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A State Visit and Hong Kong Protests; Cartoonist Cuson Lo; Minority Relations in Yuen Long (06 Jul 2012)


<p>In the words of Niccolo Machiavelli: &ldquo;There is no way to guard against flattery but by letting it be seen that you take no offense in hearing the truth.&rdquo; Last weekend President Hu Jintao said he wanted to hear Hong Kong people&rsquo;s views. Before departing on Sunday, shortly before the annual mass protest, he seems to have heard a heavily edited version, and only spoken to people of like mind. Further controversy was caused by the detention of a reporter who had dared to shout out a question to him. Meanwhile, many of Hong Kong&#39;s people vented their dissatisfaction in the streets. Apart from taking to the streets, many in Hong Kong took to social networking sites such as Facebook to express their views. Among them was one young political cartoonist whose work is becoming increasingly popular. He&#39;s Cuson Lo, and this week The Pulse profiles him, Unlike the United States, Hong Kong has hardly extended an invitation to those &ldquo;huddled masses yearning to breathe free&rdquo;, but non-Chinese comprise around four per cent of the SAR&rsquo;s population. Mostly different ethnic groups rub along together pretty well compared with other countries, but there are sometimes misunderstandings and a degree of distrust. In Yuen Long, the police have set up a new group which they hope will increase mutual understanding .</p>

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, July 6, 2012
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