“Everybody is taking a risk and they calculate the risks and weigh up where their hearts stand as to where they want to keep silent or they won’t accept silence anymore… This is a time to stand up for our own home and it would be really nice to be acknowledged in that manner by the broader community, and I think we can get there.” – Puja Kapai, Associate Prof of Dept of Law in the University of HK
“I’m definitely the minority among my own ethnic community who is willing to stand out. Don’t limit yourself because of the name “ethnic minority”. If we unite with Hong Kong people, we are the majority as well.” – Kelly (pseudonym), Nepali student
“We can see from this movement that we are labeling each other. The police called the protesters “cockroaches” and the protesters called the police “dogs”. From what I’ve learned in my life, if someone attacks you by labeling you, and you do the same, it’s useless. Because exactly that has happened to me. Many people call me an “Ah Cha”. Since I was a kid, I’ve felt very bad when I heard this. I understand why everyone feels so angry and yells it on impulse. But this doesn’t solve anything. I know how bad it feels to be labelled by someone else, but this just makes things worse.” – Hassan, Nepali & Pakistani student
Among those participating in the extradition protests since June are not only Chinese, but also members of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups. While they might not be the most recognisable in the movement, some of them are walking the extra mile to chant their beliefs on street and supporting the frontline. All because they care about this city as much as anyone else.
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