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Hong Kong protests: democracy doesn’t fill your rice bowl

Envious of Hong Kong, mainland Chinese youth nonetheless identify little with local citizens’ liberal ideals and political activism

An anti-occupy protestor appears to express her disdain for Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists. © Kin Cheung/AP/Press Association Images

As hundreds of thousands of young citizens took to the streets of Hong Kong in late September, braving tear gas and violence to protest against Beijing’s restrictions on the city’s democratic elections, I turned on my laptop one morning to find an email from a Chinese acquaintance. He was asking people, mostly mainlanders who…

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