Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Paul Yip
Opinion

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Paul Yip

The American civil war offers Hong Kong lessons in how to compromise and end conflict

  • The ending of America’s divisive conflict shows how it took great political courage and wisdom for the victor to offer generous and compassionate terms of surrender, promising peace and no prosecution. There are useful lessons here for Hong Kong’s government

Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Protesters emerge from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after being encouraged to surrender to the police on November 19. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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Paul Yip

Paul Yip

Paul Yip is the founding director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong, and a professor at the university's Department of Social Work and Social Administration. His interests include suicide prevention, population health and poverty research. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government's Steering Committee on Population Policy.