua Wong, girlfriend attacked after movie
[June 15] Pupil’s poignant palindromic poem praised: A poem written by a pupil in Form 3 went viral in Hong Kong last week after the teacher, Eric Windarcher, uploaded it onto the internet. Hold your umbrella:
Our city is dying
Never will [anybody] say
We can fight against the ruthless government.
The truth is
Under the pepper spray and tear bomb
We can never succeed
It is wrong to believe that
We can build our wings and fly high.
Having the right to freely nominate and elect the head of our government by 2017
Is a joke.
We know that
Our goals can only be fulfilled in fairytales,
‘The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall’
Che [Guevara] said.
Can we? Never
Put down your yellow umbrella.
Let the communist Chinese government take away all the core values we treasured.
Give up protesting for political freedom.
We know it is a lie.
People may think Hong Kong is dying.
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
[Dec 24, 2015] “I am achieving balance in my own way. For me, balancing is not for survival. It’s for a keeping a dream alive.”
Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong: ‘We will win’ ; CNN: On China: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
A documentary on the anti-parallel trade youth 反水貨客少年
CY Leung urges young Hongkongers to ‘fight back’ against radicals
But three in 10 young people unhappy with HK situation and 47 percent of the respondents between 20 and 24 favor upholding justice through civil disobedience.
Dramatic upsurge in the no. of HK students applying to study abroad after occupy 雨傘運動後 赴英升學港生大增
Meanwhile, the generation gap is growing wider: Why older voters have become critical in HK political battles:
Unhappiness over the 79-day street occupation last year by democracy activists is a key factor weighing on the minds of the people aged 50 and above, a recent opinion poll suggests… According to the survey, around 10 percent of even those who claimed to have been pro-democracy camp supporters and aged over 50 said they would consider voting for pro-establishment candidates in the upcoming district election… around half the interviewees held a very negative impression over the Occupy campaign, while 30 percent remained neutral…The Occupy movement, it is now acknowledged, has widened the rifts in Hong Kong society, with the youth and the elderly mostly standing on opposite sides…The number of registered voters above the age of 61 has surged to 981,489, making up for one-third of the total registered voter base. In comparison, registered voters aged 18 to 30 saw their number reach 580,000.
It does not look good that young people are so alienated that they did not register to vote:
Newly registered voters for the November 2015 District Council elections are overwhelmingly retirees (two thirds of newly registered voters are over 56) and many young people between the ages of 18 and 30 remain unregistered. This is a very serious challenge, more so than the lack of broader support for the occupation itself, and indicates the lingering sway of disenfranchisement even among Hong Kong’s younger population. (One year after Occupy, political alienation of the young still the major challenge for democrats)
[July 7] Some young protestors are supported by their parents 我的社運爸媽
Young generations are increasingly worse off.
Salaries of Hong Kong’s university graduates dropped 20 per cent in last 20 years, study finds ; University grads forced to accept lower-level jobs, poorer pay ; 港高級職位不足 80後畢業生月入較70後少兩成
However this episode of the Umbrella Movement turns out, effective governance in the long-term requires some accommodation with today’s young people who will easily live for another 70 years. They are restless and fearless — as they have been “baptized” by pepper spray, tear gas, police manhandling, and thug violence.
In a poll released [in Dec. 2014], only 8.9 percent of Hong Kong residents identified as Chinese, the lowest figure ever recorded. And the trendlines aren’t good for Beijing: The territory’s younger generations, epitomized by the bespectacled Wong, supported the protesters the most. This could turn into a long-term problem for the Chinese government, said Trey Menefee, a lecturer at the Hong Kong Institute of Education who has observed the protests firsthand. (Hong Kong’s Protests Are Over—for Now http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/hong-kongs-protests-are-overfor-now/383703/)
According to another HKU survey, the Hong Kong Federation of Students passes the recognition benchmark for the first time to enter the “top 10” list and also ranks first while Scholarism goes up three positions to rank 5th. Lian Yi Zheng on Hong Kong’s Occupy Generation:
By the time the Occupy Central movement is eventually dissolved — by force or of its own resolution — and its leaders make good on their promise to submit themselves to arrest, an entire generation of pro-democracy citizens will have arisen: young and dynamic, dauntless and relentless. It is a force that the Beijing plutocrats and their emissaries in Hong Kong will have trouble getting used to. Political business will no longer be as usual.
