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Photo of the Week #20: Foucault on Occupy Central

Waking up to the news of the protests in Hong Kong this morning, watching the tear gas being thrown and the people exercising their right not to have tear gas thrown at them, I couldn't help casting my thoughts in the direction of a man who I suspect would have approved no end of the demonstrations, one Michel Foucault.

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Wartime Bunker off Tai Tam Road

Here's a cool little piece of hidden Hong Kong that I found with the help of Gwulo. It's located off Tai Tam Road in the south of Hong Kong Island and is another of the many overgrown war remnants that give an insight into Hong Kong's increasingly hidden wartime past.

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Pawn Shop, Kowloon

For me, they are one of the most iconic of all Hong Kong sights - the red and green neon of the Hong Kong pawn shop lighting up the night, the apartments blocks with their air-con units and hanging washing in the background. This couldn't be anywhere else.

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More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...

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One day it’ll just be the buildings and plants

It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.

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Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three years and eight months occupation of Hong Kong ...

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The Party by Richard McGregor

When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...

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Behind The Wall by Colin Thubron

1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...

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Tiananmen Moon by Philip J Cunningham

With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.

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