As protests have swept Hong Kong in the last few weeks, we begin an occasional series on the British Empire with a double episode on a previous wave of demonstrations, riots, strikes and bombings in the city, then a British colony. We speak with three people who were there about what happened, and learn new revelations about one of Hong Kong’s most notorious unsolved murders – of radio commentator Lam Bun.

We interview to Zhou Yi (Chau Yick/周奕), Leung Po Lung (梁寶龍) and Chui Yat Keung (徐日強) who were in Hong Kong at the time, as well as Lala, an activist and historian who interpreted for us and spoke about her research.
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  • Part 1
  • Part 2

A gallery of photographs of the events: click to see captions.





These are photographs of our interviewees (click for captions):




Related reading

Through our online store we are now making available a curated selection of books with further and related reading on numerous topics related to our content. This week we are happy to make available Maoism and the Chinese Revolution: A Critical Introduction by Elliott Liu. This helps fill in some of the background information about the Chinese revolution, the PRC and the leftist movement. We are also making available as well as the two-volume work of George Katsiaficas on other little-known rebellions in the region, called Asia’s Unknown Uprisings. All books are published and printed by independent workers’ cooperatives, and proceeds help fund our work.


More information
In addition to our interviews and existing knowledge, here are some of the sources of information used in the episodes

  • retrieved 11/06/2019 retrieved 13/06/2019
  • retrieved 11/06/2019 retrieved 13/06/2019
  • A social history of industrial strikes and the labour movement in Hong Kong,, 1946-1989 Benjamin Leung and Stephen Chiu – retrieved 13/06/2019
  • George Orwell essay:
  • Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, 2010
  • Hong Kong (Border Incidents), Hansard, HC Deb 10 July 1967 vol 750 cc93-7 retrieved 13/06/2019
  • Justice in Hong Kong, Carol A. G. Jones, Routledge-Cavendish, 2007
  • Revealed: the Hong Kong invasion plan – Michael Sheridan – the Sunday Times 24 June 2007 – (paywall) retrieved 13/06/2019
  • Whose Sound and Fury? The 1967 Riots of Hong Kong through The Times – Haipeng Zhou – retrieved 14/06/2019
  • Reports: Hong Kong – Maynard Parker – The Atlantic Monthly, November 1967 –
  • Police rewrite history of 1967 Red Guard riots – Kris Cheng – 14 September 2015 14:07 –
  • Fifty years on: The riots that shook Hong Kong in 1967– Retrieved 14/06/2019
  • Holes in our history: today’s students could learn much from the 1967 riots – 16 June 2018 13:00 Kent Ewing – retrieved 15/07/2019
  • Leung Po Lung’s workers’ history website:

Thanks very much to our patreon supporters for enabling us to produce this podcast
Theme music for this episode is a 1966 Chinese recording of The Internationale
Thanks also to our friends at Chuang, a journal and website chronicling the development of capitalism in China and struggles against it, for connecting us with our interviewees. They have also recently published an analysis of the current anti-extradition protest movement, as well as this informative interview about it with local activists.

Apologies for our host mispronouncing Aotearoa early in part 1

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3 thoughts on “E26-27: The Hong Kong riots, 1967

  1. Good article. The History of the UK in China and Hong Kong is one of merciless colonial exploitation and oppression. The reforms introduced there in the last days of the empire and included in treaties with China do not excuse the past. China may be sneaking in a brutal oppression, but the UK has no right to comment, especially whilst supporting other repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia.

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