Protesters hold sheets of white paper during a protest in a Hong Kong shopping mall, on July 6. Photo: EPA-EFE Protesters hold sheets of white paper during a protest in a Hong Kong shopping mall, on July 6. Photo: EPA-EFE
Protesters hold sheets of white paper during a protest in a Hong Kong shopping mall, on July 6. Photo: EPA-EFE
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

When silence speaks louder than words – in Hong Kong, blank Post-its and pages used to convey meaning

The Finnish use silence and observation to get to know a stranger, in Hong Kong, it is being used to draw attention to censorship

Protesters hold sheets of white paper during a protest in a Hong Kong shopping mall, on July 6. Photo: EPA-EFE Protesters hold sheets of white paper during a protest in a Hong Kong shopping mall, on July 6. Photo: EPA-EFE
Protesters hold sheets of white paper during a protest in a Hong Kong shopping mall, on July 6. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim has worked in Singapore, Britain, Amsterdam and Sri Lanka, and until June 2018 was Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she still holds an Honorary position. She now is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. She is co-editor of the journal Language Ecology, founder of the website linguisticminorities.hk, and co-author of Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016).