Individual protests, like those in Hong Kong, may be defeated. But the global protest movement is only beginning.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is chancellor’s professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. He has written extensively on protests and repression in China’s past, as well as many other topics in Chinese and world history. His most recent books are, as author, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (Columbia Global Reports, 2020), and, as editor, The Oxford History of Modern China (Oxford University Press, 2022). A regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, and literary reviews as well as academic journals, he is now working on a short book about the Milk Tea Alliance for Columbia Global Reports. He will spend spring 2023 as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.
What does it mean for a city to be free? What happens when a free city loses its freedom? And when does that occur?
In July, while in New York, I toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s much buzzed about “China: Through the Looking Glass,” a visually stunning multimedia exhibit that showcases the varied ways that ...