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Hong Kong Rebellion: A Unique Expression of Change?

Posted on Wednesday 30 October 2019

ICG member Felicia Schwartz talks at a Cultural Insight Forum.

Key points from the talk are:

  • How the Hong Kong protests are not just about politics but about identity
  • The reactions and mostly non-reactions of brands to the protest movement
  • The emergence of a new visual language out of the protest movement; Lennon walls, posters, animé
  • “Kongish”, the language of the protesters
  • “Be like water” – the trending meme that captures the spontaneous, democratic and crowd-sourced nature of the protest movement
  • The empire strikes back ; the Chinese answer to HK protests also uses popular culture to express a polar opposite view.

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