In a series of forceful, introspective essays, 11 young journalists examine a city transformed beyond recognition.
All-new writing from Holmes Chan, Karen Cheung, Elaine Yu, Sum Lok-kei, Rachel Cheung, Frances Sit, Hsiuwen Liu, Ezra Cheung, Nicolle Liu, Jessie Pang and an anonymous contributor.
In 2019, these journalists were at the frontlines of Hong Kong's historic protest movement: You've probably read their coverage on news outlets like the New York Times, Reuters, CNN, the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Free Press, and many more.
Now they bring their unique perspectives to AFTERSHOCK. You will join these writers as they try to find meaning in chaos, revisiting key moments last year that profoundly changed the city — and themselves. Like every Hongkonger, they too must confront their experiences and come to terms with a new reality.
Observant, incisive, and above all honest, these essays delve into the complexities hidden behind familiar headlines. For both local and international readers, AFTERSHOCK presents much-needed voices to expand — and at times challenge — our understanding of what it means to live in Hong Kong today.
In AFTERSHOCK: Essays from Hong Kong, readers will find some familiar names: Taken together, these 11 journalists are responsible for a sizable chunk of firsthand, on-the-ground reporting that came out of Hong Kong during the 2019 protests.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Holmes Chan (@holmeschan_) — Freelance journalist, previously a senior reporter at Hong Kong Free Press
Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) — Journalist writing for the New York Times, CNN and others
Karen Cheung (@karenklcheung) — Writer and editor, previously a senior reporter at Hong Kong Free Press
Rachel Cheung (@rachelcheung1) — Previously a culture desk reporter at the South China Morning Post
Hsiuwen Liu (@liuhsiuwen) — Previously a feature reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese Edition
Nicolle Liu (@nicolle_liu) — Journalist with a financial news publication
Jessie Pang (@jessiepang0125) — Correspondent for Reuters in Hong Kong
Frances Sit (@frances_sit) — Reporter with Radio Television Hong Kong
Sum Lok-kei (@sumlokkei) — Local news reporter
Elaine Yu (@yuenok) — Freelance journalist for the New York Times and others
The book also features an anonymous contributor.