Hong Kong’s Summer of Love and the Umbrella Generation:
From its origins as a protest movement with a narrow set of political demands, the Umbrella Movement has morphed into a defining generational moment, one whose impact will be felt even stronger in 2027 than in 2017. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-sheehan/hong-kong-summer-of-love_b_6265190.html?fb_action_ids=10152513442516623&fb_action_types=og.likes
For Hong Kong Protesters, a Spark to Keep Alive:
“This is a lifelong movement,” she said. “We cannot give up. Because we belong to this place. If we want this place to be well, we cannot just leave it.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/world/asia/hong-kong-protests.html?_r=0)
Students are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with political issues: Political issues top concern among students now: survey (see also 明報民調：近半受訪青年最不滿政治)
In a survey conducted by Ming Pao Daily, 47 percent of student respondents said what they are most unhappy about at the moment is the way the government is dealing with political issues. Disputes on the political system, failure to ensure “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy” and the shortcomings of local officials were among the factors cited by the students.
調查發現，47%受訪者最不滿政府處理政治議題的表現，包括「政制爭議」（24%）、「香港未能做到『港人治港、高度自治』」（16%）、「問責官員能力不足」（7%）；有46%受訪者認為政府應優先解決政治議題。 民生方面，最多受訪者不滿政府處理樓價高企表現（15%），其次是「中港矛盾」（10%）、「貧富懸殊」（9%）等；有20%受訪者要求政府優先處理房屋問題。 被問及是否滿意特首表現時，79%受訪者不滿特首梁振英的表現，當中有43%表示「非常不滿意」，整體的不滿比率較針對特區政府高，滿意或非常滿意梁表現者只有3%，其餘18%人對此表示中立。
The source of Hong Kong youth’s frustration: Siegfried Sin says young people are, above all, angry at the uncompromising attitudes of the older generation, and the fact they have had no voice in society – until now
Young people are on a path of no return and will keep up the struggle 那是我們都回不去的從前
Umbrella Movement Through the Eyes of Students http://programme.rthk.hk/rthk/tv/programme.php?name=tv/thepulse&d=2014-10-31&p=2862&e=282173&m=episode On the Occupy Generation: What Does Hong Kong’s “Occupy Generation” Want? A documentary of the voices of Hong Kong’s teenagers: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152456570926939&fref=nf
Through Occupy, Hong Kong youth claim their citizen’s rights http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1671698/through-occupy-hong-kong-youth-claim-their-citizens-rights
The Umbrella Movement marks a coming of age for Hong Kong’s “princess” generation http://qz.com/285345/the-umbrella-movement-marks-a-coming-of-age-for-hong-kongs-princess-generation/
Listen to the young ladies: 傘不走的女聲 Do you hear the women sing
SocREC 2015015 林同學心聲 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYCvpXWRsM0&feature=youtu.be
More young voters on electoral rolls after Occupy
網片新人王 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/supplement/special/art/20150104/18989240 Who is Joshua Wong–what Scholarism is for? http://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/1601854/who-joshua-wong Joshua Wong, Taking Back Hong Kong’s Future http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/opinion/joshua-wong-taking-back-hong-kongs-future.html?_r=1 Joshua Wong for Time’s person of the year http://time.com/3562179/time-person-of-the-year-poll/vote/42/ 學民思潮召集人黃之鋒 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swtcTvQKkSE “Lessons in Dissent” about Scholarism made earlier: http://lessonsindissentmovie.com/en/ Student unions want to withdraw from the Federation of Students after occupy
Beijing’s Liaison Office in HK is trying to make the HK Federation of Students more Beijing-friendly by influencing member student unions. A City U student disclosed that the Liaison Office was trying to bribe and threaten students running for elections to the student union: CityU student exposes threats and deals made and offered by leftists in order to infiltrate HKFS / 城大學生爆左派威逼利誘 滲透學聯
Chinese University’s next student union cabinet has students with ties to left-wing groups 中大學生會換屆閣員疑有左翼背景
a former Chinese communist youth league member is running for HKU’s student union: 港大學生會內閣候選人叶璐珊承認共青團身份 / Mainland student tells of smears in HKU election —- [Jan. 17, 2015] Does CY Leung’s 2015 Policy Address seek to erase the next generation of youth with 1) the open criticism of HKU’s student publication “Undergrad”, 2) a new Chinese history curriculum, and 3) diversion of education resources to exchange programs with mainland schools?【施政報告系列】有實無名國民教育，消滅新一代青少年
[Jan. 22, 2015] Why HK youth hate Leung even more after his policy speech: there are some problems with his tone when he said in his speech that he “needs to guide young people and university students through the process of understanding the constitutional relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland”.
The city’s biggest pro-establishment party conceded it had met “difficulties” in recruiting young people, as well as members from the commercial and professional sectors, meeting only half its target. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1699804/dab-struggling-attract-higher-quality-membership-chairman-admits
China No 3 leader says more attention needed for Hong Kong young
Alibaba sets up HK$1b fund to help young Hong Kong entrepreneurs
Yet, the government appointed someone born with a silver spoon to head the youth affairs committee 劉鳴煒獲委青年事務委員會主席
See also relevant section on the erosion of academic freedom
“What is so scary about these young people”