Title

“Living in truth” versus realpolitik : limitations and potentials of the Umbrella Movement

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies

Publication Date

2015

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

348

Last Page

366

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

realpolitik, living in truth, Umbrella Movement, localism

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the social context in which the Umbrella Movement emerged in Hong Kong in 2014. It aims to analyze its limitation and transformative potential for Hong Kong. It attempts to review the changing socio-cultural dynamics in the past few years, with a focus on the notion of realpolitik that has significantly disrupted the processes of developing a public vision of an alternative society, as well as undermined people's mutual trust and right to non-conformity. In presenting our analysis, the authors attempt to think through the transformative potential of civil disobedience, drawing on Vaclav Havel's notion of “living in truth,” as a long-term project aimed at changing the predominant colonial mentality and cynical culture in the contemporary Hong Kong social context.

DOI

10.1080/14649373.2015.1069051

Print ISSN

14649373

E-ISSN

14698447

Publisher Statement

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Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Hui, P.-K. & Lau, K.-C. (2015). “Living in truth” versus realpolitik: Limitations and potentials of the Umbrella Movement. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 16(3), 348–366. doi: 10.1080/14649373.2015.1069051

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