Posts Tagged ‘localism’
Localisms Across the Spectrum Without a doubt, the most eye-catching news of September’s Legislative Council election was the victory of six young non-establishment lawmakers who are not from the pan-democratic camp. Local and international media have broadly described them as “localists” (本土派). Today, most people think of “localists” as those who advocate a separate Hong […]
In this issue’s Periscope, we look at Hong Kong “localisms” because we thing it’s misleading to think about localism as a single, unified ideology or movement.
“Localists” is an all-embracing term used to describe non-establishment people from outside the traditional pan-democratic camp, but it hides significant ideological differences among those who have been grouped under the label. Varsity takes a deeper look at what divides them.
Today’s common perception of localism looks very different to the post-handover movement that emerged to preserve Hong Kong’s heritage and culture and sought to strengthen the idea of a local identity. Varsity talks to some of the core members of that movement and asks them how they think localism has changed.
Almost 70 per cent of young Hongkongers support the localists, our survey finds. We look at how Secondary School students view the localists, and why they think localism is the way out for Hong Kong.
Hongkongers are more and more interested in their own history, as we can see in the popularity of local history tours. We look at how the framing of history directly affects how Hongkongers see themselves today.
The race to win the New Territories East Legislative Council seat vacated by Ronny Tong is looking to be tight. Latest polls show the Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung neck and neck with the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment (DAB) of Hong Kong’s Holden Chow. But political scientist Ma Ngok says the challenge from Edward Leung from Hong Kong Indigenous could give the pro-Beijing DAB the edge.
Illustrator Andy Leung Ka-chun, or “Angryangry” as he calls himself, draws on local development and conservation, and conflicts between mainland China and Hong Kong for his works. But as he explains to Varsity, his illustrations are not just a way to vent his anger towards social injustice, he also wants to arouse people’s identification with their city.
Tensions between Hong Kongers and mainlanders continue to grab the headlines, one of the more recent flashpoints being the shortage of infant formula and the restriction of the amount of milk powder visitors can take out of the city. But there is another simmering conflict. Hong Kongers themselves are increasingly polarised between those, such as the Hong Kong Autonomy Movement who identify with an emerging local consciousness, and nationalists who put their Chinese identity first.