A protester holds up a “Hong Kong independence” flag during a march against the government’s extradition bill from Causeway Bay to Admiralty on September 29. While not all protesters support Hong Kong independence, there is a widespread feeling that Hong Kong has a unique identity that is under threat and worth fighting for. Photo: Robert Ng
Chris Lonsdale
Opinion

Opinion

Chris Lonsdale

Hong Kong protests are a fight for the city’s identity as the ‘edge’ between Chinese and Western culture

  • Hong Kong’s identity is an example of what the field of ecology terms an ‘edge’ – a belt of life between two different ecological systems
  • Hongkongers must focus on what can be done to avoid assimilation by either side, including attempts by the US to push Chinese influence out of the city

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A protester holds up a “Hong Kong independence” flag during a march against the government’s extradition bill from Causeway Bay to Admiralty on September 29. While not all protesters support Hong Kong independence, there is a widespread feeling that Hong Kong has a unique identity that is under threat and worth fighting for. Photo: Robert Ng
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