Coalition Moments in Hong Kong’s Anti–Extradition Law Movement: Cross-Racial Solidarities and Their Limitations

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Abstract

While Hong Kong’s Anti–Extradition Law Amendment Bill (ELAB) Movement in 2019 did not lead to systemic policy changes, the protests provided coalitional moments for mainstream Hongkongers to connect with the city’s marginalised South Asian community. This essay first contextualises the positionality and history of marginalisation of South Asians in Hong Kong. It then examines moments of rupture during the Anti-ELAB Movement that fostered solidarity between the two ethnic groups. This case study illustrates how anti-authoritarian social movements and the affective charge of protests help cultivate a politics of relation that supersedes racialisation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5730
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Volume20
Issue number16
StatePublished - Sep 15 2022

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Keywords

  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Hong Kong
  • Protests
  • Racism
  • Social Movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • History
  • Cultural Studies

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