"A week ago today I sat together with you outside the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s library, a teacher among other teachers, a university member beside students, 13,000 strong. The weeks before had felt quiet: at the three previous all-student meetings around the Goddess of Democracy statue, you listened respectfully to guest speakers—past student union presidents, a student who had been arrested on July 1, Leung ‘Longhair’ Kwok-hung from the League of Social Democrats. There were not many of you, but you raised your hands and made gentle suggestions about what time last Monday’s rally should start, about how you could be photographed studying outside of class, about making public art by folding paper stars.
So I was surprised when I arrived at the campus plaza on Monday. Under a relentless late summer sun, you filled the entire campus mall. On the impromptu stage, white banners read, ‘Student Boycott, Take a Stand!’ and ‘Be the master of Hong Kong’s future!’”
For more, see Denise Y. Ho, “Against My Fear, I See That You Hope: A Professor’s Open Letter to Her Students" ChinaFile (29 Sept 2014)
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