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

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 “E30-31: 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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