News / USA

    US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

    Occupy Central protesters confront police in Hong Kong, Aug. 31, 2014.
    Occupy Central protesters confront police in Hong Kong, Aug. 31, 2014.
    Fang Bing

    Hong Kong citizens living in New York are calling on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory.

    At a press conference in New York late Monday, participants said they want to draw attention to what they say is a fight for true universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

    Anna Yeung-Cheung, associate biology professor at Manhattanville College, said a number of Chinese living in North America have sent an open letter to the governments in Washington and Ottawa, asking them to urge Beijing to keep its promise of “one country, two systems."

    “We can issue a statement to the members of parliament,” said Yeung-Cheung, “to let them pay attention to our concerns in Hong Kong and the real situation in Hong Kong.”

    The event Monday brought together both young and old to state their support for full universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

    Huang Yuzhen, the 95-year-old former chairman of the Chinese-American Lin Sing Association, says he is in favor of democracy and universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

    “We want to strongly protest no universal suffrage," he said. "New York compatriots must send a strong voice."

    The youngest attendee, Ao Zhuoxuan, grew up in Hong Kong and is currently studying at New York University. He rejected Beijing’s decision to control the nominating process.

    “Those who fight for democracy are arguing for a democratic system in which Hong Kong people can vote for a chief executive whom they think is suitable,” he said. “This is not to say that we will certainly choose someone who is against Beijing."

    Henry Ngan, a computer engineer from Hong Kong, said, “I hope that people can take time to express their support at the Chinese Consulate General in New York during the day Occupy Central happens.”

    Activists in Hong Kong have vowed to move forward with their campaign and stage mass rallies to shut down the territory’s central business district. They have not given a date for the action.

    On Sunday, Beijing angered many pro-democracy activists when it announced that it would tightly control nominations for Hong Kong’s chief executive.

    This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Mandarin service.

    You May Like

    Video Rubio Looks to Surge in New Hampshire

    Republican presidential candidate has moved into second place in several recent surveys and appears to be gaining ground on longtime frontrunner Donald Trump

    UN Calls for Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

    Recent UNICEF report finds at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries

    UN Pilots New Peace Approach in CAR

    Approach launched in northern town of Kaga Bandoro, where former combatants of mainly Muslim Seleka armed group and Christian and animist anti-Balaka movement are being paid to do community work

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
    September 03, 2014 11:38 AM
    I love my country, does my country love me. Who is a patriot in China? Those in power tell you that you are. One day you are a patriot and the next day you are a counter-revolutionary. This kind of labeling is meaningless. Does the US constitution say for one to run for office, one has to be patriotic? No. Hong Kong people are smart. They do not trust the Chinese Communist Party, except those who are puppets and shoe-shine boys and girls.
    In Response

    by: thmak from: USA
    September 03, 2014 2:26 PM
    If you are not patriotic, you will not be nominated for any public office on a ballot in America. HKers demonstrated that they rejected the Occupy Central movement, indicating they support China..

    by: thmak from: USA
    September 03, 2014 9:41 AM
    The protesters' demand of democratic open nomination, international standard and universal suffrage doesn't exist in any country anywhere. They are unrealistic and unreasonable. The main purpose of the protesters is to drag down HK's prosperity so as to achieve their selfish political gain and to give China a bad image. Their mission must be eliminated. Those protesters must be ashamed of themselves for not demanding their agenda when HK was under the democratic British colonial rule.
    In Response

    by: thmak from: USA
    September 03, 2014 2:32 PM
    To Frankie Fook-lun Leung: If HKer don't like HK, they can leave too just like what happened right after the turnover of HK to China. China just continue to prosper without them.
    In Response

    by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
    September 03, 2014 11:41 AM
    When China had a Cultural Revolution, where did those Mainland people run to? Hong Kong. A lot of people in Hong Kong escaped from China or they are their children. They don't need you to tell them where they want to live, raise their children and have a better life. They know China and Hong Kong. Unfortunately, after 1997, Hong Kong becomes more and more like another Chinese city.

    by: William Li from: Canada
    September 02, 2014 8:44 PM
    As an oversea Chinese I always support my motherland, and I am glad the communist did very good job recently for China! I want to tell my HK brothers, love your country love HK, stay away from those traitors and mobs, those are losers, they don't want to be Chinese, they go cry to their former master, what a shame! China doesn't need "democracy"! China needs development, security and unification
    In Response

    by: William Li from: Canada
    September 04, 2014 12:53 AM
    @hoang, why don't you go ask some Chinese their opinion about China? I guaranty you, most of us love China and we agree the communist is the best option for China so far! Communist is not perfect but we are happy with it as long as it can keep China stable and growing.
    Thanks god China has communist and doesn't like Iraq, Egypt, Syria or Ukraine. Look what happened to those countries which surfer from orange revolution or arabe spring. Sorry no so called "democracy" for China please!
    In Response

    by: Hoang from: Canada
    September 03, 2014 1:12 PM
    In Canada, there are many parties. You are allowed to make bias comments. In China there is only the Communist Party. You are not allowed to make comments against the PRC. Rude name calling is only way Communist Chinese know how to debate.
    In Response

    by: william li from: canada
    September 03, 2014 12:04 PM
    @Hoang, the place I live has nothing to do with my political view. you should know that even in Canada there are many socialism and communism politic parties, isnt it? I can support communism but still live in Canada. it only shows your ignorant when you are speechless and rudely ask those who support their motherland to leave their recent host country. you are childish!
    In Response

    by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
    September 03, 2014 11:43 AM
    Mr. Li should emigrate to North Korea. He will do very well there. You can love your country, kiss your leader 24 hours a day.
    In Response

    by: Hoang from: Canada
    September 03, 2014 10:47 AM
    If you love Communist China so much, what are you doing in Canada? You enjoy democracy living in Canada. Meanwhile you criticize western countries and democracy. This shows the hypocrisy in your comments.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.