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The Unbearable Heaviness of Being in Hong Kong

All I feel is anger

The national emblem at China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong is seen sprayed with black liquid on July 21, 2019, as a fresh mass protest was held in the city calling for a total withdrawal of a now-suspended extradition bill. Photo: Kyodo News/Getty Images

SSince June, all I’ve felt is anger, the kind that makes a person chuck their brand new phone at the wall, shout irritably at pedestrians who walk too slowly, and grit their teeth so hard the gums draw blood.

I’m angry at Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, because even though I don’t have any expectations for her, I feel…




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Karen Cheung

Karen Cheung

Hong Kong journalist and writer. HKU literature & law grad. Always shovelling cultural snow. Stalk my writing:

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