Pillar of Shame, a sculpture created by Danish artist Jens Galschiot to pay tribute to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong campus in Pok Fu Lam. Photo: Nora Tam
Pillar of Shame, a sculpture created by Danish artist Jens Galschiot to pay tribute to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong campus in Pok Fu Lam. Photo: Nora Tam
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Body shaming, pandemic shaming, slut shaming – when did these terms arise and where does the word ‘shame’ come from?

  • The act of public shaming has existed throughout history in all cultures, but has become more rife via social media, spawning a plethora of new terms
  • ‘Shame’ is currently in local news regarding a University of Hong Kong sculpture memorialising China’s brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown

Pillar of Shame, a sculpture created by Danish artist Jens Galschiot to pay tribute to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong campus in Pok Fu Lam. Photo: Nora Tam
Pillar of Shame, a sculpture created by Danish artist Jens Galschiot to pay tribute to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong campus in Pok Fu Lam. Photo: Nora Tam
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