English Book Launch: Socialist & Democracy struggle
Date: 27 Sept (Thu)
Time: 7:30pm- 9:30pm
Venue: HK Reader Bookstore (7F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok)
Host: Socialist Action
Speaker: Vincent, Jaco (contributors to the new book Socialism & the Democracy Struggle)
Language: English with cantonese translation
Hong Kong is experiencing an unprecedented crackdown on democratic rights and political freedoms. Under China’s “emperor” Xi Jinping, seemingly set to rule indefinitely, the dictatorship’s control of Hong Kong has become more intrusive, repressive and blatant with each passing month. China itself is experiencing the most severe crackdown on dissent since the end of the Tiananmen Square mass protests in 1989.
As this new book, Socialism & the Democracy Struggle, explains, Xi’s push for more control over Hong Kong stems from his fear the city’s democracy struggle could spill into China, igniting mass unrest that could ultimately topple the Chinese dictatorship.
This book outlines what socialists have to say about this struggle. It contains selected articles from chinaworker.info and activist group Socialist Action over several years dealing with the fight against dictatorship, the Umbrella Revolution, and the fight for universal suffrage. It argues that the democracy struggle can only go forward with a radically different approach. These pages present a left wing critique of the political position of the main pro-democracy politicians, the pan-democrats. Their wariness towards mass protest, blind hope in reaching compromises with an uncompromising regime, and their failure to link the democracy struggle to fighting Hong Kong’s corrupt capitalist system, are a brake on the movement. A fighting leadership and a strategy to link up with mass struggles in China is the way forward.
Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Speakers: Lucas Klein, Maialen Marin-Lacarta and James Shea
Venue: 序言書室 Hong Kong Reader Bookstore
(7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong)
In his talk "Lost & Found", Eliot Weinberger said, as an aside: 'Translation is the most anonymous of professions, yet people die for it. It is an obvious necessity that is considered a problem. (There are never conferences on the "pleasures of translation.")' Well, in this Cha Reading Series event "The Pleasures of Translation", Cha contributors Lucas Klein and James Shea will be joined by Maialen Marin-Lacarta (Maia ML) to discuss their pleasures of translation. They will also each introduce and read three to four excerpts of their translated works. Moderated by Cha's co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.
Our store has very limited space with about 30 seats, which are available on a first come, fist served basis. There are still less standing room. The store will be closed for the event if the site is full. Sorry for the inconvenience.