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Comics: Lai Tat Tat Wing Draws Hong Kong

Thomas Joel - Friday, December 18, 2015

In 2014 the Umbrella Revolution saw more than 100,000 people occupy main thoroughfares in Hong Kong to protest reforms that would allow the Chinese Communist Party effectively to pre-select candidates for election.

It was a watershed moment.  The protests galvanized many young people to demand universal suffrage, while the state used increasingly harsh tactics to clamp down on dissent. Both the protests and government reaction spoke to essential questions of political identity and anxiety shared by many people in Hong Kong. What rights do we have? What rights do we want? And, as citizens of a former British colony turned special administrative region of China, where do we belong?

Almost a decade before the Umbrella Revolution Lai Tat Tat Wing, a stalwart of the Hong Kong alternative comic scene, drew the illustration above. While only a quick draft, Wing's art does not simply articulate that Hong Kong would be irrevocably changed by the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to the People's Republic of China. Wing also suggests from that handover the people of Hong Kong might find strength in their struggle for an independent identity. His prescience is admirable.

For more art from Lai Tat Tat Wing you can follow him on Facebook.


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