Review in Bookish.Asia by Antony Dapiran

City of Protest has been reviewed in Bookish Asia:

"Dapiran writes in a straightforward manner and with obvious affection for the city, which he has called home for fifteen years....the writing is even-handed, with the measured (though not dull) wording befitting a lawyer, and the broad perspective of someone who has spent years living in China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Above all, City of Protest is effortlessly informative."

OpEd for CNN International by Antony Dapiran

As China's President Xi Jinping departed Hong Kong and the annual 1st July protest marches concluded, I reflected on the weekend's events and "What China's Xi should learn from Hong Kong's protest march" for CNN International:

"Xi's departure before the protest commenced enabled both Xi and the Hong Kong administration to save face and avoid the embarrassment of a Chinese leader being present in a Chinese city holding a massive anti-government demonstration. It is a pity, however, because if Xi had stuck around he would have learned more about Hong Kong than from the rest of his short tour."




ChinaFile Conversation on Hong Kong by Antony Dapiran

Be sure to check out the latest ChinaFile Conversation: "What Does Xi Jinping Intend for Hong Kong?" I am honoured to have contributed to the discussion among many eminent writers. My take elaborates on how Beijing looks at the promises it made in the Joint Declaration:

"Under the terms of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Hong Kong was promised a 'high degree of autonomy' and that its 'social and economic systems' and 'lifestyle' would not change for fifty years. However, it is important to understand how Beijing interprets these phrases before we look to rely on them as guarantors of Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms."


Quoted in The Australian by Antony Dapiran

Rowan Callick quotes from the book in his major feature article in The Australian newspaper "Hong Kong: One China, two pathways":

"Antony Dapiran is an Australian lawyer working in Hong Kong whose new book to be published by Penguin next month is titled City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong.

He says: “In a city whose population identifies itself — at least vis a vis its sovereign, the PRC — by reference to the rights and freedoms it enjoys which the rest of China’s population does not, protest is an embodiment of that identity, embracing as it does the freedoms of speech, expression and assembly.”

He says the authorities’ tolerance — or not — of such protests serves as a barometer of the health of the unique “one country, two systems” formula."