Dissident artist leaves Hong Kong for Taiwan

Dissident artist leaves Hong Kong for Taiwan

One of Hong Kong’s best known artists confirmed on Tuesday that he had moved to Taiwan in search of “100 percent freedom” from the government’s crackdown on dissent. Kacey Wong’s departure is the latest blow to Hong Kong’s reputation as a regional haven for the arts and free speech as government critics face growing scrutiny from authorities. Wong, 51, posted a black-and-white video on Facebook in which he sung a rendition of Vera Lynn’s wistful ode “We’ll Meet Again”. “Leaving is not easy, staying is also difficult,” he wrote. In an interview with the Hong Kong Free Press website, Wong confirmed he had fled Hong Kong for political reasons, citing the diminishing space for artistic freedom since China imposed a national security law that criminalised much dissent. The Cornell-educated artist is known for his contemporary visual arts focusing on social activism and politics. In one 2018 performance art piece called “Th
One of Hong Kong’s best known artists confirmed on Tuesday that he had moved to Taiwan in search of “100 percent freedom” from the government’s crackdown on dissent. Kacey Wong’s departure is the latest blow to Hong Kong’s reputation as a regional haven for the arts and free speech as government critics face growing scrutiny from authorities. Wong, 51, posted a black-and-white video on Facebook in which he sung a rendition of Vera Lynn’s wistful ode “We’ll Meet Again”. “Leaving is not easy, staying is also difficult,” he wrote. In an interview with the Hong Kong Free Press website, Wong confirmed he had fled Hong Kong for political reasons, citing the diminishing space for artistic freedom since China imposed a national security law that criminalised much dissent. The Cornell-educated artist is known for his contemporary visual arts focusing on social activism and politics. In one 2018 performance art piece called “Th