For 13 weeks in the steamy summer humidity of Hong Kong there have been protests. And they’re still ongoing. More than a million people- old and young- have marched peacefully in mass rallies. And students and young professionals have engaged in more direct action on the streets and closed down one of the world’s busiest airports. They are fighting for democracy and against the power of Beijing who in 2047 will have total control over the city.
So how did these protests come about? And how are peaceful older Hong Kongers and their feisty younger compatriots managing to support each other and stay united? This ChangeMaker Series of Three Hong Kong Podcasts takes us back 30 years to Tiananmen, 5 years to the Umbrella movement and across the protest movement today. Lessons, skills and mistakes learnt across history are identified – from the voices of those on the streets – providing insights as to how this battle might end.
ChangeMakers Podcast is the “This American Life of social change.” In our third series we have produced the world’s first narrative podcast on the Hong Kong story – one of the most dynamic fights on the planet.
Amanda Tattersall our host was in Hong Kong in July. She conducted 25 interviews with democracy leaders ranging in age from 15 to 74. She remains in contact with these protesters. Amanda herself is a 20 year veteran community organiser and social change researcher. This gives her a distinct skills to interpret what is going on and build trust with those staging this fight.
So get ready. You’ve seen the television coverage – now you can go behind the scenes to build a much broader understanding about what is going on in Hong Kong.