Tears and Smoke: Voices from Hong Kong to America

Tears and Smoke: Voices from Hong Kong to America

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Earlier this year, Hong Kong’s puppet leader proposed a China Extradition Bill, under which any person in Hong Kong’s autonomous region might be shipped across the border to China and subjected to its legal system of arbitrary detainment and torture. Hong Kong’s people rose in mass resistance to the bill, and continue to rise despite increasingly brutal crackdowns by the government. While the city edges toward martial law, the protests have gained attention and support around the world. This event at Moe’s Books, organized by The Bauhinia Project, aims to overcome differences in language and culture to connect the soul of an isolated Cantonese-speaking people to the soul of an awakened world. Six Hongkongers now in Berkeley—including poets, protesters from the front lines, and advocates now working at local Bay Area nonprofits—have been invited to speak about the crisis in Hong Kong.

Kai Yui Samuel Chan is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He studied Political Theory and Political Science at the London School of Economics, and Political Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current research is on the temporal dimension of democratic theory.

Alex Yong-Kang Chow is a PhD student in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He has an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong with majors in Comparative Literature and Sociology. As former secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Vice-President (External) of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, he was one of the main organizers of the Occupy Central campaign / Umbrella Movement.

Adrian Leong is a community organizer in Chinatown, San Francisco. He/They was born to and raised by a pair of political lawyers in Hong Kong. Upon graduating from a liberal arts college in Vermont, he moved to the Bay Area and has since found community with a bunch of lovely and loving humans, advancing purposefully towards collective liberation.

Henry Wei Leung is an award-winning poet and the author of Goddess of Democracy (Omnidawn, 2017), the result of a Fulbright year in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement. His work has been featured in Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, and Bettering American Poetry. With degrees from Stanford and the University of Michigan, he is now pursuing a JD at Berkeley Law. Jose Ng is originally from Hong Kong and came to the United States in 2015, shortly after the Umbrella Movement ended. He studied social justice in Chicago while earning a Master’s degree, but is still looking for the right theoretical framework to make sense of the world. He currently works at a nonprofit in San Francisco advocating for immigrant rights and social justice.

Wawa is a Hong Kong poet. She is the author of Pei Pei the Monkey King (Tinfish Press, 2016), and Anna and Anna (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Some of her work can be found in Guernica Daily, World Literature Today, and the anthologies Hong Kong 20/20 and Twin Cities. She is a soprano with degrees in Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Universiteit Leiden.