Youth and Identity in Hong Kong: A Conversation with Ben Bland

Youth and Identity in Hong Kong: A Conversation with Ben Bland

Hong Kong’s status as a Semi Autonomous Region of China empowers the younger generation to express what makes them unhappy but it doesn’t grant them the political capacity to enact change. Amid the uncertainty of the future of Hong Kong’s political freedom and persistent economic challenges, this younger generation has come to view themselves as Hong Kongers—an identity both threatened and reinforced by the rapid expansion of Beijing’s influence. In this episode, we sit down with Ben Bland to discuss youth identity in Hong Kong and his new book, “Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow.”

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